Bundles Readiris with New SnapScan Scanners
MARCH 31Agfa has unveiled two new scanners in its SnapScan line, the e50
and the e40, which are being bundled with Readiris Pro 4.21 for Mac. Readiris
is an OCR package from Image Recognition Integrated Systems (IRIS). Readiris
recognizes 47 languages in the Mac version covering character sets in Western
European, Eastern European, Baltic, Cyrillic, Greek, Turkish, Chinese and Korean,
High-End Nikon To Ship with Geniune Fractals 2.0 LE
Nikon will release a new model in its line of Coolpix digital cameras in April.
The new model, the Coolpix 990, offers a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 (3.34 megapixels).
It will come bundled with Altamira Genuine Fractals 2.0 limited-edition software.
Genuine Fractals, which comes as a plugin for Photoshop, can save files in a format
that allows for changes in the image size with little loss of image quality. Altamira
claims that an 8" x 10" 200 DPI image can be resized to 20" x 27"
with no loss of image quality.
To Debut 37" Plasma Monitor at NAB
MARCH 30Hitachi America Ltd. today said it would launch a new 37" plasma
monitor at the NAB show in Las Vegas next month. Offering a resolution of 1,024
x 768 (fixed) and an aspect ratio of 4:3, the monitor is expected to sell for
$17,450 when it goes on sale in June. A model similar to the XGA-, VGA- and SVGA-compatible
CMP307 will be available in Japan in May, according to Hitachi.
Ships MidiSport Single-Port USB MIDI Interface
MARCH 30Arcadia, Calif.-based Midiman has started shipping a new version
of its USB MidiSport MIDI interface. The new model, the MidiSport 1x1, offers
a single port in and a single port out, supporting 16 MIDI channels. The company
says there is no configuration required for the MidiSport, and for additional
ports, users just need to plug in another MidiSport.
Acquires Puffin Designs
MARCH 30Pinnacle Systems Inc., Mountain View, Calif., has acquired Puffin
Designs Inc., Sausalito, Calif., maker of CommotionDV
and other DV tools. For about $13 million in stock and $2 million in assumed debt,
Pinnacle gets all software and intellectual property rights once held by Puffin.
Pinnacle manufactures a number of hardware systems for Mac and PC, including the
Targa line of video capture and editing boards.
1.5 Ships, New Pricing Plan Offered for Upgrade
MARCH 29Adobe Systems Inc. has started shipping version 1.5 of InDesign
and has announced a new upgrade pricingplan. All registered users of InDesign
will be able to upgrade for $29.95. This applies as well to those who purchased
Adobe's Design Collection, which included InDesign 1.0. Customers who purchased
InDesign 1.0 at the full price on or after Jan. 1 will receive the upgrade at
no cost. Those who purchased InDesign 1.0 at any price on or after Feb. 12 will
also receive a free upgrade.
To Acquire Canoma from MetaCreations
MARCH 29Adobe Systems Inc. says it will acquire Canoma, a 3D application,
from MetaCreations, which had said it was divesting itself of all of its retail
products. In addition, Adobe will add support for MetaCreations' Metastream technology
in its products, including Photoshop, GoLive, Illustrator, LiveMotion, InDesign,
Premiere and After Effects. Adobe says it will continue to make investments in
the 3D market space and continue to develop 3D in its existing Web products over
the course of the year.
Announces 22" Flat-Screen CRT with Dual Inputs
MARCH 29ViewSonic Corp., Walnut, Calif., has announced a new monitor in
its line of flat-screen CRTs. The new model, the PF815 PerfectFlat, offers a 22"
screen (20.0" viewable) and
a maximum resolution of 1,920 x 1,440 pixels at a refresh rate of 75 Hz. It also
offers a variable aperture grille pitch of 0.25 mm to 0.27 mm and supports a video
input bandwidth of 300 MHz.
Standards Project Urges Microsoft To Finish the Job in IE 5
MARCH 29 (Press Release)The Web Standards Project (WaSP) today praised Microsoft's
thorough implementation of HTML 4 and CSS 1 in the Macintosh version of Internet
Explorer 5. However, the WaSP cautioned that no browser can be considered fully
standards-compliant until it supports XML and the DOM, and the group urged Microsoft
to take IE5/Mac to the next level.
To Ship New PowerBook CD-RW Drives
MARCH 29Irvine, Calif-based Mac Components Engineered has anounced two new
CD-RW modules for the PowerBook media bay.
The Xcaret Pro 2000 Media Bay CDRW is designed for the currently shipping 500
MHz and 400 MHz Apple PowerBook FireWire models, as well as the 400 MHz and 333
MHz "Bronze" PowerBook G3 Series. The Xcaret Pro Media Bay CDRW is designed
for the PowerBook G3 Series prior to the Bronze models, including1998 (Wallstreet)
which includes the 300 MHz, 292 MHz, 266 MHz, 250 MHz, and 233 MHz models.
To Ship Painter Textures
MARCH 28Sapphire Innovations will ship two sets of texture sets compatible
with Painter 6, Painter Classic and Painter 3D. Called Tapestry, the collections
include royalty-free patterns that can be used as basic pattern fills, textures,
screens, selections, tiles, grain for brush strokes or a source in pattern effects.
Offers Two New Flash Software Development Kits
MARCH 28Macromedia Inc. today announced the availability of two new software
development kits to
help third-party developers add Flash playback and export functionality to their
applications. The announcement was made at the Flashforward 2000 conference in
3.1 To Debut at NAB
MARCH 28Artesia Technologies will update its TEAMS digital asset management
software for he Mac to 3.1 at the NAB conference in April.
TEAMS 3.1 will have enhanced metadata editing abilities (XML-based), improved
complex document linkage and proxy creation and improved search, view and edit
capabilities for digital assets. Overall, TEAMS 3.1 has been optimized to support
a number of convergence-fueled applicationsparticularly streaming media,
according to the company.
Introduces New CD-R Packs
MARCH 28Yamaha Corporation of America, Buena Park, Calif., has introduced
two new packs of CD-R media. The discs are all certified for 12x recording. The
new products include the CDR80M1210, a 10-pack, 80-minute, 700 MB CD-R disc package;
and the CDR74M1250, a 50-pack, 74- minute, 650 MB CD-R disc package. The 10-pack
CDR80M1210 will have an estimated street price of $19.95, and the 50-pack CDR74M1250
will be marketed at $69.95. Both packages will be available in mid-April.
Ships ZipCD for Mac
MARCH 28Roy, Utah-based Iomega Corp. has started shipping its ZipCD CD-RW
drive with Mac-compatible software. The drive has been available for PC since
December. The drive offers 4x write, 4x rewrite and 6x read speeds. With ZipCD
discs, users can record and re-record up to 1,000 times.
Releases High-End Flat Panels
MARCH 27Samsung Electronics, San Jose, Calif., has introduced a new line
of high-end flat-panel monitors that pull double duty as stand-alone televisions.
The SyncMaster 150MP and 170MP flat-panel monitors can accept dual input from
video and computer sources and display pictures in windows within windows. The
SyncMaster 150MP has a pixel pitch of 0.297 mm and offers a maximum resolution
of 1024 x 768.
Ships New ColorPASS Print Controller
MARCH 27Canon USA Inc., Lake Success, N.Y., has started shipping the new
controller for the CLC 2400 and CLC 1000 color copiers and printers. The controller
was developed for Canon by EFI and includes a dual Pentium III 500 MHz system
with 18.2 GB of hard disk space, 512 MB SDRAM, CD-ROM and Zip drive. The ColorPASS-Z90
features NetWise 2.0, which performs automatic TCP/IP configuration, IPX Auto
Frame Type and other features; Fiery Driver for real-time, two-way communication
to a suite of printer drivers; and Fiery Link software for remote printer management
Unveils New Mac InkJet
MARCH 27Palo Alto, Calif.-based Hewlett-Packard Co. has unveiled a new DeskJet
printerthe first one geared specifically for the Mac.
