MacWorld/iWorld Part 2
by Gary Woods
Last week I told you about my trip to MacWorld. Now, in no particular order is what I saw. First up, a free service called SlideShark http://www.slideshark.com that takes your PowerPoints and configures them so they can be displayed on the iPad. When you sign up they give you 100 Megabytes in the cloud to which you can upload you PowerPoints. Then you can download the free app from the App Store and bring those iPad configured PowerPoints down to your iPad and present them.
Next I saw SuperSync http://www.supersync.com/. If you have multiple iTunes libraries spread across several computers and devices then SuperSync will allow you to merge, access, repair, backup and explore those libraries. You can get both the Mac and Windows version of the software for $35 and use it on up to five computers.
If you want to hear that iTunes library sound as good as it possibly can then check out Peachtree Audio http://signalpathint.com/. They make what they call full-featured reference level digital and analog control centers designed to attain the highest quality audio from your computer or any digital device. Their offerings retail for between $899 and $4,299 and definitely sounded great.
On the other end of the audio spectrum is Wave Cradle http://www.wavecradle.com/. They had a little iPhone, iPod Touch stand that had a lip protruding from the bottom that increased the volume of your device by about 8 decibels. The Wave Cradle retails between $19.85 and $28.50.
Also on the audio front was a product called iWow 3D from SRS Labs http://www.srslabs.com/ . The device plugs into the 30 pin connector at the bottom of your iOS device and connects to a speaker. With a press of the button the stereo effect coming from the speakers widens out and the vocal becomes much more pronounced. The iWow 3D retails for about $80.
Finally, if you're into recording audio and would like to get an idea of what's going on with your studio check out iAudioInterface2 and Audio Tools from Studio Six Digital http://www.studiosixdigital.com/. This device gives you professional audio analysis for iOS. The interface has a phantom powered mic input so you can use professional microphones. It features balanced or stereo line input, balance or headphone line output, Toslink digital audio output and uses an internal li-ion battery. All that power doesn't come cheap however the unit retails for $399.99.
Next week I'll finish what I saw at MacWorld, so hang on tight until then.
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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc