Mac VST Version of Stomp'n FX Filters
JULY 31 Windows audio software developer DSound has
brought over one of its effects sets to the Macintosh. Stomp'n FX
Volume 1 is a collection of pedal emulators (with interfaces to match)
consisting of Chorus, Flanger, Autowah, Compressor, Noise Gate and
Ships FX 1.0 for After Effects
JULY 31Panopticum today announced it's shipping Panopticum FX
1.0, a set of plugins for After Effects on the Mac. It includes filters
from four previously released sets of plugins, including Fire 2.5,
which was just released itself last week. The
new package includes AnimaText 1.1, a tool for creating text effects;
Fire 2.5, which creates combustion effects; Lens Pro 2, a set of tools
for creating lens effects; and Tools 1.1, which includes eight filters.
Toshiba Offers Rebate on 3 Megapixel Camera
JULY 31Toshiba today announced that it's offering a $100 mail-in
rebate on its PDR-M70 digital camera. The camera, which has a 3 megapixel
resolution, will now sell for $799 with the rebate. It includes a
built-in speaker and microphone for recording and playing back up
to 60 minutes of digital audio. It also has an AVI function for capturing
up to five minutes of video at 15 frames per second with audio on
the SmartMedia card. It also comes with USB connectivity. For more
information, visit http://www.toshiba.com.
Capture Cards Bundled with Organic FX
28Aurora Video Systems has started bundling Pixelan's Organic
FX with its Igniter Mac-only video capture board. In addition, Aurora's
Fuse board will be bundled with Organic FX Lite. Organic FX is a
set of more than 250 fluids, bursts, erosions, ruptures, climatics,
vapors, strokes, washes and live textures that visually evolve during
the effect. Organic FX are derived from natural forms, rather than
algorithms, a process that's supposed to create more natural effects.
OrganicFX Lite includes 50 of the Organic FX effects.
Echo Fire Adds Digital Voodoo Support
JULY 28Synthetic Aperture has added new input device support
and several other enhancements to its Echo Fire 1.1 software, a
package for displaying After Effects and Photoshop documents on
an NTSC monitor. New device support includes Digital Voodoo D1 Desktop,
Aurora Fuse and Igniter and Media 100 systems.
The Digital Voodoo D1 Desktop card (which we'll be reviewing in
the next month or so) offers direct output to both a computer monitor
and an NTSC monitor with extended desktop functionality. In other
words, the NTSC monitor acts as a second desktop, allowing users
to work in programs like Photoshop in NTSC.
Plugs in to Final Cut Pro
Point Software today announced the latest beta build of its FilmLogic
3.0 software. The new version, 3.0b1, now supports Final Cut Pro,
while previous versions supported only Media 100 and Adobe Premiere.
FilmLogic is a software application designed for filmmakers who are
shooting 35 mm or 16 mm film and want to edit electronically while
finishing on film, working with non-linear editing systems to track
all the elements that go into the making of the final film. A bit
like an extended electronic codebook, it follows the relationship
between the original camera negative, the transferred video tapes
and the captured clips in the editing system.
Mac AGX Dual-Monitor Cards by Year's End
26Appian Graphics, a manufacturer of multiple-display graphics
cards, today announced that it's started manufacturing its own graphics
chipthe Appian AGX, a high-end graphics processor with support
for multiple monitors running at 1,600 x 1,200 at 75 Hz each, all
on a single chip. The company earlier this year entered the Mac multiple-display
graphics market with the Jeronimo 2000 Mac. And, as it turns out,
they plan to follow it up with cards powered by the AGX for the Mac
XL Gets Free Update to 6.1
JULY 26Maxon Computer has announced a new update to Cinema 4D
XL, its high-end 3D modeling, rendering and animation package. The
new version is immediately available for free download to registered
users (with addenda to documentation). Maxon's calling 6.1 a major
update to Cinema 4D XL 6, which was introduced three months ago. New
features include a different plugin architecture (along with a new
software development kit), new interface schemes and improved use
of camera tracking data.
Look: Voodoo5 5500
JULY 26As I was on my way to my last scheduled interview at
Macworld, I was mentally composing the lead paragraph of my show wrap-up
story, and it was going to go something like this: "While many
companies offered interesting products, all of them combined were
overshadowed by Apple's announcements of standard multiprocessing
CPUs, the G4 Cube and a new mouse." That's what I was thinking,
anyway, until I saw the pictures coming from the two new display cards
from 3dfx Interactive, the Voodoo 5 4500 and 5500. I've been doing
Mac graphics professionally for more than a decade, most of that in
video, and I have to tell you, I've never seen anything like this
The Future of FormZSeven Questions with Founder Chris
JULY 26Last month Autodessys, headquartered in Columbus,
Ohio, announced a major change in in the way it will market FormZ,
the company's flagship product and the modeler that helped make desktop
3D a commercial reality back at the time of its launch in 1991. Now,
of course, rendering applications ship with increasingly powerful
modelers of their own, all wrapped up in a tight, integrated package.
