Tones : Music Creation App for iOS devices on youTube

Sun Oct 30 20:48:37 2011

Hi everyone, just wanted to share this video of my music creation app : Tones. Check it out.

View on youTube

Convert caf to aif to mp3 on mac

Fri Oct 28 22:04:05 2011

mp3 to caff

Getting from mp3 to caff is easy.

# /usr/bin/afconvert -f caff -d LEI16 [mp3_input_file] [caf_output_file]

Pretty straightforward, huh?

caff to aiff to mp3

Getting from caff to mp3 is not so easy. You have to convert it to aiff before converting it to mp3

# /usr/bin/afconvert -f AIFF -d I8 [input file]

This command will get you a .aif file.

Using iTunes to convert .aif to .mp3

To convert using iTunes, first go to File > Add to Library and select your audio files. Next, you may have to change your import settings. Either use cmd+, or go iTunes > Preferences... and click the "Import Settings..." button. Change "Import Using" to "MP3 Encoder", press OK and close the Preferences window. Now to create the mp3 version, just select your files in the iTunes library and Advanced > Create MP3 Version. You can then right click on the newly created file and choose "Show in Finder" to get to it.

Using Audacity to convert .aif to .mp3

You can also use Audacity to open the .aif and export it in .mp3 format. Note however that you will need to download a file called libmp3lame.dylib (which you can get from here at time of writing this) and place it in /usr/local/lib/. And if you don't know where that is because it's a hidden folder by default, just click on your desktop and press the shortcut cmd+shift+G and type it in manually

Batch convert via terminal

And finally... here's how to batch convert a whole folder using terminal

# cd [folder containing audio files]
# ls | xargs -I {} /usr/bin/afconvert -f AIFF -d I8 {}

Hope it helps

Steve Jobs (1955 - 2011)

Wed Oct 5 19:42:05 2011

This morning I woke up to the horrible news that former Apple CEO Steve Jobs has died. At first I couldn't believe my eyes and ears. Twitter and news sites across the web have been inundated with people sharing thoughts, memories, and condolences. I would like to show my thanks to the man who inadvertently changed the way I work and the way I live my life with this simple post.

Thank you Steve.

'You've got to find what you love,' Jobs says (http://news.stanford.edu/)
How to live before you die. (www.ted.com)

The Death of Flash? - "Spartans! Prepare for glory!"

Thu Sep 22 09:38:09 2011

Now, I don't normally shed my opinions in the way I'm about to, but the heralds of Twitter are shouting about the deathly demise of Flash, and have been for a while now actually. However, with an amazing chain of releases for ActionScripers out there lately, such as Starling, Alchemy, Stage 3D, Flash player 11 and Air 3, etc, one might hear the spine-chillingly celebrated cry, "Spartans! Prepare for glory!" coming from the Adobe camp - who seem to show their full support for HTML 5 & CSS3, might I add.

Well, we'll see. However, as much as the 'hell dining' sounds appealing, I have to admit that I'm not worried in the slightest. After all, strictly speaking HTML 5 is nothing without JavaScript, right? And all the script based languages are pretty easy once you learn one, yeah? The move to full-time JS coding for absolutely everything would be a piece of proverbial cake, no? (Sweeping statements, I know!)

As much as I adore flash and ActionScript 3, I'd most likely be quite excited at the prospect of a unified web under HTML 5. I'd probably shout from the rooftops that my life has been made easier. No more juggling languages to get different jobs done - just JS all the way!

But isn't how HTML was different depending on which browser you used the reason Flash came to be so popular in the first place? Not much has changed, you do realize?

In the end, even if flash does die off from the web, I don't think it will matter because nowadays (for me) Flash/Air is changing direction. It's becoming more diverse and looks to be evolving into much more than just a simpleton web based media. It's actually rather exciting. Like watching your child grow or something.

Someone on twitter also posted something like, it's not the tools we use that define us, but creativity and great ideas (paraphrasing here I'm afraid). But yeah, I agree and you just know that talent will come through no matter what the circumstances. So I say bring it on - long live Flash and HTML 5.

TumbleBee video now on youTube

Sun Sep 11 22:49:14 2011

TumbleBee video is now on youTube. Enjoy.

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