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iCreate No. 225

iCreate is the creative magazine for Apple computer users. Made for Mac users by Mac users, it provides sumptuously designed, essential content for Apple aficionados and switchers alike. Featuring in-depth tutorials in iMovie, iPhoto and the rest of the iLife applications as well as iTunes and Mac OS X, it is the magazine no Apple addict can be without. If Apple made a magazine, it would be iCreate. Please note: Digital versions of the magazines do not include the covermount items or supplements that you would find on printed editions.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

4 min
the most useful apple music secrets

Apple Music has grown over time to become a very efficient and easy-to-use service that you will rarely think about. It does not matter how often you play music or interact with the service, it is so seamless in use that you will quickly become so familiar with how it works that you will feel little incentive to see what options are available. The fact is, however, that there are some features buried within Apple Music and more widely within iOS that will help you to get even more from your mobile music experience. Each one differs in terms of impact, but we are sure that the seconds they take to learn will more than pay off in the long run as you enhance your music library and experience new…

3 min
take control of your macos environment with magnet

Magnet Developer Pavel Kozarek Difficulty Time needed Magnet is a very simple app, but it is one that you may use multiple times a day as you eventually forget that it is not a default part of macOS. The way it has been embedded into the interface is extremely subtle, as you have to control each of the customisations you have created using keystrokes only. It never displays anything apart from a tiny icon in the status bar, and will only do its work when you combine the right keys for a specified action. You have full control over how each feature is enabled – the only tricky part will be remembering the combinations. Over time, and with enough use, you will find that it becomes second nature. Step-by-step Effortlessly manage your macOS workspace 1 Make…

3 min
produce better sounding audio in your imovie projects

iMovie Developer Apple Inc Difficulty Time needed Download available When recording a handheld selfie your footage will sound great. However, if you record yourself talking to the camera from a distance then the audio may sound very poor, especially in a windy location. By recording audio from an Apple AirPod into an iPhone you can capture clearer, wind-free audio, then use iMovie to replace the distant tripod-mounted camcorder’s poor quality sound with the iPhone’s clearer audio track. In effect, your iPhone becomes a wireless radio mic. We tried out this technique in a windy Scottish location and you can download and work with our example footage and audio in iMovie. Sync sound tracks Replace poor sound with a better quality version Poor quality The audio recorded on our tripod-mounted video recorder suffers from wind noise. The walking subject is far less…

4 min
say hello (again) to coloured imacs!

APPLE HAS BROUGHT A SPLASH OF COLOUR BACK TO THE IMAC WITH A NEW SUPER-THIN 2021 MACHINE AVAILABLE IN SEVEN GORGEOUS COLOURS. The 2021 iMac also has a super-fast M1 processor a 4.5K Retina display, new camera, mics and speakers, plus it brings Apple’s Touch ID to the iMac range for the first time. “M1 is a gigantic leap forward for the Mac, and today we’re excited to introduce the all-new iMac, the first Mac designed around the breakthrough M1 chip,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing at the Spring Event launch in April. The new iMac colours – green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, and silver – mimic the original coloured iMac that Apple launched in 1998. This time around the iMac features softer colours and thinner…

3 min
create captivating pov shots in final cut pro

Final Cut Pro Developer Apple Inc Difficulty Time needed Download available In TV and film, we often see the action unfold from the protagonist using a POV (point of view) shot. We might view the action through the lens of an SLR camera, or in a wildlife documentary we could see a POV shot from the multi-faceted eyes of a bee flying in search of flowers. You could create graphical components for various POV shots in Photoshop, but Final Cut has a comprehensive collection of drag and drop effects that you can easily modify to customise their look and behaviour. Postproduction POV effects tell a story in an interesting visual way and add an extra layer of texture to your programme’s footage. Video effects Add and modify effects Keyframes Click the diamond-shaped ‘Add a keyframe’ icon to record the…

2 min
magicbridge extended

£44.95/$39.99 Key features Lightweight design • Easy access to connection ports Learn more twelvesouth.com Available from amazon.co.uk PERFECT FOR CREATIVE TYPES who are very particular about the positioning of their Apple Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2, Twelve South’s new peripheral ensures that they stay together and don’t ride apart, leading to a bad work posture. Easy access Available in black or white versions to compliment Apple’s silver or Space Grey Magic Keyboards with Numeric Keypad, the MagicBridge Extended is an attractive tray in which your keyboard and trackpad can sit. The polycarbonate unit is super-lightweight and so won’t hamper Bluetooth signals and has a grille along the rear edge that has been precisely engineered to provide easy access to power switches and lightning power ports. Also included is a removable frame into which the keyboard…