Category: Windows

FL Studio Mobile 3 Walkthrough

Rejoice FL Studio users! You’re one of the chosen few who actually have a full blown mobile version of your DAW to lay down a groove while on the go. It’s practically an entirely new program from the desktop version with it’s own learning curve, so today I’m going to help you incorporate FL Studio Mobile into your work flow.

The song timeline view is pretty straightforward, but it has some powerful capabilities tucked away that aren’t too obvious to a beginning DAW user. There are two sets of track types: MIDI for the Synth and Drum Tracks , and Audio for the Wave and Vocal Tracks.Then you have the Master Track.

The many users have expressed dissatisfaction with the size of the keys on the touch piano, will he pleased to learn that the keys are resizable:

 Just place your thumbs anywhere on the gray bar, preferably on the sides of the the transport (Rec,Rewind, and Play buttons) to expand or contract the width of the keys.
 Another not-so-intuitive feature is the pattern view on drum tracks. You’d be surprised at how many people have asked in the YouTube Comments how to edit or change the kits on a drum track.

 Just Double Tap on any midi clip on your drum track to see the drum pattern view,or right click and choose the Edit button to access the pattern view of your drums.

There are alot of tweak-able controls in the Drum Pattern Area.

All of these features along with more advanced ones like Automation and Aux Sends which distributes FX to multiple tracks- are more digestible when demonstrated, like in the video below:

5 Useful (But somewhat Hidden) Windows 10 features

With the new Windows 10 Anniversary Update, there are a lot of new useful features that make the latest version of Windows the best ever. It combines the stability and start menu of Windows 7 with the (more refined) touch capabilities of Windows 8. This open the door for Windows devices to come in more form factors than the desktop and laptop,tablets,USB flash PCs, and even phablets all have a place withing the Windows ecosystem. This makes navigation a little less intuitive than when using a keyboard and mouse. Here are 5 hidden features to help you be more productive in Windows 10.

  • Control Panel access right from your Desktop

There’s nothing like needing to get to the task manager but an irate program is hogging all of the system resources. So,instead of searching through endless menus or even navigating through the “Metro” settings to get to the traditional Windows Control Panel settings-try right-clicking the Start Button for quick access to the most important Control Panel settings. A Long Press of the Windows Start icon on touchscreens works too.

  • Use the Touch Trackpad

There are plenty of moments that the precision of mouse clicks are more effective than your finger or even a stylus,such as copying and pasting text-or resizing images. Try using the Touch Trackpad when your missing that little white arrow.

  • Access Virtual Keyboard from Taskbar

This is the most well-known feature on the list, the virtual keyboard pops up whenever you need to enter text input in tablet mode. It’s not so intuitive when your using desktop mode,so it’s best to add it to the taskbar by right clicking anywhere on the taskbar and checking off “Show Touch Keyboard Button”.

  • Activate Windows Ink Workspace

I’m not sure if this is a feature available in the Anniversary Update, or if it’s a part of the upcoming Creators Update-but the Windows Ink Workspace is a killer feature. It’s useful for those looking to share screens, likes to write themselves Post-It notes, and future DiVinci’s who like to scribble to past time.




 

  •  The Media Creation Tool

OK,you got me. This isn’t a feature of Windows 10, but it’s a must have for any Windows Device owner. It essentially lets you install (or reinstall) Windows 10 should your PC begin running unexpectedly slow or gets infected. It’s also the only way to upgrade Windows 8 PCs to Windows 10 for free. Just use your product key for Windows 8 to complete the activation process. The Media Creation Tool doesn’t come pre-installed,but you can get it from HERE .

There are more hidden gems in Windows 10,with alot more due in the upcoming Creators update. Be sure to leave some of your favorite features in the comments below!

Xara Designer Pro X365 Review

Graphic Designers,Illustrators, and even Web Designers on a tight deadline should know about a secret weapon in the toolbox of many veteran creatives – Xara Designer Pro X. If you never used Xara Designer Pro before, it’s the current version to one of the most used graphic design/illustration programs- Xara Xtreme Pro. Known for having the fastest graphic rendering engine available,(with pretty modest system requirements) professional design programs don’t get much easier than Designer Pro X.
The latest release comes with a year free updates from your date of purchase, hence the name change- Xara Designer Pro X365. It also comes bundled with Photoshop plug-ins from Redfield, Mehdi and Red Giant’s PhotoLooks 2 to accompany the program’s 46 “Live Effects” from parent company Magix.



Designer Pro’s 3D Tools even let you control the lighting of an object.
The benefit of using Designer Pro over other illustration software is the fact that it’s as versatile as it is, while remaining a lean package at the same time. It seems to cover the ground of 5 to 6 Adobe programs while staying around 300 MB in size, many thanks is due to the fact that most of the programs’ content is stored online and can be downloaded at will. Where Xara goes beyond most other options is interactive widgets and websites that can be customized and adjusted down to the button.

Xara’s Online Content Catalog contains a versatile selection that covers everything from print, web graphics to fully customizable interactive widgets and web sites.
There is an undeniable speed advantage to the way Xara handles the processing of graphics and effects,which have a ‘live’ feature that allows FX to adjust to the changes of the image it’s applied to in real time; they also work with vector graphics as well-not just bitmaps/photos.

A quick little logo design that I whipped up…
A familiar interface for illustration, speedy software-optimized processing and a well-rounded toolset makes Xara Designer Pro an All-In-One program for designers, illustrators and even web programmers. It’s only true setbacks are that the interface really isn’t optimized for touch input,and it lags when you try to resize the view or an item in your design using the touchscreen- yet responds instantly when using a mouse. Also, the price range for design programs made for Tablets and Smartphones (usually $9.99 to $49.99) may make Xara Designer Pro seem overpriced,but when you factor in the amount of content and extras that come bundled- AND take into consideration that the Adobe Creative Suite (Xara’s closest competition feature-wise) costs twice as much for a yearly subscription than a one-off perpetual license to Designer Pro- it begins to put the $299 price tag into perspective.It’s clearly obvious when looking at the bigger picture why Xara Designer Pro is Labfreq’s Editor’s Choice 2016 for Illustrators and Graphic Designers. Total packages don’t come more complete than this.