The DeskJet 935c is similar to the 932c in terms of features, but the new model
adds a grayish-white casing with silver accents to complement the looks of the
new Macs. The 935c offers 2,400 x 1,200 DPI printing on photo paper and uses color
layering and 5 picoliter drops to print 29 ink drops per dot.
in Canvas 7 Free Update
Fla.-based Deneba Software has released the first update to Canvas 7 since November.
The update is being offered as a free download to registered users of Canvas 7
via the company's Web site. Canvas 7.0.1 includes an enhanced HTML export tool,
which supports older browsers and offers two options for formatting output: HTML
4 with table layout and HTML 4 with cascading style sheets (CSS/2) layout.
Releases Allegro 2000 Music Publishing and Notation System
MARCH 23Minneapolis-based Coda Music technology today
released Allegro 2000, a mid-range notation package. The software draws heavily
on the company's high-end Finale 2000 music publishing system and entry-level
PrintMusic! 2000 notation software. The company says most of Finale's MIDI features
are included in Allegro, including recording of MIDI data; a MIDI Graphic Editing
window for tweaking performance aspects; a transcription engine for turning Standard
MIDI Files into notation; and HyperScribe, a real-time note entry system where
notes are entered by playing a MIDI keyboard while the user controls the tempo.
Beefs Up Features in Aficio Imaging Systems
MARCH 23Ricoh Corp., West Caldwell, N.J., says it's beefed up its Aficio
line of imaging systems with network scanning capabilities.
The option allows for image capture and distribution over a network with 600 DPI
copying speeds of 22 PPM on the Aficio 220 and 27 PPM on the Aficio 270.
Shockwave Player Required for Director 8 (See Note Below for Update)
MARCH 22[Editor's note: This story is kept here for archival purposes. You
can download the full-release Shockwave Player now by clicking here.]
The boxed version of Director 8 Shockwave Studio from Macromedia has started shipping.
Mac users will notice immediately that their current versions of the Shockwave
player (7.0.3) won't play their content. So Macromedia has included a link to
the latest version 8 beta player on the Director 8 installation CD.
Drops Prices on G4 Upgrade Cards
MARCH 22Atlanta-based XLR8
is revamping its line of G4 and G3 accelerator cards with new models and price
drops on older ones. The company's also shipping a new four-port USB hub, called
IceView, for $54.95. It includes a secondary power supply. The company will continue
to sell its unpowered model as well.
To Ship Flash Reader, Larger-Capacity Type II Cards
MARCH 21Viking Components, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., will ship a new
USB flash reader next month that can transfer images from a variety of media used
in digital cameras at 1.5 MB per second. The IntelliFlash USB Memory Reader supports
any USB-capable Macintosh running Mac OS 8.6 or higher.
Launches Color Laser Internet Printer Series
MARCH 21NEC Technologies Inc., San Jose, Calif., kicked
off a new line of color laser printers today that are designed to handle print
requests that come through the Internet. The SuperScript 4650 Internet printer
series, which includes the 4650, 4650N and 4650NX, can operate with or without
a driver, allowing users to utilize the Internet to print from anywhere. The new
SuperScript 4650 Internet printer series will replace the SuperScript 4200, 4200N,
4400, 4400N and 4600N color laser printers in NEC's printer lineup.
Clarifies InDesign Upgrade
MARCH 21Adobe Systems Inc. has formally clarified its position on InDesign
upgrades by posting
its policy in the customer service section of its Web site. After numerous customer
complaints about having to pay for an upgrade to version 1.5, the company made
several changes to its upgrade plans.
Releases Fix for FireWire PowerBooks, iBooks
MARCH 20Apple says it's identified a glitch in iBooks and new FireWire PowerBooks
that can prevent the machines from coming out of sleep mode properly and has posted
a fix to the problem on its Web site. Apple says the bug is rarely encountered,
but it involves the "Preserve memory contents on sleep" option in the
Energy Saver Control Panel. After installing the new Sleep Memory Extension 1.0,
this option will no longer be available.
Improves Mobile LCD Projector
MARCH 20Hitachi America Ltd., Brisbane, Calif., says it's added improvements
to its portable LCD projector, the CP-S840W, bringing its output to 900 ANSI lumens.
