News Archive for: 11/23/2004 Tuesday's News (later posted items first)
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Apple Motion 1.0.1 and Motion Content Extras Update
Appears in software update today. Here's the info from the SU window:

" The Motion 1.0.1 Update (5.6MB) addresses issues that may cause Motion 1.0 to quit unexpectedly. Issues have also been addressed in many areas, including Shapes, export, video output performance, working with PDF files, Final Cut Pro HD recognition of the Motion anti-aliasing setting, and support for third-party plug-in issues. Motion 1.0.1 is strongly recommended for all users of Motion.

For more information, see the Motion 1.0.1 Late-Breaking News. To access the Late-Breaking News, open the Motion application and choose Help > Late-Breaking News.

The Motion Content Extras Update (1.6MB) provides bug fixes and corrections to user documentation to those who previously installed this registration incentive. It is strongly recommended that users install the Motion Content Extras Update. "

Note: Piero of Global Design in Italy sent a note there's a PDF file that describes in detail the Motion 1.0.1 update at http://manuals.info.apple.com/en/ProApps/Motion_1.0.1_LBN_0190288.pdf

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Motion $50 Rebate w/ATI Radeon 9800 Pro purchase
While checking the Apple Motion page to see if it listed the 1.0.1 update, I saw this in the sidebar:

" ATI Radeon + Motion $50 Rebate
Purchase a Radeon 9800 Pro video card for your G4 or G5 with Motion and save $50. Download the details (PDF file)and read the terms and conditions (PDF file). "

So is Motion 2 around the corner or the Mac Radeon X800 series...

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Apple Bluetooth Module Firmware Update 1.2
The update appears in Software Update today. Here's the info from the SU panel:

" The Apple Bluetooth Module Firmware Update 1.2 improves Bluetooth performance and reliability.

When this Update package is downloaded, it will install the software updater (listed below) for the Apple Bluetooth Module in the Applications/Utilities folder. Double click the installer and follow the on screen directions.
Bluetooth Firmware Updater "

I ran the updater on a Powerbook G4's internal bluetooth module (turning bluetooth on first) and it completed successfully, but I'd don't own any bluetooth devices to test with. The update did not appear in Software Updates on a G5 with a Dlink DBT-120 (rev B3) USB Adapter plugged in and turned On, but I downloaded the update from Apple's Bluetooth Firmware update 1.2 page and applied it successfully.
If any readers find this update fixes or breaks anything, let me know the details. Thanks.
(There's a previous page here with Bluetooth firmware update reports and tips on previous 1.1 and 1.0.2 updates.)

(The earlier news item on Virex 7.5.1 feedback has been updated with more reports received today, including comments on changes regarding defs updates in 7.5.1.)

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Amazon rebate on Popcorn pre-orders
(from a reader mail)

" Hi Mike, Amazon has a pre-order for the Roxio Popcorn (retail box-CD), that shows availability on Dec 1st. The regular price is $49.99 the Amazon price is $42.99 and a $10.00 rebate cuts the price to $32.99. The nice part is you can get the rebated price if you own any of the following:
Toast 6 Titanium, Toast with Jam, Apple iLife, Apple DVD Studio Pro or Apple Mac OS X version 10.2, 10.3 or 10.4.
Regards, Dewey "

A reader (Drew) reported in Yesterday's news said he got the $20 discount (instant, no mail in rebate) on the download version even though he used his toast 5 registration code (after he had a problem getting it to accept his toast 6 info.)

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Reader article on Optimizing OS X for Logic Pro
(from a reader mail)

" Hey Mike, I am sure many of your readers are musicians, so I wanted to let you know, that - inspired by your amazing Web-Site - I have written down my thoughts and experiences about "Optimizing OS X for Logic Pro" on my Website.
http://www.marcmozart.com/technology.html
I have worked out ways to get a much better audio performance from both my original 1GHz 17" Powerbook and my Dual 1GHz G4 Quicksilver 2002. The article deals with both hardware upgrades and software installation of OS X systems running pro-audio software. I would appreciate feedback from other readers who have experience with running Logic Pro under OS X Panther.
Yours faithfully,
Marc Mozart - 10 years of musicbiz
check out www.marcmozart.com "
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Reader Feedback on Virex 7.5.1 (.Mac edition)
(updated 1:45PM ET for more reports)
Last night I posted a request for feedback on Virex 7.5.1 .Mac edition. Here's several reader reports on it received since then:

" Mike,
I installed it on 2x2 G5, but I think there is one negative feature of 7.5.1 worth mentioning. Unlike 7.2, you can't turn off the "core" piece of 7.5.1 unless you completely uninstall it using the uninstall tool provided. I liked being able to prevent 7.2 loading into RAM and only activating it when I needed to scan a certain file.

