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News stories of Jan. 7th, 2003: (later news items first)

EyeTV v1.1 Software Update/Info on Features Added
"Hi there,
We've released EyeTV 1.1 software today, download it at:
http://www2.elgato.com/support/eyetv11.hqx
Thanks,
Adam Steinberg
El Gato Software LLC "

Here's a clip on the changes:

"What's New in This Version?

Editor
The EyeTV application now contains a visual editor for saved recordings. This feature allows you to:

  • Delete commercials or any other less desirable content.
  • Find your favorite scenes or clips and save them as separate recordings or as QuickTime movies.
  • Crop the beginning and end of your shows to adjust for imprecise broadcast times.
  • Split shows into segments that fit on Video CDs.

Video CD Playback
EyeTV can now play back individual video tracks on Video CDs. To do so, use the File menu to open the files inside the MPEGAV directory of a video CD (the files are named AVSEQ01.DAT, AVSEQ02.DAT and so on). You can also drag and drop the files onto EyeTV.

Open QuickTime Movie
EyeTV can now play back any QuickTime movie. Use EyeTV's remote control to pause, fast forward, rewind, advance or reverse frame by frame, etc. Present any movie at full screen or scale it to the desired size. QuickTime Pro is not required.

Automated Snapshots
Pressing Command-Shift-C will create a snapshot file on your desktop from the active video window named "EyeTVSnapshot_1.jpg", "EyeTVSnapshot_2.jpg" and so on. Command-C will copy the current video picture into the Clipboard.

System Requirements
EyeTV 1.1 requires Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar or later."

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Apple Public Beta of X11 (X window) for OS X Jaguar
" Mike,
Apple has sneaked a beta of X11, based on XFree86, onto their site. It runs rootlessly and is fully Aqua-ized; applications run in their own Aqua window. The url is: http://www.apple.com/macosx/x11/
Jeff W."

The page also has a download of the X11 for Mac OS X Public Beta SDK (Software Development Kit). The X11 Download page notes the following requirements:

  • Mac OS X v.10.2 "Jaguar" or later
  • GL Direct Rendering requires v.10.2.3
  • 256 MB RAM recommended.
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12in LCD PowerBook G4/867 model (smaller than iBook) for $1799
Smaller form factor PowerBook G4 announced (after the 17" PB G4 model - see below for details). 12" LCD (1024x768 res.), G4/867MHz CPU, GeForce4 420 Go graphics chip w/32MB vram, combo drive, bluetooth, ($99 802.11g card option), 4.6LBs, 256MB DDR memory, 40GB hard drive. Dual Display support like prev. PB G4s. Price: $1799 including Quickbooks. Shipping in about 2 weeks.
BTO option for Superdrive for $200 additional.
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PowerBook G4 17in Display, DDR ram, GeForce4GO graphics, Bluetooth/802.11g, 800Mbit Firewire
A new PowerBook G4 17 inch display model (1440x900 pixels), noted as actually slightly thinner than the previous 15.2in display model. Jobs said the keyboard is the most 'solid' they've shipped (the wallstreet kb was the best I've used in the past) and the keyboard has a fiber-optic keyboard backlight with ambient light sensor. 6.8 lbs.
Made from aluminum alloy/hard anodized (not painted). New port configs, chipset (DDR memory w/SDR FSB I assume), with the first mobile Nvidia graphics chip used in a Mac notebook.

  • 1GHz G4, 1MB L3 (167MHz bus)
  • 512MB DDR memory (PC2700/DDR333)
  • 60GB hard drive
  • Superdrive (slot loading) now 2x DVD-R rated (vs 1x on past models) per specs page
  • Nvidia Geforce4 440 Go w/64MB video ram
  • Firewire 800 and USB 1.x ports
  • Bluetooth builtin
  • Airport "extreme" (802.11g - 54Mbit/sec but compat. with 802.11b)
  • 2 Antennas in the screen for better range - equal to the iBook apple said
  • Up to 4.5 hrs battery life claimed
  • Price: $3299 (shipping next month)
    (bundled with Quickbooks)

They must be selling well, as I checked the apple store later in the day and the est. ship date was shown as "7-10 weeks" (?!).

They also announced a new Airport base (802.11g w/up to 50 users) with USB printer port for printer sharing. $199 list price ($249 for model with modem and ext. antenna connnector).

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MWSF Keynote Summary on iDVD3, iMovie3, iPhoto2, Safari Browser, Keynote App
The keynote isn't over but here's a summary of what's been announced as far as software and non-computer products.

  • Keynote: Presentation software for Jag. Imports and Exports PowerPoint files (also supports PDF/QT), XML based open file format. $99 available today - free copy to Keynote attendees.


  • Safari Jaguar Browser: Apple's own OS X (10.2.x required) browser. (fastest they say per iBench tests compared to other X browsers). Built-in feature for bug reporting to Apple. (Public beta now available for download.) My initial impression is it does seem very fast.


