poppy field

Having spent the best part of 40 years looking through a viewfinder of some sort, sitting in front of a computer editing photos or videos, producing websites and managing social media accounts, it’s a very strange feeling to now say when asked, “I’m retired".

Despite no longer taking on commercial paid work, it’s virtually impossible to suddenly stop what you’ve been doing for the best part of your working life so, for the past 24 months I’ve been taking on work on a ‘pro-bono’ basis for church, charity or voluntary organisations. I hope that my experience, skills and equipment can now be put to good use to those who perhaps, don’t have the budget or funding to produce what they want or need for their media requirements.

The following 'blog' items are a mixture, some from when I was working commercially and now, some new items that might be of interest.

Air Display - It works!

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After all the problems last week getting Air Display to work on one particular MacPro desktop, I got the chance to use it last Sunday. Connecting everything to the WiFi and using my new Mac Mini, I bought up the Keynote I’d prepared, I opened Air Display on the iPad (an old v2), the Air Display host on the Mac Mini asked to connect to the iPad and within a second or two, my ‘second screen’ was showing on the iPad.

Switching Keynote into Present mode, the projector display showed up on the iPad and the speaker could see the slides as I advanced them in time to his script which he’d sent to me earlier. There was virtually no lag and the display quality was very high, even video clips played on the iPad again with virtually no lag, overall for £12.99 I was very impressed.....if it had only worked on the older MacPro desktop, but the plus side is I‘ve now got a (fairly) new Mac mini (just don’t tell the missus!)

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