On the other hand, FormZ continues to challenge other developers
with innovative new features that keep the program at the vanguard
of modeling and making FormZ an integral part of many a desktop
artist's repertoire of tools.
Formac Brings 3Dlabs Graphics Chips to the Mac
with New ProFormance Board
JULY 253Dlabs and Formac, two graphics card manufacturers,
have been working quietly to bring R3 graphics processors over to
the Mac platform. The product of their collaboration is the new
ProFormance 4 board, a graphics card that uses GLINT Gamma G2 (geometry
processor) and dual 128-bit GLINT R3 processors. The new 256-bit
card has 64 MB of onboard memory and can power two monitors from
a single AGP port. The card accelerates 100 percent of OpenGL geometry
and lighting in hardware. This is the first card on the Mac to offer
|Mac Swift3D Set for September Launch
JULY 25Following months of anticipation, Electric Rain today
finally announced a Macintosh port of its Swift3D software, but users
will still have to wait until September to get their hands on it.
Swift3D is a piece of software that allows users to create and work
with vector 3D objects that can be animated and placed into Flash
|Flash To Get Major Overhaul in Version 5
JULY 24Macromedia says it's giving Flash a major overhaul, including
a whole new interface, for the new version due out in September, with
a Flash 5 player scheduled for an August release. The company says
the new interface in Flash is the first implementation of a standard
interface that will appear in all Macromedia authoring products. Tools
will also be consistent across all of Macromedia's authoring line
(including a new Bezier pen tool), as will menu organization and keyboard
shortcuts. (Flash 5 will also have customizable shortcuts.)
|Curious Labs Sets Fourth Quarter for Relaunch
Labs says it will ship version 4.0.3 of Poser beginning in the fourth
quarter. Curious Labs was cofounded by some of the original developers
of Poser from Fractal Design and MetaCreations, which began unloading
its catalog of software titles earlier this year in favor of pursuing
FX Announces Boris RED2
FX today announced Boris RED2, a resolution-independent 3D compositing
and title-effects plug-in suite for nonlinear editing systems on the
Mac. Boris RED2 adds such new features as export to Macromedia Flash,
rotoscoping and vector-animated paint tools, bringing resolution-independent
vector graphics and Web distribution to NLE systems.
|The Foundry Ships Tinderbox 1 for AE
Foundry, a software developer based in London, has started shipping
Tinderbox 1, a set of 20 filters for Adobe After Effects. It includes
blurs, effects and tools for working with mattes, including one called
T_Dilate, which allows compositors to grow or erode matte edges at
the subpixel level. The company says it designed the package for speed
and consistency to to aid in workflow, and, to this end, the filters
share a common interface, with 11 major parameters shared across all
Companion for Final Cut Pro Updated
JULY 21This week's Macworld saw the release of the latest version
of "The DV CompanionThe Intelligent Assistant for Final
Cut Pro." Updated to include the latest features in Apple's most
recent release of Final Cut Pro, the Companion includes some new features.
Event Launches Scripter Personal Edition
JULY 21One of the most powerful and unique features of the Mac
OS is one that many people don't take advantage of: scripting. Users
don't know that it's there, and others think it's over their heads.
Main Event Software is hoping to change that with the release today
of Scripter Personal Edition, a scaled back version of their flagship
product aimed at beginning and intermediate scripters, who want an
authoring tool to write AppleScripts but who do not need a full-featured
Ships Logic Audio Platinum 4.5
JULY 21Emagic is making a big upgrade to Logic Audio Platinum
available for download from its Web site. The new Mac (and Windows)
Logic Audio Platinum 4.5 lets users work in all currently available
Surround formats, according to Emagic. A dedicated Surround Panner
has been integrated to facilitate the movement of the sound source
Updates Fire Filter for AE
JULY 21Panopticum has released Fire 2.5 for Mac, a plugin for
Adobe After Effects and AE-compatible editors and compositors like
Apple's Final Cut Pro. Panopticum Fire 2.5 is designed to create a
variety of combustion effects, from candle flames to large fires.
The plugin is a single module containing several different effects
Announces FireWire PCI Card
announced that it will soon ship its new MACh Fire PCI card, its
first entry into FireWire products. It includes three FireWire ports
and comes bundles with VideoShop 4.5, QuickTime Pro 4.1 and a FireWire
cable. It should be available in August for $99. For more information,
Brief: Media Cleaner Gets 2x
Boost from New G4s
JULY 21Terran Interactive says its Media Cleaner Pro video compression
software is fully compliant with the new dual-processor G4s from Apple,
receiving speeds up to twice as fast than on single-processor models.
