NEWS OCTOBER 17, 2001
Toon Boom Bummer
Anticipated OS X 10.1 patch delayed


Those of you excitedly awaiting the Toon Boom Studio OS X 10.1 patch will have to wait a bit longer. Last week we reported that Toon Boom would be releasing its patch this week. In fact, according to the company, this release date has changed. Now Toon Boom says the patch will not be released until next month. A specific date is still unknown. Read More

NEWS OCTOBER 17, 2001
LightWorks Renderer Comes to OS X
Carbon apps now incorporating OS X renderer


LightWork Design has announced that LightWorks for Mac OS X. LightWorks is a rendering engine currently incorporated in some 80 software applications, including Mac Classic and non-Mac packages. These include Form•Z, VectorWorks, Vellum, Architrion, SolidThinking, CDRS, Unigraphics, SolidWorks, ThinkReal and PowerShape. The release of an OS X version of LightWorks opens the way for other software developers to bring products that incorporate this rendering engine to the Mac platform. Read More

NEWS OCTOBER 17, 2001
Epson Intros Six-Color Inkjet
2,880 DPI printer sells for $99 with rebate


This week Epson released a six-color printer that sells for $99. The Stylus Photo 820, successor to the 780, prints black text at 12 PPM and a full-page photo in about 102 seconds. It also includes PRINT image matching and BorderFree technology. Read More

NEWS OCTOBER 16, 2001
Apple Beefs Up Portables
PowerBook Titanium hits 667 MHz


In a move nobody really expected, Apple today announced a new lineup of PowerBooks and iBooks. The PowerBook Titanium models now boast faster processors (up to 667 MHz), faster busses, faster graphics and other enhancements. The iBooks also receive faster processors (up to 600 MHz G3s), faster busses and lower prices. Read More

NEWS OCTOBER 15, 2001
Olympus To Release C-3020 Digital Camera
Point and shoot model offers 3.2 megapixel resolution


Olympus America today announced the C-3020 Zoom digital camera. The new model, which is expected to be available later this month, offers a 3.2 megapixel resolution. The C-3020, a point and shoot camera based on the C-3000 series, will sell for $499. Read More

NEWS OCTOBER 15, 2001
Deneba Ships Canvas 8 Pro for Mac OS X
New release includes 'hundreds' of enhancements


Deneba Software has released Canvas 8 Professional Edition for Mac OS X. Canvas is a an illustration suite that also includes photo editing capabilities, as well as functionality for page layout, Web graphics and presentations. The company shipped Canvas 8 for Windows back in May. Read More

NEWS OCTOBER 15, 2001
Harald Heim Releases Textures, Stock Collection
High-res image collections sell for $29.95


Harald Heim, the developer of several Photoshop plugin collections, including Plugin Galaxy, has released two collections of royalty-free images. The first is a series called Mutation, which offers 1,000 textures. The second is Photo Galaxy, which includes 1,200 stock photos. Both collections sell for $29.95. Read More

NEWS OCTOBER 12, 2001
Toon Boom To Release OS X 10.1 Patch Thursday
Update to fix problem with saving


To everybody's surprise, the highly anticipated Mac OS X version of Toon Boom Studio suddenly stopped working properly with the release of OS X 10.1. We were one of the early publications to report on Toon Boom Studio and to praise it as a major development for the platform. However, now, with OS X 10.1, the program simply will not allow users to save their files. Read More

NEWS OCTOBER 11, 2001
All-Mac Santa Monica Training Facility Opens Saturday
Free digital media seminars at grand opening


DVcreators.net says it will open a new digital media training facility in Santa Monica, Calif. The company provides training in the area of digital video in general, as well as specific training on products like Final Cut Pro. The new facility will be entirely Mac-based, stocked with Quicksilver 733 MHz G4s. Read More

NEWS OCTOBER 10, 2001
Mutoh To Deliver 86-Inch, 2,880 DPI Printer
Wide-format models to be shown off this week


Mutoh America has announced it new RJ-8000 Falcon II line of large-format color inkjet printers. The new models are being shown off for the first time in Tampa, Fla. this week at the Big Picture convention. According to a press release issued by the company today, the models seem to be available now, although information about them could not be found on their Web site. Read More

