miDVD Pro - discounted launch price!

miDVD Pro Mac App Store Link

miDVD Pro is our brand-new DVD creator that builds on the features of miDVD, and it's now live on the Mac App Store!

miDVD (the free one) has shot up the Mac App Store charts on its first day. It's now number 4 and rising on the Video free app chart in all major countries.

miDVD Pro gives all of this:

  • Smart Themes - great looking themes for your DVD menu. The themes automatically adapt to the number of movies you have.
  • Multiple Movies - each miDVD project can hold up to 16 movies.
  • Projects - save your miDVD Project files for later or.
  • Soundtracks - add music of your choice to your DVD menu.
  • everything from miDVD - and of course everything else from miDVD - media browser, previewing, top quality conversions, etc, etc

miDVD Pro is $19.99 as a special discounted launch price. Do yourself a favour and get it today!

miDVD live on the Mac App Store!

miDVD Mac App Store Link

miDVD is now live on the Mac App Store!

miDVD is our brand-new DVD creator for the Mac. We've developed miDVD from the ground up to give you the easiest and simplest DVD creator available today.

Building on our success with Smart Converter and Music Converter, miDVD redefines how DVD burning should be done. Try it out today and see for yourself.

miDVD is FREE for a limited time. Do yourself a favour and download it today!

miDVD available now

Introducing miDVD

Today we launched miDVD and miDVD Pro on shedworx.com.

miDVD is a DVD creator for 2012 and beyond. iDVD is gone and the Mac App Store is overrun by PC DVD burners ported to the Mac. Its time to fight back :)

We've done two versions - basic and Pro.

miDVD

miDVD is a simple, lightweight DVD creator with no settings or controls. Its as simple as a DVD creator can be. miDVD is FREE for the launch, but will go to $4.99 after that.

miDVD Pro

miDVD Pro has everything you need to burn DVD movies and nothing you don't. Themes, multiple movies, background music and miDVD projects make up miDVD Pro for $19.99.

Why do a DVD creator in 2012?

Good question! We thought long and hard before going down this path. DVDs are a thing of the past, right?

Well, wrong. Have a look at the top apps in Video category on the Mac App Store and you see the real story. We all need to burn DVDs now and then.

We looked at all the apps in the Mac App Store and to be blunt, they were pretty average. That's because they were all PC apps ported to the Mac.

Based on the success of Smart Converter, we know that people need simple things. Apple has known this for 30 years. So we set about to build a DVD creator for 2012 and beyond.

The result is miDVD and miDVD Pro. We're really happy with the way they've both turned out. Simple, clean and a pleasure to use. Try them for yourself!

What's with the icon?

We decided that there was no way we were going with a "DVD with flames on it" icon! So what else works?

We asked ourselves what DVDs we have burnt over the past few years. The answer was always the same - home movies. What kind of home movies then? Pretty much always holidays.

So we sent our icon on holidays. We've got the blue beach umbrella for miDVD and the red umbrella for miDVD Pro. They are both great creations from the IconFactory.

What's next?

Today we submitted miDVD and miDVD Pro to the Mac App Store, so in a couple of weeks we will be live on the App Store and extending our plans for world domination in the video app market :)

After that - we'll see what happens. We think the next big thing for miDVD Pro will be slideshows.

Cosmos 2.4.0 - updated and HALF PRICE!


Cosmos 2.4.0 is out now on the Mac App Store and shedworx.com - and it's now half the original price!

This update moves Cosmos away from syncing with online Cosmos accounts, back to being a video manager.

We have decided to re-focus Cosmos back on video management so that we can move the (old) Cosmos iOS application and service in a new direction.

In the coming months we will re-launch the Cosmos iPhone and iPad photo-sharing app with a new name to focus on what this app can be used best for.

For those people using the desktop version of Cosmos to manage their Cosmos account, stay-tuned. We will have a FREE version of the renamed Cosmos out soon to let you manage your online account easily.

Smart Converter Pro 1.4.3

Smart Converter Pro Icon
Smart Converter and Smart Converter Pro version 1.4.3 are now available on the Mac App Store and shedworx.com.

This updates brings in support for the Apple TV 2, the iPad 3 and iPhone 4.

The new presets for Apple TV and iPad support video up to 1080p with higher bit rates.

We have left the main presets (the ones on the main Smart Converter window) at lower settings because you really can't tell the difference between 720p and 1080p, especially on an iPad.

The new high resolution settings can be found under the 'Other' menu.

Hands on with the PlayStation Vita


We've had a huge amount of interest in PS Vita support for Smart Converter Pro.

