updated 01:45 pm EDT, Wed March 14, 2007
iSync phone plug-ins
In brief: DVcreators.net has released Final Cut Express Foundations, nova media updated its iSync phone plug-ins to offer compatibility with Mac OS X 10.4.9 with support for USB connections for mobile phones, Casio has quietly released a new 6-megapixel budget Exilim digital camera, and Apple's latest Mac OS X Tiger update has fixed a bug in its Rosetta software that could cause PowerPC applications to crash. The release of Final Cut Express Foundations is designed as a comprehensive and interactive hands-on educational course available via DVD that guides users through each step of the essential editing process. Users organize projects, capture, conduct basic editing, and fine tune as well as export projects.
iSync phone plug-ins updated
Nova media has released iSync phone plug-ins 4, bringing compatibility to Mac OS X 10.4.9 as well as mobile phone USB support. Apple's latest Tiger release rendered many plug-ins and manual changes to iSync useless, according to nova media, but the company released an update just minutes afterward.
iSync synchronizes data from Apple's Address Book and iCal with mobile phones, while the iSync phone plug-ins extend the number of phones that are usable with iSync.
Casio ships 6-megapixel Exilim
Casio has quietly begun shipping its 6-megapixel EX-Z65, a new entry-level model of the company's thin Exilim digital camera range. The new device features 3X optical zoom and a software-based anti-shake mode that doubles ISO to 800 for stable shots. The EX-Z65 also includes a 2.6-inch widescreen LCD for previewing images.
Casio's EX-Z65 is expected to ship later this month in Europe for $265, and an announcement for North America is likely to arrive at a lower price if the company decides to bring the camera overseas.
Tiger update fixes Rosetta bug
Apple's release of Mac OS X 10.4.9 yesterday brought an important bug fix to the company's Rosetta software, which enables Intel-based Macs to run PowerPC applications at the expense of performance. The bug was introduced some time between the release of Mac OS X 10.4.5 and 10.4.6, causing some applications under Rosetta to crash. Unsanity developed a temporary fix by killing translated, but finally elected to call update_prebinding to remedy the issue until a fix was released. The solution was undesirable, however, since several side effects ensued that could lead to PowerPC applications crashing under Rosetta anway.
Apple fixed the bug with its latest Mac OS X Tiger update, and Unsanity recommends users download Application Enhance 2.0.3 followed by the latest Mac OS X system update.