Showing posts from 2017

ProCase Sleeve for iPad Pro

ProCase Sleeve for 10.5" iPad Pro, on sale starting at $10.99:

My iPad Pro Amazon Haul Video:

As I said in my Apple Leather Sleeve video, there are plenty of cheap options for a sleeve for the iPad Pro, this ProCase sleeve is a perfect example of that. It will protect your iPad in the same manner you will pay a small fraction of the price!

Take my word for it, this sleeve is worth every bit of the $12 or so you will pay for it! Free shipping with Amazon Prime too!

Case Specs:

Internal dimension: 10.24" x 6.89". Compatible with 9 - 10.1 Inch tablet: 9.7" Apple iPad Pro (also fit with Smart Keyboard), iPad Pro 10.5 Inch, iPad Air 2, iPad Air and Galaxy Tab S2 9.7" tablet.Premium quality felt exterior and flannel interior provide great protection against dust, scratches and bumpsSlim fit yet practical, light weight yet durable; Velcro secures the closure, keeps tablet tightly in placeOne large front pocket and …

Smart Keyboard vs Magic Keyboard and MacBook Pro Keyboard (size comparison)

This video is to show the size differences between the Smart Keyboard for the 10.5" iPad Pro vs. the Apple Magic Keyboard and the keyboard on my 15" MacBook Pro.

I feel the Smart Keyboard is still too small to use for anything long form. It is fine for Twitter, but, for any serious writing, I will probably connect my Apple Magic Keyboard to my iPad Pro and type on that. Of course, this is my personal opinion, so results may vary!

Buy the Smart Keyboard for the 10.5" iPad Pro:

How To Change Text Color In Affinity Photo On The iPad

It is not obvious how to change the text color in Affinity Photo, I really wish the developers would move the color wheel to the text selection panel, or at least link to it from there. The way they have hidden the color wheel is not very intuitive!

Buy Affinity Photo for iPad:

Will the iPad Pro w/ Smart Keyboard fit inside the Leather Sleeve?

Yes, the 10.5" iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard will fit inside the Leather Sleeve. It is snug and it will stretch the leather, so be careful, that Leather Sleeve is expensive.

Buy the Smart Keyboard:

Buy Leather Sleeve on Amazon:
Buy Leather Sleeve from Apple:

Leather Sleeve for iPad Pro (from Apple)

(In the video I said the Leather Sleeve comes in 3 colors, it comes in 4: Brown, Taupe, Black, Navy Blue.)

I like the sleeve, I don't mind paying the price as I know it is a quality leather product. I am not saying it is worth $129, I am saying that I don't mind paying $129 for the Leather Sleeve!

Buy on Amazon:
Buy from Apple:

Affinity Photo for iPad

Affinity Photo is only $19.99 in the App Store:

Affinity Photo is hands down the best photo editing application on the iPad, or any mobile device for that matter. No other mobile app comes as close to a desktop experience as Affinity Photo!

Luminar Neptune - The new Accent AI Filter with Quick & Easy Workspace

Macphun has released a massive update to Luminar, which they are calling Neptune. The main feature of this update is called the Accent AI Filter, and what this filter does is it takes a photo and analyzes different areas of the image; such as the dark and light areas of the image, the structure, colors, and other parameters. The Accent AI Filter will automatically make adjustments to intelligently fine-tune what the image needs to create a stunning photo. Thus, making the work of the non-professional and professionals alike easier with a much more simplified user-interface. The best part is the Accent AI Filter is that it only requires a single slider; slide from the left to the right on the Accent AI Filter and choose the desired amount of the effect and the Accent AI Filter will do the rest. To simplify the user-interface, Luminar now as a new workspace called Quick & Awesome, which takes advantage of the new Accent AI Filter. This simplifies Luminar so that you don’t feel overw…

Videoshop for iPad and iPhone

Buy in the App Store for only $1.99:

If you are looking for a feature-packed mobile video editing application for your iPhone or iPad, then checkout Videoshop. I feel for the money, only $1.99, Videoshop is the best bang for the buck!

