APRIL 2001 

NEWS APRIL 2, 2001
Toast 5 Titanium Supports Burning to Multiple Drives
New version also supports DVD-R, background burning

Roxio, the software division of Adaptec, has started shipping Toast 5 Titanium, the latest release of the company's CD authoring software. The nbew version offers a number of new features, including the ability to burn to multiple drives simultaneously, support for DVD-R media and Video CDs and burning directly from iTunes on the Mac. It also has the ability to burn CDs in the background and has automatic MPEG encoding capabilities. Read More

NEWS APRIL 2, 2001
Sony Ships Battery-Operated Portable CD-RW
USB-based Digital Relay weighs in at 11.9 ounces

Sony has started shipping a portable CD-RW drive that's powered by batteries and can also act as a standalone CD and MP3 player. The new Digital Relay drive uses a USB interface to connect to Macs (and Windows machines) and weighs in at 11.9 ounces without battery, 15.2 ounces with. Read More

NEWS APRIL 2, 2001
Iomega Ships FireWire CD-RW
Predator offers 8x write, 4x rewrite

Iomega has started shipping its new Predator CD-RW drive with FireWire connectivity. The new drive offers write speeds of 8x, rewrite speeds of 4x and read speeds of 32x. The write speed is double that of its USB drive, and the read speed is about five times as fast. Read More

NEWS APRIL 2, 2001
FreeHand 10 Coming to Mac, Mac OS X and Windows Concurrently
New version in beta, set to ship in May with special pricing on Flash Freehand Studio

Macromedia has announced that it will release the next version of its vector illustration tool, FreeHand 10, for Mac, Mac OS X and Windows concurrently. This makes FreeHand 10 not only the first professional vector illustration program for OS X but also the first application to be released for all three systems at once. Read More

NEWS MARCH 30, 2001
Dukane Announces 1,300 ANSI Lumen Projector
New model sports XGA resolution at 6.7 pounds

Dukane has announced the XGA ImagePro 8750, a DLP projector that's compatible with all Macs with plug and play operation, according to the company. The 270 Watt SHP (Super High Performance) lamp provides 1,300 lumens of on screen projection light with a contrast of 400:1 and 2,000 hours life for the lamp. Read More

NEWS MARCH 29, 2001
StageTools Releases MovingPicture 2.0
NLE plugin gets faster rendering

StageTools has announced MovingPicture 2.0, a plugin for a number of NLEs and compositing applications for Mac and Windows. MovingPicture is a tool for documentary and industrial filmmakers to pan and zoom on high-resolution images. It takes scanned images up to 4,000 pixels and allows for repeatable pans and zooms directly from a nonlinear editorís timeline. Read More

NEWS MARCH 29, 2001
Aurora Updates Video Capture Drivers
Carbonized Igniter software supports Final Cut Pro 2, Premiere 6

Aurora Video Systems has released an update to the software driver for its Igniter video capture and editing boards. Version 3.1 adds support for Apple Final Cut Pro 2.0 and Adobe Premiere 6.0. It also offers full support of YUV color processing, so it renders without scaling, conversion or clipping, according to Aurora. Read More

NEWS MARCH 28, 2001
Pinnacle To Support Realtime Effects in Final Cut Pro 2.0
CineWave SD system set to ship this summer

Pinnacle Systems today unveiled a system that will bring realtime editing and effects to Apple's Final Cut Pro 2.0. The standard-definition version of CineWave is schedule to ship this summer. Read More

NEWS MARCH 28, 2001
Microsoft Releases Windows Media Player 7 for Mac
New version supports digital rights management

Microsoft today released version 7 of its Windows Media Player for Macintosh. The new player supports digital rights management and the newest Microsoft codecs, including Windows Media Audio and Video 8, which were also released today. Read More

NEWS MARCH 27, 2001
LightWave 6.5 for OS X Now in Final Release
New version free for registered users of 6.5

NewTek announced today that LightWave 6.5 for Mac OS X final release is available for download immediately on their Web site. Mac OS X shipped in final form this last weekend. Read More

NEWS MARCH 26, 2001
Maxon To Release Cinema 4D XL 7
Upcoming release gets new render engine, radiosity

Maxon has announced the soon to be released version 7.0 of Cinema 4D XL, its flagship modeling and animation package. The company says release 7 will focus on render quality and that "both the advanced lighting technology and the render engine have been improved almost beyond recognition." Read More

NEWS MARCH 23, 2001
CValley Ships FILTERiT 4
New version of Illustrator 8/9 plugin adds 3D transforms

CValley late yesterday started shipping version 4 of its FILTERiT plugin for Adobe Illustrator 8 and 9. The new version is available only for the Macintosh, with a Windows version expected in May. Read More

NEWS MARCH 22, 2001
Kodak Announces 6 Megapixel SLR
DCS 760 bursts at 1.5 FPS

Kodak today announced a 6 megapixel SLR in its line of DCS digital cameras. The new DCS 760 uses Kodak's 6 megapixel camera back built on Nikon's flagship F5 Pro digital SLR camera body. In addition to the back, Kodak has also built in an ISO range of 80 to 400 (pushable two stops), a burst rate of 1.5 frames per second and a burst depth of 24 frames. (The camera will actually buffer up to 24 shots at 6 megapixels each before writing to the PC card.) Read More