The company says the software is not actually optimized for the new
systems, but future versions will be. Media Cleaner Pro encodes QuickTime,
RealSystem, Windows Media, MP3 and others. It sells for $499. Terran
also says that its Media 100 systems are compatible with the new G4s
as well. For more information, visit http://www.terran.com.
Brief: Sonnet To Ship FireWire/USB
JULY 21Sonnet Technologies says it will begin shipping a new
combination FireWire and USB PCI card this summer. The card, called
Tango, comes with two external USB ports and three FireWire ports,
two external and one internal. Each FireWire port has a data transfer
rate of 400 megabits per second and can support up to 63 FireWire
devices. The USB port, which is USB 1.1 compliant, has a data transfer
rate of 12 megabits per second and supports up to 127 USB devices.
The card is expected to ship in late August for $139.95. For more
information, visit http://www.sonnettech.com.
|Sony To Speed Spressa FireWire CD-RW
JULY 20Sony announced today two new models in its Spressa line
of CD-RW drives.
The two models, one FireWire, the other an internal ATAPI, support
12x maximum write, 8x maximum rewrite, and 32x maximum playback. The
8x rewrite speed is twice the Spressa's previous speed. Sony says
that at 8x a CD can be rewritten in about nine minutes.
Brief: Macromedia Launches UltraDev
JULY 20Macromedia yesterday launched the Macromedia Exchange
for Dreamweaver UltraDev, a new site for the product's developer community.
The site includes discussion threads, receive e-mail updates and rate
and review the extensions. The site is modeled after the Macromedia
Exchange for Dreamweaver site, which launched in April and, to date,
has distributed more than 250,000 extensions to more than 100,000
registered developers. Both sites are part of the Macromedia Membership
Center, a centralized location for Macromedia customer interests and
information. Because Macromedia UltraDev is built on the core architecture
of Dreamweaver, any extensions written for Dreamweaver will also extend
the functionality of Dreamweaver UltraDev. The new UltraDev Exchange
can be found at http://www.macromedia.com/exchange/ultradev.
Brief: Discreet Ships Combustion
JULY 20Discreet today announced it has started shipping combustion,
a visual effects package for the Macintosh that combines the features
of its Paint and Effect applications, as well as a load of new featureskeying,
motion tracking, color correction, vector-based nondestructive paint
animation, true 3D compositing, network rendering, and support for
Adobe Photoshop and After Effects plugins. It offers a unified paint,
animation and 3D-compositing environment for graphics and visual effects
creation. Digital artists and animators can paint or use composites
directly in 3D Studio Max (available on the PC only), create textures
and background plates or post-process scenes in Combustion using 3D
Studio Max's Rich Pixel Format (RPF) file format interchange. Effects
created in combustion are available directly within the edit bins
or timelines for immediate effects to editing integration. Combustion
is available for a list price of $3,495. For more information, visit
Brief: ATI Announces Mac Radeon
JULY 20ATI Technologies today announced the Radeon Mac Edition
graphics add-in board. It will be the first Mac ATI board to feature
32 MB of Double Data Rate (DDR) memory. It also features ATI's RAGE
Theater chip, with S-video and Composite video support for display
on a conventional TV set. Games, animations and architectural renderings
can be displayed on large-screen TVs. In addition to TV-out, RADEON
Mac Edition also supports more types of displays than any competing
product, support which includes Apple, VGA and DVI for digital flat
panels, according to ATI. It provides full-screen playback of QuickTime
and MPEG-1 video through the Radeon GPU's four-tap filtering architecture.
Video images are displayed with full frame rates, and characters move
realistically, ATI promises. Other features include: OpenGL support;
twin cache architecture; superscalar rendering; specular highlights;
perspectively correct texture mapping; spherical, dual paraboloid
and cubic environment mapping; fog effects; texture lighting; video
textures; reflections; shadows; spotlights; LOD biasing; and texture
morphing. ATI says the AGP and PCI versions will ship in September.
They will sell for $279. For more information, visit http://www.ati.com.
Look: Media 100 i, Part 1
JULY 20I have to confess just a little bit of nervousness when
I approached Media 100 i for a hands-on session with its product manager
Caren Anhder. I'd raised my own expectations pretty high, and stuck
my neck out a little further than I was used to on behalf of a product
that wasn't even shipping.
