Review of the Crucial X8 portable SSD

External SSDs are becoming increasingly popular, faster and bigger. Crucial sent me their 2TB X8, a 110mm model. It’s not their newest, that would be the X6 which is even smaller at 70mm and available in sizes up to 4TB, but it’s the fastest with a performance that reaches 1050MB/sec. Both X models are drop proof to 2.30m on a carpeted floor, made from aluminium and formatted with ExFAT for use in any device, including Macs, iPad Pros from 2018 onwards, Windows, Xbox One, PS4 and Android devices.… Read More Review of the Crucial X8 portable SSD

The makers of Hedge, the offloading app raised $3M!

After six years working on Hedge, the developers decided it was time to change into a higher gear and enable themselves to start checking off the things they also wanted to build for a long time but didn’t have the time for. The investment round is not meant to grow their customer base — I have the feeling they have a bigger base these days than their closest competitor based in the US — but to grow the team and the product.… Read More The makers of Hedge, the offloading app raised $3M!

Text editor with citation power: Author

What do you expect from a text editor? Either you want it to encourage a focus on the process of writing with this particular app or you want it to lead your focus to the subject you’re writing about. If you went for the first option, then the design, look and feel, and feature set of the app will determine your choice of app. If you favoured the second answer, an app like iA Writer or the Author app I’m covering here will have more appeal.… Read More Text editor with citation power: Author

Foxtrot Professional Search discovers content you didn’t know you had

The Mac’s Spotlight feature is powerful enough to find any file on your Mac, but its functionality is limited. You could index your documents using a database app like DEVONthink Pro and then search within that database, but that isn’t a set-it-and-forget-it game. There’s a much more powerful search app that is in a league of its own: FoxTrot Professional Search.… Read More Foxtrot Professional Search discovers content you didn’t know you had

IK Multimedia’s UNO Synth Pro is nothing short of amazing

I’m used to reviewing and using high-end software synthesizers like Hexeract on the Mac and Moog 15 on the iPad, but I have limited experience with analogue synthesizers. That is why I was eager to test the IK Multimedia UNO Synth Pro. I had reviewed IK Multimedia’s UNO before and found it a nice synthesizer but it lacked the power and sophistication of polyphonic software synths. The UNO Synth Pro, though not polyphonic, is different.… Read More IK Multimedia’s UNO Synth Pro is nothing short of amazing

ScreenFlow 10 review — separate audio capture, DAW recording, Removal Filter and more

For anything from presentations and tutorials to the more frivolous, ScreenFlow has been the app of choice for Mac users who create screencasts for a living. Version 10 adds a whole slew of new exciting features and works with macOS Catalina and Big Sur, including full support for M1 Macs.… Read More ScreenFlow 10 review — separate audio capture, DAW recording, Removal Filter and more