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iPhone Q8

I brought your attention did I ? This is the Kuwait Mac Community’s dream. The iPhone, form & function in one, a masterpiece in design, it’s dead simple to use, and it just .. works.

I highly recommend seeing this introductory video, and while your at it, notice its speed when changing between apps, even when a call arrives while watching a video, its surprisingly smooth.

http://www.apple.com/iphone/usingiphone/guidedtour.html

It is one of the most talked item in the blogosphere, and yesterday it got released in the USA. As you may know AT&T has the exclusive rights for the iPhone because of a 2-year contract they made with Apple. Meaning in can be activated by AT&T only, it’s also mentioned that even the iPod features don’t work before activation. So if your in Kuwait like me, then chances are it can’t be activated here, well only if you place your bets on a Hacker which I will probably do. Also it’s rumored that on this Monday, Apple is going to announce the official Carrier for the iPhone in Europe, which is Vodafone, yup that means us too, statistically speaking, since our beloved MTC is called MTC-Vodafone. One of the most notable thing is that the European version of the iPhone supports 3G, and since the contract is rumored to be 3 years, it makes sense for Apple to use 3G since Vodafone doesn’t want to be stuck with slower Edge Technology for that long.

3G is “3G is third-generation technology in the context of mobile phone standards. The services associated with 3G include wide-area wireless voice telephony and broadband wireless data, all in a mobile environment.” – Wikipedia. More on 3G here, Edge here

So to summarize, either you take the risk and buy it online in hopes of a way to activate it and unlock it to make it work in Kuwait, or wait for the European version which should be announced this Monday according to the rumors.

[Update]As reported here the iPhone is going to be sim-unlocked in some countries

finalcut box

Today I’m very excited because I finally received Final Cut Studio 2 .

The box is really heavy, it weighs about 16 pounds !!.I started opening it, then took the cardbox that supports the package off ..

Box finalcut

The package consists of 5 manuals, 4 for Finalcut Pro, and one dedicated for the color correcting tool Color, as well as a package for the main software and supplemental material ( project files, templates, training DVD)

Manuals

Finalcut studio contents

For a glimpse of what Final Cut Studio is about, and what it can do, (for non-techy readers out there :) ), it works like this:

1. Edit. Use Final Cut Pro 6 for native editing of virtually any format — from DV and SD up to HDV, XDCAM HD, DVCPRO HD, and fully uncompressed HD. Or use ProRes 422, a new post-production format from Apple that offers uncompressed HD quality at SD file sizes. Drag clips with different formats and even different frame rates into the new open format Timeline.

2. Animate. Create stunning 2D and 3D motion graphics in real time with Motion 3, the fastest and most intuitive way to animate and express your creative vision. Just drag and drop to make dramatic particle effects explode into 3D space; form vector-based paint strokes with the swish of a pen. New Motion master templates let you edit text and drop in video without leaving Final Cut Pro.

Mix with Soundtrack Pro 2.

3. Mix. Record and edit dialogue, add music and effects, and complete your mix with ease. Soundtrack Pro 2 lets you work faster than ever in its new, streamlined interface. You can even produce in surround sound using innovative visual tools. If you make changes to your edit in Final Cut Pro, you can rapidly update your audio mix with the powerful Conform feature in Soundtrack Pro.

Grade with Color.

4. Grade. Give your production a signature look or create a consistent feel for shots from different sources. Color is the newest member of the Final Cut Studio family, offering professional color grading that can elevate the quality of any production.

Deliver with Compressor 3.

5. Deliver. Use Compressor 3 to create pristine-quality output for a wide range of delivery formats — including the web, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, and broadcast servers. A streamlined new interface lets you batch-process encoding with point-and-click ease. If film is your destination, use Cinema Tools 4 to output film lists that combine timecode and keycode in a single list. Or use DVD Studio Pro 4 for professional DVD authoring and mastering.

Source: Apple.com

 

I started using Motion 3, mainly because I really wanted to use a motion graphics applictaions that uses the graphics card more efficiently and gives me real-time playback, as apposed to Adobe After Effects. I liked the templates that comes bundled with the app, as well as the animation behaviors, thats a killer feature if you compare it to After Effects .

 

I didn’t test the other applications yet, I think im going to stay at home this weekend and start using them one by one !

 

 

 

Pic from mac meetup

Last Tuesday I was at Second Cup for the 2nd Kuwait Mac user meetup, where Kuwaiti Mac users exchange knowledge, tips on Mac OS X, in a supporting social environment.

Highlights of the meetup:

- First we chatted with each other waiting for the rest of the attendees to come

- Next we introduced applications for Mac, VirtueDesktops, Isolator, Zekir

- Widgets: we showed a widget that does instant currency conversions, CurrencyConverter

- Tips: we explained how to use Smart folders along with the color coding labels

- Q&A: At the end we had an open discussion where we answered questions

- Giveaway DVD’s containing a handpick of Mac Apps

A lot of users are recently switching to Mac. Mac is really much more stable than windows, there are no viruses whatsover, no spyware, no adware, its clean and does the job with no hassle, let alone the applications that comes bundled with it, for more on mac, and why mac is a better choice than windows check this Link

I thank everyone who attended the user group, for more information/support on your mac, visit us at our new forum through this link, drop by and if you need support on your mac we would be glad to help, my username is (BigMac)

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