SoundCloud is a Social Sound Platform Web Service: Review

If you own OS X 10.6 or later, SoundCloud on your dock is one such application which can bring the full SoundCloud web experience to your Mac. A key feature of SoundCloud is that it lets artists upload their music with a distinctive URL. It is totally an unbiased application as it can work for any person with full sincerity whether the user is a serious sound professional who needs an application to manage his every day work or the user is a casual sound creator who wants a smooth and flawless experience with the application.

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With this application you can access the sounds people share with you and you can very easily browse, listen to and enjoy the sounds which people create around the world. You will feel amazing by being a part of such a huge playback community. You can create custom playlists to get the sounds you need in an instant and download others for offline playback. It has a record functionality that lets you easily capture and share any sound privately or publicly to Facebook, Twitter and more.

All you need to do is open your SoundCloud from your Dock and sign in with your email id and get started. You can share your own voice on this application. You can sign up for your account directly from the application too.You can connect easily using your Facebook username and password. Then record your sounds right in the app and share to Facebook, and Twitter. You can listen to, favorite and manage your exclusive and incoming tracks in one place by creating a playlist. Create playlists by dragging SoundCloud URLs to the dock icon, your favorites or any playlist. You can find and follow the users right in the app by clicking on option “Incoming” under Dashboard to get the updates.

This application distributes music using widgets and apps. You can place the widget on your website or the blog and SoundCloud will do the rest job of sharing every track uploaded. This app also has an API( Application Programming Interface) that allows other applications or smartphones to upload or download music and sound files. It can be accessed anywhere using the official iPhone and Android apps, as well as hundreds of creation and sharing apps built on this platform.

Apps are available for the iPhone, iPad, and Android platforms and a Symbian app is also thought to be on the way.

It also provides users with the ability to create and join groups that provide a common space for content to be collected and shared. It offers free accounts to amateur creators, with more advanced users able to upgrade to premium accounts for advanced features like statistics, controlled distribution and custom branding. It offers additional features to users with paid subscriptions. Such users are given more hosting space and may distribute their tracks or recordings to more groups and users, create sets of recordings, and more thoroughly track the statistics for each of their tracks.

To get this application, open Mac App Store, you can either search for this app or just click on this link for SoundCloud.

We have made an effort to give you an insight into this wonderful sound app on your Mac. If you have further queries, please do not hesitate to share your thoughts below and we will surely get back to you.

FaceTime: The Video Telephone Just A Click Away For Macintosh

FaceTime is a video calling software designed by Apple Inc. for the devices which are running on iOS. Steve Jobs made the announcement of this amazing tool in 2010 and since then it is winning the hearts of millions of iOS users. It works on everything your macbook, iphone 4, ipad and ipod touch. You can make direct video calls from one Mac to another without any hesitation.

Reach your close ones anywhere.

FaceTime for Mac makes it possible to talk, smile and laugh with anyone on an iPad 2, iPhone 4, iPod touch or Mac from your Mac. You can catch up, hang out, joke around and stay in touch with just a click. Hearing the voice is of course soothing but video calling is more fun and better as you are seeing the face of your dear one.

Video calling with one click

It is quite easy to set up FaceTime on your MacBook.  You should be just ready with an Apple ID and an email address and then you are all set to roll. To start a video call with your best friend, just find his or her entry in the contacts list. FaceTime functions in conjunction with Address Book so all the contacts will appear on the window and you need not enter any address. If you want to call you pal then just click on the phone number. To call on iPad, iPod touch or Mac, use the email address of your friend. An invitation pops up on the screen of your friend. When her or she accepts, the video call begins. And there you are, face to face. Mac to iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Mac.

MacBook will alert you.

If your friends want to video call you and your FaceTime is not working, simply don’t worry because the call will ring through on your Mac. So just feel relaxed even if you are not available every time. I case you don’t want to receive any calls go to system preferences and turn off FaceTime from there.

