FCPX Creative Summit

Absolutely a blast.

I saw a bunch of old friends and made a bunch of new ones. It doesn't get better than that.

I'll post some more later, but wanted to get my sessions posted ASAP.

In order:

Yes, feel free to reach out to say hi, ask questions. Please remember the next 2-3 weeks, it's key to review everything!

MacBook Pro Retina Display - interesting choices

If you are an Apple Fan, you saw the announcements yesterday.

For me personally, the big question was about the new MacBook Pro. I'm overdue by about a year (last time was 2009, and I swore, I'd buy and dump after a year...and forgot...and forgot.)  Also, my wife is overdue for a system as well.

The new Retina display has to be my new machine. I need a system that has a great (read HD) display, I need an SSD (less moving parts) and it has to have thunderbolt.

On the great side, the new MBP is thinner (yay!) and has USB 3.0 (a sore spot from Apple, especiaily on the MacPro line.)

I was wondering in this blog post exactly how they'd handle the problem of a denser display without the ability to increase the font size. Since 10.7 doesn't have an independent resolution and doesn't permit customizations, all I would see is small fonts. Or, should I say, wouldn't see, because it'd be too dense.

It looks like Apple is taking a page out of the iPad - they're doubling the resolution from 1440x900 to 2880 x 1800.

Retina System Pref

From what I've read, Apple is rendering the screen twice. It's got some scaled resolutions, such as 1440x900 and 1680x1050.

This will be a nightmare at the 'Retina' resolution, for Applications that are mired in old code. I'm dying to work at actually 1920x1080 or above, since I work with video, and my struggle is going to be the problem of seeing text in those apps.

Apple's perspective, is likely, if they don't follow our rules, screw them. Or work at a smaller resolution. I'm terrifically curious - for years (5 or so), There's been the claim that Apple is going to have resolution independence - fonts/menus/etc could be the same regardess of the resolution.  Each iteration of the OS, it's mentioned as a beta feature and then disappears.

I have a couple of apps that I'm really worried of how OSX will render them. Avid Media Composer is my #1 worry - but I'll be curious how fixed font sizes look in some of the other apps.

The problem with a Retina Screen

How am I going to be able to read anything?

Like everyone else, I've been holding off (too long) on getting a new mac. I 'needed' one in October - and for the first time I paid attention to the rumor mills in my life - new MacBookPros would be out any day.

No great prognostication here: At WWDC that Apple will announce a bunch of updates, including to the MacBook Pro. Will it be a MacBook Pro Air? I have no idea. That's too many words for a product name.I hope they get rid of the whole 'air' idea and just have two models of super skinny laptops.

One big rumor right now-  a retina screen

Great. I need more pixels and sharper ones. Make it so I can't see the dots.

But the Mac OS is broken in a simple way.

The Font/UI cannot be scaled.

There's been rumors for years, for more than one iteration of OSX, that the Menus will be adjustable. That'd also mean window title size, contextual menus, etc.

Take a quick look at this article from Macintouch - just skip right to the part on Resolution independence.

Bunches of software I use have some custom or tiny UI/text elements. One piece of software has a palette with text that was designed when the mac had 640x480 screens. That palette? Not so readable now. And it'll be nearly impossible to read under a retina display.

I have a feeling that if retina displays come out, Apple will have a 10.7.5 release that will double UI widgets, until Mountain Lion comes along and (hopefully) we'll have a litlte more scalability.