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On2 makes video codec open-source
On2 has made its VP3.2 video compression technology available to the open-source community. On2 claims its algorithm is capable of producing compressed video that is smoothly playable at 640x480 resolution. The codec has been licensed by Apple for inclusion in QuickTime.
Brother introduces new multi-function devices
Brother has introduced two new color ink jet multi-function centers, the 5-in-1 sheet-fed MFC-3100c and the flatbed 5-in-1 MFC-5100c. The MFC-3100c will be available on the market in early October 2001 with an estimated street price of $199. The MFC-5100c, the flatbed version, has an estimated street price of $299 and will be available at the same time. Both devices offer a resolution of 2400x1200 and print speeds up to 10ppm.
Tony Hawk uses TiBook
MacNN reader David Burney notes an artcle in IGN profiling Tony Hawk, which contains the following quote "I have my Titanium PowerBook and that's what I'm doing everything on. Watching DVDs, listening to music, playing games. Pro Skater 2 is available for Mac now, so I've got that on there. I do emails, editing videos, you name it I can do pretty much everything on my G4."
Apple pulls MP severs from Website
Apple has pulled all multi-processing versions of its G4 servers off both its US and international Apple Stores, leaving only the single-processor 533 MHz as its sole server offering. This has led to widespread speculation that new server configurations and announcements are in the offing, either at the upcoming Apple Expo in Paris (despite CEO Steve Jobs' promise of "no new hardware"), Seybold San Francisco or International Broadcasters Convetion (IBC) 2001 in Amsterdam (being held Sept. 14-18th), where Apple had already promised to "reaffirm" it leadership in desktop video.
Pictures from MacFest 2001 posted
Macworld UK has posted a gallery of images from the MacFest 2001 conference in Leeds and Birmingham, which took place earlier this week. The expo featured exhibitors such as Adobe, FileMaker, Macromedia, Symantec, and UMAX.
Palm cuts m500 price
Palm has cut the price of its m500 hand-held device, to $329, a $70 drop. The m500 is a black-and-white version of the color m505, and analysts say sales of the non-color model have lagged considerably. Palm now commands about 50 percent of the retail PDA market.
FireWireDirect.com adds Premiere 6 bundles
FirewireDirect.com is now offering Adobe Premiere 6 as $290 software bundle-option to any of its line of FireWire storage and connectivity products.
4D releases database maintenance updates
4D today three maintenance releases that offer "continued product maintenance and stability while providing technical improvements:" 4D 6.7.2 and 4D Open for Java 6.7.2 are free updates to current 4D 6.7 owners while 4D 6.5.9 is a free update to current 6.5 users.
ImageBuddy adds new options
Kepmad Systems today released ImageBuddy v1.5.0, an update to its $15 shareware digital image printing software for both Mac OS 8/9 and OS X. Version 1.5 adds the ability to insert image captions, support for reading PICT files and Photo CDs, and new command keys for image rotation.
SWIG 1.3.7: software dev tool for C users
SWIG 1.3.7 is a software development tool that connects programs written in C, C++, and Objective-C with a variety of high-level programming languages. II can be use with common scripting languages such as Perl, Python, Tcl/Tk, Ruby, Guile and MzScheme to create high-level interpreted programming environments and as a tool for building user interfaces.
Star Wars flick edited by Mac user
The Washington Post profiles a video editor who used a 400-megahertz Power Macintosh G4 and Apple's Final Cut Pro video-editing software to create "Star Wars Episode 1.1: The Phantom Edit." The "phantom editor" used the VHS release of the movie to create an edited DVD on his Mac.
Sapphire offers new graphics apps
Sapphire has released Shapes vol 7, which includes 400 new zigzag shapes for Photoshop 6/elements; and pack vol 5, which includes a new toolbox plugin called zigzag. The software also includes 60 preset zigzag shapes, stacks of different options to create great path effects.
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