Sharing My Bag on YouTube

Earlier this week, I did a live video event with Stephen Hackett where we shared the contents of our bags. It was fun, and an official shakedown event for Endor Studios! Either way, here’s the video where I spill the contents of my bag. Enjoy. (Links for items discussed are below.)

Waterfield Bags – (My bag from the video (Mezzo) is no longer for sale, but all of them are good.)

Waterfield Glass Case

Waterfield AirTag Holder

Anker Charger/Battery

Mini Flashlight

Outdoor Research Face Mask

Portable Apple Watch Charger

Apple AirTags

Studio Neat Gliff

Shure iPhone Mic

Corkcicle Star Wars Water Bottle

Peak Design iPhone Case and Accessories

Traveler’s Notebook

Quarterly Planning with Sparky (MacSparky Labs)

Now that things are settling down a bit, I’d like to resume doing quarterly planning with Early Access subscribers. So I’ll be doing just that this Friday at 10:00 Pacific. If you can’t make it, I’ll be releasing a recording later for Early Access Members. I hope to see you Friday…

This is a post for MacSparky Labs Tier 3 (Early Access) Members only. Care to join? Or perhaps do you need to sign in?

Pixelmator Pro 3.0

Pixelmator Pro 3.0 is out now, and this update is big. There are now over 200 built‑in ultra‑premium design templates and mock-ups. Other changes include: 

  • Easy‑to-use on‑canvas controls: Templates are incredibly easy to personalize, with simple controls.
  • Smart Replace: When replacing placeholder images, they are automatically optimized. Pixelmator’s machine learning can remove backgrounds, increase resolution, and even place them.
  • Brand templates: To make it easier to create consistent visuals across different platforms and mediums, Pixelmator has introduced brand templates, which are collections of templates created using the same design language.
  • One‑click template recoloring: You can completely change the colors of templates and mock-ups with just a click with the Document Colors feature. All color fills, effects, and other styles are changed automatically and non-destructively.

This is a major update and I can’t wait to play with all of these tools.

Mac Power Users 660: App Updates for iOS 16 & the Apple Watch Ultra

Stephen and I share some of the treats we’ve found as apps are getting updated for iOS 16 on this episode of Mac Power Users. Then, we talk through our first impressions of the Apple Watch Ultra.

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Celebrating 20 years of Great Software from Rogue Amoeba (Sponsor)

Since 2002, Rogue Amoeba has been making amazing audio apps for the Mac. Whether you’re a podcaster, musician, or just someone who listens to audio on their Mac, Rogue Amoeba can make your life better. Whatever your audio needs, it’s a good bet they have a tool to help you. And right now, for a very limited time, you can save 20% off any purchase.

I first discovered Rogue Amoeba through Audio Hijack, the app that lets you record and manage audio in ways I never thought possible until I tried it. Over the years they’ve added more great apps to their line-up:

  • Audio Hijack: Record any audio you hear on your Mac, and so much more.
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Just to give you a few ideas about how we are using Rogue Amoeba apps in the Sparks house, my wife uses Piezo to get the music tracks from Disneyland parades off YouTube videos. I rely on SoundSource to manage audio sources on my Mac. I use Fission for nearly all audio edits I make. More importantly, Audio Hijack is my tool of choice for podcast recording. With every show I record, I get three separate tracks: 1) me; 2) the guest; 3) the guest and me combined. They are all recorded at once, but give us the separate tracks we need to make the best possible product for our listeners. Rogue Amoeba delivers for me, every day.

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The Old “Pad of Paper Under the Laptop” Trick

I’m setting up my desk and trying it without a shelf. Why am I ditching the shelf? Partly so for the always-on iPhone, but also just to leave things a little cleaner looking.

One of my favorite features of having a shelf on my desk was the way it kept my laptop a few inches off the desk surface. I always liked having the expensive laptop a few inches above the desk surface just in case.

Without the shelf, my laptop is back on the desk. No shelf = no altitude. So it’s time for the old Pad of Paper Under the Laptop trick. It’s not as safe as a shelf but in the event of a spilled cup of tea, it should keep the liquid out of the laptop.

Mac Power Users 659: Workflows with Alex Cox

Alex Cox drops by the Mac Power Users to update us on their new indie life, including Apple silicon hardware, collaboration tools, and the new iPhone 14 Pro.

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