stopmotion

Animation on the iPad with iStopMotion

I remember fondly my first animation class when I was eight years old. There was the excitement of creating a story with inanimate objects and bringing them to life with a Super-8mm camera. I also remember how agonizing it was to wait for the film to be developed so I could view the fruits of my labor. If only I had an iPad and iStopMotion back then… iStopMotion ($9.99) is a well-design app for the iPad 2 and third-generation iPad. The interface is simple and intuitive, allowing young and old animators alike to get to the task at hand. You […]

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Mac Sage Redesign

It’s finally happening! I can no longer neglect the very real need for this website to be redesigned. I have always been a big fan of very simple and clean design that puts an emphasis on the content. I still have this belief. However, I am also a big fan of beauty. I think this website could be more beautiful. So, over the next week or so, you’ll be seeing the transformation of MacSage.com in terms of the design and usability. You may also notice that the content subject areas will be broadened over the next year. I will still […]

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Website costs

How Much Does A Website Cost?

“So, how much does a website cost?” I get this question all the time. It’s a perfectly valid question, but there are many variables which determine the answer to this seemingly simple question. It’s a little like asking: “So, how much does a house cost?” Website Pricing The difficulty in providing a simple answer to website pricing arises because there are so many elements and factors involved. To give you an idea, I have quickly listed some of these factors here: The Client– I’ll be very honest here. The nature of the client will always affect the pricing. The first […]

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iMac wireless router

Sharing Internet Connection With An iMac

This post is really an update of a post ( Using Your Mac As A Wireless Router ) I made back in 2007. I’ve had many emails from folks pointing out that the screenshots are not the same on their OSX. Since OSX has changed some since 2007, I will show how to do the same thing using Lion (OSX 10.7.4). (Since many of you will probably have a wireless modem/router, this may not be as useful.) First, here’s the basic idea. To configure internet sharing on you iMac, go into System Preferences and click on Sharing.   In the […]

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iPad screencasts

Creating iPad Screencasts

Since the release of the first iPad in April, 2010, I have been looking for a way to create screencasts on it. Screencasts can be very helpful in creating quick video tutorials. For some reason, Apple decided to not allow this capability directly on the iPad. (It turns out that there was a way to do it, but it required jailbreaking the iPad.) But now there is a way to do it by displaying your iPad screen onto your Mac and using screencasting software on the Mac for capture. Since Snow Leopard (10.6), QuickTime has had the ability to create […]

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videochow.com

Video Chow: A New Video Learning Series

The tagline is: “Free WordPress video tips delivered to your face.” The folks at WordPress Advantage have created a new video series called Video Chow, which delivers short, rapid-fire videos on focused topics. I’ve always been a big fan of video tutorials. But I find the pace of most of them just too slow. Even the fine video tutorials at Lynda.com are often too slow. In fact, one strategy I’ve developed for watching these videos is to double the speed. The only problem with this approach is that the resulting “chipmunk” voice becomes tiresome after 20-minutes or so. The videos […]

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