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How to move your Capture One preview cache to an external drive in macOS

One of the most pleasant surprises of going 100% Adobe-free has been the switch to Phase One’s Capture One. Capture One Pro 11 is an outright replacement for Lightroom. It’s faster, has more powerful tools (including layers), and does not require a subscription. Here’s a great trick to reduce the size of the Capture One catalog file by moving the preview and thumbnail image cache to an external hard drive.... More »

Dockside for iTunes: The new macOS Music App from PACKAFōMA CōDE

Dockside for Mac: An elegant, lightweight “Now Playing” utility and controller for iTunes that fits perfectly next to your Dock, displaying album artwork, track details, and compact player controls. We love Apple’s macOS design aesthetics, but it’s time to make use of that wasted space on each side of The Dock! Version 1.0 is now available in the App Store for only $1.99. Dockside was designed for the magnificent Retina displays of iMacs and iMac Pros, but it also works with smaller MacBook and MacBook Pro screens. The minimalist interface remains visible at all times while iTunes is running and is much less irritating than the default iTunes notifications.... More »

Premiere Pro is dead (to me). Long live DaVinci Resolve!

In an alternate timeline, no pun intended, Final Cut Pro 8 was a brilliant upgrade to Apple’s storied non-linear editor. FCP 8 introduced cutting edge innovations, 64-bit performance, and Apple’s trademark interface refinements without sacrificing existing features or compatibility with FCP 7. Six years later, with Avid in bankruptcy, Apple built on the runaway success of FCP 8 with FCP 9, an app so flawless that its users ascended to a higher plane of existence, their cinematic visions inspiring peaceful resolutions to all the violent conflicts on Earth. But here in this universe, Apple released FCP X, and I switched to Adobe Premiere Pro.... More »

10 Easy-to-Fix Things That I Can’t Believe Adobe Hasn’t Fixed in Premiere Pro CC

When FCP Classic was EOL’d in 2011, I was one of the first among my circle of editors in LA to give Premiere Pro a shot. Technically, Premiere had been around for quite a long time, but for Mac users, it was never even a contender. Plus, if you were like me, you mostly associated Adobe’s video products with Flash, which I loathed long before Steve Jobs famously published his thoughts on the subject.... More »

Adobe Premiere Pro CC Gripes and Wish List

Update October 15, 2014: The list portion of this post is current through Premiere Pro CC 2014.1 (8.1). I have placed check marks and notes next to items that have been fixed since the initial release of CC. August 16, 2013: I switched from Apple Final Cut Pro (versions 1 through 7) to Adobe Premiere Pro as my primary NLE in 2012. Since then, Premiere Pro has improved by leaps and bounds. Yet, it remains stubbornly rough around the edges and is, to quote C-3PO, “not entirely stable.” I use several Adobe apps on a daily basis, and I remain optimistic that Adobe will continue to make my Creative Cloud subscription worthwhile, but they need to release more frequent and substantial updates.... More »

Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 to CC: Wish List Scorecard

Premiere Pro CC is the first major release that began development after the FCPX debacle, and it shows. It caters directly to Final Cut switchers. That’s a good thing. There’s a reason that Final Cut gained supremacy among Mac users while Premiere settled into its place as a second-rate Windows alternative. At this point, I recommend Premiere Pro CC to Mac users who must inevitably say good-bye to the venerable and rapidly graying FCP7. Your Final Cut Pro 8 has arrived.... More »

Separators for Safari bookmarks bar

A simple bookmark menu separator for Apple Safari that lets you organize your bookmarks into sections or categories within your bookmarks menu or bookmarks bar folders.... More »