The Effortless-Magic Edition Monday, December 9, 2019

AirPods Pro Review: A Touch Of Apple Magic, by Samuel Gibbs, The Guardian

The AirPods Pro are a triumph for Apple. They’re small, comfortable, last long enough for most listening sessions, slot into an unrivalled truly-pocketable case and – finally – offer not only proper noise isolation thanks to silicone tips, but also surprisingly effective active noise cancellation.

They have the same magic that makes the standard AirPods effortless to use, particularly with Apple’s devices. They simply work, even with Android or Windows machines.

Procreate 5 Review: A Rebuilt Graphics Engine Drives Fantastic Animation, Color, And Brush Tools In An Art App Perfectly Tailored To The iPad, by John Voorhees, MacStories

That streamlined design is one of the keys to Procreate. It conceals a lot of power under the hood, including most of the features that are new to version 5, and makes it easy to get started with the app. Buttons to access the app’s brush, eraser, smudge, and color picker tools should be familiar to anyone who has tried an art-creation app before. However, behind the buttons in Procreate’s toolbar is a deep set of tools and settings to explore.

JustStream Review: Mac Utility Mirrors, Streams Video To Any TV In The House, by J.R. Bookwalter, Macworld

With JustStream, delivering video and audio to any screen in the house is a snap, even with files in non-native formats like AVI or MKV. That’s because the app does all the heavy lifting by transcoding in real time when needed, complete with optional subtitles where available in your chosen font, color, and size. You can also import subtitles, as well as play embedded or external audio tracks in sync with the video.

Review: The BenQ 27-inch DesignVue UHD Thunderbolt 3 Is An Asset For Designers, Photographers, And Video Editors, by Amber Neely, AppleInsider

With the advent of high definition video and photography, digital artists have had to step up their display game in order to get the most out of their work. The DesignVue is a reasonably priced monitor geared toward designers, video editors, and photographers.

Resources For Adapting To Zsh In Catalina, by Josh Centers, TidBITS

macOS 10.15 Catalina brought many big changes to the Mac, like lack of support for legacy 32-bit apps, but one change you could have easily missed is the default Terminal shell being changed from bash (the Bourne-again shell) to zsh (Z shell). It’s an easy change to miss if you don’t use the Terminal, but also because if you upgraded from an older version of macOS, bash remains the default, though you’re prompted to switch.