NEWS OCTOBER 10, 2001
CreamWare To Deliver Luna II 3.0 and AD/DA Converter
A16 Ultra features 16 I/Os, 96 kHz conversion


CreamWare has announced version 3.0 of its Luna II software for its DSP-based I/O card. The company says it will also ship a new version of its 24-bit AD/DA converter, the A16 Ultra. Both are expected to be available in November. Read More

NEWS OCTOBER 10, 2001
U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Microsoft Antitrust Appeal
Redmond giant charged case tainted by original judge


The U.S Supreme Court today declined an appeal by Microsoft Corp. to overturn a ruling that it violated antitrust laws. The nation's highest court rejected, without comment, to review the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that found Microsoft acted illegally in maintaining its monopoly of computer operating systems. Read More

NEWS OCTOBER 09, 2001
SGI Ships SCSI Array
Entry-level model comes in around $6,000


SGI today introduced the Total Performance 900 storage system. SGI bills the SCSI-based TP900 as a high-performance entry-level disk array targeted for a broad range of applications, including digital content management and media streaming. The base configuration starts around $6,000. Read More

NEWS OCTOBER 08, 2001
Electric Rain Ships Swift 3D 2.0
3D Flash utility adds modeling features, RAViX II rendering


Electric Rain has released version 2.0 of Swift 3D. The program was the first tool available that could open 3D files and export them to the Flash format as animations using a variety of shading techniques. The initial release of version 1.0 was for Windows only, but the company later followed it up with a Mac release. Now, with version 2.0, Macintosh and Windows versions have been released simultaneously. Read More

NEWS OCTOBER 08, 2001
IFW2 LightWave Textures Come to Mac OS X
Set includes 150 procedural shaders


has released a Mac OS X version of the IFW2 texture collection. IFW2 is a set of 150 procedural shaders for LightWave 6.5 through 7.x. The new OS X version is also backwards compatible with OS 9 for 3D artists who have not yet made the switch. Read More

NEWS OCTOBER 08, 2001
Digital Anarchy Releases Geomancy for After Effects
Plugin generates geometric particles


Digital Anarchy has released its second plugin for Adobe After Effects. The latest release, Geomancy, is a filter set that’s designed to create geometric shapes and lines. The company says the filter helps reduce the tedium of animating graphical elements like simple primitives. Read More

NEWS OCTOBER 08, 2001
Lynda.com Launches After Effects 5 Training CD
Company also schedules hands-on training course


Lynda.com has released a new eight-hour training CD for Adobe After Effects. The CD, Learning After Effects 5, is designed for beginners are focuses on the fundamental and intermediate features of After Effects 5 (standard edition). The company is also launching a week-long class for beginners learning After Effects 5. Read More

NEWS OCTOBER 08, 2001
Medea Launches New RAID
VideoRaid available in two-drive, 120 GB array


Medea has launched a new version of its VideoRaid SCSI disk array. Targeted for the non-linear editing and DVD authoring markets, the new model is available in a two-disk configuration with a capacity of 120 GB. (The model line is available in capacities up to 200 GB.) Medea, as you might recall, merged with Storage Concepts with summer. Both companies manufacture disk storage subsystems and continue to market their products under their original brand names. Read More

NEWS OCTOBER 08, 2001
Western Digital Releases Faster Drive
7,200 RPM Caviar available in 100 GB configuration


Western Digital says it has a new, faster hard drive on the market. The latest addition to Western Digital's Caviar line of budget desktop drives, the Caviar Special Edition uses a 7,200 RPM mechanism and an 8 MB buffer up to a 25 percent performance boost in some tests, according to the company. Read More

NEWS OCTOBER 04, 2001
Avid Ships Unity MediaNet 2.1
Latest release support Mac dual-stream uncompressed systems


Avid has started shipping the Avid Unity MediaNet 2.1 system, the company's shared media network. The new release, according to Avid, broadens the Avid Unity workgroup to Ethernet-connected editing systems, increasing the total supported client count to 50 simultaneous real-time systems. Avid says it has has qualified 14 dual-stream uncompressed systems on a MediaNet system. The latest release also sees the system gaining feature parity between Macintosh and Windows clients, including the ability to share media between two dual stream uncompressed systems. Read More

