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Composition Import plugin now shipping
Automatic Duck's Automatic Composition Import plugin for Adobe After Effects 5.0 is now shipping. The $500 plugin allows users to import OMF Compositions directly into Adobe After Effects and supports many common Avid effects including dissolve, superimpose, picture-in-picture, submaster, flops and flips, matte key and more.
LaCie Silverlining Pro 6.4.1 released
LaCie's Silverlining Pro 6.4.1, the latest version of the company's storage management software for the Mac, brings many improvements including OS 9.1 compatibility, better handling of ATA, SCSI, FireWire and USB disk drives, reliable password protection, FireWire booting on selected Macs with built-in FireWire, better plug & and play USB/FireWire operations, and optional 64KB block size capability for HFS+ partitions. This new version changes the name of the "FireWire LaCie Driver" to "LaCie FireWire Support" and combines the two USB drivers into a single driver named "LaCie USB Support".
Apple to Webcast earnings conference call
As with previous quarters, Apple will webcast its Q2 financial results conference call, which takes place on Wednesday, April 18 at 5 PM EDT.
FOCUS introduces Pro AV 1600 PCI
FOCUS Enhancements has introduced the Pro AV 1600 PCI, a "professional, broadcast quality PC-to-TV scan converter on a PCI card." The card, which is designed for both Macs and PCs and supports resolutions up to 1600 x 1200, converts the video signal from a VGA port to high quality component, S-Video and Composite video for video monitoring, recording, or broadcast. The product also offers selectable, 2-dimensional flicker filter settings for stable, sharp images and text, controls for contrast, brightness, and color saturation, horizontal and vertical sizing with zoom, and video genlock. The Pro AV 1600 PCI is expected to begin shipping in May for a suggested retail price of $2000.
Tech: Cisco warns, will cut 8,500 jobs
Evening tech news: Cisco Systems today issued an earnings warning, stating that the company would miss expectations by a significant amount and would cut 8,500 employees.
MacMAME 0.37b14 brings Carbon build fixes
MacMAME 0.37b14 is a new version of the popular arcade emulator for the Mac which brings it in sync with the latest DOS version and primarily adds speed, noting that "MacMAME should, in most cases, be as fast as it's ever been, at least in the non-Carbon build." The Carbon build, for use on Mac OS X and earlier system versions with CarbonLib installed, has received several bug fixes and improvements. [3.1 MB -- Carbon; 2.9 MB -- Classic]
Tomb Raider: Chronicles in final testing
Westlake Interactive has announced that Tomb Raider: Chronicles for the Mac is now in final beta testing with much of the remaining time to be spent optimizing and refining the bundled editor. The editor will allow Tomb Raider fansfor the first timeto create their own levels for the game.
IPNetMonitor 2.5c8 provides maintenance
IPNetMonitor 2.5c8 is a maintenance release of Sustainable Softworks' $30 set of Internet tools for monitoring an Internet connection.
Digital Media Marketing Organization formed
The Digital Media Marketing Organization (DMMO) is a newly formed organization set up to "provide education to and a networking forum for companies and individuals venturing into the exciting world of digital media marketing." The organization has published a supplement on "Marketing with Video, DVD and CD-ROM," which is polybagged with Adweek, Brandweek, and Mediaweek, that features a cover story on the potential of Apple's iDVD and DVD Studio Pro software as a preferred marketing tool to infomercials.
Forums: best 21\"/22\" display, LCDs for colo
Interesting threads in our forums include: splitting one large file into smaller ones · availability of Mac OS 8/9 soundsets · the best 21"/22" naturally flat CRT · using an LCD for color-critical work · commentary on VST's FireWire Zip 100 · debate over Dell's 1 GHz laptop and the PowerBook G4.
GraphicConverter 4.0.7 adds OS X improvements
Lemke Software's GraphicConverter 4.0.7 is a new version of the company's popular $35 graphics manipulation utility for Mac and Mac OS X which adds many improvements and bug fixes such as displaying transparency under Mac OS X, the addition of a Photoshop import with 16 bit per channel and the activation of the preferences item in the GraphicConverter menu under Mac OS X. [2.8 MB -- PPC; 2.3 MB -- Carbon; 2.1 MB -- 68K]
MaxBulk Mailer 1.6.1 improves bulk mailer
Maxprog has released MaxBulk Mailer 1.6.1, an updated version of its mail-merge and bulk mailer for the Mac. The new version adds a recipient selector, a precedence header group, importation fields selector, direct creation of recipients from FileMaker scripts, import/export menus, and additional features, improvements and bug fixes. French and Spanish versions are also available.
Fantom acquires MicroNet products
Fantom Drives has completed its acquisition of the tangible assets, patents, and copyrights held by MicroNet Technology and, in doing so, has preserved the MicroNet brand. Fantom Drives plans to continue production of MicroNet's storage technology including the SANcube, RAIDbank, and Genesis product lines. Ampex announced the closure of RAID specialist MicroNet in mid-February. Effective immediately, Fantom Drives has also resumed warranty and technical support services for MicroNet customers.
Tech companies weigh in with earnings
Several major tech companies, including Apple, will report their quarterly results this week. We have compiled a summary of those companies and their projected earnings.
Custer\'s: Warrior Princess
This week's new desktop at Custer's Corner, Warrior Princess, features the Amazon from Blizzard Entertainment's successul role-playing/action game, Diablo II.
Que! LS-240 SuperDisk doubles disk capacity
QPS today introduced the Que! LS-240 SuperDisk external drive, the latest-generation of its removable USB storage solution. The new drive, which supports 240 MB disks and the technology for reformatting 3.5 inch 1.44MB disks to store up to 32 MB, is also backwards compatible with both conventional floppies and LS120MB disks. The Que! LS-240 will begin shipping in May for $179 in the U.S.
