initial thoughts on OS X Lion

initial thoughts on OS X Lion


I’ve been working with OS X Lion installed on my MacBook Pro for the last several weeks and the experience has been incredibly painless. It’s not my main “production” workstation as I’m still using a MacPro tower at work for Nuke (Nuke 6.3v1 does not run under Lion) and Smoke and large scale projects. But I still use various mainstream desktop apps such as Adobe CS5.5 and do my main web development on the MBP. I listed the main apps … read more
a real fcp x press release (from red giant)

a real fcp x press release (from red giant)


While the verdict is definitely out (or in most minds already delivered) about Final Cut Pro X — I’m happy to see this press release from Red Giant. Reading between the lines, it seems as though the new SDK might actually be decent. Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but I’ll be interested to see what develops. As I mentioned in my previous post, living without Colorista II would make Johnny a dull boy…. Portland, OR (June 24, 2011) … read more
final cut x

final cut x


The headline is what I think Apple should have called the app that was released earlier this week. Mark Dascoli (who works for us at fxphd) and I were chatting about this at work. We both felt that much of the whingeing about the new Final Cut X that’s been going on could have been avoided through a more well thought-out roll out that managed expectations through a tiered product line. With all the negativity out there I feel like … read more
leaving the computer at home: email filters

leaving the computer at home: email filters


In the previous installment of this series, I wrote about managing email sync and more importantly the sorting of the hundreds of emails I receive daily into hierarchy of folders. Without any kind of rules-based sorting, it is incredibly difficult to manage and prioritize things considering the sheer volume of email that arrives each day. To recap, that first step was to “move” my local folders into the Gmail hierarchy. When an email arrives in Mail.app on my OS X … read more
leaving the computer at home: email

leaving the computer at home: email


As the summer heats up, I’ve been wanting to ride my bike into work but I don’t want to have to worry about lugging my MacBook Pro along with me. Was there a way I could fairly easily and effectively make sure that each location had each and everything thing I needed? Or at least most everything. There are many ways to sync, backup, mirror, etc, so I went about researching the best ways to make this happen. The first … read more