Any excuse to muck around with a new gaming console rather than do real work goes down well at Shedworx, so we thought we'd do the right thing and give it a go.

First up: Video

Our first challenge was to get our entire video test set converting, transferring and playing back on the PS Vita. While this work ate into valuable gaming time, we thought we should get this out of the way.

After a couple of days of testing and tweaking settings, making a few changes here and there, we were good to go.

The PS Vita will play video files up to 960x540 in size, using the h.264 codec and MP4 container. You won't see any Smart Converter ''Fast" conversions when converting for the PS Vita because of its obscure resolution. This means that every file you convert has to be converted in full.

Click here to learn more about Smart conversions.

Luckily, Smart Converter is now multi-core enabled, so these conversions will fly along, especially on new quad core Macs.

On my new MacBook Pro I converted a 25 minute video to PS Vita format in 3 minutes. Too easy!

Transferring Files using your Mac

You have to run the Content Manager Assistant on your Mac in order to transfer any files. The Vita won't mount as a drive, so you have to run this app. Fortunately there is a Mac installer for this, so download it from Sony here.

The Content Manager Assistant requires you to nominate where your photos, videos and music files will come from. I set up a PS Vita folder under Photos, Movies and Music to use for my transfers.

I then set up Smart Converter Pro to put all converted movies into the Movies/PS Vita folder, ready for transfer.

Once my batch conversion was done, I plugged in the Vita via the (supplied) USB cable. You then have to start Content Manager on the Vita, go to Video and you will see the movies on your Mac. Tap Select All and they will all copy over.

Movies on the PS Vita

The PS Vita has a 960x544 OLED screen which is quite a bit bigger than the iPhone but also quite a bit clearer.

Movies down sampled from Full HD 1080p look as sharp as ever and even with the bigger screen size makes for a far better viewing experience than to the iPhone. I've comfortably watched a full length movie on the Vita whereas I can't put up with the iPhone sized screen for that long.

Gaming

We're not huge gamers here at Shedworx but we had to give a few titles a go. Golden Abyss: Uncharted is by far the favorite and really shows you what the PS Vita is all about.

We've all heard how the iPhone and iPod Touch are killing the small handheld consoles like the Nintendo DS and previous Playstation PSP.

Not any more.

Play one game on the PS Vita and every iPhone game looks very lame. So what's the big deal? The screen is lower resolution, graphics are technically no better. It comes down to the high-end games like Uncharted. Here's what makes the PS Vita a killer gaming platform.

Bigger all round

The PS Vita has a 5" screen over the iPhone 3.5" screen. This means that the PS Vita screen has almost twice the surface area of the iPhone - a huge difference when it comes to games.

The bigger unit also fits far better in the hand compared to the iPhone. After using the Vita, the iPhone feels pokey and cramped.

OLED screen

The PS Vita has an OLED screen which basically just performs better than the TFT screens on iPhones and iPads.

OLED screens offer better contrast, better viewing in full sunlight and faster response times than TFT screens. These characteristics mean that the PS Vita OLED screen just looks better than the iPhone screen, even though it's lower resolution.

Two joysticks

You can't play these complex games on an iPhone because you lose half the screen to your thumbs. The two joystick controllers let you control the main part of the game with the right stick while using the left to change viewpoint.

As a novice gamer, I found the PS Vita controllers far easier to use than the touch screen on an iPad or iPhone.

Two button pads

Old school Playstation gamers will recognize the traditional Playstation button set on the right of the Vita. These buttons are used for the usual Jump and Shoot actions.

6 axis gyro

Sure, the iPhone has a gyro too, but the Vita games that we've seen so far make great use of the gyro.

The Camera in Uncharted uses the gyro to make you hold the camera level, front touch screen to zoom in/out and one of the buttons to take the photo. It sounds a bit complex but it becomes quite instinctive to use after a couple of goes.

Front touch screen

Again, the iPhone has this too, but this makes a big difference to how the PS Vita works compared to the older PSP. The whole device can be driven by touch now, so that you only switch to the buttons and joysticks when in game mode. This makes for a far better device than the PSP.

Rear touch screen

We didn't even notice this one until Uncharted got going. Using a back touch screen opens up a whole new world of games and puzzles that I'm sure will be embedded in more and more games.

Wrapping Up

I think that Sony may finally have a hit on its hands with the PS Vita. We test just about every possible tech gadget that comes along here at Shedworx and we all think that the PS Vita is awesome.

The PS Vita really is a full blown Playstation in your pocket. Fantastic game play with solid video, photo and music capabilities make it a real winner.

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