iLife ’10 Feature Suggestions

June 27, 2010

So it’s time for Apple to update iLife. Here’s some random ideas I have for them. Apple, feel free to pay (or at least credit) me for these.

iMovie ’10

Background removal (“green screen effect”) needs to be a simple video effect, easily applied.

Audio ducking needs to apply to individual audio tracks instead of just all of them. Ducking on each track should be individually applied.

The ability to use transitions from any theme, not just the one that is currently applied. Maybe I want to have a comic book transition followed by a filmstrip one.

Superimposing transparent graphics onto a video clip, including moving them around. For example, superimposing a face onto an actor in a clip.

iDVD ’10

Make it easier to add chapters to movies. Instead of auto-adding chapter markers after so many minutes, allow the user to choose the number of chapters, or even manually add them wherever they want.

Support for dual-layer DVDs needs to be improved so the full 9.4 GB can be used instead of only 7.7 GB.

More themes, and more customizability of themes needs to be added. Intros and outros for the menus need to be able to animate between each other (for example, going from Revolution Menu to Revolution Chapters should animate smoothly, not just fade through black.

iWeb ’10

The whole program needs to be changed into a blogging app that can interface with Blogger, WordPress, etc. Very few people have “personal websites” that aren’t blogs. And those that do can still make pages in WordPress and accomplish the same thing.

Alignment and spacing tools make no sense. Fix this.

iPhoto ’10

Add the ability to resize a photo without cropping it.

Support for transparency and removing backgrounds would be cool. Maybe something like the magic wand/smart select in Photoshop.

Add the ability to draw different shapes, graphics, text, lines, etc. onto photos.

I didn’t even get into GarageBand. Got anything to add? Post it below!


Why Laser Sights are Overrated

June 10, 2010

When I tell people about my new AR-15 that I bought (a Smith & Wesson M&P15OR with EOTECH night-vision-ready holographic red dot sight, quad-rail w/ covers, vertical fore-grip, and SureFire M951 with momentary switch and infrared filter), the first question I’m asked is invariably the same: did you get a laser sight? The second question is just as consistent: why not? After mentally compiling the list of reasons why I prefer a red dot sight instead, I’ve decided to write them up here.

1. A laser only works in the dark.
True, you can use it in daylight, but it becomes nearly impossible to see. Red dot sights work no matter what the lighting situation.

2. A laser gives away your position.
At the least, a laser lets your enemy know you are on to them. At the worst, it tells them exactly where you are. A red dot sight is only visible to the person holding the weapon.

3. A laser is inaccurate.
Because of the offset between the laser and the barrel of the gun, a laser sight can only be accurate at one distance. And since a bullet falls as it flies, it becomes more inaccurate the farther your target is. A red dot sight has the same problem, but if you zero it at 25 meters, it’s also zeroed at 300 meters (on an AR-15). Since lasers mount below the barrel or to the side, their beam only crosses the path of the bullet once.

4. A laser won’t be visible if the target is too far away.
A laser beam never expands (kinda the point), so what is 1/16 of an inch across up close is still only 1/16 of an inch a mile away. A red dot sight is always the same size, regardless of the target distance.

5. Lasers don’t actually have a visible beam.
Those of us who know guns already know this, but most people still have a misconception (taken mostly from Hollywood) that laser sights have a visible beam that originates on the weapon and terminates on the target. This is actually why most people think they are so useful. The truth is the only thing a laser sight does is paint a red spot on your target (unless you have some serious dust or smoke going on).


New iPhone Crucifies Android

June 7, 2010

External bluetooth keyboard support? iMovie on the iPhone? The clearest screen… ever? A bigger battery and a faster chip? What’s not to love? To celebrate, I’ve created this short spot to highlight how Android phones are pretty much done.


Avengers: A Star-Studded Cast

May 26, 2010

Alright, no fancy “writing” for this post, just the nitty-gritty.

Chris Evans (Fantastic Four) is Captain America.
Nathan Fillion (Firefly) might be Ant-Man, a villain.
Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek) is Thor.
Hugo Weaving (The Matrix) is the Red Skull, a villain.
Natalie Portman (Star Wars) is Jane Foster, a character in the Thor movie.

And of course, we already know:

Robert Downey Jr. is Iron Man.
Scarlett Johansson is Black Widow.
Edward Norton is the Hulk.
Samuel Jackson is Nick Fury.
Don Cheadle should be Rhodey.

Pretty awesome if you ask me. Of course we can still expect all the tertiary characters, agent Coulson, Pepper Potts, etc. And there are other characters as well, but nobody super well known, so I didn’t include them here.


Shrek is Stupid

May 23, 2010

Why is there another Shrek movie? Seriously, wasn’t the last one a big enough failure? Oh, this one will be different! It’s in 3D! Please. 3D movies are cool and all, but this feature can hardly save a dying franchise, let alone a dead one. Please, stop making Shrek movies, for your own sakes. It isn’t even funny anymore. It’s just sad.


Steam for Mac is Released; Portal is Free!

May 12, 2010

No offense Valve, but I think everyone who wants portal... probably has it.

The cake is a lie.

I’m sorry, I had to. Now, to business.

In celebration of the release of Steam for Mac, Portal is being made available for FREE to everyone using steam, wether they are using a PC or a Mac. This is probably to build interest in the game before the release of the sequel, which Valve is putting a lot of money behind.


Steam for Mac is Coming… Tomorrow!

May 11, 2010

That’s right ladies and gents, the day we’ve all been waiting for. Valve is releasing the Mac version of Steam tomorrow, along with launch titles such as Portal and Torchlight. Every Wednesday after that, new games will be released for Mac. Portal 2 will be the first time Valve releases a game for PC, Mac, and XBox 360 simultaneously. After that, every game Valve develops will launch on these three platforms at the same time, so Mac gamers will be playing a new Valve game on the same day that PC gamers do!

Friends, this action by Valve will single-handedly overturn the misconception that “Macs don’t play games.” PC gamers win: they can switch to Mac. Mac gamers win: we get more games. Linux users lose. Everybody wins!