TapeDeck: Easy Audio Recording on Mac OS X Leopard

Nearly every day, I come across something someone has created that I find delightful and useful. Today was no exception as I read DaringFireball, a blog I follow, and was led astray by a link that simply said this:

The Road to TapeDeck 1.0

Chris Liscio on the development of TapeDeck.

Intrigued, I followed that link, read the post, downloaded the application, and was instantly aware that they’d done what so many developers struggle with: cut to the core essence of what an application needs to do and deliver just that.

As we all know too well, Apple has mastered this and famously leaves out many, many features usually packed into applications, operating systems or — in the best example to date — from a smartphone. Rather than try to boil-the-ocean, Apple takes a thimble full of seawater, puts a candle under it, and it’s boiling in no time since the mass market demands ease-of-use with those “ahh…that’s just right” set of features and functions that don’t overwhelm the user.

I’ve added the video below to whet your appetite for TapeDeck and encourage you to go download (and maybe buy) this fun application:

 

2 Comments

  1. PXLated on May 25, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    So it records blank tapes?
    Sorry Steve, no sound in the video, at least for me.



  2. PXLated on May 25, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Strange. In the Viddler player, the default volume is all the way up. If I change that slider to a lower volume, the audio comes on in both Safari and Firefox. If I don’t mess with that control, no audio.



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