The Simple-Features Edition Sunday, July 19, 2020

Apple Shares New ‘Behind The Mac’ Videos With Musician James Blake, Photographer Tyler Mitchell, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

Apple has shared a pair of new videos on its YouTube channel today focusing on how creatives incorporate the Mac into their workflow. One video focuses on musician James Blake, while the other highlights photographer Tyler Mitchell.

These new videos are part of Apple’s “Behind the Mac” series, which highlights some of the artists who use the Mac as an integral part of their setups.

The 15 Best Mac Apps To Make Everyday Life Easier, by Matt Jancer, Wired

The operating system on Apple's computers and laptops, macOS, is stable, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing (the upcoming Big Sur update is especially pretty and clean). But Apple doesn't often listen to its customers, stubbornly refusing to add simple features that would make the platform even easier to use. Plus, stock Apple apps often lack a lot of the functionality we've come to expect in other programs.

Thankfully, there are downloadable programs that can rectify this problem. I've collected a handful of the best Mac apps that help me almost every day. Some are for niche uses, but others fix gaps in vanilla macOS. Most of these apps aren't free, but all have free trials you can check out. It's also common for them to sync with companion apps on your iPhone. Give these a try. Since we're all on our computers more often than ever, these macOS apps might just make your life a little easier.

The Fitting Room Of The Future Is In The Palm Of Your Hand, by Melissa Singer, The Sydney Morning Herald

After coronavirus forced the cancellation of this season's Paris couture shows, Australian-born designer Tamara Ralph, of Ralph & Russo, didn't panic. Instead, she accelerated a plan to digitise the business she started 10 years ago with her husband and fellow Aussie, Michael Russo.

For a company whose gowns can cost well into the tens of thousands – the dress Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wore in her engagement portrait with Prince Harry reportedly cost $97,000 – Russo and Ralph had to come up with a digital way to present their collection that was as premium as its price tags.

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