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Offers Free iMovie Download for PowerBook, G4 Owners
APRIL 28Apple today announced it will offer its consumer video
editing application, iMovie, as a free download to G4 and PowerBook
owners. IMovie comes
preinstalled on iMac DV and iMac DV Special Edition models. The software
allows users to capture video through a DV camcorder via the FireWire
ports on the Macintosh. Movies are then stored as QuickTime files
and can be placed back onto a DV camcorder for viewing on a television.
Enhances Digital Imaging Systems
APRIL 27Ricoh has updated its line of Aficio digital imaging
systems with the introduction of the Aficio 350e and 450eboth
enhanced versions of existing 350 and 450 models. The new versions
sport base configurations of 20 MB RAM, 4 GB hard disk space and 600
DPI scanning resolution.
The new systems also add network scanning capabilities and faxing
from the desktop over a network.
Unveils 7 Terabyte Network Storage System
APRIL 27TrueSAN Networks unveiled its new 7000FC storage-area
network device. The
fibre channel 7000FC is based on an Open SAN Framework and TrueFibre
technology and offers support for Macintosh, Unix (various flavors)
and a number of other clients. Storage capacity starts at 200 GB and
can be expanded to 7 terabytes. SAN connectivity begins at eight nodes,
expandable to hundreds of nodes per storage network.
Adds Velocity Support in Voodoo 1.2
APRIL 26Bitheadz is offering an upgrade to its Voodoo sampling
MIDI drum machine software. Version 1.2 will offer optimization for
the G4 (Altivec), as well as several enhancements and new features.
Voodoo is software that
plays samples and MIDI files. Samples and drum patterns can be triggered
from the computer keyboard, a MIDI controller or a MIDI application
running on the same CPU, with no additional hardware required.
Introduces New Portable Digital Projector
APRIL 26Toshiba has introduced a model to its line of digital
projectors. The TDP-S1 is a portable model offering 1,000 ANSI lumens
and weighing in at 6.8 lbs and measuring 3.9" in height. The projector
uses Digital Light processing from Texas Instruments and offers SVGA
resolution, with compression capabilities up to 1024 x 768.
Announces Hard Disk ToolKit 4
APRIL 25FWB today announced version 4.0 of its Hard Disk ToolKit,
a diagnostic and media formatting utility. The new version adds support
for FireWire and compatibility with Mac OS 9 and the current line
of G4s. It also adds an additional 1,000 devices to its list of supported
devices, including the Iomega ATAPI ZIP.
Ships Avenue.quark XTension for XML Output
APRIL 24Quark Inc. today announced the availability of avenue.quark,
a new XTension to QuarkXPress that allows users to repurpose content
for use on the Web. The
software provides the ability to describe and export XPress documents
in XML. Avenue.quark
ships with the StreetPost QuarkXTensions module, which allows users
to post XML documents directly to Vignette StoryServer 4 and other
Web application servers.
Offers New TFT Monitors, Drops Prices on Existing CRTs and Flat
APRIL 24IBM is tripling its lineup of thin-film transfer monitors
with the launch of a host of consumer and professional models. The
company also says it's restructuring its pricing scheme on CRT monitors.
The new IBM T54A
15-inch TFT flat-panel monitor, designed for general business applications
like word processing, business graphics and basic spreadsheets,
offers a 15" viewable image with low reflectivity and a resolution
up to 1,024 x 768 pixels.
To Ship $169 SnapScan e40
APRIL 24Agfa Corp. will start shipping its new USB SnapScan
e40 in May. The scanner,
a less expensive version of the SnapScan e50, which will also start
shipping in May, offers 1,200 x 2,400 DPI resolution with a color
depth of 42 bits. Unlike the e50, the e40 does not come equipped with
a transparency unit. The maximum scanning area is 8.5" x 11.7"the
same as the e50.
Unveils C-3000 Zoom Digital Camera
APRIL 24Olympus has unveiled a new model in its line of Zoom
digital cameras. The C-3000 Zoom offers a resolution of 3.34 megapixels
(2,048 x 1,536 pixels)
and will launch at a price point of $799.