Newer Announces First CPU Upgrade for PowerBook
20Here I was thinking that my trusty 1999 PowerBook G3/400
was close enough to state of the art performance, when I find out
that the speed demons at Newer have come up with something even
faster: a 466 MHz upgrade, the world's first for G3 PowerBooks.
|VR Toolbox Ships Latest VR Worx
20QuickTime VR movies are easy to play with, and anything but
easy to create. VR Toolbox has been producing a variety of tools to
make the task less burdensome and, at Macworld, began shipping the
latest version of its integration of those products, VR Worx. "I can say unequivocally that there is no better way to create QuickTime
VR movies with any other application, on any platform."
|Virtual Mirror Introduces Vector Studio
20Macworld marks the debut of Virtual Mirror's Vector Studio,
a suite of plugins for Adobe Illustrator. Compatible with versions
8 and 9 of Illustrator, Vector Studio is available for both Macintosh
and Windows. I spoke with Michael Perani, Virtual Mirror's Vice President of Product
Development about what he was hoping to accomplish with Vector Studio.
"All of us at Virtual Mirror are artists," he said, "so
naturally our product development flows directly from the kinds of
tasks we want to do better."
Brief: Club Mac Offers Rebates
on New Systems
JULY 19Well, the new line of G4s, Cubes and iMacs has been around
for less than a day, and already at least one online reseller is offering
rebates on the new systems. Club Mac is giving purchasers $200 off
the dual G4 500 ($3,299), $100 off the dual 450 ($2,399), $100 off
the single-processor G4 400 ($1,499), $100 off the G4 Cube 450 ($1,699),
$15 off the 350 MHz iMac ($785), $20 off the iMac 400 MHz ($979),
$50 off the 450 MHz iMac ($1,249) and $60 off the 500 MHz iMac ($1,439).
For more information, visit http://www.clubmac.com/emailframe.html.
Details on the New Pro Keyboard and Buttonless Mouse
today we reported on Apple's new pro keyboard and optical mouse.
Both announcements came as a great relief to users stuck with Apple's
small keyboard and hockey puck mouseand, worse yet, few third-party
options that worked the way they were supposed to. In fact, the
mouse actually received more of an ovation at Steve Jobs's keynote
address this morning at the Macworld Expo than any other announcement
of the day.
Details on the New Dual-Processor G4s
19Earlier today we reported on Apple's new dual-processing
G4s Cube, which will, as of today, replace the single-chip 450 MHz
and 500 MHz G4 desktops. The new models were announced at the Macworld
Expo during Steve Jobs's keynote address, which began at 6 a.m.
PDT. The new models tip the scale of the price/performance ratio
back toward the midrange. Users had previously questioned the value
of spending $800 more for a mid-range G4 that offered few benefits
over the low-end model. The new dual-processing models are not only
priced the same as previous single-processor models, but the also
include extra features (beyond the extra chip): gigabit Ethernet;
1 MB backside cache per processor, for a total of 2 MB; and much
bigger hard disks.
Details on the G4 Cube
19Earlier today we reported on Apple's new G4 Cube, a desktop
computer housed in an 8" cubical case. The new model was announced
at the Macworld Expo during Steve Jobs's keynote address, which
began at 6 a.m. PDT. Here are some more details on the Cube based
on a separate release from Apple. (We mistakenly reported earlier
that the Cube would, like its non-Cube desktop counterparts, ship
with gigabit Ethernet. It actually comes with 10/100Base-T, according
to Apple's release.)
Adds to FireWire Offerings
19Macsense Connectivity announced three new FireWire products
products today: the Macsense FireWire PCI Adapter, FireWire CardBus
Card and FireWire Repeater. The Macsense FireWire PCI Adapter allows
Mac and PC users to link any FireWire-compatible peripheral for
a transfer rate of up to 400 Mbps. It supports hot swapping of FireWire
Newer First To Fix G4 Problems with Six-Slot Power
19Newer Technology announced today that they have identified
and corrected a major problem with several symptoms on older Mac
systems. The problem occurs between G4 CPU upgrades and six-slot
Power Macs (9500 and 9600) and six-slot clones (Daystar Genesis
and Power Computing PowerTower Pro). The problem relates to an "illegal
bus condition" triggered by the dual PCI bridges in the 9500
Maxon Launches Education Program for
Cinema 4D XL
Computer today announced a new educational program that provides
software and services, including a community Web site, instructional
resources and reduced pricing for educators, students and administrators.
This includes all education levels.
You Had To Be There
hard to overstate the excitement in New York's Jacob Javits Convention
Center when Steve Jobs made the announcement, perhaps the most eagerly
anticipated news since the introduction of the Macintosh G4. A
new mouse. Oh yeah, and something about dual processors, gigabit Ethernet and bigger
hard drives for the same price.