Android version;

Noble Monochromatic Preset Pack for Luminar

The Noble Monochromatic Preset Pack for Luminar is a $6.99 preset pack that features 9 filter/effects that can be applied to your photo inside of Luminar. With this monochromatic preset pack, the ideal photos would be architecture or portrait, in my opinion; but, of course you can apply to any photo you feel is worthy of the effect. I do like the black/white look that the effects in this bundle offer. I enjoy applying these effects on aerial shots of buildings or architecture. Check my demo video above for an example of all the effects that are included in this preset pack. “9 monochrome presets that will give you precise control of detail, shadows, highlights, and delicate tonality. Macphun Team collaborated with pro photographers to create this pack for perfect black & white photos.”You can purchase the Noble Monochromatic Preset from the Macphun website:

Essentials Preset Pack for Luminar

The Essentials preset pack comes bundled with 13 high-quality presets for only $8.99. “Over a dozen high-quality presets for instant detail enhancement, monochrome conversion, dreamy effect, outdoor photography and much more. This pack was developed by Macphun Team in collaboration with pro photographers, and works great with all types of images.”The Essentials preset pack is probably my favorite of the preset bundles that I have installed on my machine. I think the effects look great out of the box. Most of the effects are ready to go, where I don’t have to make any additional adjustments other than maybe toning down the overall effect of whichever effect I chose to apply to my photo. If you want to purchase the Essentials Preset Pack for Luminar, you can find the Preset bundle here: you would like to know more about Luminar, check my written and my video review of the Luminar: Luminar (discounted …

Insta Inspiration Preset Pack for Luminar

"30 authentic presets inspired by Instagram community. Developed by pro photographer and imaging researcher Jason Odell, exclusively for Luminar."

Buy Insta Inspiration: All Preset Available for Luminar:
Luminar Deal:
Luminar first look:


If you want to up your game on Instagram, quit editing your photos inside of the Instagram app, edit them on your Mac, then share them out to your iPhone or Android phone and upload them. Edit them in a professional editor and take your Instagram game to that next level — just insert ( #InstagramBoss ) tags and be on your way!

A Better YouTube

Speaking of Safari, this is why I use Safari for YouTube, and not Chrome!

YouTube has become exactly what I hated about television; nothing but fucking ads. The content is becoming watered down too; 5,000 videos on the exact same topic, everybody thinking they are Casey fucking Neistat, and terrible discovery of quality content.

Every person who uploads a video with 7 followers thinks they need to turn ads on for their videos. Which leads me to giving the video a thumbs down and clicking off of their video. Nobody cares about the user-experience when they upload their content, they are worried about making $3.01 a month. This is also why I spend 5 hours a day on Vimeo and maybe 30 minutes a day on YouTube.

Anyway, this plugin works great in Safari:

There is also a Chrome and Firefox version as well, I am not sure how they work though in those browsers. 

Safari is better than Chrome

I use Blogger for this site, and I have for quite a while; but, using Blogger in Safari is impossible! My choices are either suffer with poor battery life, a bad user-experience and use Chrome, or switch back to Tumblr. Looks like it is Tumblr.

Which brings me to this article:

"I think Safari is a terrific browser. It remains the one and only browser for the Mac that behaves like a native Mac app through and through. It may not be the fastest browser but it is fast. And its energy performance puts Chrome to shame. If you use a Mac laptop, using Chrome instead of Safari can cost you an hour or more of battery life per day."

I do not dislike Chrome, I do use it; but, mostly for when using a Google service because for whatever reason, they run like shit inside of Safari (see Blogger). This is sort of funny; YouTube, my most used Google service, I actually use Safari. The main reason is because of this excellent plug…

My Gear Vault

Here is a terrific, free application that you can download on your iPhone that will help you manage your camera gear.

My Gear vault will help you manage your camera gear, keep up with receipts of purchase, as well as the serial number of your gear, in case of theft or damage.

I've been keeping up with my info in Notes on my Mac, it's not ideal though. This app is nice and much easier to sort than in my Notes app. Plus, I have a lot of equipment. This app has most of it already listed, I just search the device and the details auto-fill, minus serial and receipt.

"MyGearVault is a FREE app designed to help photographers and videographers from professionals, to amateurs, to even hobbyists, know what they have and what it’s worth."

Download for the iPhone, free in the App Store:

*** An Android version is coming soon. ***

Luminar - Professional Photo Editing

Luminar for Mac Luminar for the Mac1 is a professional video editing application with over 300 tools and features that will allow you to edit your photography in a professional manner. Luminar has native RAW processing support, and Luminar supports over a dozen different cameras; DSLR, Point and Shoot, GoPro or action cam, iPhone, and Drone images, you name it. Luminar only cost $69, you can read more about Luminar or purchase Luminar by visiting the MacPhun website.

