Review: Logitech’s Craft Advanced Keyboard increases productivity, but app support is limited — Priced at US$200, Logitech’s new Craft Advanced Keyboard with Creative Input Dial [which will soon be available in New Zealand] is a definitively premium keyboard, justifying its price with a touch-sensitive dial that can be set to control multiple functions within Mac apps. AppleInsider gives you the full rundown.
By default, the Craft’s input dial supports Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and InDesign across both macOS and Windows. It also offers support for Microsoft’s Office suite – including Word, Powerpoint and Excel – but so far only on Windows.
OWC ships Aura Pro X PCIe SSD flash storage upgrades for 2013 and later Macs — Mac upgrade supplier OWC has released its newest SSDs, the Aura Pro X, with the flash-based PCIe storage said to be the fastest the firm has ever produced, claimed to offer up to 2.3 times better performance compared to the stock storage used by Apple.
PixPlant is a simple, but powerful, pro texturing tool for macOS — FaronStudio’s PixPlant is a professional texturing tool for macOS and Windows. The app offers an integrated environment for the creation of 3D maps from plain photos.
The purpose of PixPlant is to offer a simple way to transform realistic images into useful seamless textures and 3D maps, preserving the beauty and drama of everyday life. It’s a tool that allows you to quickly add realism, variety and value to your 3D projects. The app is used by those in the architectural visualization, interior design, 3D virtual prototyping, visual FX and game development industries. PixPlant is available for purchase and download at the product website. On the Mac platform it requires macOS 10.7 or higher. A demo is available. Registration is US$175; volume pricing is available.
Sensel Morph is any artist’s dream tool — There’s a really cool, cutting-edge input device that looks like a must-have for musicians, artists, hobbyists, and professionals alike. Called the Sensel Morph, early adopters call its user experience seamless, even though it’s capable of filling many roles.
There are 10 unique overlays available for the Morph. These allow the touch-sensitive accessory to act as many devices. There is an overlay to turn the Morph into a keyboard, piano, drum pad, gaming pad, and much more. [I WANT ONE! Just watch the video.]
Apple offers Walmart ‘everyday low cost’ in IT savings. IBM estimates a deployment of 100,000 Macs — As the world’s largest retailer, Walmart is known for its Everyday Low Prices slogan. It’s now in the planning stages of implementing ’employee choice’ computing options for its associates in an effort to reap long term cost savings while enhancing the productivity of its employees.
IBM noted that PC users drive twice the number of support calls compared to Mac users, and that PC support tickets require desk side support by IT personnel five times as often. The company’s own analysis showed that each Mac deployed saves the company $270 in support costs compared to a Windows PC.