News Archive for: Thursday February 15th, 2007 (later added items first)
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Final Cut Pro 5.1.3 Update
Another update released by Apple today:

Final Cut Pro 5.1.3
Final Cut Pro 5.1.3 provides important bug fixes. This update is recommended for all Final Cut Pro 5.1, 5.1.1, and 5.1.2 customers.
More detailed information. (PDF file download, which has the following notes-Mike)

Late-Breaking News About Final Cut Pro 5.1.3
Final Cut Pro 5.1.3 is a maintenance release that resolves performance and other issues.

Render File Compatibility
Render files created on both PowerPC-based and Intel-based Macintosh computers now work properly on either type of computer.

Keyboard Layout Issues Resolved
Final Cut Pro 5.1.3 adds several commands to the default keyboard layout that were missing in the previous version.

Issues with Cross Dissolves in Nested Sequences Resolved
Final Cut Pro 5.1.3 resolves cases in which cross dissolves did not work as expected in nested sequences containing still images with adjusted motion parameters. "

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Apple releases Security Update 2007-002 for Tiger and Panther
Available via software update and these download pages:

The download pages note this improves security of the CoreServices, iChat, and UserNotificationCenter components, but for more details see About Security Update 2007-002.

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Apple posts Java Update 5, DST and WebObjects Updates
Apple also released Java, DST and Webobjects updates today:

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Wanted: OS X Dual Monitor tweak/mod for Mac Mini with only DVI-I splitter (not DualHead2Go)
I've had a couple readers ask I post a request to see if anyone has ideas on a tweak/patch for OS X to support dual monitors on a Mac Mini using only a (low-cost) DVI splitter cable - which reportedly has worked in Windows on an Intel-based Mini (The DVI splitter cable has connectors for both VGA (15pin analog) and DVI digital displays, as both sets of outputs are present in the DVI-I connector.) These splitter cables are very inexpensive - here's one for $14.95 and another one for $9.99.
The OF patch from several years ago for dual display support with some eMacs, iMac G4s,& iBooks was reported to not work with the Mini (even the PPC mini).
If anyone knows of a tweak/mod to get dual display support in OS X with a Mac Mini w/splitter cable only (without having to buy a DualHead2Go), let me know. Thanks.

BTW - The hope was to find a tweak/patch for OS X to avoid having to spend $169 on a Matrox DualHead2Go, which will work for using 2 Analog (15pin) monitors (see DualHead2Go compatibility list, Mac system info at bottom of page).
(UPDATE: Matrox now has a "Digital Edition" that supports DVI displays, as well as "TripleHead2Go" models.)
A PPC Mini owner wrote with some notes on using the DualHead2Go:

" I have a Mac Mini (G4 1.42 MHz, 512 MB) working fine with a Matrox DualHead2Go. This might not be precisely what you had in mind, but it does allow 2560 x 1024 @ 60Hz. Fine for Final Cut Pro and Avid DV Xpress. (I assume he's using LCD displays, as most would not want to use a CRT at 60Hz due to flicker)

Interestingly it carries over the bug that Dual screen Avids had with Matrox cards, the overlay is sluggish on screen 2, but fine on screen 1, when running Quicktime viewers. Placing the mouse on the QT screen overlay gets it going again. It is although a screen refresh callback is missing in the drivers or hardware. Below is the System Profiler grab. As you can see, Mirroring is not supported.
(he later wrote)
If 2560x1024 is selected, one screen 2560x1024 spanned across two monitors each 1280x1024
If 1280x1024 is selected, mirrored 1280x1024 on each screen, so mirroring is supported but not reported in System Profiler
-Steve J

(info from Apple System Profiler)
ATI Radeon 9200:
Chipset Model: ATY,RV280
Type: Display
Bus: AGP
VRAM (Total): 32 MB
Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
Device ID: 0x5962
Revision ID: 0x0001
ROM Revision: 113-xxxxx-120
Displays:
Display:
Resolution: 2560 x 1024 @ 60 Hz
Depth: 32-bit Color
Core Image: Not Supported
Main Display: Yes
Mirror: Off
Online: Yes
Quartz Extreme: Supported
Rotation: Supported "

(The Intel-based Mini has onboard Intel GMA-950 graphics, also supported by the DualHead2Go, as is a long list of other graphics models.)
Another Mini owner mentioned using the splitter cable for easy switching between a monitor and projector:

" I have a Pacific Cable splitter, the VGA end goes to a touchscreen, the DVI end to a Panasonic PT-AE700 projector. This setup works, but not simultaneously: i.e. I cannot switch on both displays at the same time. But it saves the hassle of changing the cable from touchscreen to projector.
-Ben H."

Update: In Oct 2008 a Mini owner sent a report on the EVGA UV16 Plus USB-to-DVI adapter.

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iBook G4 SuperDrive Upgrades, iLife/Superdrive Bundles for other Macs
(from site sponsor OWC)

" Immediately available from Other World Computing are two SuperDrive upgrade options for Apple iBook G4 Computers:
For $79.00, SuperDrive up to 8X DVD and 24X CD Burn Speeds.
For $119.00, SuperDrive up to 8X DVD, 2.4X DVD Dual-Layer, 3X DVD-Ram, and 24X CD Burn Speeds

Both options include 10 pieces DVD 8X Media, NTI Dragonburn DVD/CD Authoring software, and EMC Retrospect Backup. Solutions are fully compatible with Apple iLife Suite (iDVD, iPhoto, iTunes, etc), Roxio Toast, and just about any CD/DVD authoring application.

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(they later wrote)
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SuperDrive DVD Dual-Layer up to 16X DVD Burning, 40X CD Burning
Bundle with Apple iLife 2005, 10 pieces DVD Media, 2 Pieces DVD-Dual Layer now from $64.99.
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Other Software and Media bundles from $36.95, drive only options from $29.99. SuperDrive upgrades for nearly every PowerMac, iMac, eMac, Mac Pro, and PowerBook also available from $29.99."

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Genesis MP800 (Quad 200MHz 604e) on Ebay
I don't usually post ebay auctions, but knowing I was an old Genesis fan, Rick Pepper sent a link to a Daystar Genesis MP Quad on eBay. Not sure what the reserve is but I'm sure it's a lot higher than the current bid as of early this morning (only $26 as of 11AM eastern time).
I have 2 Genesis systems (boxed up in the garage since the move in 2004). I think my MP board is a Quad 180 or 200 (can't recall now). I was trying to find a Quad 225MHz card back in the late 90's but they were hard to find (and expensive then).
As a FYI to any Quad Genesis owners, the Ebay seller notes it has OS 8.5 on it, but I think OS 9.x broke support for Quad CPUs but somewhere here I still have a beta OS 9.x multiprocessor support file (sent by Daystar many years ago).
I kept the Quad MP Genesis basically stock, but built a 2nd one from parts bought over time in the late 90's (I paid over $1000 back then IIRC for just the case and motherboard.) I posted a page here in 1998 on that Upgraded Genesis system, but the page doesn't reflect the last upgrades to it - a Voodoo5 PCI card and (rare) Dual G4/450 CarrierZIF CPU card.
I also have (if I can still find it) the original owners manual and Service Manual (which has all the pinouts, etc.) I wonder what his reserve is. (I'd not sell either of mine for less than $1000 - which means I'll be keeping them forever I guess.)
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Other News/Misc. Software Updates
(Updated 4:30PM eastern, includes apple docs revised today)

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Recent Articles and Reviews
Listing/links to recent articles and reviews you may have missed.
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