  • "iLife" - the name for the bundle of new versions iDVD3/iPhoto2/iMovie3 with integration. The iMovie3/iPhoto2 updates are to be available Sat. January 25th as free downloads, but iDVD3 is available only as part of the $49 (retail box) iLife package. (Or with a new Mac.)
     iPhoto2: Adds image enhance/retouch brush, access to iTunes music and CD/DVD burning support (button to launch iDVD3).
     iMovie 3: Adds chapter marker support, one-button access to other iApps, precise audio editing in clips, "ken burns effect"/panning across still photos, new user interface (windowed), more effects.
     iDVD 3: Automatically makes theme/chapter menus from iMovie3 chapter markers. Integrated with other iApps, 24 new themes including theater, book, projector (aged video effect), picture-in-picture, sports, etc. Sold in a bundle w/all new iApps versions for $49 boxed/CDs. Apple 5 DVD-R packs lowered to $15. (No mention of external drive support in iDVD3, so it will still require an internal Superdrive.)


  • No new products will boot into OS 9 (can run 9 in classic)
  • Final Cut Express (FCP less some pro features, but includes Realtime effects) for $299 vs $999 for FCPro. Available now.
  • Digidesign ProTools Audio App for OS X to ship this month ($75 upgrade, $499 list)
  • Burton Snowboarding jacket w/iPod pouch and control buttons on the jacket sleeve. $499 (ouch!) exclusive at Apple store initially.
  • 600,000 iPods shipped, 42% market share in Japan.
  • Free OS X Jaguar for Teachers (US/Canada) offer has been extended to the end of the quarter.
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OWC Expo Specials incl. $299 G4/800 AGP Upgrade
Site sponsor OWC sent a very long list of their Macworld show specials ranging from CPU upgrades to storage/memory and accessories. Some are available only at the Expo floor (their booth), some available online also (free shipping in some cases)
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OS 9/10.1/10.2 iTunes Burn Support files for Toshiba SD-R5002 DVD Recorder
Hussein Holland sent a set of modified Toshiba support files (link revised) edited for the SD-R5002 DVD Recorder. (I've updated this FAQ's DVD section previous item on this drive to link to this 'all in one' download. The unstuffed file has folders for OS 9, OS X 10.1 and OS X 10.2 that has the modified Toshiba file for each OS.)
NOTE: As with all modified files -this file replaces the existing file of the same name (use Sherlock to find the locations of the original file (long path in OS X - in OS 9 the file goes in the System Folder/Extensions/Authoring Support folder) - and to avoid permissions issues in OS X you may want to boot into OS 9 to replace the OS X file, or use the terminal as root. Although an option is to get info on the plugin file and temporarily change permissions. Some have noted booting to OS 9 to replace the file worked best however.) These files are provided as-is, with no guarantees the work flawlessly however.
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OS X 10.1.x iTunes Burn Support file for Pioneer DVR-105/A05 drive
Lois Cusick sent a modified modified Pioneer device-plugin file edited for the Pioneer DVR-105. (I've added this info to the FAQ's DVD section for future reference. 10.2.2 and later have native support for the DVR-105. The FAQ also has a previously posted OS 9 support file for the DVR-105.)
NOTE: As with all modified files -this file replaces the existing Pioneer file of the same name (use Sherlock to find the locations of the original file (long path) - and to avoid permissions issues in OS X you may want to boot into OS 9 to replace the OS X file, or use the terminal as root. Although an option is to get info on the plugin file and temporarily change permissions. Some have noted booting to OS 9 to replace the file worked best however.) These files are provided as-is, with no guarantees the work flawlessly however.
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iTunes Burn Support files for SCSI HP9210e and Ricoh MP6200s CDRW Drives
" Hi Mike,
On the /feedback/itunes/itunes_disk_burn.html (Discburner/Itunes drive support editing tips page-Mike) I read the part about the ResEdit Mods to iTunes Support Files.
With those tips I made Two of them, one is for the HP9210e scsi-burner (HP9210eCDR.sit) from Hewlett Packard and the other one is for the MP6200s scsi-burner from Ricoh. (RicohMP6200SCDR.sit)
(These files replace the existing ones in the System Folder/Extensions/Authoring Support folder. Oddly I get a lot of mails asking what to do with the modified files even though that's noted in every FAQ/news post of them, so just a reminder. These files are for pre-OS X operating systems only. If your older Mac doesn't have authoring support, use the old tip from the FAQ of using Tomeviewer Utility to extract files from Apple's authoring support updates.-Mike)

The HP is connected to my iMac RevB with an iProRaid/TV from Formac, also I upgraded the iMac with the Sonnet iHarmoni/500.
The Ricoh burner which I have, is built in my Performa 6400 in the upper bezel. On that Performa I use System 8.6NL with iTunes 1.1NL.
Now I can burn on both of my Mac's with iTunes.
Thanks for the posting on xlr8yourmac
Dick
The Netherlands "

I've added this info to the FAQ's CDROM/CDR section with the other files.

