Logic updated, NeatDesk, Chinese Apple geekdom, Microsoft Hyperlapse Pro for Mac, Anti-Virus


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Apple rolls out Logic Pro X 10.2.1 — Apple has updated Logic Pro X — its Mac OS X software for professional songwriting, editing, and mixing — to version 10.2.1. According to Apple, the upgrade contains bug fixes and enhancements including:
• New multi-threading feature improves performance when processing multiple live channels;
•Faster playback responsiveness when previewing Apple Loops and performing region edits;
•Flex Pitch editing can be performed within the Tracks area using a Piano Roll interface;
•A collection of 30 plug-ins have been redesigned to add Retina support and improve usability;
•Numerous improvements to Alchemy including Apple Loops support and 11 new spectral effects
•Improved reliability when downloading additional content;
•Additional content can be downloaded directly from the Sound Library and Apple Loops browsers;
•Drum Machine Designer supports drag and drop of multiple audio files;
•The Step Editor can automatically create lanes to display all MIDI events in a region;
•New export option allows you to to create stems from multiple selected tracks
•Improved VoiceOver support.
The update for current Logic Pro X users is free and available now through the Mac App Store. For new users the software costs US$199.99 (about NZ$300). It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later.
Apple has profiled Adele producer Greg Kurstin to promote Logic Pro X.

NeatDesk for Mac makes it easier to go paperless — The NeatDesk isn’t a new product, but it’s a convenient one for going paperless. The Sellers household isn’t completely paperless, but we’re getting there. The NeatDesk is a US$399.95 desktop scanner and digital filing system developed by The Neat Company. It combines Neat’s ADF (Automatic Document Feeder) scanner and the company’s NeatWorks for Mac software, which identifies and extracts the information from receipts, business cards, and documents through OCR and parsing technology.

Peeking inside the world of Apple ‘iFans’ in China — Freelance writer Mitchell Blatt has taken a peek inside the world of Apple superfans and “iFans” in China. Based in part on a store opening in Nanjing, Mr. Blatt wrote about the culture of Apple Store openings in that country, and the kinds of people who gather from all over the country to attend them, including some folks who got in line just because they, “have a feeling of togetherness waiting in line.”

Microsoft Hyperlapse Pro review: Mac app makes awesome first-person videos —Microsoft’s Computational Photography Group has been working quietly behind the scenes for more than 20 years but appears ready to show the world what it’s been up to all this time.
One such product is Hyperlapse, a fancy name for a technique that combines first-person videos like those shot on smartphones or GoPro action cameras with traditional time-lapse plus motion stabilisation. The result is a breathtakingly smooth visual that turns otherwise boring footage of a skiing trip, bike ride, or walk through the park into something unforgettable.

Max Total Security with Anti-Virus for Mac — With all the dangerous viruses and hackers lurking around the Internet, it’s of the utmost importance to protect your Mac and your data. Max Total Security with Anti-Virus ensures that your credit card info stays safe and your software is virus-free. It’ll keep your identity to yourself, and even track down your computer in case it’s stolen.

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