Think of Luminar as a digital darkroom on your Mac. Luminar picks up the slack that was felt for Mac users when Apple did away with Aperture over two years ago. Apple did launch Photos on the Mac; but, Photos is not up to par with more advanced photo editing. Photos is nice for managing your photos on your Mac; but, you need an application like Luminar if you want more advanced photo editing features, which Luminar has those.

Luminar as a Photos extension A neat feature built into Luminar is that Luminar will work as a…

mTuber for Final Cut Pro X (demo)

Buy mTuber from motionVFX:
mTuber Tutorial:
mTuber official demo:

FCP X Collaboration tool:

Final Cut Pro X: Should You Purchase Motion 5 and Compressor?

In this video I talk about Motion 5 and Compressor, and if you should buy either program if you also have bought Final Cut Pro X. While I do recommend both programs, I don’t think both are necessary, I think both do compliment Final Cut Pro X, to make FCP X a more robust editing tool; but, both Motion and/or Compressor might not be needed.

Buy Motion 5:
Buy Compressor:
Buy Final Cut Pro X:
Try FCP X:


If you want to learn about Motion 5, I recommend following these channels here on YouTube for some awesome Motion 5 tutorials:

Ripple Training (Highly Recommended):

Motion 5 Q&A:

Simple Video Making:

How To Add A Fake Depth Of Field To Your Video In FCP X

This is an easy technique that will teach you how you can easily apply a fake depth of field to a video in Final Cut Pro X. Feel free to ask question on the YouTube video page.

Panols iPhone App for Instagram

Download Panols in the iOS App Store:

"Panols allows photographers to share the panoramic photos taken with their iPhone, as well as other photos stored in their Photo Library, with Instagram users everywhere. The app takes the Panorama shots stored in the device's Photo Library, and accurately splits the wide-shot into three separate shots, allowing users to take advantage of the Instagram profile display grid to showcase them in their full glory via the social network's standard three-across display view."
Panols Website:

Final Cut Pro X: Basics for Beginners - Exporting to YouTube

In this video I talk about the easiest way to export directly from Final Cut Pro X to YouTube. This is the best way for beginners to Final Cut Pro X, to get their content online to YouTube. It automatically adds the recommended encoding settings for YouTube in the direct upload, making sure your video is encoding properly for viewing on YouTube.

Recommended Links: 
YouTube Recommended Encoding Settings:

YouTube Supported File Formats:

FCP X: Basics for Beginners Playlist:

Why We Should Share

I read this post online today, from a member of a Final Cut Pro X group I am in.

"One of the biggest accomplishments in this great journey was having my store added to Apple’s Final Cut Pro Resource Page. When this had happened it brought me tears of happiness and joy. To have a highly valued company such as Apple add my little online store to a long list of amazingly talented people and businesses is incredibly gratifying."
My personal belief is that all art should be free, I don't mean you should work for free, I mean you should NEVER put a price on your passion. Anything creative I do, either I give it away, or I tell the person to give me whatever they want. I never put a price on anything.

Currently I am doing my first music video for a local artist, who also happens to be signed to a decently sized record label. My price for doing this video? NOT A SINGLE PENNY. All I asked for was a shoutout on the video page! I have actually spent $700 of my own money on additi…

Final Cut Pro X: Basics for Beginners - How to Add Sound Effects

In this tutorial video I am showing you how to add custom sound effects to your video projects, to make your videos or clips stand out. Most of the sound effects I have installed on my machine either came with Final Cut Pro X, or with Logic Pro X. You can also use third-party sounds as well.

FCP X: Basics for Beginners Playlist:


If you don't own FCP X, you can either purchase or download the trial version;



Download the Final Cut Pro X Help Guide:


Recommended FCP X Books:
FPC X 10.2 (older version; but, still helpful):
Pro Workflow;

KingYou Earbuds

Looking for an inexpensive pair of earbuds, or replacement earbuds? These KingYou earbuds are only $14.99, and they sound fantastic. They also come with replacement ear tips, a clip to attach to  your shirt when jogging, a microfiber cleaning cloth, a handy carrying pouch, and of course the no tangle earbuds. The KingYou earbuds come in five colors: gold, shiny gold, rose gold, silver, and black.

