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Macworld Australia February 2016

Australian Macworld is the longest-running Mac magazine outside the USA. We bring you the latest news, reviews, help and tips for the Mac, iPad, iPhone and everything else from Apple. Plus you'll find photography, lifestyle and the latest gadgets. It's the full package for Mac fans.

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2016 – i can’t believe it’s here already

I recall as a kid ruminating about what life would be like in the year 2000. I was born in the 1960s and I remember saying to my parents that I’d be in my 30s and so old! Back then, TV was black and white, I played outside a lot more than kids today and my father, who worked for the PMG/Telecom/Telstra from the time he arrived in Australia in the 1950s, had a phone installed in our house. That house was recently bulldozed, along with a few of the places my neighbours lived in, and was replaced by a hideous, characterless apartment block. Apparently that’s a sign of progress. But along the way we’ve also gained a lot. The world is a much smaller place and, by and large, that’s a…

1 min.
staff picks

ANTHONY CARUANA Trying to control everything from my iPad – sometimes it’s just easier to get off the couch and do things the old-fashioned way. MADELEINE SWAIN Anyone’s who’s read my contributions to this column before can probably guess this: my new year’s resolution would be to break my children’ bad tech habits… JAMUNA RAJ Keeping the phone away and having real-life conversations with real people. MONIQUE BLAIR I would like to put my phone AWAY when I go to bed, as it currently resides beside my head on charge (I’m sure there is something very wrong with this).…

2 min.
add professional monitoring and recording to any sdi and hdmi camera with blackmagic video assist!

Blackmagic Video Assist is the ultimate on set production monitor and recorder for any SDI or HDMI camera! The large bright 5 inch monitor lets you see your framing and ensure you get absolutely perfect focus! The built in recorder uses common SD cards and records extremely high quality 10-bit 4:2:2 ProRes or DNxHD files that are much better quality than most cameras can record and are compatible with all video software. Now it’s easy to add professional monitoring and recording to any camera! On Set HD Monitor Blackmagic Video Assist has an extremely bright and sharp full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution display that’s much bigger than the tiny built in display found on most cameras. Mount it directly to your camera or use a longer cable so it can be…

9 min.
letter of the month

UPGRADE BLUES I have just had the most disappointing couple of weeks with my Mac since I started using them many years ago, and it all seems to have been as a result of upgrading to El Capitan recently. Apart from having to adjust (reluctantly) to the photos software and other visual changes, my computer seems to no longer want to recognise some external devices. First, I did some filming – video and still – recently and, as I had done prior to the upgrade, tried to load the data onto my Mac. No go. It didn’t happen; neither iMovie nor Premiere Pro would recognise either movie camera even though they had done with Yosemite. The cameras are a Panasonic DV tape and a Sony Handycam. I then plugged my SD card…

5 min.
sarah speaks – macs and accessability

I started my absorption – maybe obsession – with Apple when I swapped my Commodore 64 for an Apple //e in 1985. That’s 30 years ago – a sobering thought. Many Apple computers have graced my desk since then and I still have the 1986 Mac Plus sitting on top of the bookcase in my office as a kind of memorial to the beginning of the great story. It runs System 7.5 and it still works – of course. There followed various Power Macs then, in 1998, with Steve Jobs back at the helm, the Bondi Blue iMac, the first of a great, continuing line of all-in-one computers that have never been matched. Along the way there were a couple of MessagePads, some PowerBooks, the wireless networking revolution that Steve saw…

2 min.
sunset by sandra lewis

Normally, when we select our iSnap winner each month for Macworld Australia, we conduct a short interview with the winner where we learn the story behind the picture and the photographer. This month’s winner, a stunning sunset by Janet Lewis, is a special one as it’s the last winner of this great competition. Over the competition’s duration, We’ve seen some stunning images that have really captured our eyes and imaginations. Whether they’ve been shots of wonderful scenery, people doing exciting or funny things, or stunning architecture, they’ve highlighted the incredible creativity of the Macworld Australia community. One of the things I’ve personally found most interesting is the range of different techniques people have used. Whether it’s being pointed to an app I’ve never heard of before or using some good old Aussie ingenuity…