The unit weighs in a 10 lbs and sells for $7,495. It includes built-in speakers,
manual zoom, a wireless remote with built-in laser pointer, two data inputs and
a universal power supply.
Sony To Release Speedier
Spressa CD-RW Drives in April
MARCH 20Sony Electronics, San Jose, Calif., is expanding its line of Spressa
CD-RW drives with the introduction next month of four new models, including one
that supports FireWire.
Each one offers 10x maximum recording speed, which amounts to a 650 MB burn in
about seven minutes. Sony says it will continue to offer its 4x Spressa models
at reduced prices.
iBiz Flat Panels Offer Speakers, TV Tuner for Less Than $1,000
iBiz Technology Corp., Phoenix, has introduced two new high-contrast, TFT flat-panel
with 13.3" and 15.1" viewable screens, the monitors include built-in
speakers and an optional television tuner. The 15.1" model with the tuner
sell for less than $1,000. The tuner allows the user to watch full-screen television
or video from a variety of antenna or video sources, including composite and S-video.
Announces 11 New CD-RWs
MARCH 20Hewlett-Packard Co., Palo Alto, Calif., will release 11 new CD-RW
drives in April ranging in price from $199 to $399. The new models include H.P.'s
highest-performance drives, the 9300i and 9310i, which offer recording speeds
of 10x, write speeds of 4x and read speeds of 32x. At $299, the new drives match
the speed and price of the new Sony CD-RW drives
also announced today and also due out in April. However, the high-end models come
only in internal IDE configurations.
Ships Two in One SCSI Board
MARCH 16ConnectCom Solutions Inc., San Jose, Calif., has
begun shipping an AdvanSys "Two in One" SCSI board. The company says
the board is compatible with Macs and PCs and supports both Ultra2 and legacy
SCSI devices by using two chips on a single board. This Ultra2 SCSI board allocates
one channel to Ultra2-type SCSI devices using low voltage differential (LVD) I/O
interfaces, while the other channel is dedicated for legacy interface technologies.
75 GB Drive Due by April
MARCH 16IBM will release several new additions to its Deskstar GXP and GV
hard disk lines, including a 75 GB mid-range ATA drive
and a low-end 40 GB model. The Deskstar 75GXP should be available in quantity
by April and is already shipping to select computer manufacturers. It, along with
all the other new GXP models, spins at 7,200 RPM and boasts an 8.5 MS average
seek time and 444 Mbps maximum media data rate, with burst transfers up to 100
MB per second.
To Ship ZR10 FireWire Camcorder
MARCH 15Canon USA Inc., Lake Success, N.Y., has announced its newest digital
video camcorder targeted at the consumer market. The ZR10, which includes FireWire/IEEE
1394, is expected to begin shipping in April.
The new models comes equipped with a 10x optical and 200x digital zoom, image
stabilization and a 2.5" LCD view screen and a color viewfinder.
Updates Color Profiling System
MARCH 15Monaco Systems has released MonacoProfiler 3.0. The program can
create up to six channels in its output profiles, allowing it to create accurate
profiles for Pantone's Hexachrome and other hi-fi ink sets.
It also offers control over black generation, allowing users to determine the
exact relationship between GCR (Gray Component Removal) and UCR (Under Color Removal),
as well as how much black is used in each.
Bundles Photoshop 5.5 with High-End Scanners
MARCH 14Umax Technologies
Inc. has begun shipping Adobe Photoshop 5.5 with its high-end scanners. Bundled
systems include the PowerLook 2100XL, the FireWire PowerLook 1100, the PowerLook
3000 and PowerLook III. The PowerLook 2100XL is the only one of these scanners
not currently available. It should ship by the end of the month, according to
Umax. It offers 800 x 1600 DPI hardware-based resolution and can scan images up
to 12" by 17". The PowerLook 2100XL will be available at an estimated street price
of $1,499 to $2,699, depending on software bundle and transparency adapter.