FaceTime every where.

With FaceTime, you can see what everyone’s up to no matter which device they’re using — iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Mac. All it takes is a tap, a smile and a laugh. So, you can stay connected anywhere any time with anyone.

Now say “hi” in high definition.

FaceTime calls are in high definition. Now FaceTime for Mac supports video calls up to 720p. An HD inbuilt camera is required for this— like the new MacBook Pro or the new iMac — and your calls display with next-best-thing-to-real-life clarity. The FaceTime HD camera supports a widescreen with an aspect ratio of 16:9, so your whole family or the whole group of friends can assemble up to video call. That is surely amazing.

Here we have made an effort to bring to you the awesomeness of FaceTime and you are surely going to get thrilled by using it on your Mac, iPhone, iPad or iTouch. Do leave your comment below and we will surely get back to you.

iPhoto: Head honcho of your photos(Part II) For Macintosh

Now Edit the pictures your way on your Macintosh using iPhoto. iPhoto has  everything you will need to modify your photos. You can remove red eye, adjust exposure, brightness and contrast with just a single click. You can use Enhance tool and iPhoto will automatically adjust the dull photos. You can use Retouch for removing spots and blemishes. Today we follow up from our first part that you can read here and tell you some more things that you can use iPhoto for:

Make your photos effective.

With iPhoto you will have much more fun tweaking your pictures as do while taking them. With iPhoto effects, you can convert color photos to black and white, try a classic sepia tone, add a vignette border, make it antique, blur the edges and more. You can check all the effects without any worry as you can revert back to original photo by clicking on None thumbnail, which removes all the effects. Every effect made in iPhoto is in fact reversible, make any kind change without worrying about the originality of the photos.

Mail your photos

When your photos look amazing then they are worth sharing. iPhoto turns emailed photos into something much more fun and creative than mere attachments. Everything happens right in iPhoto; you don’t even have to open Mail. Start by choosing an Apple-designed theme like Announcement, Cardstock, or Collage. Then just select your photos and watch as iPhoto places them in the template automatically. Swap the position of one image with another. Pan and zoom for just the right focus. Change the size and style of your text. Even attach high-resolution versions of your photos. iPhoto automatically formats your message, so it’s always the perfect size.

Well disposed with Facebook

Even your iPhoto is a bigger fan of Facebook now. Not only can you use iPhoto to change your Facebook profile picture, but you can choose to upload photos directly to your Wall or to an existing album. If your photos have names you’ve added using Faces, iPhoto converts them to Facebook name tags. iPhoto even displays your Facebook photo albums — whether they were published with iPhoto or another application. What’s more, when your friends leave comments on your photos, you’ll see them in iPhoto.

Carry your photos with you

In case you want to carry your photos with you you can use iTunes to wirelessly sync specific Events, Albums, or even Faces to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Or you can have the photos you import from your camera or SD card to your library added to your Photo Stream in iCloud automatically. Then you can enjoy and share them on any of your iOS devices.

Relive your memories with iPhoto

iPhoto slideshows are so cinematic, they’ll take you back to the very moment each photo was snapped.You can choose from a dozen animated themes that each do something spectacular. The Places theme, for instance, uses the location of your photos to create a map where you jump from one location to the next through the lens of your camera. iPhoto slideshow themes include professionally designed layouts, titles, and transitions that make a perfect backdrop for your photos. Face detection in iPhoto automatically centers and frames shots with people in them. So the focus of your slideshow is where it should be.

Click a theme to play a full-screen slideshow — accompanied by any song from your iTunes library. Fast-forward or rewind your slideshow using the filmstrip. Reorder photos, set the length of time individual photos remain onscreen, or, with some themes, choose different transitions. When you’re happy with your slideshow, export it as a QuickTime movie that’s sharable on the web and playable on any Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

Here we have made you aware about the effects, editing etc that you can do with your photos to make them look classic and share them with your friends, family. If you have any queries, please leave your comment below, we will surely get back to you.

