Releases Mixman Studio Mac As Online Download
has started offering its Mixman Studio Mac digital audio recording
and remixing software as an online download. The new online version,
Mixman Studio DL, offers much of the same functionality as the boxed
version but sells for $19.95.
100 Bundles DVD Fusion SL with MediaPress Suite
100 has teamed up with Sonic Solutions to add Sonic's DVD Fusion SL
authoring software to its MediaPress Suite and MediaPress Suite SDI
DVD authoring systems.
The new systems are available for Macintosh only.
Ships KnockOut 1.5
Corp. today announced the availability of KnockOut 1.5
for Macintosh. The new version of this masking application includes
a new loupe zoom to magnify selections and the ability to verify mask
accuracy by changing the underlying color or inserting another image.
Launches Retro AS-1 Patch Exchange Site
MAY 30BitHeadz has officially launched its Patch Post forum,
which allows users to swap Retro AS-1 patches. The BitHeadz FTP server
allows users to access these patches through their Web browser using
the name "bitheadz2" and the password "wacom."
Releases Clipstream 2, Demos Java-Based Streaming Video
has released version 2.0 of its Clipstream software for Macintosh.
Clipstream allows users to stream audio on the Web through a Java-based
application that loads files almost instantly and with high-quality
Delays Voodoo5 Shipment
Interactive says it will delay shipment of its Voodoo5 5500 AGP cards.
In a released statement, 3dfx said, "The company is taking this
action to ensure that it meets its own high standards for product
quality. The company discovered that the Voodoo5 may be experiencing
field failure rates at very low levels in certain configurations."
Ships New 2,400 x 1,200, 42-Bit Scanner
MAY 25Microtek has started shipping a
new family of desktop scanners. The ScanMaker 4700 and ScanMaker X12USL
offer 2,400 x 1,200 DPI optical resolutions and full 42-bit color
depth in and out. The 4700 comes with a USB connection and software
for Macintosh, and the 4700 X12USL includes a SCSI-2 connector.
Ships Voodoo5 5500 AGP Card
MAY 233dfx Interactive announced late yesterday that its new
Voodoo5 5500 AGP video cards have begun shipping to resellers and
should hit retailer shelves and consumer doorsteps by this Friday.
The new cards offer dual VSA-100 (Voodoo Scalable Architecture) processors
with the T-Buffer digital cinematic effects engine and 64 MB of total
Ships LiveMotion 1.0
MAY 22Adobe today released the full retail version of LiveMotion
and says it plans to launch Adobe Web Collection 2.0, which will include
LiveMotion 1.0, as soon as GoLive 5 and Illustrator 9 start shipping.
LiveMotion is a Flash-like tool that allows developers to create interactive
elements on their Web sites and includes an Adobe After Effects-inspired
timeline for animation. This timeline allows users to independently
animate attributes, such as position, opacity, rotation, scale, skew
and color, among other elements.
Ships Sub-$2,000 Color Laser
MAY 22Lexmark today announced a new color laser printer. The
Optra C710 becomes the first 1,200 x 1,200 DPI color laser priced
The Optra C710 delivers 16 pages per minute in black and white and
3 PPM in color. It includes automatic color adjustment technology
that identifies graphical elements on a page and automatically adjusts
itself to the appropriate settings.
Rolls Out Fiery for Epson 7000, 9000
MAY 22Electronics for Imaging (EFI) has come out with a Fiery
X2 controller for the Epson Stylus Pro 7000 and 9000 series of wide-format
printers. The server includes NetWise, which supports simultaneous
auto-sensing and auto-switching for TCP/IP, IPX/SPX and AppleTalk,
among other protocols.
Ships Retro AS-1 2.0, Unity DS-1 2.0
has begun shipping Retro AS-1 2.0 and Unity DS-1 2.0. Retro is a software
virtual analog synthesizer that works with or without MIDI equipment
to reproduce the sounds of synthesizers past. Unity is a real-time
digital sampler. Both versions are available for Mac OS, with support
for Windows on the way. Both software suites are optimized for the
G4 Velocity Engine. Both also gain DirectConnect support for integration
with Digidesign's ProTools.
Tries Out New Data Compression for Rich Media
MAY 18Piranha Inc. is testing out a new new method for compressing
rich media for the Web. According to the company, Piranha Net is a
lossy digital compression technology that enables browsers to download
content-rich Web pages in a fraction of the file size of JPEG, GIF
or PNG. Piranha
says the plugin allows graphics-intensive Web pages to load faster
and animated files to load faster and play smoother.