Keynote: Dual-Processor G4s Take Over Desktop Line; New Desktops,
Cubes, iMacs, Displays, Keyboard, Mouse
Jobs delivered his keynote this morning at the Macworld Expo in New
York to a packed, cheering crowd. He announced a whole line of new
hardware, including new dual-processor G4 desktops, a new G4 "Cube"
and revamped iMacs. He also announced three new displays, a new keyboard
and the long-rumored buttonless mouse, as well as a new version of
Announces New SANcube Array
19MicroNet Technology today announced new configurations of
its SANcube, a line of FireWire SAN (storage area network) devices.
The new 450 GB, four-user SANcube provides 450 GB of online storage
and delivers up to 33 MB per second data throughput. Two new dual-channel
SANcube Xstream arrays, in 270 GB and 450 GB capacities, provide
faster throughput by striping data across two FireWire busses to
achieve up to 65 MB per second reads and 35 MB per second writes.
12x FireWire CD Burner
has started shipping a new FireWire 12x 4x 32x CD-RW drive called
FireBooster. LaCie says the drive is the fastest FireWire writer available
and that it's been designed for portability between FireWire-equipped
Channel Storm Creates Software-Only Solution For
19Live martial arts demonstrations from the Macworld show
floor every half hour will herald the announcement of LiveChannel,
the first and only software-only solution for producing and broadcasting
Announces New FireWire Drives, Internal RAID
has announced new versions of its full-height VST FireWire hard drives,
featuring increased capacities, greater performance and lower prices.
The new products include the full-height series of VST FireWire hard
drives in 20 GB, 30 GB, 45 GB and 75 GB capacities, an increase in
size from previous versions, which had a maximum capacity of 37 GB.
Performance of the new drives has improved from 16 MB per second to
24 MB per second.
Brief: VST Announces New FireWire
JULY 19SmartDisk has announced new versions of its full-height
VST FireWire hard drives, featuring increased capacities, greater
performance and lower prices. The new products include the full-height
series of VST FireWire hard drives in 20 GB, 30 GB, 45 GB and 75 GB
capacities, an increase in size from previous versions, which had
a maximum capacity of 37 GB. Performance of the new drives has improved
from 16 MB per second to 24 MB per second. All four models use IBM's
7200 RPM 75 GXP DeskStar series of hard drive mechanisms. They are
compatible with all FireWire-equipped Macintosh computers. They're
also compatible with VST FireRAID Software, which allows users to
create larger high-performance volumes using RAID levels 0 (striping)
and 1 (mirroring). The 20 GB FireWire drive costs $499.95; The 30
GB drive costs $599.95; the 45 GB drive costs $699.95; and the 75
GB drive goes for $1,099.95. All the new drives are available now.
Now For more information, visit http://www.vsttech.com.
Releases Three New Cubase VST 5.0 Apps for Mac
North America has announced three
new products in the Cubase VST 5.0 series for the Macintosh. The Cubase
VST 5.0 Series boasts a complete graphic makeover with new features
like analog warmth with Magneto technology and 32-bit recording, output
and mixdown in the top of line, Cubase VST/32. The Cubase 5.0 series
is optimized for Power Mac G4 with Velocity Engine.
on Apple's Financials
JULY 18Apple took no questions from members of the press today
at its financial results conference call and chose to remain tight-lipped
about tomorrow's product announcements, despite leaks from two of
its vendors already. Earlier today Apple revealed that it had brought
in a profit of $200 million for the quarter ended July 1 on revenues
of $1.825 billion. The company now has $3.8 billion in cash and short-term
Profits $200 Million
18Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2000
third quarter ending July 1, 2000. For the quarter, the Company posted
a net profit of $200 million, or $.55 per diluted share. These results
compare to a net profit of $203 million, or $.60 per diluted share,
achieved in the year-ago quarter.
Brief: Fujitsu To Ship Magneto-Optical
JULY 18Fujitsu today announced today that its launching a new
line of magneto-optical drives. The new DynaMO SF series includes
the DynaMO 1300SF, a 1.3 GB external SCSI MO drive, and the DynaMO
640SF, a 640 MB external SCSI MO drive. The DynaMO SF series will
be available beginning July 19 and will be on display at the Macworld
Expo in New York July 19 through 21 at booth No. 142. The new SF drives
boast a data transfer rate of up to 5.92 MB per second and access
times of 23 ms, owing to enhancements in cache algorithm. The new
series outperforms previous models by about 30 percent on the 1.3
GB model and 15 percent on the 640 MB model. Dust resistance has doubled,
according to the company. It also supports Ultra SCSI interface of
20 MB per second. For more information, visit http://www.fujitsu.co.jp/hypertext/aboutmo/en/.
Fuji Camera Captures Stills, Video and Audio
18Fuji Photo Film USA has announced a forthcoming digital
still camera that also plays back MP3 files and records up to 80
seconds of AVI video. According
to Fuji, the 40i features the same Super CCD image sensor found
in the FinePix 4700 Zoom digital camera. The 4700's resolution is
2,400 x 1,800 pixels. Fuji didn't say whether the 40i had the same
resolution or not.
