Those who have purchased and installed iMovie ’08 and have an older G4 based Mac you cannot use the newer iMovie ’08. So Apple has made available its iMovie HD 6 product for download so you can still get your iMovie on.
I think this is smart of Apple, not to build a product that many of its customers can’t use, but to make this available to those who either don’t like the new iMovie, prefer the old iMovie, or can’t use the new iMovie.
Another thing to mention is that the new iMovie ’08 does not have any plugin support so all the plugins that have been made for iMovie HD 6 won’t be any use to you with iMovie ’08 (just another reason to download iMovie 6 if you purchased iLife ’08).
One of the things that I have hated the most about the occasional move back to Windows is that I don’t have Quicksilver. That is just one of those things that drives you crazy when you need an application real quick and you hit alt-enter and nothing happens, grrr.
Now you can save the anger and check out Skylight.
“Skylight is a newly developed launcher and automation tool. Sleek yet functional, simple yet powerful, transparent yet universal. Boasting advanced habit learning and matching algorithms, infinite plug-in extensibility and the general smarts equivalent of a rat, it is purpose built to make your computing life easier.”
I haven’t had a chance to download and install it yet but as soon as I do I’ll give a quick review of it. I have to admit it looks beautiful, possibly better then Quicksilver when it comes to looks. Although Skylight says that it has “infinite plug-in extensibility” it doesn’t quite have as many plugins as Quicksilver does. But, if you are stuck using a Windows computer and you rely heavily on Quicksilver, this may be the way to go.
I use Windows Vista on my home computer but when I go over to my friends and families houses they only have Windows XP. I really miss some of those great features from Vista. Now I can let them all know that for free they can add a lot of that functionality with the Vista Transformation Pack. Version 7 just came out and here are the some of the added features:
default system font option for recovery
Docking support for preview and taskbar replacement
DPI auto-detection in Machine Configuration
Hiding menubar option for Vista (Styler) toolbar
Information about KB925902 hotfix issues and solution on startup
Memory requirements checking for 3rd-party applications
Resetting DPI options and some extra information in Machine Configuration
Screen resolution auto-detection
Setting cleartype font automatically after the transformation
Vista transformation “Express mode” (Make an appropriate setup configuration in single page!)
ViStart (Vista Start Menu port for Windows XP/2003 with glass UI and search function) (Available as a standalone app here)
I mentioned the Real Player 11 a few weeks ago and it is finally available as a beta download.
This new version of Real Player is capable of downloading flash videos from many popular online video websites such as YouTube, Yahoo Video, etc. This release of Real Player makes it easy to share and search videos, also letting you burn the videos to a disc.
Real has hinted at future releases allowing you to convert online videos for use with portable devices such as iPods. Windows is the only version available write now but forign language and Mac versions will be available later this year.
AckwardTV is reporting that an AppleTV development kit has been released. Alan Quatermain is the creator of the kit and you can find out info about it here at the AckwardTV wiki. There is also a video of it here at the Internet Archive.
For all of you out there that have been appointed the family tech geek against your own will know how difficult it is to deal with going to, lets say, your grandmothers house and updating her computer because she keeps getting a pop-up in the lower right hand corner saying that her anti-virus is out of date.
The worst part about that visit is that you have to download the updates for the anti-virus but because your a good little grandson you decide to download the updates for windows as well and if that doesn’t sound all that bad yet, she still has a 56k modem as her internet connection.
This will at least help with the Windows Updates, Autopatcher. AutoPatcher, which is released once a month to keep you updated, is a great tool that will make a CD that will install of the updates for Windows on your machine. It’s smart too because it checks to see what updates you need and only trys installing the ones that you do need.
It is a free utility and I suggest you download it just incase you need it. Please help them out and download it with bittorrent, and do seed.
Corel has released a Beta of Wordperfect Lightning, this is a word processor that blends in some online collaberation features. It helps you organize all of the data weather it be pictures, clips of text or otherwise to help you when writing your documents.
The application gives you 200MB of online storage for backing up files.
I’m hoping that applications like this will change the office world enough to give Office a run for their money, this will be great for consumers because whenever there is competition prices will go down and features will go up.
Nvidia has released drivers for all you 8800 users out there who have Vista, no more beta drivers for you, unless you like to be on the cutting edge. This is the official WHQL driver for Vista, supporting all 8800, Geforce 7 series, and 6 series GPUs. But, what about SLI support, well thats a different question entirely. I’ll quote Nvidia:
“DirectX 9 and OpenGL NVIDIA SLI support for GeForce 6 and 7 series GPUs and DirectX 10 NVIDIA SLI support for GeForce 8800 GPUs will be available in a future driver”
There is however DirectX9 support and OpenGL support in the driver for 8800 SLI but its not supported under Vista. Looks like they still don’t have love for SLI under Vista.
They did add this little paragraph at the bottom of the downloads page howerver:
“These NVIDA Windows Vista drivers are under development. This version is not fully optimized for full 3D performance and may not include all available features available on different operating systems. NVIDIA, along with the industry, is continuing to update its Windows Vista drivers to ensure maximum performance on 3D applications and add support for features. These drivers are provided “AS IS.” NVIDIA MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND WHATSOVER AS TO MERCHANTABILITY, COMPATABILITY, PERFORMANCE, APPLICATION OR FUNCTION, AND DISCLAIMS ALL SUCH WARRANTIES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW.”
SlySoft makers of AnyDVD, CloneDVD, CloneDVD Mobile, and CloneCD have released a beta of AnyDVD HD which now supports backing up of HD-DVD’s. This comes right on the heels of arnezami’s announcement on the Doom9 forums of the processing key. You gotta wonder how they are backing up those HD-DVD’s.I haven’t tried the software myself but I have heard that it does work. You can download it for yourself here.