Mountain Lion support

Mountain Lion support for Shedworx apps!

Today we finished our application updates for Mountain Lion support.

Now, everything except HD Quick Look has been updated to support Mountain Lion.

This means that all the Shedworx apps that you download from shedworx.com (not the App Store) now include the Developer signing that is required for an app to run under Mountain Lion.

All the apps have also been submitted to Apple for updating on the Mac App Store, so that will happen when it happens. There seems to be a big backlog with the App Store review process at the moment, probably due to all the apps being updated for Mountain Lion.

HD Quick Look

HD Quick Look is a still under development while we decide whether or we can update it to work under Mountain Lion.

We will put out a separate post with details of where we end up with this.

miDVD 1.0.2


We've just submitted miDVD and miDVD Pro version 1.0.2 to the Mac App Store and also released it on shedworx.com.

miDVD and miDVD Pro have been doing great on the Mac App Store and its time for us to fix the bugs that people have come across..

Here's what we've fixed...

Speed

When we create a DVD we have to convert your movies into 'DVD' format (that's MPEG2 for the technically-minded). This is the longest step of the whole DVD creation process.

We have updated our conversion engine so that the conversion stage is a lot faster. This means that burning a DVD full of movies (about 2 hour's worth) will take about half the time now!

Aspect Ratios

We had some problems reported with movies using non-standard aspect rations. This resulted in some movies ending up 'stretched' or 'squashed' on the final DVD.

We have completely developed the aspect ratio handling area of miDVD so this should be all good now.

Previewing

miDVD creates the DVD preview 'on the fly' so that when you are ready to preview your DVD, most of the preview generation has been done and the preview starts straight away.

In some situations the miDVD previewer would crash the app. This was caused by us not correctly handling the fast adding/removing of movies from a DVD project. This is all fixed now, so we don't expect any more problems in this area.

Mountain Lion

We have tested miDVD and miDVD Pro thoroughly against Mountain Lion and everything works fine.

The main change we have made for Mountain Lion is Gatekeeper signing. This only affects the non-App Store versions of the apps and means that our apps are now signed with our Developer ID. This means that our apps will run on Mountain Lion under the default security setup which prohibits unsigned apps from running.

Coming Soon

Our next big thing for miDVD Pro is slideshows. We're working on this now and later in the year we will have a Photo Slideshow feature that we're sure you will love!

Both miDVD and miDVD Pro are now live on shedworx.com and have been submitted to Apple for release on the Mac App Store. Things are moving a bit more slowly on the Mac App Store right now, probably due to the huge number of apps being updated for Mountain Lion. We guess that miDVD and miDVD Pro will be live on the Mac App Store in a few weeks time,

Voltaic, Revolver and Cosmos updated


All three of the Shedworx AVCHD apps have been updated with a few key fixes and Mountain Lion support.

We have updated our core AVCHD engine with a couple of key updates.

50p/60p support

Over the past few months camera manufacturers have released new AVCHD variants in the 50p and 60p area.

50p (and 60p) are the highest level of HD recording available on consumer camcorders today. The 50p refers to the 50 full (progressive) frames per second that these cameras can record. The video from these cameras is the absolute best quality available today.

We have supported the initial 50p and 60p formats used by Panasonic since 2010 so this update covers all 50p and 60p recording formats from all AVCHD camera manufacturers.

LPCM audio support

LPCM is a pro-level audio format used in Pro video cameras.

Over the past year more and more Pro video cameras have moved to the AVCHD video format, away from vendor-specific video formats.

As they have moved into AVCHD, these Pro cameras have begun using LPCM audio, rather than the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio that consumer camcorders use.

LPCM has always been in the AVCHD spec, its just that nobody was using it.

This update to our AVCHD apps now supports LPCM audio in AVCHD videos.

Mountain Lion

We've also updated all the apps to be signed with the Shedworx Developer Certificate. This allows our apps to be installed and run on Mountain Lion under the default OSX security setting which prevents the execution of non-signed apps.

Voltaic, Revolver and Cosmos are now available for Download from shedworx.com or via Automatic Update from the applications themselves.

All three apps should be available via the Mac App Store within a couple of weeks. We submitted them today.

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.

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