Considering how rare (non-existent?) Mac viruses are, I can't see the value in taking up RAM nor CPU cycles (or the increased risk of panics, conflicts, instability, etc.) by having 7.5.1 running in RAM all the time. I'm holding on to 7.2 so I can run the virus checker only on the rare occasions when I need to check something coming by e-mail. Part of the joy of using a Mac is NOT having to mess with the headaches of virus NOR the headaches of virus checkers, IMO.
Steve "

I didn't jump on v7.5.0 and don't plan to update to 7.5.1. I just don't see the carrot for me personally.

" (in reply to earlier comments on updating v7.5.1 .mac defs after you let your membership expire)
In 7.2 the defs could be updated by ftp direct from McAfee. In 7.5 updating by ftp has been disabled. Use of the default defs server
http://configuration.apple.com/configurations/internetservices/virex/1/virexdatinfo.txt
requires .mac membership. Does anyone know how to update via an alternate http server? Is there a way to enable ftp in 7.5.1? If not, it seems an unmentioned feature of 7.5.1 may be removal of the legitimate ability to update except through Apple. That would mean Virex would remain effective only for .mac members whose membership remains current. Manual updates are available from McAfee only for users with a current McAfee account.
Tom "

Macupdate and Versiontracker typically list downloads for Virex 7 defs updates but from the above, manual download/updates not an option with 7.5.1? (As I said before, I'm staying with v7.2 personally.)

" I still can't get Virex 7.5.1 to start up automatically when turning on my computer. Version 7.2 does but 7.5 and 7.5.1 won't startup that way.
Frank "

" I will continue to use the version that was briefly released and then pulled out of .Mac; Virex 7.5; because it has given me no problems at all and it has the capacity of actually "checking your e-mail" The new version 7.5.1 ; which I used , is exactly the same, but lacks this very important feature. Due to that and base on that point only I reverted to 7.5 , I can say I have had absolutely no problems with it so I will continue to use it. My 2 cents
Claudio G. "

" I've installed it on G5 2x2Ghz, G4/400 and G3/400 Powerbook. All went well without hitches. The worst part is uninstalling NAV which has to be done by hand and using a utility such as Tinkertool to show invisible files. Symantec have a help file for this at this page
Virex is virtually identical to the previous, pulled version (which I never had problems with) except now it won't scan mailboxes. There is still the small hit every few seconds as VShield runs. On the G5 that's 5% of CPU on the others more like 10-15%. This has not caused us any noticeable slowdowns and background scanning can be turned off it it does. Let's face it, 99% of the time our CPU's wait for something to do.

Unlike NAV, Virex does not prevent PDF creation in Acrobat Distiller 5 and 6.
Comparing NAV and Virex, I'd go for Virex. If 7.5.1 does cause problems I'll return to 7.2 and not NAV - an old friend who has grown increasingly cantankerous as it's got older.
Regards, Mark T "

" I installed the .Mac version of Virex 7.5.1 on one of my older Mac's (G4 350 running OS X 10.3.6). Within 1 hour it had caused 3 kernel panics, something this machine hasn't done in a very long time. I've posted a note and the panic.log on the McAfee website, with no response so far.

I was using the default settings, so I tried turing off the active virus detection, and things have now been stable for about a day, with one scheduled detection run having completed.
Bottom line ... proceed with caution.
Cheers, David "

" No problems that I've across so far.
Not sure about email scanning. I have 'active scanner' activated, which scans files as they are saved to disk, so this should catch any viruses in email attachments too, if they are saved.
I disabled background virus detection after reading that this can cause some problems.
David "

" Hey Mike,
It's still a major resource hog even though I disabled the passive scanning functionality. It no longer scans e-mail. It seems to think that some Word documents are StuffIt files. Not a good update. Wouldn't scan at startup. Switched back to 7.2 after trying it for two weeks. Not impressed at this lackluster attempt to 'fix' a product that worked well in the past.
DP 1GHz Quicksilver X.3.6 1GB RAM
Thanks, SMR "

" Hi Mike, maybe we should ask you how you run 7.2 before we can tell if any thing we might say is different , (not sure what you mean, I've had 7.2 for some time. I rarely run it except for having it check downloads (set to run after stuffit expander finishes)-Mike)
The only thing that bugs me is It takes to long and the reports generated even with the report pref off is far to long, but other than that no damage so far.
Regards, Barry R. "

" Virex 7.5.1 seems to work ok for me. Running 10.3.6, Dual 500, 1GB ram. Virushield background programs use a far bit of CPU time but not excessive.
George G. "

" I installed 7.5.1 a couple of days ago and everything is working well. I have several thousand emails in Mail and had about 75 in the inbox before moving them to folders. No data loss and the program is faster with a better interface in my opinion.

