iPad2 first impressions

iPad2 first impressions

We've got our first iPad 2 here at ShedWorx so it's time for a quick review.

It's Thinner and Lighter

This is no surprise to anyone, it actually makes a difference. The new iPad is thinner (8.8mm vs 10.4mm for the iPad 1) and a bit lighter (600g vs 680g for the iPad 1). These aren't huge changes, but the new iPad feels lighter and smaller in the hand.

Smart Cover

Get the Smart Cover! It's a big step up from the previous covers, although the back of the iPad is still exposed. To cover the back of your iPad I recommend something like Gelaskins. These are just glorified stickers, but they do the job.

Speed

The new iPad is a bit quicker, mainly for things like loading complex web pages. For general stuff like email, using apps, etc you won't notice a difference.

Cameras

The front facing camera is good enough for FaceTime, but thats all. The rear-facing camera is nowhere near as good as the iPhone4 camera for video or stills. It does work though and its better than nothing.

iMovie

I have to mention iMovie for the iPad. This is a great little app which you can use to create really good movies and even publish direct to YouTube.

The rear-facing camera isn't much good for shooting video, but there are other options. We'll be exploring iMovie for the iPad in more detail in an upcoming post.

3G

This is nothing new for the iPad 2 but if you are going to try out the iPad you have to try out 3G. My first iPad was wireless only, then I went to a 3G model. Having the Internet always on makes a huge difference to your iPad. You quickly forget about wireless networks and all that stuff, because it doesn't matter any more.

Even if you use your iPad on the road a fair bit, it won't use much data. I've been on a 1GB plan for the past year and never even got close to using my quota. As long as you save your YouTube uploads for when you get to Starbucks you'll be fine.

Bottom Line

The iPad 2 is a major improvement to the original iPad. If you've been sitting on the fence about whether give an iPad a go, it's time to try one out.

After a couple of week of using the iPad every day, my top two improvements for the iPad2 (in order) are:

  • smart cover - this really makes it easier to use
  • thinner, lighter, faster - the combination of minor improvements in these areas make the iPad bit easier to use

If you have an iPad 1 already and are happy with it, stick with it. The iPad 3 will be out before you know it!

Where have the Forums gone?

No more Forums for ShedWorx

We introduced the ShedWorx forums about a year ago to see how they would go. We hoped that we would see general questions about how to do stuff with HD video and photos. As it has turned out, most of the posts are individual support requests - e.g. "I can't get something to work".

Answering support questions via the forums is difficult and error prone for us. When you log a support ticket we have a number of people available to respond to the request and we will often move requests between our team to get the best people onto solutions. This is almost impossible when support questions are on the forums.

We are also getting organised with a better social media presence, which we have started with a new ShedWorx Facebook page, our YouTube channel and Twitter. There are still plenty of ways for you to ask general questions and interact with ShedWorx, which we hope will ultimately be better than the Forums.

Goodbye Tiger...

OSX 10.4 Support being dropped from ShedWorx products

With the introduction of OSX 10.7 Lion in June this year, we have decided to drop support for OSX 10.4 Tiger.

10.4 was superceded by OSX 10.5 almost 4 years ago now, so its time for us to let it go. As a software company, supporting old operating system versions is a time-consuming and costly exercise which also stops us from taking advantage of new features in the newer operating systems.

For VoltaicHD and RevolverHD we will continue to support PowerPC processors in 10.5

Cosmos is released for iPad and iPhone!

Cosmos is live on the App Store!

In a remarkably quick review (3 days!) the Cosmos iPad and iPhone Universal app is now live on the iTunes AppStore. Just search for "Cosmos" and you will find us.

CloudSync Accounts

In order to use the Comos iPad or iPhone app, you will need a CloudSync account.

You can sign up for a free trial CloudSync account here.

Cosmos for Mac

You will need the latest Cosmos for Mac release in order to use CloudSync and the iOS app.

Support

Please email us at cosmos@shedworx.com or post a Forum message if you have any questions or problems. Please remember that this is the first release of the Cosmos iPad and iPhone app so there may be a few bugs still in there. We already have version 1.1 ready for submission to Apple, so we are ready to fix whatever bugs you find and get it released on the AppStore quickly.

Introducing Cosmos!

Introducing Cosmos!

In January 2011 we will be renaming FlamingoHD to Cosmos. Why are we doing this? Well, Flamingo was always an interim name that we intended to replace once the application was complete. We expect to complete Flamingo (now Cosmos) during 2011, so its time for a serious name.

Cosmos - "the world or universe regarded as an orderly, harmonious system"

Cosmos, like Flamingo before it, will continue to help you organise and manage you photos and movies. Cosmos provides an ordered view into an otherwise chaotic media library.

CloudSync

The first major step forward for Cosmos is the introduction of CloudSync. CloudSync will allow you to sync your Cosmos Library to the cloud then manage it on another Mac, iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. The cloud will contain your library data and previews but not the full sized Assets. We will be looking at cloud-based Asset storage in the new year, along with Cloud Backup.

CloudSync will make it easier than ever to keep your Library organised. We all know how hard it is to get motiviated to spend hours organising, tagging and updating your Library so that you can find things when you need them. The Cosmos iPad and iPhone apps make it possible to update your Library on the go, with the changes you make being synced up to the cloud whenever you have an Internet connection.

Cosmos for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

The new Cosmos for iOS application will be available in January 2011. We have developed a Universal application which means that you download it once then you can run it on any iOS device.

We have chosen to go with iOS version 4.2 and greater so that we can make use of the new Multitasking features and making the sync process more simple and reliable.

And the best bit - the iOS application will be free!

Pricing

We will be offering free CloudSyc trials in January 2011. Following the trial period we will be offering competitively priced yearly CloudSync subscriptions.

Flamingo 1.6 released. Now with Keywords!

FlamingoHD 1.6 released

Flamingo 1.6 is now released! Please download it from the main FlamingoHD product page, or by clicking here.

The new Features of Flamingo 1.6 include:

  • Keywords - a brand new treeview area has been added for you to manage your Keywords and assign them to Assets
  • 3D - we now support the import and display of 3D footage from the new Panasonic HDC-SDT750 3D camera
  • Numerous bug fixes

This is the last release of FlamingoHD. In the new year FlamingoHD will be renamed to Cosmos and will contain CloudSync - the ability to manage your library on an iPad and iPhone!

CloudSync is a huge update from our perspective so we hope you will find it as useful and fun to use as we do. Yes, this will be a free upgrade. CloudSync will be free to begin with but will eventually attract a yearly fee. The universal iPad/iPhone app will be free.

We will post a detailed update on Cosmos and CloudSync prior to Christmas.

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