Debuts 24-Bit LCD Pressure-Sensitive Tablet
yesterday announced a new digital LCD pen-tablet system, the PL500,
which it will demonstrate Wednesday at the Macworld Expo in New York.
The new tablet offers 24-bit color on a 15" active matrix LCD
screen. Wacom says the new model is 24 percent larger and 66 percent
brighter than its predecessor.
Announces Loop-Based Compositor, Arranger for Mac
says it will ship a new loop-based composition and arrangement suite
for the Macintosh. Phrazer, as the company calls it, is expected to
ship in the fourth quarter. BitHeadz says it will accomplish on the
Mac what Sonic Foundry's ACID has done on the PC. Says
BitHeadz CEO Steve O'Connell: "Now any Mac user can quickly match
up different loops using standard digital audio files, Phrazer native
files or even ACID files imported from the PC platform."
Brief: Keyspan Ships FireWire
Cards with QuickTime Pro
JULY 18Keyspan is now shipping its new FireWire cards. The cards,
which include a FireWire cable and video editing software, include
one for notebooks with a CardBus slot and one for PCI Macs. The PCI
version can be configured for three external slots or two external
and one internal connection. The notebook version sells for $139;
the PCI version sells for $89. Both cards are bundled with QuickTime
Pro for Mac and Windows. For more information, visit http://www.keyspan.com.
Brief: LaCie Announces New Pocket
JULY 18LaCie today announced some new Pocket Drives that offer
both USB and FireWire connectivity. The Pocket Drives are available
in 6 GB, 18 GB and 32 GB capacities. They measure 3.5" x 5.75" and
weigh less than a poundabout the same as an internal hard drive.
When the drive is connected to a FireWire interface, performance is
more than 11 MB per second. When the USB interface is used, the LaCie
hard drives deliver a sustained performance of up to 750 KB per second.
The LaCie Pocket Drives will run $399 for the 6 GB hard drive, $749
for the 18 GB drive and $1,299 for the 32 GB drive. For more information,
Brief: Canon To Announce New Scanners
JULY 17Canon says it will announce four new scanners at the
Macworld show in New York this week at an invitation-only press dinner,
which will be streamed live at http://www.ccsi.canon.com/webcast.
The event will start streaming July 18 at 7:55 p.m. EDT. Online viewers
can register for a chance to be one of 25 winners of one of the new
Canon scanners being announced that night.
Releases Free Major Upgrade to Studio Artist
Software this week will release Studio Artist 1.5, the long-awaited
update to the Mac-only graphics program. The upgrade will be free
to registered users of previous versions of the software. The new
version offers editable keyframe timeline animation for all of the
features available in Studio Artist.
Brief: [email protected] Ships 2 MB Cache
G4 Processor Upgrades
JULY 17[email protected] Corporation is now shipping joeCARD G4 processor
upgrade cards with 2 MB of backside cache for the Mac platform that
can provide more than a 20 percent performance benefit over similar
processors with only 1 MB of backside cache, according to the company.
You can see the 2 MB cards in action at the Macworld trade show in
NYC at booth No. 872. The 2 MB cards for PCI Macs and Mac clones are
in stock now; 2 MB upgrades for ZIF models will be shipping in early
August. Initially the 2 MB cards will be available in speeds of 400
MHz and 450 MHz, with a 500 MHz version to soon follow. For more information,
To Demonstrate 20 GB FireWire Drive
JULY 17Imation Corp. today unveiled its new Imation Travan FireWire
20 GB Drive. The new drive will be demonstrated at the Macworld show
at booth No. 1601. The drive is slated for availability in fourth
quarter 2000 for $499. It delivers up to 120 MB per minute (16 megabits
per second) transfer rate. It's bundled with Dantz Retrospect Desktop
Backup. It also works with Imation's Travan 20 GB Cartridges, available
for $33.99. For more information, visit http://www.imation.com.
Reduces Scanner Prices
JULY 17Epson today announced it would be cutting prices on four
of its desktop scanners in its Perfection line.
The Perfection 610 is now $129. The Perfection 636U is now $149. The
1200U is $199. And the 1200U Photo is now $299. The Epson Perfection
1200 series products are geared toward photo enthusiasts and entry-level
Offers 42-Bit FireWire Scanner with PCI Card
has announced two new scanners in its Astra line. The company's positioning
the new Astra 6400 as the first FireWire scanners targeted toward
consumers, although it does have a transparency option. The company
also announced the Astra 6450, which comes with a built-in transparency
Storm To Demo Software-Only Streaming
JULY 14Channel Storm will demonstrate a live streaming solution
at next week's Macworld Expo in New Your (July 19 through 21, booth
Unlike most other streaming options, however, this one is software-only:
Just a DV-equipped Mac and QuickTime are required.
