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By Mike Mackenzie The Nikon Coolpix AW100 (www.nikonusa.com) represents the company’s initial offering in the rugged compact camera market. As you'd expect from a camera in this category, it’s waterproof to 33′,... Read more »
zioVisions' (www.zioVisions.com) US$11.99 iStrip is a new take on Apple MacBook and iPad docking stations. Actually, it's not a docking station itself, but lets you turn the base of any Apple Cinema Display, Thunderbolt... Read more »
The Homecloud Digital Home Manager (www.homecloud.com) from Westell Technologies is cool enough that it might convince Apple fans it's a better choice than a Time Capsule. It's designed to create a personal computing "... Read more »
By Erick Vlientinck RadLab (www.gettotallyrad.com) is an US$149 Photoshop action set. With its own palette, you can start RadLab and decide whether you want it to work with your image on the same or a new layer, or as a... Read more »
The built-in speakers on Macs are serviceable but certainly don't provide audiophile-pleasing sound. If you want to enhance your Mac's audio, the US$249.99 Arcam rPAC (http://macte.ch/28EZW) offers an excellent way to... Read more »
In the late 90s I was the proud owner of an Apple PowerBook Duo, a subcompact notebook that could be complemented by the Apple Duo Dock, which turned the PowerBook Duo into a full-size, AC-powered, fully functional... Read more »
By Erick Vlientinck The US$229 RODE VideoMic Pro (www.rodemic.com) is a directional microphone for DSLR and video cameras. It has a range of 40–20,000 Hz, a –10 to 20 dB loudness switch, a signal-to-noise ratio of 74 dB... Read more »
By Jennifer Sellers Sena (www.senacases.com), a company known for -- among other things -- its classy iPhone cases -- have released two Galaxy Note cases: the Sena Folio Case Sena Folio Case When first using the US$69.... Read more »
By Bruce Bicknell When I heard that the new version of Vue xStream from e-on Software (www.e-onsoftware.com) was ready, I was very curious to see what the folks at e-on software had come up with to make the computer... Read more »
Noise Industries' (www.noiseindustries.com) US$49 Slide Pop plug-in for Apple's Final Cut Pro X brings to mind a bit of nostalgia for those of a certain age. You have access to 20 customizable effects and transitions... Read more »
By Bruce Bicknell Some of you may already know about Filter Forge (www.filterforge.com) because it’s one of the most popular plug-ins in the industry today. For those who don’t, it’s a pretty robust plug-in for... Read more »
The Creativo iPhone case from Sena Cases (www.sencases.com) is an US$39.99 that offers light protection while allowing you to answer calls without removing an iPhone 4/4S from the case. It's also stylish and comes in... Read more »
By Bruce Bicknell Many of you know the PhotoTools plug-in from onOne Software (www.ononesoftware.com), but did you know it has been rebranded as Perfect Effects 3? The result is you get most of the same effects with a... Read more »
The Magia Zip from Sena Cases (www.senacases.com) is a bit pricey at US$119.95, but is a sturdy, great-looking case for the new iPad designed with a work environment in mind. However, the choice to use an adhesive pad... Read more »
By Chris Gannon Tokyo Split Animator (http://macte.ch/t7I75), an US$49 set of 19 templates designed exclusively for Apple's Final Cut Pro X, does exactly what it says it will do exactly like it's supposed to do it.... Read more »
By Jeff Gamet Perfect Layers 2 (US$69.95) from onOne Software (www.ononesoftware.com) is a Lightroom and Aperture plug-in, as well as a standalone Mac OS X and Windows application, for layer-based image editing outside... Read more »
MacPaw's Gemini (http://macpaw.com/gemini), a Mac-only duplicate finder and cleaner, is a great companion app for the company's CleanMyMac, which frees wasted memory on your Mac. The latest version (1.3) makes it even... Read more »
Twelve South (http://www.twelvesouth.com) recently refreshed its BookArc stand for the Retina display MacBook Pro models. At US$49.99 it's a good buy for those who use the Apple laptop as their main computer. Those who... Read more »
By Jeff Gamet Perfect Layers 2 (US$69.5) from onOne Software (www.ononesoftware.com) is a Lightroom and Aperture plug-in, as well as a standalone Mac OS X and Windows application, for layer-based image editing outside... Read more »
AutoMile (http://briantoth.com/automile) for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher) is a solid alternative to other mileage tracking apps that require recording your car's odometer reading. It's built for quick data entry using... Read more »
Boinx Software recently updated iStopMotion, to version 3, making its stop motion animation tool for Mac OS X, even better The new version adds the ability to create HD movies using an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch as a... Read more »
Perfect Mask 5 (US$99.95) is the next generation of Mask Pro from onOne Software (www.ononesoftware.com). It can be purchased as a standalone or as part of Perfect Photo Suite 6, and promises to make high-quality masks... Read more »
If you want an easy, breezy guide to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, check out "OS X Mountain Lion Portable Genius" from Wiley. This US$30, 424-page book offers a ton of tips and techniques on the features of the latest major... Read more »
iLuv Creative Technology's (http://www.i-luv.com) Mo’Beats Wireless Stereo Speaker Stand (iSP245) is an US$99.99 wireless speaker/stand that fits perfectly with the iPad (both in design and aesthetics) and has... Read more »
By Daniel M. East If you work with video, chances are that Sorenson Squeeze (www.sorensonmedia.com) is one of your go-to items for compression and, as the hardware improves, it makes sense that the software moves... Read more »
 
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