Avid Free DV

Avid has finally made its iMovie competitor available (after touting it at Macworld Expo last January). Avid Free DV is a free 25.6 MB download.


The Machines Are Aware

For no good overarching reason, I’ve been making lots of tech changes recently – and so far, the machines are aware and are rebelling. First it was the PowerBook G4, which I’ve been using as my main machine for a little over three years. The day before new PowerBooks were announced, my baby decided to ...


Bionic Office

I’m drooling at the design, the implementation, and most of all the thought that went into the new offices for Fog Creek Software, as related by Joel Spolsky in Bionic Office. How often do you see something and say, “Wow, they really get it“? Beautiful.


Launching the Right iMovie

Since iMovie 3 has its share of problems, I made a point of keeping a copy of iMovie 2 on my computer (see page 59 of the book). However, Mac OS X still associated my iMovie project files with iMovie 2: if I double-clicked a project, it would launch iMovie 3. Fortunately, this is an ...


How to Import Song Fragments (iMovie 3)

A reader sent the following question: In iMovie 2, adding audio could be done with only part of a song [from a CD]. If I wanted just a few bars from a particular song, I could push the ‘play’ button and then push ‘record’ for just the part I wanted in my movie and then ...


iMovie Tips in TidBITS

I wrote an article last week for Monday’s TidBITS, iMovie 3 Tips and Gotchas, talking about some of the cool things that iMovie 3 can do (such as the reference movie that’s generated) as well as pointing out existing problems that people can hopefully work around. I’ve gotten a few interesting responses from readers, one ...


Finally – 15-inch Aluminum PowerBook

Just ordered a new 15-inch Aluminum PowerBook G4. Perhaps coincidentallly, my current 15-inch PB (400 MHz) acted up during a deadline earlier today; it knew I was going to order a new machine if they were announced. I’ve got it working now, and I’m hoping that my reassurances that it would stay in the family ...


I Love Londoners

The New York Times writes about illusionist/publicity whore David Blaine in Disillusionment Over the Thames. I don’t pay much attention to Blaine, but I like the fact that folks in London aren’t automatically wowed by his latest endurance feat: living in a plexiglass box for 44 days suspended over the Thames. Since Sept. 5, he’s ...



Time to reveal one of my secret, unfulfilled obsessions: Sony’s AIBO robotic dog. I think they’re incredibly cool, and it’s been interesting to see them advance over the last couple of years. Unfortunately, they’re still a high-ticket item that I just haven’t had the cash to shell out for, so my hands-on experience with AIBO ...


Slick vol. 5 & 6 released

You know you want to do the Star Wars crawl: your text, moving away in perspective. Now, Gee Three has an iMovie plug-in (Perspective) that will let you narrate your own adventures on a Mac far, far away… Gee Three has just released Slick volumes 5 and 6, adding a slew of new titles, transitions, ...

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