Before that fight we start out with Steve Rogers as a 90-point 4F weakling. We follow Rogers through the sepia toned past as he finally gets into the army and is eventually chosen to be a guinea pig for a new super soldier program. We know it’s the past because everything is sepia brown and because Iron Man’s father plays Igor to this movie’s Frankenstein (complete with German accent). The coloration effect gets really old after a while. Eventually the science experiment is a success and Rogers joins a chorus line to help sell war bonds. Later we find Rogers in costume and finally carrying a gun.
The movie is full of good action and carries itself well enough. The 3-D was done well and did not get in the way of the story to the point where you forget about it. The movie will survive as not the worst of the series but also not a star. Rogers personifies the stone faced soldier who just wants to fight for good old USA. We never really get to see any other dimensions to him. Stick around for the teaser after the credits which sets up the next episode in the series for next summer. You get to see Tony Stark commenting on Roger’s muscles.
I compare this with my recent experience with OmniGroup’s OmniPlan 2.0 upgrade. Their pricing model insures that I will be buying the new upgrade via their web site instead of via the Mac App Store. When contacted @OmniPlan’s twitter account was sympathetic, “That would definitely be nice. Unfortunately not much we can do with the current App Store policies.”
The Mac App Store needs a model for alternate channel pricing, upgrade pricing, and license conversion. Apple is not likely to move on these items anytime soon. For channel pricing Apple has come out with volume discounts for enterprise buyers. Without a paid upgrade option software vendors will be force to release new titles rather than update an existing brand. Will there be a BBEdit 11 or will Bare Bones have to come out with BBEdit HD?
The next time you have 20 hours to spare you should watch the series from the beginning. You will be rewarded if you stick around for the epilogue for a nice bit of symmetry.
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Objective Development LaunchBar 5.1.2 $35 http://www.obdev.at/products/launchbar
The latest version (5.1.2 July 1, 2011) is Mac OS 10.7 Lion -compatible although this is probably just a formality. I have had no trouble with it through the beta cycle of the new OS.
There are other launchers out there. I have tried and used QuickSilver in the past. At one point back in the System 6 days I used a program extension called On Cue. It was followed by On Cue II that worked through Mac OS 9. This was developed at a time when Apple expected you to navigate to the Applications folder to launch a program. Later Apple came out with the Launcher. In Mac OS X we have the Dock. In Lion we now have Launchpad. So the question is, ‘do we still need Launchbar?’. The truth is that Launchpad works really well if you only have a few apps and curate it. It is unusable for me. I have too many applications. The Launchpad is too much like the Start Menu from Windows for my taste. I can organize items into folders and nothing changes in the applications folder but if I delete a program from the Launchpad it is deleted? The metaphor does not translate directly from iPad. I’m sure Launchpad 2 will be genius.
For the mean time I will continue to use LaunchBar. When I need to look up a phone number from my address book I know that it is just a few keystrokes away.