Announces Slate of New Pro Tools Products
APRIL 21Take a deep breath. Digidesign has announced a shockingly
huge number of new products for Pro Tools and Avid systems, some of
which have begun shipping. Several of these products were released
for NAB and Musikmesse, but information about them has only now become
available. An upgrade to Drawmer Dynamics plugin for Digidesign's
Pro Tools|24 MIX systems has begun shipping. Dynamics is a gating,
compression and limiting plugin.
Releases 4.11 Updater, Revises Stance on Third-Party Contributions
APRIL 20 (Revised 3:50 p.m. PDT)Earlier this week, Quark Inc.
quietly released an updater to version 4.1 of QuarkXPress. Yesterday
the company sent out its newsletter proclaiming that the new update
fixed "the QuarkXPress contribution to the slowness problem
when switching tools running under Mac OS 9 (and when running under
Mac OS 8.6 with the Font Manager Update 1.0 installed)," as
well as two other significant bugs.
In its technical newsletter
released yesterday, the company had accused Adobe's ATM 4.5.2 of
contributing to the lag. After this was published here today, the
company sent out a request that we change this information to reflect
that Quark in no way blames Adobe or ATM for contributing to this
problem. Quark did not revise its stance on Mac OS 9, however, which
it says is a contributing factor to the problem, as is OS 8.6 with
Font Manager installed.
Offers Rebate on Shadow/Techtures Bundle
APRIL 20Andromeda Software is offering a
$59 rebate on the Shadow/Techtures filter bundle for Photoshop,
Premiere and other paint and effects programs. The deal is available
only this week and only by calling 800-547-0055. The
Shadow filter offers perspective shadows with a virtual camera,
stereo 3D viewing, multiple shadowing with four movable lights,
natural soft edges and blurring, drop and cast shadows an a movable
plane and 3D shadowing.
To Ship FireWire RAID
April 20LaCie today announced
a new FireWire RAID solution that requires no special cabinet or chassisjust
a series of daisy-chained external FireWire hard disk drives. That
package, which ships standard with two 75 GB drives, includes a six-pin
IEEE-1394 cable, an internal international power supply and LaCie's
Silverlining Pro 6.3 drive utility software, which allows for RAID
the QuarkXPress 4.11 Updater Fix the Lag Under OS 9?
April 20[Editor's note: This story is maintained here for archival
purposes only. It has been revised. See above or click
here for the revised version. Click "more" for the original
Profits $233 Million on $1.94 Billion in Revenue; Offers Two for One
April 19, 2000(Press Release)Apple today announced financial
results for its fiscal 2000 second quarter ending April 1, 2000. For
the quarter, the Company posted a net profit of $233 million, or $1.28
per diluted share. These results compare to a net profit of $135 million,
or $.84 per diluted share, achieved in the year-ago quarter. Revenues
for the quarter were $1.94 billion, up 27 percent from the year-ago
quarter, and gross margins were 28.2 percent, up from 26.3 percent
in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 51 percent
of the quarter's revenues.
Launches Dreamweaver Exchange
APRIL 19Macromedia today announced it has launched Macromedia
Exchange for Dreamweaver, a site dedicated to expanding the capabilities
of its HTML authoring software, Dreamweaver.
The site now contains more than 100 free, downloadable extensions
for Dreamweaver, as well as a downloadable Extension Manager (required
for the new extensions). It also offers information and discussions
about extending the functionality of Dreamweaver.
Beefs Up DVD Creator
APRIL 19Sonic Solutions has released an update to its Mac flagship
DVD authoring program, DVD Creator.
The new version, 2.1, features a third-generation SD-2000 MPEG-2 video
encoder, Web-linked DVD authoring functionality and title production
automation. The news version offers RISC-based processing and new
MPEG chip technology with programmable logic and video processing
Ships New Mobile Printer
APRIL 18Hewlett-Packard Co. has beefed up its line of mobile
inkjet printers with the launch of the DeskJet 350 today.
