We started with our news discussion which centred on the new Mac OS Photos app which will replace iPhoto and Aperture when it is released this spring. Apple have recently released more details on the app and several news sites have posted first impressions.
DavidK then showed us his progress on the SEAL App. Working from the paper prototype he showed in January, David had made a working mock-up which could be used on his iPhone. This looked like the real app and it was possible to navigate between screens by tapping icons giving a really good idea of how the app would work. David explained that he’d made the convincing mockup in Keynote following the suggestions in Apple’s WWDC video “Prototyping: Fake It Till You Make It” (this is available for anyone to view on the WWDC 2014 Session Videos page).
Audio Hijack 3
Robert gave a demo of Audio Hijack 3, the latest version of Rogue Amoeba’s Mac audio recording application. Version 3 has a completely new interface which is based on blocks representing audio inputs, adjustments, effects and outputs. Audio Hijack supports recording sound from individual applications running on your Mac as well as any audio input. It’s possible to record from multiple sources simultaneously and save to many different audio file formats. Once set up, these recording sessions are saved so they can be reused. The program also has a scheduler for making recordings unattended at particular times. Audio Hijack 3 is available at a discount for owners of any previous version.
Denesh brought along a couple of MU folding USB chargers to show us. These chargers can be used to charge an iPhone or an iPad (there is a tablet model which supports the higher output required to charge an iPad quickly) and fold into a neat flat shape for storage despite including a full UK plug, a very clever design.
DavidB showed us several excellent rendered 3D images he’d made using Cheetah 3D which DavidK demonstrated at the November 2014 meeting. David also mentioned 10minutemail.com, a service which gives you a temporary “disposable” e-mail address, useful on occasions where you want to use a service that requires and e-mail address but you don’t feel comfortable giving your regular address.