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Eigenmath is symbolic calculator that can be used to investigate concepts in math and physics. Possible scripts include: Quantum Harmonic Oscillator, Coulomb Potential, Square-well Potential, Vector Calculus, Static Spherical Metric, and Hydrogenic Wavefunctions. [Download - 513KB]
DiscBlaze 2 ($20) is an easy to use application for burning CDs and DVDs and erasing re-writable media, (such as CD-RW discs). Preview release 2 includes bug fixes, an eject button, and interface improvements. [Download - 1.0MB]
FixDates is a simple program designed to locate files with invalid creation or modification dates (such as January 1, 1904). If it finds such files, it sets the creation and/or modification date to the current date. It is freeware. [Download - Classic, Mac OS X]
Keith's Image Stacker is a $10 image processing program that is oriented primarily toward astro-photography. It provides a workspace in which to align many similar images and then to produce a stack of the images, for increasing the signal-to-noise ratio, thus providing a clearer final image. [Download - 731KB]
Xupport 1.3.6 ($20) provides a clean graphical interface to configure many Mac OS X options that are hard to configure manually via text commands. It includes several unix commands to optimize and secure a Mac, and activates features that are disabled by default. The latest version is a maintenance update. [Download - 220KB]
Silicon Color debuts 2K color effects system
Silicon Color has announced its real-time 2K resolution color effects system, which features Silicon Color's FinalTouch color correction software with its patented RACE technology: "High-end post-production companies will be able to process infinite color effects in real-time at a resolution of 2K (2048 x 1556) on a Macintosh G5 system. The FinalTouch solution provides more than 30 color nodes to be applied simultaneously to original film scans to create real-time color corrections, effects and grades."
AJA Video reduces prices on Kona video cards
AJA Video Systems has reduced prices on its Kona desktop video products. Kona HD, AJA's High Definition capture card for Final Cut Pro, is now $4,000, while the Kona SD for Standard Definition is now $2,500. AJA will be in IBC Stand 7.721. For a limited time, AJA is also offering a special bundle price for Kona HD and Io, its audio/video FireWire capture device. When purchased together, the price for Kona HD and Io is only $5,000. The Kona/Io bundle provides a complete SD/HD editing solution for both 8- and 10-bit uncompressed video.
Metrowerks ships CodeWarrior Dev Studio v9
Metrowerks is now shipping CodeWarrior Development Studio Mac OS v9, which was announced in early August. Metrowersk touts the new version has having the "fastest compiler and build system" available for the Mac. Version 9 now also includes PowerPlant X framework for Mach-O development; an improved debugger; and expanded support for Objective-C: code completion, syntax coloring, and search comments. Pricing starts at $400 for Mac OS X target development and $100 extra for each Classic and Windows development. A 15-day demo is available.
FirstClass 7.1 available for Mac OS X
Open Text's FirstClass division earler this month released its FirstClass Server 7.1SP3, which includes support for the FirstClass X 7.01 client. The server, available on Mac OS X, combines "voice and fax messages to create a truly unified messaging system that allows users to communicate across a wide range of messaging formats and devices." However, the company's September 10th release says: "General availability of FirstClass 7.1 SP3 Server and Internet Services for Mac OS X will be announced in the next revision of this document." Other features inlcude advanced message handling rules, spam management features, a new webmail interface, better browser access, and a Lotus Notes/Domino connector.
PixeLINK debuts Machine Vision Camera
PixeLINK last week launched its newest FireWire digital camera: the PL-A741 camera is a monochrome 1.3 megapixel digital camera with global shutter and external trigger designed for stop-motion frame-on-demand applications. It uses a 2/3" CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 1280x1024 pixels and can deliver image data at 27 fps. It combines a frame grabber with real-time, on-board field-programmable illumination corrections and a user-programmable look-up-table,. The $1,800 camera will be available in early November.
Apple IBC 2003 report has photos, news
Apple's IBC 2003 Amsterdam report has news and photos from conference: "With more than 500,000 square feet of exhibition space, over 1,000 exhibitors filling 11 halls, and some 45,000 visitors expected during the four-day event, IBC is Europe's key annual trade show for media, video and broadcasting professionals. This year, Apple once again has a major presence at the show (Hall 7, Stand 621), which takes place at the RAI in Amsterdam from September 12th to 16th."
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