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

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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

Meet Photo Mechanic Plus, the database-driven photo management solution for professional photographers and photo journalists

Photo Mechanic Plus is a new version of the application for ingesting, managing and processing image files before and after you edit them. The Plus version includes all the features of Photo Mechanic with the addition of an image database for making catalogues of every photo you’ve collected on both online and offline storage… Read More Meet Photo Mechanic Plus, the database-driven photo management solution for professional photographers and photo journalists

Your Mac is a Zettelkasten note taking system

Originally an “analogue” index card system invented by a German academic, the zettelkasten (or slip box) note taking method is the subject of hefty discussions on Reddit and other note taking forums as to whether the best software to manage a zettelkasten is Roamer, Obsidian, DEVONthink, Bear app, Ulysses, Drafts, or the new kid on the block, Craft. As much as it’s a pleasure to read the pro and cons, the essence of the zettelkasten is that it’s an interlinked, richly connected system of atomic information.… Read More Your Mac is a Zettelkasten note taking system

Testing the OWC Mercury Helios 3S with U.2 Shuttle

The Mercury Helios 3S is an aluminium dual-port 85W charging Thunderbolt 3 expansion box with a dedicated DisplayPort 1.4 port for an 8K display. The Mercury Helios 3S accepts one PCIe (x16) slot for half-length, full-height, single or double-width cards. You can daisy-chain up to five additional Thunderbolt devices. OWC added the capability to install a U.2 Shuttle in the Helios 3S. My test unit came preconfigured with OWC Aura P12 Pro SSDs.… Read More Testing the OWC Mercury Helios 3S with U.2 Shuttle

Hazel 5 automates file management with lists and tables

Hazel 5 is the newest version of Noodlesoft’s file and folder automation tool for the Mac. It, of course, is now compatible with Big Sur, but there’s a lot more to enjoy in this upgrade. It’s become a standalone app with a detachable rule editor so you can see two or more rules at once. Two new features are making Hazel even more powerful as it was: custom list and custom table attributes. With those, Hazel can do things to your files automatically which you could only dream of before.… Read More Hazel 5 automates file management with lists and tables

Why filmmakers should consider OWC’s new Mercury Pro 6G SSD

OWC’s flagship SATA-based SSD, the Mercury Pro 6G range, has been updated to new technology inside and a new stylish black enclosure. Although SATA has a hard-wired theoretical speed limit that hovers around 700MB/sec, OWC has succeeded to make the Mercury Pro 6G even more appealing than it used to be by optimising the throughput itself.… Read More Why filmmakers should consider OWC’s new Mercury Pro 6G SSD