 

iChat: Time To Chat In A Better Way On Mac

iChat is an application which comes inbuilt with your MacBook and provides you with an excellent interface to stay connected with your friends, family, co-workers in a more personal way. You can hear and see your close ones irrespective of how far they are from you. It lets you do text chat, audio chat, or video chat over the Internet without accruing any text messaging, long distance, or video streaming charges.

To use iChat, you just need to get connected to the Internet and should have one of the following accounts: iCloudMobileMeGoogle TalkYahoo, or Jabber. Below you can see how to setup the contact.

  1. Open iChat from the Dock or from the Applications folder.
  2. You just have to follow the instructions on the screen to configure iChat. If you don’t have a me.com account or Mac.com account yet, open System Preferences and click iCloud preferences. Then click “Create an Apple ID” to sign up for a free one. You can get an account name that ends with @me.com. This account works within the AIM network so you can use iChat to chat with your AIM buddies.
  3. Once everything is configured, iChat opens and displays the different kinds of iChat buddies. You can see here who all are online to chat. Your account appears at the top; your current status should show you as being “Available.
  4. If you want to change your status, click your status and choose a new one from the pop-up menu. You can choose one of the existing status messages such as Away, or choose Custom Available and type your own customized status message.
  5. If your computer has in inbuilt mic or an external one, you can see a green phone icon next to your picture which signals to your buddies that you are available for audio chat.
  6.  If you have a built-in camera, USB camera, or FireWire camera (such as iSight or DV) connected to your computer, a movie camera icon displays to let your iChat buddies know that you’re available to video chat
  7. To add a friend you can simply choose Buddies then Add Buddy. Select the kind of account your buddy has. iChat can help searching through the Address Book. Then choose the group you want to add that person to.  Then click Add. So one friend has added to your friend list.
  8. You can do text chatting, video chatting, iChat theatre, multi person chatting and share screen with your buddies by just clicking on the icons that appear on your screen while you are using iChat.
  9. For iChat theatre you have to choose from the File option, Share a File with iChat Theatre.

So, we have made an effort to make your chatting a bit different from the conventional chatting. We are sure with iChat you are going to have a fun filled experience while connecting with your friends and family. Do leave a comment below and we will surely get back to you.

iPhoto: Head Honcho Of Your Photographs For Macintosh

Here arrives the interface where you can have endless fun with your photos. iPhoto is an app on your mac which can do magic to photos. With its help you can create albums, photo books, cards, calendars, slideshows etc. Sharing your photos via email and social networking also becomes quite effortless and a child’s play when iPhoto is at your service.

Events

When you open the iPhoto from the dock, the first thing under the label Library comes events. iPhoto automatically organizes your photos by Event. When you connect your camera or insert your SD4 card, iPhoto groups your images according to the day they were taken. That can be a bed roses for any shutterbug or any chronic procrastinator to manage the events your way. You can turn many events into a single event that too very simply by just dragging the events into the one you want to be the major event. You can name each sub event as per your choice so that it becomes to locate any photograph whenever you need. With the help of iCloud, iPhoto can import the photos from Photo Stream and organize them as Events. So no need to worry, the dates and the photos won’t be a hotchpotch anymore.

Photos

Photos is the next option that is available on the left panel of iPhoto window. When you click on this option, it displays the entire collection of photos that is in your library. It shows the name of the event to which it belongs. So, if you are looking for any particular photograph and you are unable to locate it, just click Photos.

Faces

With the help of Faces feature you can sort your photo library by the people in your images. It automatically detects and even recognizes faces in your photos. iPhoto uses face detection to identify faces of people in your photos and face recognition to match faces that look like the same person. With this it is easy for you to add names to your photos. And it helps you find the people you’re looking for. Clicking the Faces view shows you a cork board featuring a snapshot for each person you’ve named. iPhoto suggests a set of possible matches you can confirm with a click. Use the new Find Faces view to quickly find other people in your photos who haven’t been named yet. After you’ve put names to faces and faces to names, you can synchronize them to your iPad or iPhone and take them with you.

