updated 06:40 pm EDT, Thu August 23, 2007
Blu-ray drive price cuts
In brief: We've posted a review of Adobe Contribute 3, a set of Aperture video tutorials has debuted, OWC has lowered its Blu-Ray drive prices, and Olive has introduced the OPUS 307S system, which offers 250GB of music storage, organization and playback ... We have published a review of Adobe Contribute CS3, a WYSIWYG Web creation tool that allows non-web designers to easily update and maintain Web sites. The software uses an easy to understand connection and set-up wizard that allows you to connect to almost any of your web sites. You simply plug in the required information and Contribute connects to the site and downloads the page you want to edit on your local computer. You can save the page as a draft and work offline, then publish to the web as needed.
Aperture video tutorials debut
macProVideo.com has introduced the "Aperture 101: Mastering Aperture" tutorial-video series. This is a comprehensive, 4.5 hour exploration of image restoration and creative editing techniques in Apple's premier image editing program, Aperture. The series is produced by professional photographers Justin Masse and Alexandria Markowsky. It features realtime screen captures that let you see and hear how the software works, and consists of 179 separate tutorial videos detailing how to organize and sort images in Aperture, working with color and contrast to bring out image detail, fix problems with hue and color casts, editing with the RAW image format, and more. The package is priced at $40.
OWC cuts Blu-ray drive prices
Other World Computing has lowered the price of its new OWC Mercury Blu-ray internal and external drives, which now start at $500 for internal and $600 for external. The OWC Mercury Blu-ray Drive is a FireWire/USB2 Plug and Play Blu-Ray Burner + DVDRW/CDRW that is compatible with any Mac that has an available IDE/ATAPI bay port (for internal drives), or any FireWire or USB 2.0 system port (for external drives). The drives provide high-capacity storage (up to 50GB per disc) for write-once or re-writeable media at a burn speed of 24X, full high-quality HD Picture, and Surround Sound capabilities.
OPUS 307S: 250GB of music storage
Olive has introduced the OPUS NO3, a new solution for managing, accessing and storing music, featuring a 250GB hard drive with perpendicular recording technology delivering lower power consumption, higher storage density, improved long-term reliability and super quiet operation. The OPUS 307S takes advantage of a special technology that parks the recording heads off the disk surface during spin up, spin down and when the drive is off, resulting in longer disk life. Olive's OPUS 305S with 160GB sells for $1200, the new OPUS 307S 250GB version for $1700.