Networks Updates RealPlayer for Mac
MARCH 13Real Networks, Seattle, has released an update to its RealPlayer
multi-media viewer for the Macintosh. The company says the software offers improved
performance and better access to the Real.com Message Service, which enables users
to be notified in RealPlayer 7 when entertainment or breaking news content is
To Ship New Versions of InDesign, FrameMaker
MARCH 13Adobe Systems Inc., San Jose, Calif., says it expects to ship a
new version of InDesign next month. The company says InDesign 1.5 will add 70
new features, including text on a path, built-in trapping, eyedropper tool, printer
and PDF export styles and PDF scripting. The new version is expected to sell for
$699. Users of InDesign 1.0 wil be able to upgrade for $99. Volume pricing will
Digital Origin Upgrades
EditDV to 2.0
MARCH 13Digital Origin, Mountain View, Calif., will begin shipping version
2.0 of its EditDV desktop video editing system within the next 60 days. The new
version will add support for third-party plugins; direct export to Web streaming
formats; slip, slide and ripple editing from the timeline; improved camera compatibility;
and a new track keyer for improved luma keying.
To Add Support for Canon with Proofing Tool
MARCH 13Imation Corp.,
Oakdale, Minn., will offer its Matchprint inkjet system as an upgrade to the Canon
BJC-8500 in June. The system helps improve output on inkjet printers for proofing
in graphics and prepress environments. The Imation Matchprint Inkjet System includes
Imation Matchprint Color RIP Software and Imation Matchprint Inkjet Commercial
or Design Base media. Pricing will also be announced in the second quarter. The
system is currently available for the Hewlett-Packard DesignJet ColorPro GA printer.
Mitsubishi Ships Low-Cost,
Flat-face 17" CRT Monitor
MARCH 13Mitsubishi Electronics America, Cypress, Calif., has begun shipping
a new flat-faced, 17" (16" viewable) CRT monitor for the consumer market.
The Diamond Plus 73, priced at $289, is designed to move consumers away from 15"
monitors and toward larger screens. The
company claims that the monitor offers the "flattest, sharpest and brightest
monitor available in the industry." It uses a calculated polynomial curve
to the internal screen surface and aperture grille that "pre-distorts"
the image, compensating optically for the concave effect, and a redesigned S-NX
DBF electron gun for reduced spot size and screen focus uniformity.
Reduces Price on PhotoPC 650
MARCH 13Long Beach, Calif.-based Epson America Inc. has reduced the price
of its 1.09 megapixel PhotoPC 650 digital camera
to $299. The camera supports USB and serial transfers on Macs and PCs. The Mac
serial port supports older, pre-G3 Macintosh models that did not come equipped
with USB ports and comes with a TWAIN plug-in module for image aquisition.
Ships PhotoSmart C500 Digital Camera
13Palo Alto, Calif.-based Hewlett-Packard Co. says it has begun shipping
the PhotoSmart C500 digital camera, which it unveiled last August. The camera,
which supports captures up to 2 megapixels, can bypass a computer and print directly
to a JetSend-enabled printer. H.P. says this is the first time it's used this
technology in a digital camera.
Offers Preview Release of Igor 1.0 Light Mac-Only Notation Software
MARCH 13Swedish software developer Noteheads is offering a free download
of its new music notation software, Igor 1.0 Preview Release. The program, released
Friday, is a scaled-down version of Igor 2.0 Engraver, a $595 application. Pricing
has not yet been determined for Igor 1.0 Lite when it goes into full release.
Ships Enhanced Audio Hard Disk Recording System
MARCH 10Mark of the Unicorn Inc. (MOTU), Cambridge, Mass., has started shipping
an enhanced version of its 2408 hard disk recording system. The new 2408mkII,
which replaces the old 2408, adds 24-bit converters and balanced +4/-10 0.25"
(TSR) connectors. The new model will still be able to handle unbalanced input
signals via software or user-configurable jumpers for its eight analog inputs.
These inputs can add 10 decibels of gain to accommodate -10 dB signals typically
produced by synthesizers and drum machines.
To Expand USB Product Line
MARCH 10Belkin Components, Compton, Calif., says it will expand its USB
line with at least seven new products over the next year.
These new modules will complement the BusStation (pictured), a modular system
that allows users to create custom, multifunction hubs. An Apple Desktop Bus (ADB)
adapter will be released April 1, along with a PS/2 adapter.