NEWS OCTOBER 04, 2001
Canon Announces New Cameras, Printer
PowerShot S40 offers 4 megapixel resolution


Canon USA has introduced two digital cameras and a new Bubble Jet Direct printer that supports printing directly from a digital camera. The cameras are the new S40 and S30, which offer 4.0 megapixel and 3.2 megapixel resolutions, respectively. The Bubble Jet Direct S820D supports both of the new cameras through a proprietary cable. It also supports printing from media inserted into its PCMCIA Type II memory slot. Read More

NEWS OCTOBER 02, 2001
Sonic Updates Audio Premastering Suite
SonicStudio HD gains performance boosts, new audio format support


Sonic Solutions has released a new version of SonicStudio HD, the company's Macintosh-only high-density audio premastering suite. According to Sonic, version 1.7 adds significant performance increases, new editing tools, expanded storage support and enhanced capabilities for new audio formats. Read More

NEWS OCTOBER 01, 2001
Cox Promises Uninterrupted Service During [email protected] Bankruptcy
[email protected] to be bought by AT&T


The announcement of [email protected]'s bankruptcy filing has left a large portion of broadband customers with some doubts as to the future of their service. [email protected] provides broadband access to cable customers through a number of cable systems, including Cox Communications. [email protected] says it will be bought out by AT&T and that the filing occurred in order to ensure continued operation during the transition. Read More

NEWS OCTOBER 01, 2001
Fuji Drops Prices on FinePix
Low-end model now $500


Fuji today announced a $200 price drop on its FinePix 4800, 6800 and 6900 Zoom digital cameras. The FinePix cameras are targeted at the consumer market, though the 6000-series models offer a 3 megapixel resolution. The new prices are $499, $699 and $799, respectively. Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 28, 2001
Midiman Releases OS X Drivers for Audio Interfaces
Drivers boast 1 ms latency


Midiman/M-Audio today announced support in Mac OS X 10.1 for their entire line of Delta digital audio interfaces. Latency for the OS 10.1 drivers is reported to be as low as 40 samples, which translates to a latency time of approximately 1 ms. Midiman is the first audio-related company to announce fully functional OS X 10.1 drivers. Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 27, 2001
Follow-up: Transparency in Adobe InDesign 2.0
Next release will support alpha channels, eliminate the need for clipping paths


As most of you are aware by now, Adobe earlier this week announced plans for the release of InDesign 2.0 in the first quarter of 2002. InDesign is one of Adobe's page layout and publishing packages. It will be their second release of professional software for Mac OS X (the first being Illustrator, planned for later this year). Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 27, 2001
SmartDisk Beefs Up FireWire Drives
New drives see price reductions, get bumps up to 100 GB


SmartDisk has revamped its line of VST FireWire drives. The new models offer increases in storage and reductions in prices. Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 27, 2001
Logitech Launches Dual Optical Mouse
Dual sensors offer 800 LPI resolution each


Logitech today introduced a new optical mouse for the Macintosh that the company says brings new levels of precision to its mouse lineup. The new MouseMan Dual Optical uses two optical sensors positioned at different angles to deliver increased precision on a broader range of surfaces, according to the company. Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 27, 2001
Corel Profits on Decreased Revenue
Expanded product line, tightened operations highlight strategy


Corel has announced results for its third quarter, ended Aug. 31, showing a significant turnaround in income, but on lower revenues. A year ago, Corel was in a desperate situation, even going so far as to announce publicly that it might run out of money altogether. But the company has since focused on tightening its operations and releasing new and improved software packages. Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 26, 2001
Corel Ships Graphics Suite 10 for Mac
CorelDraw 10, Photo-Paint 10, Rave now available for OS X and older systems


Corel has started shipping Graphic Suite 10 for Mac OS 8.6 through Mac OS X. This is not the first Corel suite available for Mac OS X. They previously released Bryce 5 and Painter 7, both of which support OS X and older Mac systems. Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 26, 2001
QuickTime Live 2001 Rescheduled
Conference to take place February 10-14, 2002


