Category Archives: Reviews

Freshly Squeezed Reviews: Let Your Fingers Do The Working

By Frank Petrie There are those who treat using keyboard shortcuts like a religion. Wanna join the flock? There are several ways to navigate your macOS. Most use the eternal Menu Bar plus now you can use Voice Control. But the quickest way to do things is by using keyboard shortcuts. Unfortunately, most people have memories like mine. If you use several specific apps predominantly, you learn your frequently used shortcuts with time and repeated use; not all of them, only the ones you use…

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Freshly Squeezed Reviews: Light Cubed

By Frank Petrie Several months ago I reviewed the benefits of Bias Lighting, not just for setting ambience but regarding taxing your retinas. Lately, I have found myself being a creator of video and not just a consumer. Appearing on the occasional podcast (what were they thinking?) and creating a short project for a film festival. Plus time-to-time I video chat with my daughter on the other side of the continent and friends around the globe. (This is all that my Film degree has gotten…

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Freshly Squeezed Reviews: You Seem to Have an Assistive Touch, Yeah

By Frank Petrie Recently Apple acquired Workflows, added some features, cleaned it up, and Voilà! – Siri Shortcuts. But I stumbled across a few articles that showed me an additional plethora of shortcuts that can be had in iOS using an additional method. That’s AssistiveTouch, which perfectly dovetails with Siri Shortcuts. As you command Siri Shortcuts via your voice, you order AssistiveTouch to do your bidding with your fingers. It’s just that simple and I’ve found that it can perform several actions that I have…

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Freshly Squeezed Reviews: In Defense Of Apple Maps

By Frank Petrie The big troika of smartphone navigation apps are Google Maps, Waze, and Apple Maps. I believe that recently Apple has brought its maps app up to parity and then some. On November 28, 2007, Google Maps for Mobile 2.0 was released. On September 23, 2008, coinciding with the release of the first Android device. Google then broadened its market with an Android version. And not to be left out in the cold, Apple inevitably adopted a version of Google Maps. With the…

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Freshly Squeezed Reviews: Video Duke Shows Promise

By Frank PetrieOptical discs, remember them? Now they seem almost as antiquated as 8-tracks. (Google if you don’t know what they were. I believe that The Flintstones used to use them. Google them, too.) Streaming video is king. Other than subscription services and sites such as You Tube, Vimeo, social media has most likely become part of your daily  life. Now suppose there’s a specific video that you want to watch. Of course, you can access these sites via WiFi on your desktop. But supposed…

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Freshly Squeezed Reviews: Video To Go

By Frank Petrie How many times have you been held hostage by a family member, friend, or neighbor and forced to watch seemingly endless home videos of their kids, a recent family trip, sporting event, or what have you. Well, now there’s a book to prevent you from becoming one of the hostage takers. You can make videos that people actually enjoy watching! It’s written by videographer and reviewer Wally Cherwinski, “Video To Go’. These days, making good video isn’t about having the best and…

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