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Powerlogix Announces Dual 1.2GHz for AGP Macs, Dual 1GHz for Cube, G3 800MHz ZIF/CPU card, G3 800MHz Pismo
The rumored ZIF and Pismo upgrades (G3 800MHz) have been officially announced (as well as a CPU card model for legacy Macs) and the long-awaited "more robust" DC-DC board for the Cube to allow dual G4 upgrades (up to 1GHz) to be used more reliably. They've also upped the max speeds on their AGP Tower Mac CPU upgrades with a new Dual 1.2GHz model. (I reviewed their Dual 1GHz/Series 133 model recently.) See their press release for more details which notes the 1.2GHz models shipping in 1-2 weeks, PowerForce G3 800 ZIF, Blue Chip G3 800 Pismo, and PowerForce G3 800 (CPU card) shipping in 2-3 weeks.The Powerlogix Pricing page is to be updated today to list the new products. (It was not updated yet as I'm typing this at 8 AM Eastern Time.)
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Sonnet 1.2GHz (single) G4 upgrade for Graphite/Quicksilver G4 Towers
Sonnet has a press release on their latest 1.2GHz G4 upgrade for G4/AGP Towers. Mike Henderson of Sonnet later noted via email that the Quicksilver 800 and 933 models are not supported. The Encore/ST G4 1.2 GHz which has an estimated street price of $799.95.
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CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Update Listing
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 12 new reports added (reader entries from Jan 6th. Entries today are added the next newsday morning). The database includes reports on Combo DVD-CDRW, CDROMs, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, CDRW, Hard Drives and Removables (tape drive, ORB, ZIP, MO drives, CF/Smartmedia readers, etc.) in all interface types (IDE, IDE RAID cards, Firewire, SCSI, adapters). Current total 9,381 reports.

    DVD-R DVD Recorder Drive Reports:
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-105 in Dual G4 (OS X)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-105 in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (Noted odd problem with iDVD/DVD Studio Pro)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-105 in G4/AGP (OS X)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-105 in G4/AGP (OS 9.2)
    (modified authoring support file in FAQ)
  • IDE Pioneer DVR-105 in G4/AGP (OS X)
    (noted problems with retrospect burns)

    IDE CDRW Drive Reports:
  • Aopen CDR1232 in B&W G3 (OS X)
    (filed under other brands, didn't note drive speed, or if bootable, etc. - no itunes burn support)
  • Lite-On LTR-52246S (52x24x52x) in Beige G3 (OS X)
    (FYI - Illustrated CD drive install guide here covers G4 towers up to the Digital Audio Model, Beige G3 MT, B&W G3 and 8600/9600 Macs.)

    Firewire CDRW Drive Reports:
  • LaCie d2 (52x24x52) used w/Dual G4 (OS X)
  • LG GCE-8481B (48x24x48x) in FW case used w/PowerBook G4 (OS X)
    (problems noted w/burns)

    IDE Hard Drive Reports:
  • Seagate 40GB (didn't note model#) in iMac slot loading (OS 9.2)
  • Seagate 380021A/Barracuda IV 80GB in B&W G3 (OS 9.2)
    (Illustrated guide to adding a 2nd HD here in B&W G3 rev2 and G4 towers up to the QuickSilver models - for a guide to adding two more drives w/IDE card, see this page)
  • Western Digital WD800JB in 8500 using IDE PCI card (OS 8.6)

You can find full owner reports (latest shown first) by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches). For guides to installing CD/CDRW/DVD drives or Hard drives in many mac models, see the IDE Articles page. The Firewire articles page also has guides on case kits, installing drives, etc.
If you've added a IDE, SCSI, Firewire or USB hard drive, CDRW, tape drive, etc. make sure you add a report to the database. (If you post an updated entry - make sure you use the same name, etc. as you did before so I can find your past entry. Thanks.)
(Incomplete entries are deleted. Do not post questions in the database, it's for drive reports not questions on what drive to buy - for that try searching the database for reports from owners of your mac model on the drive type/brand/interface, etc. you're interested in.)

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Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 2 new reports this morning (from reader entries from Jan 6th). Total to date: 7,874. (Entries made today are posted the next newsday morning.)
Here's a summary of the update added today :

  • Apple Dual 450 OC report (@500)
  • Sonnet G3/500 in Umax S900 (rated 10)

(Warning - Overclocking may not be reliable and could lead to hardware failure or corrupted data.) You can find the full reports by searching the database selecting the indicated Mac model and upgrade card brand/type. If you've upgraded the CPU on your Mac, please post an entry in the database. Search the database for entries from most every upgradable Mac model *before* you buy. (Searchable by mac model/upgrade brand). For detailed reviews with performance tests and install tips, see the CPU Upgrades page.)

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Reader Game Reviews Database Updated
The Rate Your Mac Games database update today included another review of No One Lives Forever. Total Reviews (all titles): 1010. (Reviews of No One Lives Forever and Ghost Recon wanted.) To read game reviews use the search page.
If you've not already done so - Enter a Game review. Please include as much detail as possible in your review comments. (If your game title is not in the long listing, select "other game" and note the title in the comments)
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News pages from 1, 2 and 3 years ago:
(Sometimes these old pages are a bit embarrassing - and in many cases the offsite links may not work and comments there were accurate only on the date posted regarding upgrade availability, etc.)

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