Did I mention they are noise cancelling? Yes, they do a pretty great job at that as well!

KingYou Earbuds:

Final Cut Pro X: Basics for Beginners - How To Use Transitions

In this tutorial video I am showing you how to apply transitions to your FCP X project, how to adjust those transitions to achieve the desired look, as well as one of my favorite third-party plugins for transitions.

One of my favorite places to purchase plugins or templates for Final Cut Pro X is motionVFX.

Here is a demo of mTransition Zoom for FCP X:

Buy mTransition Zoom:

Checkout my Final Cut Pro X: Basics for Beginners videos on YouTube:

If you like what you see, be sure to hit that subscribe button so you don’t miss any of my FCP X videos: Subscribe;

LUMIX G 20mm F1.7 II ASPH - Test Footage

Footage was shot with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, the lens used was the Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm F1.7 II. I shot this in Quechee, Vermont.

Some Color Correction in FCP X, as well as setting the Log Processing to Blackmagic Design Film 4K:

The reason behind these posts is so I can compare settings, and quality of footage, as well as share them with the public or anybody who might have an interested in the camera or the lenses that I am using.

If you have issues with the Vimeo player, I have also uploaded the same footage to YouTube as well:

FCP X Basics For Beginners - How to Adjust Titles and Text

This is a tutorial for beginners, or users just starting out with editing in Final Cut Pro X. This is a very basic tutorial about adding titles or text to your videos, and how to adjust the parameters of those titles and text within Final Cut Pro X. I have started to upload a series on my YouTube channel for Final Cut Pro X for beginners, you can find the playlists for those videos here:
FCP X Basics for Beginners Playlist;


A website that will quickly allow you to figure out the crop factor for you camera/lenses. Works well; simply punch in mm size, F-stop, and sensor size and then press calculate, a second later you get your almost exact results!

Another thing I like is in the results it does a good job of explaining the crop factor and what is  going on with the crop, and does so in a way that anyone can understand; but, also links to more complex explanations of crop factors and sensor sizes.


EasyBlog for iPhone (Blogger/Blogspot)

Google recently removed the Blogger app from the iOS App Store, and rightfully so. The Blogger app had not been updated in a really long time. Enter EasyBlog for iPhone. EasyBlog is a Blogger/Blogspot application for the iPhone that will allow you to easily manage your Blogger content; compose a draft, write a new post, make an edit to a post already published. This application is a version 1.0, so it is very limited. Currently you cannot add images or embed a YouTube video; but, you can write a post and add a URL link, make bulleted list, add keywords to a post, publish a new post, and revert a published post back to a draft. The interface is modern and beautiful, and even though the app has a few shortcomings or lacking a few features, EasyBlog still allows you add content to your Blogger website from your phone while on the go. Plus, it is free to download, there are no in-app purchases or ads in the app, currently. Download: EasyBlog for Blogger/Blogspot.

Six Colors of Apple (Watch Band)

That's what's up! Super dope band, I just don't feel for the price that I would get enough usage out of it. I would wear it, just not every single day!

Buy it here;

"Other than showing the brilliant colours we're doing for the Apple Watch, as the only brand offering premium, hard anodized aluminum, we're donating $20 for each sale of this Ligero model to Amnesty International to help their fight against discrimination."

You can read about that here;

FCP X Basics For Beginners - Basic Editing (part 2)

This video is the very basics of editing in FCP X; how to add text, how to slice your clips, how to add generators, etc.

Hopefully I did an okay job with this video, I feel like I was rambling on; but, that is what happens when you talk for 20 minutes straight. I tried to touch on the important aspects of editing in FCP X.

***Note; everybody has a different style of editing, the way I edit might be different than someone else. Neither way is wrong, I feel you should edit the way that you are comfortable with editing. I have used Final Cut Pro since FCP 7, for about 10 years. While a lot has changed, one thing that hasn't is my habit for how I edit. ***

How to delete Chrome apps on a Mac

One of the most annoying things about using Google Chrome is that Chrome will install a bunch of quick-launch apps on your machine, without asking you if you want them! I guess that is the price of using a free browser, along with giving away all your personal browsing data; but, that is a topic for another day…

How to Delete:
Open the Home folder on your Mac.Now open the Applications folder.Inside the Applications folder you will find all the app icons, you can either click and drag them to your Trash bin, or you can right-click on them and select Move to Trash.After you have moved them to the Trash bin, right-click on your Trash bin, and select Empty Trash.
This is what your Home folder looks like (yours will have a different name):

This is what the Google Chrome Apps folder will look like: 

This is what the Google Chrome apps look like that you will want to delete:

Vermont - Illustration

This was a Vermont skyline I created in Adobe Illustrator, I have included the .ai file below if you want to download it and make changes to it, or use it as your own design. I have altered this image a bunch, mostly changing the colors from what you see below.

