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21 September, 2009

Sept. 21st 2009 – Daily Infogatherings

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sean Canton @ 5:51 pm

So, as not to be completely useless with this space. I’m posting the interesting things I run across.

Yahoo UX Pattern Collection

Awesome collection, a Library of Libraries. ( ux, ui, ia )

Top 10 Underhyped Webapps, 2009 Edition [Lifehacker Top 10]

My favorite of the bunch is Freckles. Tending towards simplicity, this time-tracking app beats out the major contender, RescueTime, merely because it allows you to input your own hours without being a buggy BigBrother.

26 August, 2009

Google Custom Search into YubNub

Ok, we all love Google Custom Search, but if only it was easier to access the power underneath the hood. YubNub to the rescue!

First, you need an easy way to use YubNub, my favorite way is through an application or input driven URL launcher. Alternatively, you can place

http://yubnub.org/parser/parse?command=

in the Firefox about:config setting “keyword.URL” for awesome bar access.

about:config setting keyword.URL in FF3

about:config setting keyword.URL in FF3

Second, you need to make, or utilize, a Google Custom Search. The specifics of that are up to you to decipher.

Third, go to “manage your existing search engines” from the GCSE main page. Click on the link for the search engine you want to YubNub and query some simple garbage, like “asdf”, and it will likely return this :

GCSE Fail

That’s ok, it’s the URL we’re after (your cx numbers will be different).

http://www.google.com/cse?cx=013447137807661701068%3Annr5ynxpzry&ie=UTF-8&q=asdf&sa=Search&hl=en

Pay special attention to the q variable. Hey, that’s my query! That means I can do almost anything with this URL! Drop it into QuickSilver, make a keyword based search for FireFox, or put it into YubNub!

Simply replace the “asdf” in your URL with a “%s” and you’re ready to rock with every possibility I’ve described above.

My first one was a Javascript Reference that shortens to “jsr”, fyi.

23 July, 2009

Configuring a Shuttle for FCP Part 2.5 & FCP 7 Overview

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sean Canton @ 9:03 am

I’ve been a bad blogger. It’s not just laziness,  something stops me from serving my little community to the utmost. Cynicism and malaise, I think, not directed at you, my wonderful readers, more of at life in general. Let’s break that habit, at least for today.

I present an early version of what I was mentioning months ago.

ShuttleFCPSettings

Now, this is for FCP6 and Contour Shuttle software.

Oddly enough, today I found that Apple announced Final Cut Studio 7.

Some exciting stuff here, colored tabs and markers, easier clip speed control, background rendering, multitouch and lots of workflow improvements. I don’t know if it all justifies a version change, but lets see what else got added to the bundle.

I think the thing that stands out for me the most is the across the board improvements to hardware support and workflow. Apple has really gone out of the way to make sure a variety of control surfaces are supported for Motion, Color and Soundtrack Pro. As you know, I use a Shuttle, and I find the little bugger indispensable compared to working with a mouse and keyboard. Dedicated hardware offers you the flexibility to set up your work space in a way that works best for you. This is essential to develop ‘muscle memory’ with your software.

Workflow too, the shuffling of files from folder to application to export to archive. More codecs, XML interchange and export options means you’ll have less hassling with files & renders. Color now integrates tightly with FCP. Pretty neat stuff.

Motion got quite a bit of love, making it even more of a viable contender with After Effects. Text generation, shadows and depth of field are the highlights here.

Soundtrack, I think, got the weakest attention in this update, but that’s ok if it means Logic 9 will rock my socks off.

Of course, for some, the best new feature is Blu-ray support!

While there’s a couple of shiny things to draw your attention to this update, I think that the most exciting improvements are a few versions away. Much as Snow Leopard focuses on improving foundations, this release, with increased hardware and workflow support, lays the groundwork for future greatness. Especially considering the work that’s gone into Final Cut Server, I believe they will have a world class media management tool / interface in the next release.

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