The company says the printer has been tested extensively for shock,
drops and climactic extremes. The DeskJet 350 is the only mobile printer
in the industry to feature ink cartridges that can withstand extreme
temperature and altitude changes without leaking, according to H.P.
The printer's high-volume ink cartridges can generate up to 485 pages
of black text and 155 pages in color.
To Ship New Portable Projector
APRIL 18Kodak today announced that it will start shipping
its new DP 2900 projector in may. The portable unit offers XGA resolution
and 1,000 ANSI lumens. It weighs in at 4.2 lbs. The
new M1-DA DVI (Digital Video Interface) offers users digital, analog
and USB connectivity through one connector. The DP2900 is also HDTV-compatible,
which can further enhance the resolution.
Ships Cinema 4D XL 6.0 for Macintosh
APRIL 17Maxon has started shipping version 6.0 of Cinema 4D
XL. The new version,
which was available for preorder last week, includes several enhancements,
including a whole new lighting system with more than 50 new light
and illumination modes with new features like radiosity-like area
lights and shadows; raytraced soft shadows; volumetric noise (noise,
soft, wavy, hard); new shadow maps; new shadow bias controls; colored
shadows; inner and outer cone control; and near and far clipping.
Introduces SnapScan e50
APRIL 17Agfa Corp. will start shipping its new USB SnapScan
e50 in May. The scanner
offers 1,200 x 2,400 DPI resolution with a color depth of 42 bits
and comes equipped with built-in transparency capabilities. (A lightplate
built into the scanner cover uses a "light-diffusion" process
for scanning 35 mm transparencies. Agfa includes slideholders for
35mm strip and framed holders.) The maximum scanning area is 8.5"
Releases Canvas 7 SE for Mac
April 14Deneba Software is expanding its Canvas graphics software
line to include Canvas 7 SE for Macintosh and Windows. The standard
edition is a scaled-down version of Canvas 7 targeted toward small
businesses. It includes 500 fonts and 10,000 clip-art images. High-end
features of Canvas 7 have been removed in the SE version, such as
color separations, spot color and matching system support, color
calibration, technical file formats (DXF, DWG, CGM, etc.), technical
illustration tools and advanced typographic controls. However, illustration
features, SpriteLayer transparency tools, SpriteEffect filter capabilities,
Web design features, image editing tools and page layout features
To Bring New Voodoo, Good Juju to the Mac Platform
APRIL 123dfx says it will release its first Mac 2D/3D graphics
accelerators. The Voodoo4 4500 and the Voodoo5 5500 offer support
for Glide and OpenGL and, for the first time, QuickDraw 3D Rave. 3dfx
also says the cards will be ready for Mac OS X when it ships this
summer. The Voodoo5 5500 features 64 MB RAM for $329. The Voodoo4
4500 offers 32 MB RAM and is expected to cost $200.
Bundles Flat Panel with ProFormance 3 for Mac
APRIL 12Silicon Graphics has started shipping its 1600SW flat-panel
display for the Mac
bundled with the ProFormance 3 graphics accelerator card. The card
offers acceleration for QuarkXPress, Adobe Photoshop and OpenGL, among
other applications. The 1600SW display is the only LCD monitor available
with adjustable backlight color temperature capability, which enables
users to optimize their displays to output the truer image quality
for Web graphics, print and video production. The
display offers a 17.3", wide-format screen at a resolution of
1,600 x 1,024.
Comes to the Mac in the Fourth Quarter
APRIL 12Sonic Solutions has announced the impending Mac release
of DVDit!, a DVD authoring package. The software is compatible with
QuickTime video and audio files, supporting everything from DV to
D-1 formats. QuickTime files can be dragged and dropped for conversion.
DVDit! automatically builds buttons and interactivity, transcodes
video to MPEG-2, multiplexes and formats content and writes it to
CD-R or DVD-RAM for playback.