Demos Multiprocessing G4 at WWDC
multiprocessor Mac G4 is in the works, and Apple showed it to developers
behind closed doors at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC)
yesterday. In a private "technology demo," a dual-processor G4 was
shown running a developer's release of Mac OS X. According
to sources, the multiprocessor machine was compared side by side with
a single processor Mac G4, and the dual-processor prototype ran more
than twice as fast as the single-processor G4 system.
Ships 19" Monitor with 0.22 MM Dot Pitch
MAY 17Hitachi has begun shipping a new 19" CRT monitor,
the CM771, which offers the same depth as a 17" monitorabout
17.7". The new monitor offers a 0.22 mm horizontal and a 0.14
mm vertical dot pitch and a 1,600 x 1,200 pixel resolution at 75 Hz.
Shows Off Forthcoming DVD-RAM FireWire Drive
MAY 17LaCie showed off a forthcoming DVD-RAM drive at Apple's
Worldwide Developers Conference today. The drive supports the 4.7
GB DVD format and comes equipped with FireWire connectivity. The LaCie
DVD-RAM drive will read from discs currently accepted by CD-ROM, CD
audio, CD-R, CD-RW and video CD drives, as well as DVD-R, DVD-ROM
and DVD video drives.
Intros New Tiny SLR Digital Camera
MAY 17Canon today introduced two new digital cameras, the smallest
in its lineup of 2 and 3 megapixel products. The EOS D30 is a 3 megapixel
single-lens reflex digital camera
measuring 5.9" x 4.2" x 3" and weighing in at 1.6 lbs.
It uses a new large-area CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor)
imaging sensor for producing color prints up to 11" x 14".
It accommodates all Canon EF lenses plus a wide range of EOS system
Ships SkyLINE Wireles Card
MAY 16Farallon Corp. has started shipping an upgraded version
of its SkyLINE wireless card for notebooks.
The new card supports speeds of 11 megabits per second, up from 2
Mbps in the previous version. Farallon is offering discounted pricing
for those who purchased the 2 Mbps version.
Releases Toast Deluxe 4.1
MAY 16Adaptec has released version 4.1 of Toast Deluxe, a CD
recording and rewriting application. The new version supports FireWire
CD recorders natively, bringing the maximum writing speed up to 12x.
It also speeds up the conversion of MP3 files to standard audio CD
format with improved sound quality, according to Adaptec.
Borland Call Off Merger
Corp. and Inprise/Borland have called off plans to merge. Corel earlier
this year acquired several Mac applications from MetaCreations and
had also said that, if the Borland merger were to fall through, it
would run out of cash in 90 days. Corel
declined to elaborate on their current cash position, but,
now that the merger has actually been called off, the company is changing
its story, saying that it now has the opportunity to seek new sources
of financing and implement a cost-saving plan.
QuickTime Due Out This Summer
MAY 15Apple says it will release the next version of QuickTime
this summer. The company says cross-platform support for MPEG-1 and
MPEG-2, Flash 4 for Web animation and an enhanced QuickTime VR playback.
The new VR playback will include unlimited spherical views of virtual-reality
To Release Maya for Mac OS X
MAY 15Alias|Wavefront has formally announced plans to bring
its 3D animation and visual effects software—Maya—to the Macintosh
platform. What's more, the company previewed it today at the Worldwide
Developers Conference running on Mac OS X. Few details were available
as of press time.
Enhances Professional Camera
MAY 15Kodak today announced that it will ship an enhanced version
of its 620 digital camera. The new 620x supports ISO settings ranging
from 400 to 6400. The new model also provides improved image quality
over the previous model. Like the DCS 620 camera, the DCS 620x is
built on the Nikon F5 platform, but it uses a new CCD and color filter
array to allow for better color at higher ISO settings.
X Beta To Replace OS X Release This Summer
MAY 15Apple has revised its anticipated release date for Mac
OS X to early 2001. The software was expected to ship this summer.
Instead, an OS X beta will be released to the public this summer.
It will run on all G3 and G4 systems, according to Apple. Apple
provided no explanation for the delay. However, Steve Jobs says the
system software will be tweaked to include more tradtional Macintosh
user interface features.
Brings ShadowCaster to Adobe InDesign
MAY 15A Lowly Apprentice Productions (ALAP) has brought its
ShadowCaster plugin to Adobe InDesign.
ShadowCaster 1.0 allows users to create shadows and shadow effects
from objects in an InDesign document, automatically generating high-resolution
TIFFs behind a selected object.