TripleD Releases Anvil
Steamroller for Electric Image
MARCH 9TripleDTools Inc. has released Anvil Steamroller, a texture plugin
for the Electric Image 3D Animation System from Play Inc.
Anvil Steamroller was released in conjunction with Digital Motion Studios. The
software includes several template settings, including transformation, projection
and image. These allow the user to control alignment, position, rotation, projection
type, scaling, radius, wrap settings and band angle.
Director 8 Shockwave Studio Available for Download
MARCH 9Macromedia has made good on its promise to deliver its Director 8
Shockwave Studio this month. The new version, announced last month, is now available
in full and upgrade versions from Macromedia's online store. A boxed version will
be available later this month. Macromedia has also released a beta version of
the latest Shockwave Player today, which is available for download at http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/alternates/.
The full release version is expected March 27.
Reduces Prices on Color Stylus Line
MARCH 9Epson has started offering rebates on several of its inkjet printers,
including the Stylus Color 860, 760, 740, 740i and 660 models. The
Stylus Color 860, now priced at $149 after a $50 mail-in rebate, offers nine PPM
black printing and seven PPM for photo-realistic color printing at 1440 DPI. Its
ink droplets are four picoliters, compared with the 740 and 740i, which use six
3D To Bring 3D to Macromedia Flash
MARCH 9Electric Rain Inc. says it wil release a Mac and Windows version
of Swift 3D, a 3D vector tool for Macromedia Flash.
The Windows version will be released March 27 at the Flashforward 2000 conference
in San Francisco, with a Mac version to follow soon after. According to Electric
Rain, Swift 3D will allow users to create or import 3D images and animations and
export them in the Flash .swf format.
To Ship Boris FX 5.0 March 31 for Mac & PC
MARCH 8Boris FX will ship the latest release of its flagship Boris FX compositing
and effects plug-in application March 31, the company announced today. Boris FX
5.0, which integrates into non-linear editing systems, will include new features
like 3D text, Effects Library browser and keyframe enhancements.
To Describe New 3D Technologies
8ATI Technologies today announced they would deliver the details on their
forthcoming 3D architecture later this week at the Game Developers Conference
in San Jose, Calif. The company previewed the new technology, saying it wpould
deliver a tenfold performance increase over current systems.
Blocks iMac Knockoffs
MARCH 8Apple says it's finalized its cases against Daewoo and eMachines
by securing a worldwide injunction against the two companies that prevents them
from manufacturing, distributing, selling or promoting their iMac lookalikes.
The computers affected are the Daewoo E-Power and the eMachines eOne. Both bore
a striking resemblance to the iMac and were even supposed to be marketed with
a five-color scheme like the iMac. A U.S. Federal Court in San Jose also granted
an injunction against Future PowerÕs distribution or sale of the E-Power computer.
Media Online Partners with Primedia's IndustryClick
MARCH 8Digital Media Online Inc., the parent company of Creative Mac, has
received a significant investment from Primedia, a major B to B and consumer publisher.
As part of the deal, DMO will license content from several of Primedia's Intertec
publications, including Millimeter, Mix, Video Systems, Broadcast Engineering,
World Broadcast Engineering, BE Radio and Sound and Video Contractor. Read the
full press release here!
Digimarc Release New Version of Mac Standard, Offer Free Download
MARCH 8Digimarc and the TWAIN Working Group (a not for profit group dedicated
to developing standards for image acquisition) said yesterday they've updated
the TWAIN standard on the Mac OS. The new interface offers users increased flexibility
for capturing images on the Macintosh from sources like digital cameras and scanners.
The two groups have been working together to update the standard for the last
To Bundle Boris FX 4 with VideoRaid Subsystems
FX will ship its flagship Boris FX 4.0 compositing and effects plug-in application
free of charge to people who purchase certain VideoRaid subsystems from Medea
Corp. Boris FX offers a number of transforms, blurs, distortions, noise, particles
and keyers, as well as a pixel chooser and color correction. It also offers a
multi-layered time-line, unlimited keyframes and Preview to RAM playback.