To Ship New Disk Arrays in Fibre, SCSI
APRIL 11Medea has announed new arrays in its VideoRAID line
and a new AudioRaid disk aray optimized for 24-bit audio. The VideoRaid
fc and VideoRack fc are SAN-Ready Fibre Channel RAID 0 solutions for
digital content creation and Internet streaming media applications.
The six-drive VideoRaid fc (a compact desktop model) and VideoRack
fc (a 19" rack-mount configuration with removable drive modules)
offer sustained data transfer rates of 60 MB per second and capacities
up to 450 GB per module. Prices go as low as $19 per GB.
Ships $89 Color Stylus Printer
APRIL 11Epson America has introduced a new printer in its line
of Stylus Color models. The Stylus Color 670, a four-color, 1,400
x 720 DPI inkjet, replaces the Stylus Color 660. Printer drivers are
both Mac- and Windows-compatible and include auto-sensing for USB
and parallel ports, which allows the printer to be accessed by more
than one computer at once. The ink dot size is 7 picoliters. Print
speeds vary by application, but it can output black text at 5 PPM,
color text 3.5 PPM. An 8" x 11" photo will print in four
minutes, 13 seconds in 360 DPI fine print mode.
Sweeps MetaCreations 2D Tools
APRIL 11Orphaned users of MetaCreations graphics products have
found a new home in Corel Corp., which has acquired a number of MetaCreations
tools. In a massive
sweep of MetaCreations' product base, Corel has acquired MetaCreations
Painter, MetaCreations Painter Classic, MetaCreations Painter 3D,
Art Dabbler, KPT, KPT-X, Vector Effects and Bryce. All of the products
are compatible with Mac and Windows.
100 Invests in beatnik, Adds SDI to MediaPress
APRIL 11Media 100 has started including the serial digital interface
in MediaPress Pro, a real-time MPEG encoder for Macintosh from Media
100 subsidiary Wired. The MediaPress encoder captures and compresses
video and audio signals into fully compatible MPEG 1 and MPEG 2 bitstreams
for media network transmissions and DVD authoring. The company has
also invested in Beatnik to give customers access to the Beatnik Production
To Release XPress 4.0 This Summer with Special Upgrade Pricing
APRIL 11Avid says it will ship Windows and Mac versions of Avid
XPress 4.0 simultaneously this summer. The new version will add enhanced
support for Web and DVD content creation. The company is also offering
a limited-duration upgrade pricing promotion for current owners of
Avid Meridien hardware-based Avid XPress Plus and Deluxe software.
Powers Uncompressed HD on the Mac
APRIL 10When we speculated about the announcement Apple, Matrox
and Pinnacle would make, we had no clue we'd see uncompressed HD on
the desktop. But that's just what Pinnacle promised to deliver by
the end of summer for the Mac and Final Cut Pro. The new PCI card,
the Targa Ciné, will deliver a fully configured SD system for
less than $10,000 and an HD system for less than $30,000.
Brings Real-Time, Dual-Stream Uncompressed to the Mac for Less Than
APRIL 10We guessed it. We called it on the nose. It's real-time
DVEs and uncompressed dual-stream video capture on the Mac, courtesy
of Matrox. What we didn't guess is that the solution would come in
at less than $1,000 and reside on a single PCI card. We saw a pre-release
version in action today, and it's impressive.
Offers Free Final Cut Pro Upgrade
APRIL 10Apple today announced a free upgrade to Final Cut Pro.
The new version, 1.2.5, supports the 16:9 widescreen format, YUV processing
and reference movies (to conserve disk space).
FCP's 16:9 support extends to capture, editing and output.
Adds Compositing to Commotion 3.0
APRIL 10Puffin Designs, which was acquired by Pinnacle Systems
last month, today announced a major revision to its Commotion product,
bringing it into the realm of compositing. The new version, 3.0, will
ship in both DV and pro configurations. The
company says the paint component has been rewritten from the ground
up, with support for unlimited layers with more than 75 effects filters
built in, including plug-in sets from Primatte Keyer, Composite Wizard
and Image Lounge.