To Debut ZBrush 2D/3D Paint Application for Mac
says it will debut ZBrush for the Macintosh platform at this year's
Macworld Expo in New York (July 19 through 21). ZBrush, previously
available only for Windows systems since its debut this last December,
is a painting application with a 3D-like rendering engine. It works
with tools common to paint applications but also includes rendering
Announces Pocket-Sized MiniDV Camcorders
has announced a new MiniDV camcorder that it will ship in October.
The new model, the Elura 2MC, is a a pocket-sized hybrid digital video
camcorder with features like still, motion and multimedia image capture.
2MC measures 1 7/8" x 4 1/8" x 3 3/8". It weighs slightly
more than one pound with a battery and tape.
Instruments Reinvents the Tonewheel
JULY 12Native Instruments will be releasing a new tonewheel
organ synthesizer for the Macintosh within the next month or so. The
B4 is a VST-compatible B3 and rotating speaker emulator that the company
says produces sound "virtually indistinguishable from the original
PencilMan Brings Tablet Support to Retas!Pro
JULY 12Trimedia Inc. has announced PencilMan, the newest addition
to the RETAS!Pro family, which allows animators to hand draw their
animation directly into the system with a pressure sensitive tablet,
creating a truly paperless animation production system.
Releases 1 GB PC Cards for Kodak DCS Cameras
Components has released a new line of PC Cards for Kodak DCS cameras.
Viking is now shipping Kodak Professional DCS-compatible Type II
PC Cards in capacities ranging from 1 GB down to 16 MB. Each Kodak
Professional DCS digital camera model has two PC Card slots, enabling
a maximum digital image storage capacity of 2 GB when using the
Viking 1 GB Type II PC Card.
To Announce Mac Radeon Card at Macworld
JULY 11ATI released a statement today disputing a claim by another
online Mac publication that it's losing Apple's business to competitors.
What the Media 100 i Means to Video Editing
JULY 11Parsing press releases is one of the most difficult
things we do here in the digital press. News breaks fast on products
that aren't shipping yet, in an industry whose nature is undergoing
fundamental changes. The challenge is to share exciting news without
succumbing to hype and without losing our sense of direction. Media
100's announcement today of their new Media 100 i product line,
while bearing some of the marks of traditional marketing enthusiasm,
actually understates some of its most dramatic implications for
its current and future uses. They've gone well past addressing the
challenges posed by Avid at the top of their market and Final Cut
Pro and others at the bottom. I believe that Media 100 i delivers
the future, years ahead of schedule.
100i: Production Goes Online
100 today announced a significant new tool for streaming content on
the Web. The system, Media 100i, is a complete editing suite tailored
for the Web that provides tools not only for video production and
compression, but for interactivity as well.
Ships 600 GB Subsystem with 135 MB/Sec. Transfers
Corp. today announced the new VideoRack RTX, a high-performance, hardware-based
RAID 0 disk array designed for professional digital content creators.
The 19" rack mount VideoRack RTX subsystems are available in four-
and eight-drive, single-channel, and eight-drive, dual-channel Ultra2
SCSI configurations with storage capacities up to 600 GB per rack.
Ships Cumulus Filter for Kodak DCS Cameras
JULY 10Canto has released a new piece of software that imports
metadata from Kodak DCS cameras. The Cumulus "Filter for Kodak DCS
Cameras" is an option for the Cumulus media asset management suite
from Canto. It allows users to automatically catalog all camera settings
and other metadata together with the imageincluding all camera
settings and voice annotations.
Voodoo5 Preorder Starts
says it's now accepting orders for the Voodoo5 5500 PCI graphics accelerator
for the Mac. The company has also announced that the card will offer
a DVI port alongside the analog port to power flat-panel digital monitors.
The Voodoo5 5500 includes 64 MB video memory, full-scene hardware
antialiasing and a fill rate of 667 megapixels per second. It supports
resolutions up to 2,048 x 1,536 with an 85 Hz refresh rate at 32 bits.
Arcus 1200 Includes Two Transparency Adapters
today introduced the Arcus 1200, the latest addition to its line of
Arcus desktop flatbed scanners. The 36-bit scanner offers 1,200 x
2,400 DPI resolution and two transparency adapters for multiple formats.
7.0.2 Free Update Includes 120 New Features
offering a free updater for Canvas 7. The new version, Canvas 7.0.2,
new features, according to the company. Users can update the software
through the program's autoupdate feature or from Deneba's Web site.
The update is limited to registered owners of Canvas 7.