Places

With this feature there is no need to strain your brain regarding the place where the photo was taken. Places in iPhoto allows you to search and sort photos by location, using data from any GPS-enabled camera or iPhone. If you don’t have a GPS-enabled camera or iPhone, you can still use Places by adding your own location information: Just start typing and iPhoto instantly gives you a list of locations to choose from — including points of interest like the Taj Mahal or India Gate. iPhoto also uses reverse geocoding to convert a photo’s location data, such as its latitude and longitude coordinates, to friendly place names. Want to add places to lots of photos? Select an Event, an album, or a group of photos shot in the same place, and iPhoto can add your location information to all of them at once.

In this post we have made you acquainted with few features of iPhoto. In the next post we will come up with various other feature like editing, albums, cards etc. Do leave a comment on the above post, we shall surely come back to you.

Dashboard: Manage Your Widgets Here On Macintosh

It is a delight to work on a MacBook simply because of the various solitary and gripping applications. In the lines below we will give an overview about Dashboard, and it has a little resemblance with that of your car. Dashboard is an application for Apple’s Mac OS X operating systems, used for hosting mini-applications known as widgets. It has various widgets which make work easier. Mac OS comes with many inbuilt widgets like Address Book, Calculator, Dictionary, Google, iCal and the list goes on. You can download more widgets of your interest from the AppStore.

Let’s get started:

Dashboard can be opened from your Dock or by pressing the F4 key to open it.

You can change the keyboard shortcut for Dashboard in the Dashboard & Exposé pane of System Preferences.

With a Mighty Mouse, you can assign a mouse button to open Dashboard. (The mouse comes configured with the scroll-ball button set to open Dashboard.) You can configure the mouse buttons in the Mouse pane of Keyboard & Mouse preferences or in Dashboard & Exposé preferences. (In Dashboard & Exposé preferences, Button 3 refers to the scroll-ball button and Button 4 refers to the pair of side buttons of the Mighty Mouse.)

1.Click the Open (+) button to reveal the widget bar and access your widgets. Click the Close (x) button to hide the widget bar.

2.To open a widget, click its icon or drag it out of the widget bar. Use the arrow buttons on the widget bar to see other available widgets.

You can leave widgets open for quick access or click a widget’s Close (x) button to put it away. If you don’t see a Close button, press the Option key and move the pointer over the widget you want to close.

3.To return to your desktop, press the F4 key or click the desktop.

You may require an internet connection for some of the widgets e.g. Flight Tracker, ESPN etc.

Several widgets can be displayed in Dashboard at once. You can also display more than one of the same widget. For example, you might want to use several World Clock widgets, each showing the time in a different city. Drag widgets to organize them on your screen.

To enable or disable widgets, remove widgets that you’ve installed, or open the Dashboard Widgets website to download additional widgets, click the Manage Widgets button when the widget bar is open.

To display Dashboard for just a moment, press and hold the F4 key until you’re done. (Note: This method won’t work if your computer uses the F4 key to eject a disc.) To change the keyboard shortcut for displaying Dashboard, open Dashboard & Exposé preferences.

We have made an effort above to expose Dashboard to you and it will surely be of some help to you. Do leave a comment and we will get back to you without fail.

 

 

iWeb: Publish Your Website On The Internet

In the previous post, we have made you quite knowledgable how to create a website using this wonderful application.In this post, you’ll publish your website to .Mac so that others can visit your site.To publish your site to .Mac, you must have at least a free trial .Mac membership. You (and others) can access your iWeb website until the trial period expires; as soon as you become a .Mac member, you can publish your site site again. To get a free or full .Mac membership, you can visit www.mac.com.

To publish your website to .Mac:

Click Publish (or choose File > Publish to .Mac).

