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iMovie '09: Speed Clips up to 2,000%

iMovie '09 brings back the capability to speed up or slow down clips, which went missing in iMovie '08. Select a clip and bring up the Clip Inspector by double-clicking the clip, clicking the Inspector button on the toolbar, or pressing the I key. Just as with its last appearance in iMovie HD 6, you can move a slider to make the video play back slower or faster (indicated by a turtle or hare icon).

You can also enter a value into the text field to the right of the slider, and this is where things get interesting. You're not limited to the tick mark values on the slider, so you can set the speed to be 118% of normal if you want. The field below that tells you the clip's changed duration.

But you can also exceed the boundaries of the speed slider. Enter any number between 5% and 2000%, then click Done.

Visit iMovie '09 Visual QuickStart Guide

 
 

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates through 12-Oct-09

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Epson Printer Drivers 2.1 for Mac OS X 10.6.1 from Apple provides the latest Epson printing and scanning software for Snow Leopard. A full list of Snow Leopard-supported printers is available on Apple's Web site. The update is available via Software Update or the Apple Support Downloads page. (Free, 288.8 MB)

iPhone OS 3.1.2 from Apple is a maintenance and stability update to the iPhone and iPod touch operating system software. The update fixes several issues, including one that prevents the iPhone from waking from sleep, one that interrupts cellular network services until the iPhone is restarted, and a crashing bug that is occasionally triggered by video streaming. The update is available only via iTunes. (Free, 306.2 MB)

Nisus Writer Pro 1.3.1 from Nisus Software is a compatibility and maintenance update to the increasingly powerful word processor. The latest version addresses a number of compatibility issues with Snow Leopard, including the inability to resize document windows, the failure to import .doc files, and poor spelling checker performance. Also fixed is a problem with drag-and-drop when dropping text into an empty text area, a crashing bug triggered by the Page Setup dialog in the French localization, the inability to change default leader tab settings, and an issue that caused images to be inverted when files with cropped or resized images were exported as HTML. The full list of changes is available on Nisus Software's Web site. ($79 new, free update, 133 MB)

 

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I thought that Snow Leopard was supposed to be smart about printer driver downloads - hence the claim that the OS would take less hard disk space. However, both HP and Epson have attempted to download together over 50MB of printer drivers via Software Update. I only need 1 HP driver and 1 Epson driver, so why the fat download. The all-in-one printer driver downloads seem to be overkill.