Cosmos version 2.3.0 is out now on the Mac App Store and Shedworx.com.
We've been working hard on the iOS and Mac versions of Cosmos over the past couple of months and this update is a big step towards the final product.
We have one more update to both Cosmos for Mac and Cosmos for iOS on the way. These two final updates (for now) will complete the transformation of Cosmos into a fully fledged photo sharing service for you and your friends!
This upgrade focuses on adding full CloudSync support to Cosmos for Mac. We've also re-worked the entire CloudSync function in Cosmos making it more reliable and easier to use.
Cosmos for Mac 2.3.0 includes the following changes:
- Major upgrade to the Cosmos CloudSync engine.
- Ability to connect to an existing Cosmos CloudSync account.
- Ability to create a CloudSync account directly from Cosmos for Mac.
- Multiple minor bug fixes.
If you've been using Cosmos on your iPhone or iPad, this update is for you! You can now fully manage all the photos you take on your iPhone using Cosmos, back on your Mac.
Music Converter and Music Converter Pro version 1.3 are now out on the Mac App Store and Shedworx.com.
This is a bug fix update mainly focused on preserving track numbers when converting from MP3 and FLAC to AAC. This will help everyone using Music Converter to import libraries of music into iTunes.
The other new feature that we've added to Music Converter Pro is support for converting to the True Audio codec. True Audio is an open source lossless audio codec which supports the encoding of raw audio into a lossless but highly compressed format.
This release is for the audiophiles, and anyone who wants the best quality music out of their iPod and iPhone!
Music Converter and Music Converter Pro now support conversions to AAC and MP3 up to 320k bit rate.
This means that Music Converter and Music Converter Pro now support audio conversions up to the maximum quality playable by Apple devices.
We hope you like it!
The Full Story
We received a LOT of feedback about the quality settings that we had chosen for our audio conversions.
We initially designed Music Converter and Music Converter Pro to convert for iTunes (and MP3) at the relatively low bit rate of 192k. This was also the maximum that we allowed for custom conversions in Music Converter Pro.
Whats the bit rate? This is simply the quality of the audio file.
192k is what iTunes used to use for music that you purchased. They have since bumped up to 256k.
iPods, iPhones and iPads can play music at up to 320k.
It turns out that there are a lot of you out there who have high quality original music files that you want to convert onto your iPods and iPhones. The default conversion of Music Converter at 192k just didn't cut it.
You spoke, we listened.
Based on your feedback, we decided to completely redevelop the conversion process for AAC audio in order to support 320k bit rate output. This will result in better music quality all round.
We've also increased the output bit rate for MP3, now going up to 320k also.
Finally, we also fixed a few minor bugs, including preservation of metadata for FLAC files.
As always, Music Converter and Music Converter Pro share the same conversion engine. The basic iTunes, AAC and MP3 conversions in Music Converter are full quality.
After much arguing about colours, user interface design and the size of the Shedworx speakers, Music Converter is now live on the Mac App Store.
And it's FREE.
Music Converter gives you all this for FREE:
- Simple to use - drag, drop and click convert - Music Converter Pro looks after the rest.
- Supports 100's of media formats and converts for all your favourite devices and file types.
- Convert from - MP3, FLAC, WAV, WMA, M4A, AIFF, FLV and many more.
- Convert to - MP3, AAC, M4A (Apple Lossless), M4R (iPhone Ringtone), FLAC, WAV and more.
- Video Support - convert your video soundtracks.
- Ringtones - create iPhone ringtones from your favourite music.
- Track Information Editing - edit album, artist and track information.
- iTunes Savvy - auto imports your converted music to iTunes.
Music Converter is following in the footsteps of the super-successful Smart Converter, giving people a top quality free converter with the ability to upgrade to the Pro version for extra features.
Music Converter has already broken into the Top Ten list for free Music apps all over the world, so we're off to a good start.
So do yourself a favour and install Music Converter now!
Free updates for both, so get them now!
Fixes and Improvements
We had a couple of minor problems with version 1.1 which resulted in some conversions running much, much slower than they had under the original Smart Converter Free.
In short, we had inadvertently disabled some of the 'smarts' being applied to conversions in some situations, so Smart Converter got a bit dumb. It was converting as slowly as all the other regular converters out there in some situations.
The good news is that Smart Converter is now back to its previous level of intelligence, and even a little bit smarter in some cases (mainly involving AVCHD, or MTS high definition videos) so we're sure that you will love it.
No VOB Support
As per our previous post about this, Apple won't allow VOB video file support in Smart Converter. VOB files are the videos inside a DVD.
We do allow VOB support in our Shedworx version, so if you need this, get the Shedworx version of Smart Converter, not the App Store version.
Due to the financial success of Smart Converter Pro, we're able to get started on the next version already. We're planning features for the upgrade now, so please email us with any suggestions you have. We'll post the feature list for v1.3 as soon as we confirm it.
As for all App Store apps, this is a free upgrade, so download it now and see for yourself.
If you have any problems, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have some general questions that you think others might also want the answer to, feel free to post a comment at the bottom of this post and we'll get back to you ASAP.
Good luck with your conversions and thank you to everyone who has purchased Smart Converter Pro so far.
You've spoken, we've listened.
Why have we done this?
Many reasons, but here are the main ones...
VOB (DVD) Support
VOB files are the video files on a DVD. The first version of Smart Converter Free contained VOB support so that you could convert a DVD movie file.
We did not allow Smart Converter to convert copy-restricted DVDs (i.e. any commercial DVD) so we thought we were within Apple's guidelines.
When we submitted Smart Converter Pro, Apple rejected it because it contained VOB support, even though we didn't allow copy-restricted VOB files to be converted.
So, we had to remove VOB support from both the Free and Pro versions of Smart Converter that are listed on the Mac App Store.
It turns out that a lot of people used VOB conversions!
We have no restrictions on our own site, so we've enabled VOB conversions on the Smart Converter that you can download from Shedworx.
We have always been committed to fast fixes for serious bugs which people hit. Often, a serious bug can be fixed in minutes and released just as quickly.
Smart Converter updates have taken up to two weeks to be released on the Mac App Store.
When we make a fix, we like to be able to get it in the hands of the person who needs the fix straight away. Releasing Smart Converter on Shedworx allows us to do this.
The App Store Isn't for Everyone
While we think the Mac App Store is a great idea, we appreciate that not everyone wants to sign up to the Apple machine. For these people, there's always the Shedworx Store.
The Features We Haven't Thought Of Yet
Smart Converter will continue to grow and become more capable. Sometimes the things that we will really want to add won't fit within the Apple guidelines.
When we come across features that Apple won't allow, we will still create them, but they will only be available on the Shedworx version.
Which Version is Best for Me?
Should I buy from the Shedworx Store or the Mac App Store?
If you're reading this post, you're the kind of person who likes to find out more about the software they buy. This also means that you're more likely to care about the features we add to Smart Converter that Apple won't allow.
Whether its Smart Converter Pro or Free, the Shedworx version will always do more than the App Store version. For this reason we think you will be better off with the Shedworx version. After all, it's the one we use.