When you see the message that your site has been published, you can go to the site (in your web browser) by clicking Visit Page Now. To send an email notifying people about your website, click Announce.When you publish your website to .Mac, anyone who has access to the Internet can visit your site. People who know the URL can go directly to your website, or your website might appear as a search result (someone searching for your name on the Internet might find your website, for example). If you don’t want your website to be visible to just anyone on the Internet, you can set up your website so that only people who know the user name and password can visit it.

To make your site visible only to visitors who know the user name and password:

  • If the Site Inspector isn’t open, click Inspector in the toolbar (or choose View > Show Inspector), and then click the Site Inspector button.
  • Click Password.
  • Select the “Make my published site private” checkbox.
  • Type a user name and password in the fields.

Everyone to whom you want to allow access to your site uses the same user name and password.

Don’t enter your .Mac user name and password; create a name and password that would be hard to guess (they don’t have to be real words, but could be a combination of letters and numbers).

Publish your website by clicking the Publish button.

When you click Announce, the email message includes the user name and password you specified.

If you belong to a .Mac group, you can also publish a site so that only group members can see it. For instructions, see “Publishing a site to a .Mac group” in iWeb Help.

If you don’t publish to .Mac, you can also publish your website to a folder on your computer so that you can upload it to a server. For instructions, see “Publishing a site to a server instead of to .Mac” in iWeb Help.

Congratulations! You have completed the process of publishing your site on web.

You will probably want to further customize your website content, add more photos and other graphics, and include special elements such as an automatic visitor counter. As you get more comfortable with iWeb, you might want to include other templates on your website.

We have made an effort to help with making your own site with less efforts. If you have any queries, drop your comments below and we will surely get back to you.

iWeb: Create Your Own Website On Your Mac

iWeb is the easiest way to create and publish captivating websites. You will see, what each webpage will look like as you will work on it.You don’t have to know anything about programming or web-authoring languages such as HTML etc. The collection of templates that comes with iWeb provide an elegant starting point for any website. You can add blogs, photos, podcasts,  text, graphics and much more to you website.Here we tell you in brief about the art of making a website easily on your Mac.

1)Open your iWeb from dock or applications. Choose the template of your choice. iWeb provides templates designed for specific categories of webpages. For example, the Photos templates contain placeholders for photos and captions. By using the iWeb templates, you can create an attractive webpage without having to do any design work.

2)The iWeb Toolbar at the bottom of the iWeb window gives you one-click access to many of the actions you’ll perform as you create webpages. The inspectors make it easy to perform many tasks in iWeb.To open the Inspector window. Click the Inspector button in the toolbar (or choose View > Show Inspector). There you will find all the options to edit the website as per your tastes.

3) Adding text to your website: Each template contains text boxes, with placeholder text, for different elements on the page. If you click the text, the entire text box is selected and selection handles appear. You can drag the text box to reposition it, and you can re size it by dragging a handle.

4) Adding photos: iWeb provides special templates for pages that contain mainly photos instead of text. The Photos templates include a photo grid that automatically sizes and positions each photo as you add it, and provides a placeholder caption for each photo. The Photos templates also include a Start Slideshow button that your visitors can click to view your photos as a slideshow.

5) Adding blogs: iWeb provides two kinds of blog templates- blog and podcast. You can add multimedia content (podcast, audio, video) to both.

6) Organizing your website: iWeb automatically creates a navigation menu—a table of contents that appears on every page of your website. You can click a page title in the navigation menu to go to that page.You determine the order of items in the navigation menu by rearranging pages in the iWeb site organizer.

7) When you add a new website or webpage, iWeb gives it a default name; you can rename it at any time .Double-click the name in the site organizer and type the new name. If you hear a beep, you can’t use the character you typed.

