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Rip DVD’s on Your Macintosh for Cheap

Rip DVD’s on a Macintosh?

A question I give very often about people switching to the Macintosh from the Windows environment, as well as from longtime seasoned Mac users, is how does one rip a DVD using the Macintosh platform. DVD ripping for a long time has been stuck somewhere between mysteries of lost treasure and geek speak that only the highly trained technical professionals could do without the aid of really clunky, expensive and malware laden programs of the Windows environment.

Welcome Mac DVDRipper Pro a very nice easy-to-use and polished DVD ripping tool for the Macintosh platform. DVD Ripper Pro allows you to copy your DVDs to your Mac so you can easily view them without having to waste your battery spinning your optical drive.

Here’s the Deal!

Mac DVD Ripper Pro user some pretty smart decrypting algorithms to make sure that you get the best quality videos from your original DVDs (and when we say your DVDs we mean DVDs that you really own; although, I’m not the freaking cops so do you feel is right).

One of the great things about Mac DVDRipper Pro (version 2.0.1) is it does allow one to have a free trial and will work totally as the full version of the software without any hidden limitations with the exception of your abilities not only rip five initial DVDs to test them out. If you decide to rip your DVDs in the disk image format you can also use popular disc burning software to actually make physical copies to blank DVD recordable media.

Mac DVDRipper Pro (version 2.0.1) normally retails for $9.95 but for the next day you can purchase this wonderful ripping tool for an exceptional $5.95 that equates to 40% off the normal retail price. If for some reason you don’t decide to purchase it within the next day Mac update Promo.com will also study this software within the next eight days for $8.46 which is roughly 10% off. Basically for the price of the large jumbo juice with 1,000,000 pounds of sugar you can go ahead and buy yourself a great DVD ripping tool like Mac DVD Ripper Pro. I strongly suggest you jump on over to Mac update promo website and grab yourself a copy before that 595 price runs out.

What’s new in Version 2.0

*Main movie only extraction: skip the previews and extras and save space!
*Faster and more reliable ripping
*Revamped interface

Any Mac with a DVD drive and Mac OS X 10.4 or higher.

Looking for a Bluray ripper? Check Mac BlurayRipper Pro.

Calibrating Your Monitors on the Cheap

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Graphic Designers, Photographers, Writers and Gamers all crave for the holy grail of computing; multiple monitors in their workspaces. Once you add that second monitor to your workflow it will be very hard for you not to have the luxury of bountiful screen real estate for all your applications and windows to the Web.

Lucky for us, you can buy a monitor or pair of monitors from your local blue box retailers for relatively cheap (around $200). I recently purchased a pair of LG E2350 Widescreen LED Flat-Panels from the “Buy More” for $239.00 each. These monitors are highly recommended all over the blogosphere and I can tell you first hand they are pretty incredible. The only knock you can give this class of LED/LCD monitors is our of the box they are not very consistent in regards to their color settings. I tried for hours to get the two monitors to match up on my Mac Pro and I could get them close but not perfect. I investigated getting a monitor calibration devices but didn’t want to dish out another $229 for a Datacolor Spyder3 Elite display calibrator.

I did a little research and found out my local Shutterbug shop rents out calibrators(actually colorimeters) for less than $20. The software is very easy to use and you can have your monitors matched up and displaying perfect color in minutes. I calibrated my Macbook Pro Unibody and every other machine I could find in the house. Make sure you save your calibrated settings in case you need to recall them later like after a hard drive change or Lion upgrade. Some of the display calibrators even work with calibrating a LED/LCD television as they are just giant iPhones… oh I mean computer monitors… that’s a whole different blog post.

Give your local photo rental shop a call and see if they rent out monitor calibrators. Once your monitor is all trued up you’ll thank your lucky stars you did it.

Quick Tip About Selecting Your Monitor(s)

Don’t get too caught up all the minutia of monitor specifications. They will confuse you and not make that big of a difference in everyday use. Buy your monitors from a dealer with a good return policy and do some real world testing in your very own workspace.