• A Bug That is Literally Painful

    By on December 19, 2013

    I updated to Adobe Premiere Pro 12.2  the other day. I’d been running it on my laptop with no problems and it seemed production ready. So on to the Mac Pro it went.

    However, when outputting a final render, I started noticing a weird problem – the picture was fine, but there was an annoying stuttering sound that accompanied all the audio transitions.

    That was pretty annoying. But every now and I’d get a painfully loud sound through my headphones. It was much, much louder than the system volume, and genuinely hurt my poor delicate eardrums, to the extent that I ripped the headphones off (anyone watching might well have assumed that Billy Joel had just come on).

    I think half the problem was that they’re very good headphones. They’re Sennheiser HD 280 Pro, and they go (apologies for the technical jargon) really, really loud.

    After the usual messing around (deleting render files, trying different formats, swearing loudly), I managed to find some information on the Adobe forums. Their advice was: either keyframe audio transitions manually (ugh), or roll back to the previous version of Premiere. I opted for the latter, and fortunately the download speed wasn’t as lousy as it can be (especially when you’re against the clock).

    Problem solved, and job delivered. But it remains a major concern – I’ve never encountered a software bug that actually hurt, before.

  • Ease and Wizz v2.0.2

    By on October 11, 2012

    I’d like to interrupt this extended period of inactivity to announce a modest update of Ease and Wizz. Version 2.0.2 squishes a bug that caused the inBounce behaviour to look exactly the same as the outBounce behaviour, annoyingly.

    And if that wasn’t enough, I’ve changed the colour of the type in the popup menus to white – for the legibility, innit – and added a few tooltips for when you’re idly hovering over menus while querying their raisons d’être.

    Grab it! Grab it NOW!

    Update: Thanks to Simon Bronson I’ve reverted the type back to its darker shade, due to the small matter of it being completely illegible in CS5. I should’ve known that black never goes out of style.

  • Ease and Wizz & After Effects CS6

    By on May 30, 2012

    If you’ve upgraded to After Effects CS6, you might have noticed that the whole thing crashes when applying certain easing types via Ease and Wizz. But there’s good news: Adobe have released an bug-squashing update that fixes it right up.

    You can read more about what’s covered in the 11.0.1 update, or just go ahead and fire up Adobe Updater to grab the latest and greatest.

  • Creating Command Shortcuts in Textmate 2

    By on March 6, 2012

    Usually when you want to record a keyboard shortcut for Textmate, you just click in the “Key Equivalent” box and type the shortcut. However this seems to be currently broken in Textmate 2 (which is in alpha, at the time of writing).

    However, you can type in specific symbols to assign the keyboard combination you’re after. It took me a while to discover which symbols did what, and I couldn’t find anything about this on the ol’ Google, so thought I’d record it here for posterity.

    @ : command
    ~ : option
    ^ : control

    And you can include the shift-key by simply typing in a capital letter.

    For example, to add this keyboard shortcut:


    … you’d use:


    … in the “Keyboard Equivalent” text field. Note that the order seems important, too – the caret has to come before the at-symbol, in this example.


    Update: I’ve just downloaded a nightly build of Textmate and … the old behaviour has been restored ;)

  • Retrieving Photos From an iPhone Backup

    By on November 17, 2011

    My iPhone 3GS died after trying to install iOS 5 on it. Really, it just gave up the ghost completely. I had managed to jailbreak it and get it to the home screen, but then it would just spontaneously reboot. It was like watching someone drowning in a sea of esoteric console output, only to make it to the surface for a breath … and slowly sinking back into the inky depths of monospaced jargon.

    However, what I didn’t realise is that when you perform a backup of your iPhone through iTunes, it copies your photos too – I thought it just copied apps and settings. So the pics that I thought were gone forever were hiding in obscure, encrypted files right there on my hard drive (I had performed a backup of the iPhone before the attempted upgrade, of course).

    So after reading this this MacObserver article, which gives you two options for rescuing pics, I downloaded Picturescue (a measly five bucks) and now I have 592 MB of photos back on my hard drive. No movies, but I’ll regard that as penance for not keeping on top of my backups.

    The original link was courtesy of the excellent MacTalk.

  • DuckDuckGo

    By on November 5, 2011

    Recently I’ve been using a search engine that provides a compelling alternative to Google. It’s called DuckDuckGo, and its main selling point is, simply, privacy. They make a very good case as to why your online privacy is important.

    Google remains significantly faster, and has features, such as autocompletion in Chrome, that DuckDuckGo doesn’t currently match. But if you’re concerned that Big Internet is compiling a dossier on you, and you aren’t quite prepared to forgo your digital lifestyle by becoming a goat herder in Kazakstan, this is a great alternative. (They even have an iPhone app.)