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Forums roundup May 28
MacNN forums: One member describes his "nightmare" experience involving Dell computers.... Members discuss last week's report in the Wall Street Journal that Apple might use Intel chips.... PowerBook enthusiasts speculate about the next PowerBook revision.... The possibility of new iBooks at WWDC is discussed in the MacNN Lounge.... iPod users look at the various car stereo connection options.... iPod fans also discuss the Podcasting revolution and its benefits for Apple.
GoLive CS2 demo
Adobe has a released a 30-day trial of GoLive CS2, its professional web-authoring tool for designers. Adobe GoLive CS2 offers new mobile authoring tools based on CSS/XHTML, SVG Tiny, SMIL, and other global standards as well as integration with other Creative Studio components. The GoLive CS2 tryout (276MB) includes full online documentation and requires Mac OS X 10.2.8. The free Adobe Co-Author software enables users to quickly and easily update text and graphics in designated areas of a Web site created with Adobe GoLive without having to learn about Web design and coding. Designers using GoLive CS must designate specific areas using Co-Author Editor and other Co-Author features in Adobe GoLive CS2 to create, test, and upload editable sections. It runs on Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later as well.
Nuendo 3.1 update
Steinberg Media Technologies today unveiled the latest version of its professional media production system the 118th AES Convention in Barcelona, Spain. Nuendo 3.1 features an ID Controller by WK Audio and the Nuendo Time Base synchronizer with the integrated Nuendo DTS and Dolby Digital Encoder plug-ins. Version 3.1 provides new features and capabilities for professionals working in post production for film and television, including new Audio Pull Up/Down functions, support for HDTV frame rates, support for Marker Tracks, and an Online Merge function for combining networked projects with local ones. Nuendo 3.1 can also interface with Euphonix hardware utilizing the EuCon protocol. It will be available in July 2005.
EyeHome 1.6 for Tiger
Elgato has released EyeHome 1.6, an update to the software for its EyeHome ($200) digital media player that allows users to access the digital content on a Mac on any TV and home entertainment system. Version 1.6 offers Mac OS X 10.4 compatibility, stability improvemments, improved compatibility with EyeTV digital video recorder, reduced CPU/processor usage, new menus for navigation, and more. EyeHome 1.6 requires a G4 with a speed of at least 500 MHz or a G5 Power Macintosh, and Mac OS X 10.3 Panther or later, including QuickTime 6.4 or later and QuickTime for Java 1.4.2 or later.
SearchBlox for OS X
Searchblox Software has released its SearchBlox Content Search Server for Mac OS X, which delivers out-of-the-box search functionality for corporate websites, intranets and portals. The Java-based solution offers flexibility and ease of customization, allowing companies to implement search functionality that seamlessly integrates with the core website. Users can use XSL style sheets for customization and index common document formats, including PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, HTML, and RTF documents. It features a browser-based SearchBlox Admin Console for managing the software as well as built-in tools to index content on public websites, secure websites and file systems (in any of 30 languages). A free version can index up to 1000 documents. Pricing starts at $200.
RocketFM USB Transmitter
Griffin Technology has begun shipping RocketFM, a unique wireless solution for broadcasting Mac or PC audio applications to any FM radio. RocketFM uses any available FM frequency to transmit music or audio through your home or office stereo system. "Not only is RocketFM practical for playing your computer's audio over your home stereo, its stylish design makes it a great-looking desktop accessory.... Remove the RocketFM from its desktop stand and it's perfect for traveling, use your laptop in your car to broadcast your tunes to the car stereo, in a hotel room or DJ the next party." The USB-based device is available for $40.
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