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My Mac Monday (MMM5) : Jerry Brace

My Mac Monday (MMM5) : Jerry Brace

I’m a Mac OS and iOS developer at Embraceware. My current Mac setup consists of an 8-Core Mac Pro connected to a 27″; iMac (via DisplayPort input mode) and two 24″; LED Cinema Displays. The extra pixel canvas space is put to use designing UI for the iPad and the new iPhone 4 display.

There is one piece of hardware that has tagged along throughout the past few years of upgrades and that would be the Harman Kardon SoundSticks II. I love the sounds from these – they’re old but Apple still sells them and they still get top ratings. On the mobile side I always have an iPhone in my pocket and an iPad for meetings or casual reading.

The first computer I ever used was an Apple ][GS at my elementary school. However, I ended up on the PC route until I purchased an iBook in 2001 with the introduction of Mac OS X. Since that time it’s been Macs all the way. Just recently I was feeling nostalgic and was lucky enough to find a mint condition Apple ][GS on eBay. It works perfectly and I switch it on from time to time for a quick break and jump into the past.

My company Embraceware was incorporated in 2005 with the launch of our first application “Awaken” for Mac (http://embraceware.com/awaken/). It’s a digital alarm clock and sleep timer which wakes you up to your iTunes music. We have added a lot to Awaken over the years and it is currently at version 4.

We’re now working on Awaken 5 which is a complete rewrite with new UI and new features. We released our first application, “HoloSnaps” (http://embraceware.com/holosnaps/), to the App Store last year. HoloSnaps lets you create a holographic/lenticular card from three photos which respond to tilting your iPhone via the accelerometer. Since then we have released Awaken for iPhone (http://embraceware.com/mobileawaken/) and most recently we released a version for the iPad.

We combined the iPhone and iPad versions in a single universal application to avoid having customer purchase Awaken for each device. Along with Awaken 5 for Mac we’re updating Awaken for iPhone to take advantage of the multitasking features of iOS 4.

You can follow me on Twitter via @Embraceware – thanks for reading.

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