But now that I am not renewing my .mac account, so I wonder if I can download the updates. I may have to revert to Norton Antivirus 9. Didn't have problems with it either, but I am concerned about Symantec's commitment to Mac after they dropped Norton Utilities support for future OS X updates. Mac users are still suffering from lack of support for antivirus and financial programs. But it is worth it to live in the Mac world.
T. Grigg "

I'd guess you could still apply the defs updates even after your membership expired. (Update - see the later report above regarding changes in v7.5 regarding updating defs.)
If you've tried v7.5.1 let me know if you see any problems.

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Latest (detailed) report on using Roxio Popcorn (DVD copy/compression utility)
Here's the latest reader report on Popcorn.

" Hi, Mike - thought I'd put my two cents in on this one - backed up my "50 First Dates" DVD on 3 trial runs. Audio and video quality of all three is nearly indistinguishable, however, the last test disc did skip frames at various times during viewing.

Hardware:
PowerBook G4 17" 1GHz , 1GB RAM
23" Apple Cinema Display HD (ADC version)
External FireWire 400 w/NEC-3500A DVD Drive (w/Patchburn 3)
FujiFilm DVD-R 4.7GB 8x Rated
50 First Dates (7.44GB)

Software
MacTheRipper 2.0.2
Roxio Popcorn 1.0
DVD2oneX 1.2.1
Roxio Toast Titanium 6.0.7

Test 1
Using Popcorn and selecting the VIDEO_TS Folder, Copy Summary was:

  • Video: All (1 movie and 29 extras, 3:11:10)
  • Audio: All (Dolby 5.1, Dolby 2.0)
  • Languages: All (English, French)
  • Auto-Compression: On (if needed)

And, clicking on the Copy Options button, the following is revealed:

  • Video: All (1 movie and 29 extras, 3:11:10)
  • Quality: Medium
  • Compression: High Compression (41% reduction)

You don't have manual control of Quality or Compression.

Rip & Burn performed with NEC-3500A:

  • MTR (rip) 0:37:12
  • Popcorn 1:27:53
  • TOTAL 2:05:05

Test 2 and 3
I wanted to compare Popcorn's Compress & Burn times against the combination of using DVD2oneX w/Toast or DVD2oneX w/Popcorn (compression already performed by DVD2oneX). Rip & Burn performed with NEC-3500A:

  • MTR 0:37:12
  • DVD2oneX 1:13:45
  • Toast 0:09:52
  • TOTAL 2:00:49

  • MTR 0:37:12
  • DVD2oneX 1:13:45
  • Popcorn 0:09:48
  • TOTAL 2:00:45 "
  • For previous reports, see Monday's news item, Friday's news page items on getting the $20 toast owner discount and first Popcorn feedback.

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    Info on Roxio Popcorn availability in UK and Europe
    After a reader mail asking when Roxio's Popcorn would be available for other than US and Canada customers, I wrote a Roxio contact who replied:

    " It will be offered in UK in December and rest of Europe and Asia in January. A demo version will be available in mid December as well.
    Adam
    (Roxio) "
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    Mozilla X 1.8a5
    MU today lists Mozilla X 1.8a5. See the Rough Changelog for Mozilla 1.8 Alpha5 for info on changes.
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    XPostFacto 3.0b11 Update (Util to install OS X on Legacy Macs)
    Ryan Rempel posted another update to XPostfacto 3 (3.0.b11, dated yesterday). Here's the changes listed there:

    " Version 3.0b11 hopefully fixes a problem which sometimes occurs when launching XPostFacto in Mac OS X with network drives mounted."

    See the linked page for a list of known issues and tips. (Another thanks to Ryan for his continuing work on Xpostfacto.)

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    Rate Your CPU Upgrade Reports Database Updated
    The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 1 new report this morning (entries from Monday-Tuesday 6AM ET, entries later today are added the next newsday morning). Total to date: 9,666. Here's a summary of the report added today (search by brand/mac model for full reports - latest reports always shown first):

    • Other World Computing G4/500 (at 600MHz) in B&W G3 (rated 9)

      (Full reviews of G4 and G3 upgrades compared to stock CPUs, including real world apps/game tests, install info, etc. are linked at the CPU upgrades page. OC/CPU module articles are on the Systems page.)

    (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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    CDRW/CD/DVD/Hard Drive/Cardreader Compatibility Database Update Listing
    The Drive Compatibility Database had 2 new reports added this morning. (Entries from Monday-Tuesday 6AM ET, entries later today are added the next newsday morning.) The database includes reports on Combo DVD-CDRW, CDROMs, DVD-ROM, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, 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, USB, adapters). Current total 13,888 reports. (searching by drive type/brand, mac model etc. listed below will show the full reports, most recent first - does not include updates to previous reports)

    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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