To Ship PowerLook 2100XL Scanners by Thursday
Technologies Inc. has announced the PowerLook 2100XL, a high-resolution scanner
designed for the professional market. The scanner offers large-size scanning (up
to 12" x 17") at hardware resolutions of 800 x 1,600 DPI. It uses moving
mirrors to project an image onto a single, stationary CCD element. Umax says this
technology minimizes signal noise to produce more consistent consistent scans
and reduces power consumption and scan times.
3 Widens CTP to 340 mm
MARCH 6Xante Corp., Mobile, Ala., has
introduced a wider plate option for its PlateMaker 3 computer to plate solution.
The new option allows for plates up to 340 mm wide, up 10 mm from its previous
maximum. The new option is designed for users of the Heidelberg Printmaster QM
Launches Public Beta of LiveMotion
Systems Inc., San Jose, Calif., has released LiveMotion as a public beta available
for download from http://www.adobe.com.
LiveMotion is a tool for creating vector-based interactive graphics and Web animations.
LiveMotion can export to GIF, JPEG, PNG, Photoshop and Flash formats.
To Ship New Profesional, Consumer Digital Cameras
Electronics has released a new slate of digital camcorders, including high-end
and consumer models.
On the high-end side, the company introduced the DCR-VX2000 Digital Video Handycam
camcorder, a three-chip CCD camera for professional users.
Sets Eyes on Wireless R.F. by 4Q 2001
to a report from Bloomberg, Eastman
Kodak Co. is planning to release wireles digital cameras by the end of 2001. The
devices will use radio frequencies rather than infrared to allow for greater range,
flexibility and uninterupted transmissions, the company says.
Releases Version 1.5 of Its Six-Color RIP
Systems Corp., Camarillo, Calif., has released version 1.5 of its PostScript Level
3 RIP, which is geared toward six-color inkjet printers. The software, which implements
ICC capabilities to be compatible with Apple's ColorSync, is specifically designed
for printers that use cyan, magenta, yellow, black, light cyan and light magenta
(CMYKcm). It also includes support for CMYK, orange and green (CMYKOG) printers.
Sets 2Q Release for Mimic 1.0/Mac
Cary, N.C., says it expects to ship a Macintosh version of Mimic 1.0 by the end
of the second quarter. Mimic, currently in beta and expected to ship for Windows
April 4, is an application that works with MetaCreations' Poser 3 and 4 (3D modeling
software) that automates the synching of sounds with facial movement in Poser.
To Release Streaming DVD Upgrade to DVD Authoring Software
Solutions will upgrade its DVD authoring tools to support its new Streaming DVD
technology, which allows users to create content geared toward Web distribution
using the DVD-Video format.
Releases MPE Player
Media Technologies Ltd. today unveiled an Internet music distribution package
it hopes will appeal to record labels. Destiny says its new format, MPE, will
prevent piracy by linking downloaded MP3s and WMFFs to the machine to which the
music was downloaded. The company says a "key" uses encryption to "lock"
downloaded files to a user's specific computer or other hardware device.
Ships 18.1" Flat Panels
Nanao Technologies, Cypress, Calif., has begun shipping two new flat panel monitorsthe
FlexScan L661 and L680geared toward the high-end graphics market. Both monitors
offer an 18.1" viewable area and come in black or beige. L680 sports a 170
degree horizontal and vertical viewing angle, while the L661 has a 140 degree
To Launch Pro Version of Graffiti
FX will be launching its new titling application, Graffiti 1.0, at the NAB show
in Las Vegas in April. The company has given us an exclusive preview of what you
can expect the package to offer.
Launches CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo
America Electronic Components has launched the first combination DC-RW/DVD-ROM
drive, which it's now selling directly to consumers and through traditional distributors.
The drive can read and write 650 MB CDs and read DVDs up to a capacity of 17 GB
Releases WebObjects 4.5
has released version 4.5 of its WebObjects, an application server designed for
deploying network applications. The new version, priced anywhere from $1,499 to
$50,000, depending on usage, includes a new interface for the WebObjects Builder
and built-in application profiling, which Apple says can increase application
performance by 50 percent.
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