Download the .ai file;

Boston Terrier - Illustratration

I am going to start uploading all my Illustrator projects here to my blog. This particular illustration was for a friend of mine, it is his Boston Terrier; Snowball.

Below you will also find a link to my Google Drive folder where you can download all the .ai files so that you can open them in Adobe Illustrator and edit them yourself. If you have any questions about this illustration, feel free to comment below.

Download the .ai file HERE.

A new Apple Watch and Apple Watch Bands

One of my favorite aspects of the Apple Watch is the easily replaceable bands for the Apple Watch. I have quite a few different bands, all varying in colors and styles. I currently have the stainless steel Apple Watch (series 0), or the original Apple Watch. While I don’t think I really need to update the Watch, as watchOS 3 has made my Apple Watch almost like a new device; I really do want the porcelain Apple Watch. I think the white porcelain Apple Watch Edition is beautiful.

If Apple announces a new Series 3 (4th generation) Apple Watch at WWDC, and there is a porcelain version available, that might be my next big purchase from Apple.

Here are the current bands that I own:

I have my eye on one of the new Nike bands, as well as this Spring edition band that Apple just launched. Hopefully if Apple does announce a new Watch at WWDC or even in the fall, that the new Watch will work with the bands from the older Apple Watches.

Still an iMac fan at heart

I have found myself using my iMac once again more and more every single day. I don't mean I moved away from it; but, for the last couple of months I have only been using my MacBook Pro.

The small screen size of my MacBook Pro (15") in comparison to the large screen on my iMac (27") is one thing; but, the performance is another issue as well. Anytime I start to push the MBP the fans ramp up and it feels like it starts to stutter a tad.

Even though my iMac is three years older, I still feel it is the better machine for what I want to do. I am not shitting on my MBP, I just think I am more of an iMac fan, thus I can't wait for the new iMac or iMac Pro – whatever Apple announces — to launch. I might sell my MacBook Pro and invest in a new iMac, or I might just keep the MBP and upgrade my current iMac instead.

I do love the portability of the MacBook Pro, I just tend to feel more productive on the larger screen of the iMac when I am at home. I just hope if Apple does anno…

Two of my favorite Safari Extensions

There are always the first extensions I install on a new Mac, or if I do a clean install on one of my older machines. As of writing this, they both still work without any issues.

Clean URLs:

Removes all sorts of un-necessary junk for the URL so that you can easily copy the URL for sharing. Removes things like: utm_source=, etc.

Minimal Status Bar:

"This is an extension to provide a minimal (Google Chrome-like) status bar for Safari. It also has built-in longurl support to convert those pesky and opaque short urls to long ones again."

FCP X Basics For Beginners - Library, Event, and Projects (part 1)

This is part 1 of my Final Cut Pro X Basics for Beginners series. In this episode I go over Libraries, Events, and Projects. How to use them, what they are, and how to manage them within FCP X.


Follow the FCP X Basics for Beginners Playlist;

I also recommend looking at an Editors Keys Keyboard for FCP X shortcuts! Buy the keyboard on Amazon;

You can also checkout my written review of the Editors Keys, which you can find here; Got notifications turned on? Why not turn them on for my channel so you do not miss any of my FCP X tutorials?!

Additional information about Final Cut Pro X Libraries, Events, and Projects can be found via an Apple white paper:

Additional FCP X Playlist here on my YouTube channel;

How to Round Corners in Adobe Illustrator


This is a quick tip on how-to round corners in Adobe Illustrator. In the video I show you how to round all four corners, or if you only want to round certain corners I show you how to do that as well.

If you have any questions or comments feel free ask below.

If you haven't done so yet, feel free to subscribe to my tips channel on YouTube;

Adobe Illustrator Cartoon Character Shapes

These are the 3 basic shapes for creating cartoon characters in Adobe illustrator. The circle and the square are easy to create on your own, the oblong oval is the one beginners might have trouble with, so I created it for you.