Apple announced it has postponed QuickTime Live 2001, which was scheduled to take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, October 8-11, 2001. The rescheduled QuickTime Live Conference will take place February 10-14, 2002 at the same venue. Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 25, 2001
Panasonic Debuts AG-EZ50U Mini-DV Camcorder
AG-EZ50U weighs 1.48 pounds


Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Company has introduced the AG-EZ50U, which the company claims is the world’s smallest 3-CCD Mini-DV camcorder. It weighs 1.48 pounds. Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 25, 2001
Universal Audio Announces SmartCode Pro for MOTU Digital Performer
The surround workstation software from Mark of the Unicorn.


Universal Audio announced today the development of their SmartCode Pro line of software encoders for Digital Performer Version 3, the surround workstation software from Mark of the Unicorn (MOTU). Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 25, 2001
Apple Announces OS X 10.1
Major update arrives Saturday


Apple today announced the long-awaited Mac OS X 10.1 update, which is the release expected to plug many of the larger holes left in the initial version of Mac OS X. Apple said today that customers will be able to pick up free update CDs from computer retailers or purchase the update from the Apple Store for $20. The CDs should be available in stores Saturday. Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 25, 2001
Wacom Releases OS X Driver Today
Software supports Native and Classic environments


Those of us who made the switch to OS X early on suddenly found ourselves without the use of our graphics tablets. It was a compromise some, but not all, graphics professionals were willing to make in order to take advantage of the features OS X did offer at the time. Now Wacom has announced the beta release of its full Mac OS X driver, which supports pressure and works in both Classic and Native modes. Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 25, 2001
procreate Introduces KPT effects at Seybold
KPT effects Optimized for OS X


KPT effects is the second application to join the procreate line of creative enhancement tools. Optimized for Mac OS X, KPT effects is a collection of nine new Adobe Photoshop compatible plug-ins designed to add effects to digital images. Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 24, 2001
Maxon Releases Dynamics Engine for Cinema 4D XL
Plugin supports physics, soft body dynamics


Maxon has released Cinema 4D Dynamics, a real-time physics simulation plugin for Cinema 4D XL R7.2. The plugin works with Mac and Windows systems. However, because of North American shipping delays, it might not be available to users until early October.Maxon has released Cinema 4D Dynamics, a real-time physics simulation plugin for Cinema 4D XL R7.2. The plugin works with Mac and Windows systems. However, because of North American shipping delays, it might not be available to users until early October. Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 24, 2001
Adobe Illustrator 10 To Get OS X Support
New release scheduled for fourth quarter


Adobe has started previewing the forthcoming version of its illustration and vector graphics package, Illustrator 10. The new release, which the company says will support Mac OS X 10.1 (as well as OS 9), is scheduled to ship in the fourth quarter of this year. Illustrator will be the first of Adobe's products to support OS X. The second will be InDesign 2.0, which is scheduled for release in early 2002. (See separate story.) Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 24, 2001
InDesign 2.0 Second Adobe App for OS X
Next generation publishing system supports Photoshop and Illustrator transparency


Adobe today announced InDesign 2.0, the forthcoming native Mac OS X release of its page layout and publishing software. Like Illustrator 10, which was also announced today, InDesign 2.0 will also support Mac OS 9. It's scheduled to ship within the first three months of 2002. Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 24, 2001
Kensington Launches Wireless Trackball
Turbo Mouse Pro supports Mac OS X


Kensington today launched its Turbo Mouse Pro Wireless trackball. Kensington bills the device as, among other things, the first OS X-compatible wireless device. Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 24, 2001
Wacom To Ship Sub-$2,000 LCD Pen Tablet
24-bit tablet coming next month


Wacom says it will ship a new LCD pressure-sensitive tablet next month. The Cintiq 15X will be the first pressure-sensitive tablet with a built-in LCD display to retal for less than $2,000. It succeeds the PL500, Wacom's previous LCD pen tablet system. Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 24, 2001
Sonic Debuts Real-time Video Encoding for Apple DVD Studio Pro
SD-1000 Offers Real-time Encoding with Preview