Launches Combustion* for Mac
APRIL 10Discreet today boosted its support for the Mac platform
significantly with the launch of combustion*, a paint, animation and
3D compositing application for the Macintosh and Windows NT platforms.
The software includes technology from the company's inferno* product.
It features keying, motion tracking, color correction, non-destructive
(vector-based) paint animation, 3D compositing and network rendering,
as well as support for Adobe After Effects and Photoshop plugins.
Fire 1.1 To Ship in May
APRIL 7Synthetic Aperture will give a sneak preview of its forthcoming
Echo Fire 1.1 at the NAB convention in Las Vegas next week. Echo Fire
provides video previews for Photoshop and After Effects. The new version,
expected to ship in May, offers real-time previews in After Effects
with support for NTSC/PAL video monitor previews and previewing from
Forms Studio 3.9 To Ship in June
APRIL 7Credo Interactive says it will ship version 3.9 of Life
Forms Studio, a character animation application for Windows and Macintosh.
The company will preview the software next week at the NAB show in
Las Vegas. The full release is expected to ship in June.
Voodoo Ships Three D1 Video Cards for Mac
APRIL 6Digital Voodoo Inc. has started shipping three new D1
video cards for the Mac, each with 4:4:4:4 video output, six channels
of AES/EBU digital audio and a 64-bit PCI interface. The new line
includes the D1 Desktop 64, D1 Desktop 64 Lite and D1 Desktop 64AV
uncompressed 10 bit SMPTE 259M SDI QuickTime video cards. The D1 Desktop
64 series become the only QuickTime cards on the Mac platform to include
full 10-bit capture to disk.
Offers Dual-Stream Uncompressed Capture on the Mac
APRIL 6 (Correction)Contrary to a statement in yesterday's
column, "Is Dual-Stream,
Real-Time DV Coming to the Mac?" there are, in fact, dual-stream
options for Mac already on the market from AvidMedia
Composer 8.1 and Avid XPress 3.1, both of which support the Meridien
video option when running on a G4. This option on Media Composer
has been available since December, but the company's literature
had not been updated to reflect this option. Previously dual-stream
capture was available only on Windows NT. We apologize for the error.
Introduces new D-9 Camcorder
APRIL 6JVC is introducing a new D-9 camcorder at the NAB show
in Las Vegas next week. The camera, the DY-70, combines JVC's 14-bit
DSP camera technology with with all-digital 4:2:2 camcorder technology.
The camera comes in at $12,000,
not including the lens.
DVD Authoring Coming to Avid
APRIL 6Avid Technology Inc. will include DVD authoring software
from Sonic Solutions in future releases of it editing and finishing
systems. The technology,
AuthorScript, outputs video and audio content directly to the DVD
video format. It also has a transparent print to DVD function that
automatically formats Avid content for DVD. The two companies say
the first implementation will come in Symphony, Media Composer and
Avid Xpress systems, with the technology to be added to other systems
in the future.
Launches Three New Projectors
APRIL 6Canon USA Inc. has introduced three new XGA-resolution
LCD projectors. The new projectors offer a switching feature to allow
users to select the level of brightness for the situation and come
with the ability to project images 25 percent brighter than previous
Canon projectors. They also include a digitizer pointer, which includes
a mouse click function and provides for onscreen annotation.
Real-Time, Dual-Stream DV Coming to the Mac?
APRIL 5Is dual stream coming to the Mac? Real-time DVEs? More
graphics card options? You put three companies together like Apple,
Pinnacle Systems and Matrox, and something good's going to come
of it for the Macintosh platformand that's just what's happening
at NAB next week. We
thought a little speculation going into the show might be healthy.