Simply unzip the folder > Open the .ai file in illustrator > start creating

Download from Google Drive:

NOTE: you can easily change the colors of the shapes by selecting a shape and then choosing a different color from the color palette.

iPad Pro or MacBook Pro with Apple Pencil support?

Just a few thoughts on wanting an iPad Pro; but, I would rather have a MacBook Pro that supported the Apple Pencil, at least in theory I would!

I’m in the market for an iPad Pro (12.9”); but, I’m going to wait until WWDC with the hopes Apple announces something new, I also know they’ll wait until the fall for an iPad announcement. I am just holding out hope we get something in a couple of months.

I still think the patent/rumor last year about the new MacBook Pro w/Touch Bar that would have a trackpad that supported the Apple Pencil ( might be something we may see this year, it is surely big enough.

Then there is the patent showing an iPhone/iPad connecting to the MBP ( as well, to be used where the trackpad should be. I think both of those rumors might be correct; but, I don’t think they’ll look like the diagrams at all.

Maybe a trackpad that looks and functions like an iPad/iPhone. The trackpad is already glass and the Touch Bar is alrea…

broccoli t-shirt for sale

You can order these custom designed t-shirts from TeeSpring; broccoli is life.

Price is $24.99. They come in sizes from XS to 3X. They are hight quality American Apparel t-shirts. The only color available is white.

These will only be available for the next 3 days. Order now!

iPhone Wallpaper

Download full rez;  iPhone Wallpaper

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Personal digital artwork

I have been getting back into digital artwork with Photoshop and Illustrator, lately I have been browsing through Behance for ideas and inspiration. Here are some of my recent creations within Photoshop. This is a personal project for myself, I am only sharing the work here on this blog because it is a part of me, all my other artwork can be found here;

How to change the eye color on any photo in Adobe Photoshop

This is a quick tutorial showing you how to adjust or change the eye color of an image in Adobe Photoshop.

Issues with the new MacBook Pro

I don't hate my new MacBook Pro, I actually like it a lot. But, I agree with quite a few things Colin says in the above video, I also disagree with a lot of what he says. Most of his complaints are subjective, so when I say disagree I just mean I don't have the same complaints, not that he is wrong.

For me the Track Pad is fucking annoying, it is way too big and it gets in my way more than not. I want to smash my MacBook Pro over the head of whoever thought making this fucker so obnoxiously big was a good idea. If it had Apple Pencil support, that would have been one thing. It doesn't so it is needlessly big! There is nothing better about this trackpad being so big, matter of fact it is worse because it causes so many unwarranted mistakes when typing.

The keyboard is okay, I don't hate it, but the trackpad makes the keyboard annoying sometimes. I have resorted to using my Magic Keyboard with my MBP, which I prefer anyway.

Everything else he mentions, I didn…

Better Touch Tool with Touch Bar Support

If you have a new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, then Better Touch Tool is a must have. You can customize the Touch Bar with a ton of shortcuts that you can't customize it with by default in macOS.

As an example, I can open Motion 5 with shortcut of instructions to open Motion with a 1920x1080 project with 24FPS with a 7 second duration all with one tap. It will open up my empty template and is ready to go.

Also, if you have purchased Better Touch Tool in the past you can update for free, if you have purchased Better Snap Tool (which I own) then you can download Better Touch Tool for free also. The developer has a "pay what you want model" with the minimum being $4.50. Personally, I would give this dev at least $10 as this is an extremely powerful Mac app and he deserves as much.

Download the 45 day trial here;
how to;

The huge trackpad on the MacBook Pro

I have been using my new MacBook Pro for exactly 2 weeks as of today; I wanted to discuss this new huge trackpad. Let me just get this out of the way: I am not in love with it! I have noticed the palm rejection sometimes causes issues when I am typing. It seems like it will select entire paragraphs and move them around, or completely select and delete entire paragraphs. I am not even sure how in the hell it is deleting things? It doesn’t cause issues all of the time; but, it has caused enough issues for me to take notice. The problem lies with my palms resting on top of the trackpad. I believe that when I go to use something in the Touch Bar that my palms are sliding on the trackpad and it thinks that I am swiping on it; or at least that is what I assume is happening? The funny thing about the trackpad, I can put my palms on the trackpad and move them around and the cursor never moves! But when I start typing all of sudden it magically activates at certain times. Then other times I ca…

MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Battery Life

I have been using the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for over a week now and the battery life has been really good. This was one of the things I was worried about when deciding to buy the new MacBook Pro, as I read so many articles stating the opposite. There was the whole Consumer Report debacle, in which CR did some crazy testing which caused the battery life to be very sporadic in their testing.
Marco Arment claims he was not getting the 10-hours of battery life that Apple was claiming users should get:
“Apple claims it lasts 10 hours, but I’ve never gotten that — in a fairly light web-productivity workload, I average around 5–7 hours, and if I’m using Xcode, I’m lucky to get 4–5 hours. This seems common — many other customers and reviewers have noted similarly disappointing battery life in the 5-hour range.” Of course everybody users their machines in different ways with different applications running which would cause battery life to greatly differ from user to user. I have notic…

How to View Your Backgound Tasks in FCPX (10.3.2)

Ever since Apple updated Final Cut Pro X to 10.3 back in October, a lot of casual FCPX users have found the new interface a tad confusing. Keep in mind, everything still functions the same, things are just in different places. One such change is the Background Task button, which has been moved to the upper left toolbar, it used to reside above the timeline, next to the timestamp. Here are 3 ways to open up the background tasks dialog box:Click the circle with the checkmark, which is located in the upper left toolbar. (Fast-forward the above video to the 0:11 mark). In your Apple menu bar (with FCPX selected) click on Window, then scroll down to Background Tasks. (Fast-forward the above video to the 0:24 mark).My preferred method, use the keyboard shortcut Command (⌘) + 9. You can also use Command + 9 to close the Background Tasks dialog box. (Fast-forward the above video to 0:33 mark). For more information about Background Tasks, please check this Apple Support page.

How to Unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch

If you want to unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch this work terrifically. My one caveat is that it is a tad slower than when I use the Touch ID sensor on my 2016 MacBook Pro, but it is still a nice feature to have activated either way. If you don't have the new MacBook Pro with the Touch ID sensor then it is a no-brainer to activate. Not only is your Apple ID better secured with 2-factor authentication; but, you are also able to access your Mac easier without the hassle of needing to type in your password each time.

I one thing I should mention, this does not work when you power your Mac on, you will still need to enter your password in that situation. If you are waking your Mac from sleeping though, it works every single time.

Once you set-up your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac, when the Watch is used to unlock your Mac you will get a tap on the wrist and hear a jingle on the Watch letting you know it just unlocked your Mac. You will also see a notification on your Watch…

How to fix a frozen Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro

A quick tip for anyone who has experienced the Touch Bar freezing up on the MacBook Pro. If this happens to you, follow the instructions below and it will relaunch the Touch Bar.

Open Terminal > type: pkill "Touch Bar agent" > press Return

If you do not know where to find the Terminal, it is located in Applications folder > Utilities Folder > Terminal

Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter

This adapter works perfectly with my older Thunderbolt external drive. I have not had a single issue with it.

Hopefully I can get a new SSD Thunderbolt 3 drive to replace my current external drive so I won't need to use these adapters, but for the time being, this works fine!

The adapter is $29, you can purchase it from the Apple Store:

How to Customize the Touch Bar

A quick tip on how to customize the Touch Bar on a MacBook Pro.

For more information regarding the Touch Bar, please check the Apple support page;

SanDisk Extreme Pro USB-C Reader / Adapter

I purchased this to use with my MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. I needed an easy way to get my drone footage off of my Phantom 4 and onto my MacBook Pro for editing, this is the perfect solution for my needs.

I have used this quite a few times and I have not had any issues. Transfer speeds seem to be super quick. I am mostly transferring from the SanDisk to my Thunderbolt external drive for editing, but even transferring directly to the MBP is super fast as well. Great product, highly recommended!

$29 from Apple;

Apparently Amazon doesn't carry this yet, so no link. :/

Life Rules - Arya Stark

Animation project Arya

Elago W3 - Apple Watch Charging Stand

A replica Macintosh charging stand for your Apple Watch, it works with series 1 and 2.

It is made of rubber, just feed your charging cable through the stand, your watch slides down inside it. Very sturdy, it doesn't tip over, it's rubber on the outside but weighted on the inside. A very neat charging stand for any Apple fan with an Apple Watch.

$15 on Amazon;