Extension Overload 5.8 improves UI, manual
Extension Overload 5.8 is a new version of the informational resource that offers detailed information on 4580 extensions and control panels, control strip modules and contextual menu items in your system. The new version adds user interface improvements, an updated "ways to speed up your Mac", better support for non-English Mac OS versions and an updated user manual.
OS X: PowerLogix Cache Control X, more
osx.macnn.com covers new software released today for Mac OS X including PowerLogix's Cache Control X 1.0b1 (formerly G3/G4 Cache Profiler), which allows users to adjust the speed of the L2 cache on G3 and G4 processors.
Roundup: OS X 10.0.1 released, 667 PM G4 axed
Late last week, Apple released the much-anticipated Mac OS X 10.0.1 update as well as Darwin 1.3.1, the open-source core of Mac OS X, for both PowerPC and x86 computers; MacNN sources uncovered a test program begun by Apple that places Apple employees inside of CompUSA locations; the 667 MHz Power Mac G4 was removed from The Apple Store, signifying the removal of the model from the company's product line; a QuickTime engineer within Apple assured concerned users that QuickTime 5 Public Preview 3 would not expire until April 30, when a new version would be available; and several software titles were updated including Sorenson 3 Pro b5, MacTella 1.1, mimio 1.5, and Password Retriever 1.5.2.
PAID! 2.8.4 for film. television industry
Minutiae Software has released PAID! 2.8.4, a new version of its Production Accounting and Invoicing Database. PAID! allows freelancers in the film and television industry to easily track job invoices, clients, crew members, billing items, and project estimates. Version 2.8.4 adds a new quotes module with "Convert to Invoice" capability, a new tabbed interface for configure screens, re-designed Invoices List View and Print Menus, new Labor and Equipment and Labor and Materials invoices and more.
Sony to release Mac OS Emarker driver
Zac Cohen forwarded a note from Sony indicating that the company anticipates releasing Mac drivers for its $20 emarker device later this week. The USB-based device lets users record track songs played on the radio and download song information over the Internet on the PC at a later time. (A Mac OS version of the driver was promised by the end of January 2001, but is not yet available).
MinEffectChanger can alter system default
Matthew Butch's freeware utility, MinEffectChanger 1.0b4, is a "simple app that allows the user to change the minimizing effect of windows used by Mac OS X."
NES emulator for Mac updated
RockNES/MacOS v1.900 is an update to the NES emulator, bringing new filters and bug fixes, including 128x128 icon display support under OS X.
MacSSH 2.1b2: developmental SSH2 term client
SymmetryWorks: new Illustrator plugin
Artlandia last week released SymmetryWorks, a $125 productivity plug-in for Adobe Illustrator that automates creation of symmetry-based surface designs and ornaments for illustrations, wallpaper, fabrics, quilting, tilings, web pages, and other applications.
Console: Bloody Roar 3 PS2
Morning console news: Activision has announced that it will publish fighting game Bloody Roar 3 for the Playstation 2 in North America this June; Square plans to release Final Fantasy X for the Playstation 2 in Japan on July 19, after delaying its highly-anticipated release earlier this year; and Tecmo has released new high-resolution screenshots from Dead or Alive 3, the third game in the successful fighting series which will debut exclusively on the Microsoft XBox upon the console's release this Fall.
Cache Control X 1.0b1 replaces Cache Profiler
PowerLogix has posted Cache Control X 1.0b1, formerly known as G3/G4 Cache Profiler. The free software allows users to adjust the speed of the L2 cache on G3 and G4 processors, as well as toggling on or off speculative addressing and dynamic power management.
OneApp Clean Text now Carbonized
OneApp Software has posted OneApp Clean Text for Mac OS X, a Carbonized version of its $15 application for fixing spacing and removing forwarding characters from text.
Verbatim ready to deliver 4.7 GB DVD-R media
Verbatim will begin delivering its 4.7 GB DataLifePlus DVD-R media for General Use in volume this month, which is compatible with Pioneer's DVD-R/CD-RW drive (SuperDrive). The media features Verbatim's Metal Azo recording dye technology, which the company claims gives the media a data life of more than 100 years. The media will carry a suggested retail price of $18 each.
Error code analyzer gets maintenance update
Black & Bleu 3.2 is a $29 ($41 for CD version) Macintosh error code analyzer that offers Apple's explanation for 5,045 error codes with additional, detailed explanations and remedies for many of those errors. A $129 Pro version ($141 on CD) allows users to export error explanations to a file and distribute the information to others.
Carbonized beta of MuchoThumb Pro 2.0 posted
MuchoSoft has posted beta 2 of MuchoThumbs Pro 2.0 for Mac OS X, a carbonized version of the company's $35 software for creating Web pages and thumbnails from an images folder.
Carbonized version of Snak IRC client posted
A Carbonized version of Snak 4.6.1, a $25 shareware IRC client, has been released.
Label Printer Pro 6 ready for Mac OS X
Label Printer Pro 6 is a $35 application for printing a wide variety of labels, from address labels to CD jewel cases, VHS tapes, and more. Version 6.0 is also Carbonized for OS X.
Tech: Dell\'s $1050 laptop, Red Hat 7.1, more
Early morning tech news: Dell has introduced a $1,050 laptop, the Inspiron 2500, which features a 12.1" TFT screen and a 700 MHz Celeron processor; Red Hat Linux 7.1has been released, which features the new 2.4 kernel; Fujistu has introduced the Stylistic 3500, its latest Pen Tablet PC that features a 10.4" TFT screen, 500 MHz Celeron processor, and will sell for $3,900.
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