Effects Gets 8 New Filters in 1.5, Free Upgrade for Current Users
APRIL 5Cycore, based in Uppsala, Sweden, will soon ship version
1.5 of Cult Effects, a suite of plugins for Adobe After Effects. Current
users will receive the upgrade free. Others who preorder the product
at the NAB show in Las Vegas next week will receive a "substantial
discount," according to the company.
To Demo New SpiceMaster for Final Cut Pro at NAB
APRIL 5Pixelan Software has launched a new 2D effects package,
SpiceMaster. The software is currently only available for Windows,
but the company says it will demonstrate a version for Apple Final
Cut Pro next week at the NAB show in Las Vegas at the Adobe Partners
Ships ComandPost Multimedia Controller for Mac
Inc., Cambell, Calif., has started shipping CommandPost, a multimedia
application controller. CommandPost is a USB-based controller that
adds controls like pushbuttons, jog/shuttle, joystick and a T-Bar
to multimedia applications. The device includes interface software,
customizable to any application, and a hardware control panel that
is connected to a computer via a Universal Serial Bus.
Gets More Than 100 New Features in 5.0
APRIL 4Adobe Systems Inc. today announced GoLive 5.0, an upgrade
to its Web authoring software. The new version includes more than
100 new features, including several hooks into other Adobe products
(like drag and drop object editing between GoLive and Photoshop 5.5).
Offers Enhanced Web Support in Version 9
APRIL 4Adobe Systems Inc. has brought its Illustrator design
software to version 9. The upgrade, which is expected to ship this
quarter, is geared
more toward the Web than previous versions, with support for vector
output in Flash and Scalable Vector Graphics formats. Graphics can
be exported in their entirety to a single Flash file, with each layer
included as a separate frame, or they can be exported so that each
layer is saved as a separate Flash file.
Adds New G4 Upgrade Card, Drops Prices on Crescendo, Encore Line
APRIL 3Sonnet Technologies, Irvine, Calif., has come out with
a new G4 upgrade card for PCI Power Macs.
The new card runs at 450 MHz and comes with a 1 MB backside cache.
The Crescendo G4 ships with Altivec enabling software, which gives
applications access to the G4's Velocity Engine. Sonnet says the enabler
"fully supports" the Apple Velocity Engine libraries included
with OS 9. The card runs on Apple Power Macintosh 7300 through 9600
models, Power Computing Power Tower Pro and Power Wave, Umax j700
and S900, Daystar Genesis 360 through 932 and Mactell XB-Pro. The
Crescendo G4 450 is available now for $799.
Introduces Multi-Function Printers
APRIL 3Hewlett-Packard Co.,
Palo Alto, Calif., today launched three multi-function options for
some of its 8000-series laser printers, including the LaserJet 8000
and 8100 and the newly announced 8550. The multi-function capabilities
offer printing, copying and digital sending.
Reduces Price of PhotoPC 750z
APRIL 3Epson America Inc., Long Beach, Calif., has lowered the
price on its PhotoPC 750z camera to $499. The camera offers a 1.25
megapixel CCD, 6x zoom (3x optical, 2x digital), 12 MB memory and
image enhancement technology that allows it to capture images at 1,600
x 1,200 pixels (1.92 million pixels).
Lab To Release Photoshop Web Converter
APRIL 3Media Lab Inc., Longmont., Colo., will release a new
program called PhotoWebber, which is designed to automate and speed
up the process of bringing Photoshop files to the Internet by converting
multi-layered files into individual graphics and generating HTML code
for them. The software automatically saves Photoshop files in a separate
folder in JPEG, GIF and PNG format, while the original file goes untouched.
To Support FireWire in Jaz Drives, Ships USB Adapter
APRIL 3I omega Corp., Roy,
Utah, says it will begin supporting FireWire on its Jaz drives by
mid-2000. The move is specifically geared toward Mac users. Mark Lucas,
executive vice president, global marketing and product management,
for Iomega said in a released statement: "Mac users voiced a
need for USB-enabled storage solutions and we have provided them with
various drives and accessories to meet that need; now there is a call
for FireWire-enabled storage solutions and we plan to meet this request
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