Sonic Solutions announced that its SD-1000 video encoder is fully compatible with Apple's DVD Studio Pro authoring system. Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 24, 2001
Adobe Launches Studio Web Site
New service offers subscription-based collaboration


Adobe has unveiled its new Adobe Studio Web site, which is designed to provide services, tools and techniques for designers. It's currently in its beta phase, and there's no word on when it will go into full operation. Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 24, 2001
Ulead Unveils Ulead Photo Explorer for Mac
Photo Explorer Marks Company's Foray into Mac Market


Ulead Systems Inc. introduced Ulead Photo Explorer for Mac, a complete media management tool for acquiring, organizing and sharing image, video and other media files on Macintosh computers. Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 21, 2001
Waves To Release Audio Restoration Tools
Plugins remove background noise and signal transients


Waves Ltd. will release a new set of Native plugins for the Macintosh next month. The software is geared toward the removal of unwanted background noise and signal transients without affecting the original sound. Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 21, 2001
NewTek Releases LightWave 7b
Latest release offers AltiVec optimizations


NewTek has released a maintenance update for the its LightWave 3D version [7] that includes speed enhancements and AltiVec optimizations for Apple G4 processors. LightWave [7] was announced and released Aug. 13 at NewTek’s user event during SIGGRAPH. Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 20, 2001
EFI To Launch New Fiery RIPs
Servers optimized for EFI's forthcoming software suite


Electronics For Imaging (EFI) will launch two new Fiery controllers at next week's Seybold convention in San Francisco. The company will demonstrate the Fiery Z5 and Fiery Z18 color servers and a new software package that the company says features specialized tools for graphic arts professionals. Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 20, 2001
Yamaha Intros 20x CD Recorders
Models available with FireWire or USB 2.0 interfaces


Yamaha has started shipping two new CD burners, including its third-generation FireWire model and a USB 2.0 model. Both of the new external units offer 20x CD recording capabilities, along with 10x rewrite and 40x read. They can also rip audio CDs at 40x. Both are available for the Macintosh and include a special Macintosh software bundle. Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 20, 2001
Olympus To Ship New Cameras
E-20N hits 5 megapixels


Olympus today introduced two new digital cameras, both of which are expected to ship in October. These include the new 2 megapixel Brio D-230 and the flagship Camedia E-20N, a 5 megapixel SLR. Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 19, 2001
Maya Ships for the Mac
OS X version receives more preorders than any other Maya release


It's been long-anticipated, highly hyped and even, at one point, in doubt of a delivery date. But today Alias|Wavefront started shipping Maya for Mac OS X. Maya is Alias|Wavefront's flagship 3D modeling, animation and rendering package widely used in the entertainment industry and generally regarded as one of the top packages for desktop 3D. This is the first release for the Macintosh, and, according to Mark Sylvester, ambassador for Alias|Wavefront, Maya for OS X has received more preorders than any other release of the program. Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 19, 2001
Xante To Launch ColourLaser 21 Series
Three models offer 1,200 x 1,200 DPI printing at 21 PPM


Next month Xante Corp. will debut its new ColourLaser 21 line of PostScript laser printers. The new line includes three models, which offer photo-quality color (according to Xante), 21 PPM printing in full color, 26 PPM printing in black and white, true Adobe PostScript 3, 1,200 x 1,200 DPI resolution, oversized printing capabilities up to 12 inches x 35.5 inches and Xante's ColourMatch software. Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 19, 2001
Monaco Teams with Bestcolor for Profiling Bundle
Bestcolor to provide profiling software with Mac RIP


Bestcolor USA will start offering MonacoProof profiling software with Best Colorproof RIP bundles. MonacoProof is a Macintosh-based ICC color profiling package from Monaco Systems. The bundle is designed to optimize the accuracy of digital proofs from inkjet printers. Read More

NEWS SEPTEMBER 19, 2001
StuffIt Deluxe 6.5 Comes to OS X
New version gets FTP and mail utilities


Aladdin Systems has released StuffIt Deluxe 6.5 for Mac OS X. StuffIt Deluxe is Aladdin's file compression utility for the Mac. The new version offers a number of feature enhancements and additions, including several automated processes. Read More

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