Releases Multimedia Update
MAY 15Apple this weekend released
Multimedia Update 1.0 for OS 9. The new patch, available only through
the Software Update Control Panel, includes Apple Audio Extension
1.0.5, which is designed to improve audio playback of CDs under
virtual memory. It also adds enhanced support for USB audio input
Takes Wide-Format Printing to the Next Level
May 15Epson is kicking off this year's DRUPA conference in Germany
with a new line of large-format professional printersthe Stylus
Pro 7500 and 9500. We had a chance to see some of the results prior
to release, and they were impressivelarge-format printing on
a variety of media with the kind of quality we've come to expect from
Digital Media Online
[Editor's note: The following is an unedited press release put out
today by Digital
Media Online Inc., the parent company of Creative Mac.] May
15, 2000 (Santa Ana, CA) Digital Media Online (http://www.digitalmedianet.com/),
the leading developer of B2B vertical online communities for the
digital media market, has announced the relaunch of five key digital
media industry web communities, licensed from PRIMEDIAs (NYSE:PRM)
Intertec Publishing division.
To Ship Full Mac Version of Photoshop with $899 ScanJet
Co. is expanding its support for peripherals on the Macintosh. The
company today introduced drivers and a software suite that lets Mac
users connect to the ScanJet 63xx series of pro scannersthe
fastest scanners in HP's lineup. What's more, the top-end scanner
in the series, the 6390, is being bundled with a full version of Adobe
Photoshop 5.5all for $899. The scanners offer 1,200 DPI optical
resolution, unlimited interpolated resolution and 36-bit color depth.
Ships New Firmware and ASIO Driver for USB Mixer
is now shipping updated firmware for its Studio and Studio D USB-based
audio mixers. According to the company, the new firmware provides
compatibility with Mac OS 9, which was incomplete when the mixers
were introduced earlier this year. The company has also posted a new
ASIO driver for the Macintosh on its Web site. The new driver fixes
problems found in Apple's own USB drivers released prior to the 9.0.4
X2-W Server Comes to Xerox Wide-Format Printers
11Electronics for Imaging (EFI) and Xerox have announced a new
Fiery server for the Xerox Xpress 36 and Xpress 54 wide-format printers.
The Fiery X2-W brings EFI's Command WorkStation to the wide-format
market for the first time. This allows users to control a group of
Fiery-driven printers, copiers and wide-format devices simultaneously
from a single workstation.
LightWave  in
MAY 10NewTek says
it started shipping LightWave  for Macintosh yesterday, but resellers
say it's not in stock yet. Calls to a dozen resellers yielded answers
ranging from "NewTek ran out of manuals" to "It'll be in any day
now." Some said they expected the product to be in stock by early
next week, while others didn't wish to guess about actual ship dates.
"The bottom line is that right now it's a special order," said one
reseller. "If you want to get 6 now, you need to place your order
and get in the queue."
To Ship New Audio Products for Mac This Month
will ship two new audio products for the Mac this month. The MIDISport
4x4 is a multi-port MIDI interface for USB-equipped Macs and Windows-based
PCs. It features four in and four out ports (64 x 64 MIDI channels)
and MIDI indicator lights for each port and ships with OMS software
for Mac OS 8.6 or later. It's self-powered and includes a 6' USB cable.
Ships Que! Fire CD-RW with FireWire Controller
9QPS Inc. today started shipping a new FireWire-based CD-RW
drive. The Que! Fire offers 8x write, 4x rewrite and 32x read speeds
and can be connected to any Mac or PC that can support FireWire. The
drive includes a 2 MB buffer, and it ships with a FireWire controller
card that provides three hot-swappable FireWire ports.
PostConform 2.0 Gains ProTools|24 Support
has started shipping PostConform 2.0, and update to its Mac-only autoconforming
software. The update brings compatibility with Pro Tools|24 and Pro
Tools |24 MIX systems. PostConform is a standalone application that
supports Pro Tools 4.x and 5.x session file formats and HFS and HFS+
Announces PhotoPC 3000z Digital Camera
MAY 8Epson has announced
the latest addition to its PhotoPC line of digital cameras. The new
PhotoPC 3000z sports a resolution of 2,140 x 1,560 pixels (3.34 megapixels)
with interpolation up to 2,544 x 1,904 (4.84 megapixels) with Epson's
HyPict technology. It comes with a 16 MB CompactFlash card and can
handle cards up to 200 MB.
Adds Network Printing to Aficio 850
MAY 8Ricoh has updated it flagship digital imaging system, the
Aficio 850, with network printing capabilities. In addition to the
new controller, the 850 will also be offered in two new configurations,
including a Fiery network solution and a MicroPress configuration.
MicroPress is a short-run, on demand digital imaging system or production
printing of monochrome documents. A single MicroPress can drive up
to 12 Aficio 850 machines.
