Adium X Giants Ducky

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Just wanted to share this picture.  I use Adium X as my chat client on my Mac and just found this SF Giants Ducky Icon for it!  Awesomeness!

If you are interested in Adium, it supports many different chat protocols, including Yahoo Messenger, Gtalk, Facebook, Myspace, AIM, MSN, Jabber and more!  I’ve been using if for quite a while and love the way I can customize it!

Quicken Financial Life for Mac

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I blog about a wide variety of topics.  I’ve been a little surprised that my most read entry is about Quicken and its alternatives for Mac users.  (Read that entry here)

I was a little shocked that I’m the number two blog when a person googles Quicken alternatives!  Check it out below…

Yeah, that is pretty sweet for a small time blogger like myself.  I am also curious at the pressure to write another blog that will garner that many hits.  I hate doing anything for popularity’s sake, and I’m not writing a follow up entry for that purpose.

I have stumbled upon some interesting Quicken for Mac news.  It is concerning Intuit’s new product, entitled “Quicken Financial Life for Mac“.   It supposed to be a redesigned Quicken that is specifically built with Mac users in mind.

I captured a bunch of screenshots and will post them here.  But the best post I’ve found so far on this subject is from Apple Insider.  Click right here to go to that article.

I also try to sign up to be a beta tester for the Quicken product, but alas, I was rejected!  My “you are not cool enough to play with our software” letter is below:

So I don’t have any hands on experience to report.  Hopefully Intuit will release a product that is as good as their windoze version. The screen caps from Apple Insider look promising.  Below are the screen caps I took directly from Intuit’s website.

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FotoMagico 2 Is Indeed Magical

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I’ve been creating Photo Montage slide shows for some years now.  It has always been a laborious job, especially using Final Cut Pro.

Sure you could use iPhoto or iMovie to make slide shows, and with a click of a button you have those nice Ken Burns effects that make the pictures move so nicely across the screen.  The trouble with these two programs is the lack of control.

In order to regain some of that control, I’ve been using Final Cut Pro.  Now I could make the pictures do exactly what I wanted and when I wanted.  There was a trade off – everything had to be done manually; keyframing the start of each picture and the end of picture.  A four minute slideshow could take up to two hours to get everything in order.

So yesterday I finally find the pot at the end of the slide show rainbow – Fotomagico 2 by Boinx Software.

Man, this software is magic and should be included with every new Mac in the iLife bundle of software.

The interface is a clear and uncluttered and very intuitive.  It resembles iMovie ’07 and integrates right into your iPhoto or Aperture library.  Your pictures are easily available.  Adding music is as easy as “drag and drop”.

Fotomagico 2 Workspace

As you can see from the graphic above, your pictures are in a timeline with your music below.  Not a math whiz and have a hard time figgering out how long each picture should be on screen so it will match the length of your chosen song?  One click in the option menu entitled “match duration to audio” does all the work for you.

Transitions between pictures can be edited on the fly via a panel on the right hand column of the program.

But what I really like about this software is that I can change the background of the slide show to match a green screen.  I can export the slideshow out of Fotomagico 2 and import it into Final Cut Pro, key out the green and put in my own custom, moving background.

Fotomagico 2 is THE program I’ve been searching for.  Remember how I said that a four minute slideshow would take me about four hours in Final Cut Studio?  Well, FotoMagico 2 breaks that down to about 20 minutes.  Yup, it is that good…