It’s easy to imagine the screenwriter as someone slaving away at a typewriter, staring out a cabin window. But it’s 2018, and writers for stage and screen use a common digital platform.That platform is Final Draft 10, and right now it’s yours for half off at Cult of Mac Deals. Final Draft is designed with the writer in mind, so it automatically paginates scripts to industry standards. It also offers templates and formatting tools to remove blocks to the creative process. The latest version’s features include tools for real-time collaboration, easy outlining, Story Map as well as Beat Board tools for planning scripts beat by beat. Additionally, you can save and compare variations of dialogue in one script, import scripts straight from other word processing apps, and even dictate scripts for hands-free writing. So if you’re looking to write the next blockbuster or binge-worthy hit, start here. Buy now: Get Final Draft 10 for $107 at Cult of Mac … [Read more...] about Final Draft 10 is the industry standard writing app for stage and screen.
By Roger Fingas Friday, March 09, 2018, 08:30 am PT (11:30 am ET) Google is hoping to have technology from its Accelerated Mobile Pages —currently used as a more open, though Google-preferred alternative to Apple News or Facebook Instant Pages —adopted as a broader Web standard. "Based on what we learned from AMP, we now feel ready to take the next step and work to support more instant-loading content not based on AMP technology in areas of Google Search designed for this, like the Top Stories carousel," the company said in a blog post. "This content will need to follow a set of future Web standards and meet a set of objective performance and user experience criteria to be eligible." AMP pages are streamlined and pre-cached, designed to load as quickly as possible on mobile devices. For both Google and publishers, this may increase the likelihood that someone will tap and generate ad revenue. Google prefers AMP pages in search results, though content doesn't have to pass … [Read more...] about Google looking to turn aspects of AMP caching technology into wider Web standard
We’re only part of the way into the era of HDR televisions, and we already have way too many standards to be dealing with. First came HDR10, then Dolby Vision, and more recently Hybrid Log Gamma and Advanced HDR.If you thought the situation was confusing before, buckle up, because you’re going to have to get familiar with another standard pretty soon. Its name is HDR10+, and it wants to bring the same advanced functionality of Dolby Vision to an open standard. Essentially what this means is that the players behind HDR10+ want to get the same Dolby Vision goodness without having to pay a licensing fee to Dolby, and what that means is scene-by-scene HDR mastering (enabled by its 'dynamic metadata') to get the best out of an entire film or TV show. It might have 10-bit color rather than Dolby Vision's 12-bit, but this should at least make for a better balance between light and dark scenes.Scared this is going to be another fly-by-night TV technology that can only be … [Read more...] about HDR10+: the new HDR standard that’s taking a leaf out of Dolby’s book
A draft standard released by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority as part of a public consultation will impose a range of cyber security related obligations on APRA-regulated organisations such as banks. Under the draft standard, CPS 234, an APRA-regulated entity will be obliged to spell out the information security related roles and responsibilities of its board as well as “senior management, governing bodies and individuals”. An organisation will have to “maintain information security capability commensurate with the size and extent of threats to its information assets, and which enables the continued sound operation of the entity” and implement and systematically test appropriate security controls. Financial services organisations will also have to report “material” information security incidents to the regulator. “All APRA-regulated entities ... must operate on the basis that information security attacks are and will continue to … [Read more...] about APRA focuses on bank cyber security with proposed standard