Ships Combo FireWire/USB Card
MAY 8Evergreen Technologies today started shipping a PCI card
that offers both FireWire and USB ports. The fireLINE ComboCard
is equipped with three external IEEE 1394 ports, two external USB
ports and one internal IEEE 1394 connector. It can connect up to 63
different IEEE 1394 devices at a time.
Ships 3.37 Megapixels Camera with AVI Capture
MAY 5Toshiba today announced that they're shipping a new 3.37
megapixel digital zoom camera. The Toshiba PDR-M70 includes an all-glass
aspheric lens system (f=7.0 mm to 21 mm, or 35 mm to 105 mm in 35
mm conversion) with macro; 3x optical zoom and 2x digital zoom; 52
mm threads for optional filters and lenses; an extra-large aperture
of F=2.0 to 2.5; 12 Mbps download speeds via its USB port....
reduces prices on LVD/Fubre RAID Arrays
MAY 4Storagenow.com has begun offering promotional pricing on
its LVD and Fibre Channel RAID arrays.
The MAST 9500 LVD and Fibre Channel RAID arrays deliver up to 100
MB per second, eight to 24 disk drives, hot plug component maintenance,
embedded JAVA based management with Ethernet attachment and Mac and
Ships External Floppy for Mac
MAY 4Addonics Technologies has released a new external floppy
drive for the Mac that reads and writes 3.5" 1.44 MB floppy disks
and ultra high-density 144 MB media. The Mobile UltraFloppy connects
to the Mac through the USB port, with a FireWire version set to ship
later. It measures 8" x 4.9" x 1.3" inches and weighs
Adds FireWire Support to Zip
MAY 3Iomega has introduced an adapter for its 250 MB drives
that allows their ATAPI connectors to be linked to a Macintosh via
FireWire. The adapter
not only provides connectivity for the Macintosh, but it also speeds
up the data transfer rate of the Zip device from 0.9 MB per second
to 2 MB per second. The adapter also eliminates the need for an external
Ships Mac-Only Web Streaming Suite
MAY 2NuSpectra Multimedia has begun shipping version 5.0 of
its SiteCam and SiteZAP Web streaming suites. The Mac-only systems
have gained real-time audio streaming capabilities in their latest
release. SiteCam 5.0 includes an integrated Web server that can serve
up pages featuring live audio and video streams, live video snapshots
and time-lapse QuickTime movies and archived images.
Drops G3 Upgrade Prices
MAY 1Sonnet Technologies is lowering the prices on all of its
G3 processor upgrades, some by as much as 20 percent.
The Crescendo PCI upgrades now range in price from $179.95 to $299.95.
Introduces Phaser 750, Drops Price on 740
MAY 1Xerox's recent acquisition of Tektronix has produced a
new model in the Phaser line of color laser printers. The new Phaser
750 does not replace the 740, but Xerox has dropped the price of the
740 to an estimated retail of $1,495.
Reduces Price of SnapScan 1236u
MAY 1Agfa has lowered the price of its 1236u USB scanner to
$179. The scanner
features an optical resolution of 600 x 1,200 PPI, which can be interpolated
to 9600, and 36-bit color depth. The single-pass scanner offers a
scanning area of 8.5" x 11.7" and can accommodate an optional
transparency unit. (The automatic document feeder option is available
only for PCs.)
Announces First Mac Inkjet, 2,400 DPI Printer for Less Than $200
MAY 1Lexmark today announced an addition to its Z line of inkjet
printersthe Z52 Color Jetprinter, which offers 2,400 x 1,200
DPI printing for less than $200.
The Z52 can print at this resolution on any paper type, according
to Lexmark. This is the first in Lexmark's Z series to offer Mac compatibility.
This one includes both parallel and USB ports. It also offers prints
speeds of 15 PPM in black and seven PPM in color.
Ships 4.32 Megapixel Camera for $799
MAY 1Fuji Photo Film USA has introduced a new digital camera
to its lineup, the FinePix 4700 Zoom. The new 4700 offers 4.32 megapixel
resolution. Its the first camera in Fuji's line to use a new Super
CCD, which uses 2.4 million sensors, fewer than previous Fuji cameras,
which the company says helps to produce a better image. The camera
also offers a 3x aspherical optical zoom lens; equivalent ISO sensitivities
of 200, 400 and 800; pop-up flash; USB port; five programmed exposure
modes; and the ability to capture 80 seconds of continuous AVI video
with sound on its bundled 16 MB SmartMedia card.
Flashes for May 1
MAY 1Ramseeker, a RAM price tracking service, is offering a
128 MB RAM giveaway here.
Download Graphic Converter 3.8.2 here.
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.
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