The Beautifully-Optimised Edition Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Apple Final Cut For iPad Review: Lots Here, But Some Things Still Missing, by Chris Niccolls, PetaPixel

What really struck me about the whole experience though was how simple it was to learn the workflow and get tasks done. The interface of Final Cut Pro for iPad needs some work because it slows you down a lot. That said, it’s never hard to understand it or find the tools you are looking for. I could see a more advanced editor being frustrated by the lack of certain capabilities, but for the more casual creator who wants to make compelling projects for social media and YouTube, this is a powerful tool.


So why the strong sense of Deja Vu? This isn’t the first time Apple has dramatically changed the interface of Final Cut whilst also making it largely incompatible with previous versions. We saw this before with Final Cut 7 evolving to Final Cut Pro X. Although X was revamped from head to toe, it was also missing some key features which left us scratching our heads. In time these missing features were fleshed out and all was right in the world again.

Now we have a similar story with Final Cut Pro for iPad. We like many of the interface changes that make sense in a tablet environment. We also love the new audio enhancements, drawing capabilities, and overall performance. However, the clunky grading tools and implementation of LUTs will turn off a lot of advanced users. It’s clear that Final Cut Pro for iPad is aimed at a different kind of audience.

Apple Logic Pro For iPad Review, by Ben Rogerson, MusicRader

It all comes down to the interface and workflow, which have been beautifully optimised for the touchscreen experience. Logic veterans might wonder where all the menus have gone, but for a lot of people - particularly those who’ve been scared off the Mac version because they fear it will be ‘too complicated’ for them - it will feel like a breath of fresh air.


Ultimately, though, Logic Pro for iPad is great not only for tablet-based musicians, but the iOS music-making scene in general. In some ways, the software feels like the culmination of everything Apple has been trying to achieve in the creative part of its multitouch universe, and offers fresh impetus to both musicians and third-party developers who are willing to explore it.

Logic Pro For The iPad Is Very Fun With Very Few Compromises, by Andrew Marino, The Verge

The subtly redesigned app translates the company’s pro-level audio app to a touchscreen interface really well, and thankfully, it does not dumb it down for a mobile screen.

Those who have used GarageBand on an iPad will be familiar with a touch interface for virtual instruments and recording, but with Logic Pro, you have a whole lot more things to adjust — more knobs, faders, automations, plug-ins, and samples. I’ve been using Logic Pro on a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, so I’m using the biggest touchscreen available for this app (and basically the size of a laptop). That being said, nothing really felt cramped or hard to navigate in this interface. Using it on my iPad mini might not be as fun, though.

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Apple Teases WWDC Announcements By Inviting VR Outlets, by David Price, Macworld

Officially Apple hasn’t told us what it will be announcing at WWDC 2023 on June 5, but there are clues if you know where to look. The latest and most blatant of these is the fact that a number of XR (or ‘extended reality’) publications have been invited to the keynote for the first time.

Apple Announces WWDC 2023 Schedule, Including Keynote Time, by Joe Rossignol, MacRumors

Apple today announced the schedule for its annual developers conference WWDC, which runs from June 5 through June 9. The schedule confirms that Apple’s keynote will begin on June 5 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time.

Apple Design Award Finalists Announced Ahead Of WWDC 2023, by Michael Potuck, 9to5Mac

Apple has nominated over 30 apps across six categories ranging from inclusivity to delight and fun, visuals and graphics to social impact.


Apple Updates Final Cut Pro And Logic Pro For Mac To Support New iPad Apps, by Eric Slivka, MacRumors

Alongside today’s launch of Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro for iPad, Apple has updated its video and audio apps for Mac to integrate with the iPad apps as well as deliver new features and bug fixes.

Can A Camera Company Make An App That Doesn’t Suck? Fujifilm Tries Again, by Chris Welch, The Verge

The new Fujifilm XApp will be released on May 25th for both iOS and Android. Earlier this week, Fujifilm offered press an early glimpse at the software. Fujifilm’s Justin Stailey emphasized that the company’s engineers focused on stability and establishing a more robust link between its cameras and the overhauled companion app. Bluetooth is playing a role in that, so XApp is only compatible with Fujifilm cameras that include Bluetooth connectivity.

Peloton Is Launching A Free Version Of Its App, With Step-by-Step Workouts You Can Do At The Gym, by Brittany Hammond, Well+Good

Rather than following along with a video, you’re shown the exercises with expert demonstrations, then do them at your own pace.

Yeelight Releases Matter Upgrade For Yeelight Pro Bridge To Unlock HomeKit Compatibility, by Bradley Chambers, 9to5Mac

Yeelight, a popular smart home vendor, has announced a key upgrade for its Yeelight Pro bridge: Matter compatibility. With the upgrade, Yeelight Pro will work with Apple’s HomeKit, Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Samsung’s SmartThings protocol.

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Today, I did a lot of 'manual' work while sitting in front of a computer. A lot of downloading and copying and pasting and searching and replacing. And even though I didn't have to use too much of my brain, I am feeling simply exhausted.

And now, that task is done. It's time to go watch the first half of Ted Lasso.

It's a sitcom. You are supposed to watch in chunks of 21-and-a-half minutes.


Thanks for reading.