So, this is how you can create your website with so much of ease in iWeb. Now if you have any idea regarding anything of your interest and you want to make a website, iWeb is at your service, saving your time. We have made a small effort to give you an overview of how a website is made in iWeb. We welcome your suggestions and comments.

iTunes Genius: Macintosh Music Genius At Your Assistance

If you are a music freak then it is quite obvious that iTunes must be your favourite place to hunt on your MacBook. iTunes is absolutely a near perfect software which takes the magic of music to the next level. iTunes has a lot of features which makes it numero uno in the world of music. iTunes Genius is one such feature. In this post I have made an effort to describe this brilliant applications.

iTunes genius – A part of iTunes which provides three main features: creating playlists from your existing library, creating genre-specific mixes and suggesting new music as per your favourite numbers in your library. Genius works on the basis of sharing iTunes library by users like the songs in library, playcounts, star ratings, etc. This information is then compiled into a database of all iTunes Genius users by Apple to discover relationships between songs, artists, and musical tastes. With this enormous set of data, Genius automatically groups and recommends music based on your tastes and preferences to you.

Genius Playlists

This feature has been designed in such a way that it creates the playlists of songs automatically which are already existing in your librar, which sound good together. You just have to select one song to begin the playlist, then the Genius starts its work by building a playlist of all the complementary songs from your iTunes library. Reminding you, this very different and more involved process as it just not only sort the songs but also puts them in the correct and suitable order, the way they will sound fabulous together.

Genius Mixes

Genius Mixes may share a little bit of similarity with Playlists, but they group the songs based on genre or theme rather than a beginning song provided by the user. It again accesses the Genius database of your songs to create mixes that will sound amazing together.

Using Genius to Discover New Music

This is an advanced feature of Genius and its functionality to quite similar to Pandora. This feature works in a unique way by suggesting music or bands to you that you may like, as it has the access to your shared information. So, Genius is quite generous keeping in consideration your choice. Adding to it, it also integrates with iTunes Store to help you to buy the new music.

So all you are one click away from having fun with iTunes. Turn on your Genius and get ready for the party or like they say partaaaaaayy. For any more assistance feel free to fill the comments section below.

 An extended thanks to Ms. Devyani Kapoor for her insights without which this post would not be complete.

Photo Booth: Do The Magic With Pictures On Mac

Get ready cause things are going to get twisted, swirled, stretched etc. This is possible on  your Macbook with the help of Photo Booth. It is a hilarious yet an amazing application to work with as you can transform your photos from cold to hot. using Photo Booth can be a great source of enjoyment with friends and it can leave your eyes wet with laughter. You can even make videos with it. So what else can you do with this amazing application, find out in our review.

Taking a snap or making a video.

The first thing to get started will be opening Photo Booth from the dock. You can choose the mode of taking the photo.It can be either a single shot or continuous four shots. These options are at the bottom of the preview area on left. You can even choose the video mode. After that you got to click on the red button just below the preview area and your snap or video will be shot in three seconds.

Effects that can be applied to photos.

A lot of fun on this application is made possible by the application of various effects available. All you have to do is click on the effects button on the right hand side below the preview area. They include sepia, black and white, glow, comic book, normal, color pencil, thermal camera, x-ray and pop art. The next set of effects consists of deforming the images. They include bulge, dent, twirl, squeeze, mirror, light tunnel, fish eye and stretch. There are also backdrops like clouds, color dots, earthrise, eiffel tower, fish, roller coaster, sunset and yosemite.

Sharing your weirdness.

The thumbnails of the snaps taken appear at the bottom of the screen and photos and videos can be viewed by double clicking on them. Once to get started with viewing your photos, there are options available on the bar below the preview area which include Email, iPhoto, Account Picture, Buddy Picture. These options make it very user friendly and convenient to share photos and videos with family and friends. Your can mail your photos,   keep them as account and buddy picture as in jabber. With the help of iPhoto you can put them on social networking sites.

Hope we have done enough to make sure you check out this wonderful Application. Do let us know how you find it? Any other comments are welcome too.