updated 09:50 am EST, Tue January 15, 2008
Pleasant Software has released updates to two key programs, Ubercaster and ShowMacster. The former is the company's podcasting tool, which allows users to record, edit and export tracks using only a single utility. Version 1.5 of the software introduces the Autopilot, which displays a list of topics to guide users through their podcasts; the panel can also be used to store detailed notes, in case particular pieces of information are forgotten. Ubercaster now also has an RMS normalizer, support for AU (Audio Units) plug-ins, effect presets and an automatic chapter creation function. The app costs $80, and requires Mac OS X 10.4.4, a 1.83GHz CPU, and 1GB of RAM.
ShowMacster is an extension for iChat, which enables users to stream pictures, movies and live screen images during video sessions. The v1.9 update is now Leopard-compatible, and can feed audio directly to iChat on systems running Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. The rest of the changes surround the Sketchboard, which has been given new text and drawing tools, an option for showing the mouse cursor, and handles for resizing the window. ShowMacster is priced at $20, and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or greater.