Introduces High-Resolution Mac to TV Converter
Technologies says its new iAVerKey 300 DV Mac to TV scan converter
is on its way to retailers and should be available for purchase within
the next few days. According to the company, this high-resolution
(1,280 x 1,024) scan converter is optimized to work with the iMac
DV and Power Mac G3 and G4 computers.
To Ship PCMCIA FireWire Card for Older G3 PowerBooks
Technologies has announced the Pyro 1394 Port for Notebooks, a PCMCIA
CardBus card designed to FireWire-enable older Mac G3 notebooks. The
OHCI-compliant CardBus features hot swapping connectivity and data
throughput rates of 400 Mbit per second.
Total Impact To Bring Multiprocessing Renderer to Mac
Animation Studios, maker of Pixels3D, says it's working with Total
Impact to support multiprocessing rendering with Pixels' software
on the Mac. Total Impact currently sells multiprocessor G3 (yes, G3)
and G4 boards with up to four processors per PCI card.
FX Releases Boris RED 1.5
FX is now shipping version 1.5 of Boris RED, a 3D compositing and
title effects plug-in suite for nonlinear editing systems on the Macintosh.
The new version provides support for a wider range of host systems,
including Apple's Final Cut Pro, In:Sync Speed Razor and FAST silver.
Systems Ships Commotion Pro & DV
Systems today announced that it's finally shipping version 3.0 of
Commotion, an effects and compositing application for digital video.
(Commotion was originally developed by Puffin Designs, which was acquired
by Pinnacle earlier this year.)
Releases Mac Filter Sets for After Effects, Photoshop
has released two new sets of plugins the Mac platformone for
Adobe Photoshop, the other for Adobe After Effects. Plugin Galaxy
is set of 20 plugins for Photoshop that produce more than 120 basic
Offers Eight Plugins for Macintosh Digi 001 Systems
(Groupe de Recherches Musicales de l'Institut National de l'Audiovisuel)
has shipped a set of eight new RTAS plugins for Pro Tools LE systemsGRM
plugins allow composers and sound designers to create new timbres
with up to 128 delay lines; move sounds through space....
Offers PCI Expansion Chassis for Pro Tools
has started shipping a new seven-slot chassis for Macintosh Pro Tools
digital audio systems. Enabling users to add up to seven supported
Digidesign PCI cards for Pro Tools|24 and Pro Tools|Mix, the expansion
chassis requires no extra software and works with the blue and white
G3 or any G4.
Ships Pulsar 2.01
has announced version
2.01 of its Pulsar DSP system for Macintosh. The new version can be
used with CreamWare's Pulsar and Pulsar II audio systems. The
new version includes Macintosh support for the STS-3000 and STS-4000
Ships Polyphonic Sampler for Macintosh
has started shipping the EXS24 (Emagic Xtreme Sampler 24 Bit), a
professional polyphonic software sampler for Macintosh (and Windows).
The EXS24 runs under Logic Audio and MicroLogic AV from Version
4.0 upwards and is Emagic's second foray into virtual instrument
Offers Dual Analog/Digital Flat-Panel Display
27Princeton Graphics Systems is shipping a new flat-panel
display that offers dual analog and digital interfaces. The SENergy
850 is an 18.1" LCD monitor that includes a broad range of
features not usually found in desktop LCD displays.
Releases Five New LCDs
27Eizo Nanao Technologies has announced five new Mac-compatible
LCD displays. They range in size from 15" to 19.6". The
additions include three new 15" flat panels (the FlexScan L330,
Digital L351, Digital Hybrid L371) one new 18.1" LCD (the Hybrid
FlexScan L671) and the new 19.6" FlexScan L771. All these new
LCD displays were designed with the new Eizo Gray bezel and will
be available in black as well.
Digital Origin Offers EditDV Unplugged,
Media Cleaner EZ for Free
users are only beneficiaries by David Nagel Executive Producer It's
Christmas already, and, apparently, Mac users have been very good
this year. Digital Origin today announced it's giving away Mac-only
versions of its Media Cleaner EZ and EditDV Unplugged video editing
and compression tools. Both are "lite" versions of more full-featured
programs, but neither carried a particularly lite price until now.
Prior to this offering, Media Cleaner EZ sold for $99, and EditDV
unplugged sold for $149.
26Andromeda Software has started shipping a new Photoshop
filter called LensDoc. The
filter is designed to correct distortions, such as barreling and
pincushioning image distortions, produced by zoom and wide-angle
lenses. It also provides correction for perspective and rotation.
Ships 42-Bit Mac USB Scanner
Co. has announced a new scanner in
its Macintosh line. The ScanJet 5370C offers 1,200 DPI optical scanning
with 42-bit color depth. It includes USB connectivity and the ability
to scan and upload images to the Web. The Scanner also includes a
transparency adapter that supports 35 mm slides and negatives and
5" x 5" transparencies.
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