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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

 
 

Things 1.3.4

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It's time to catch up with Cultured Code's popular task manager Things, whose latest release, version 1.3.4, fixes 14 bugs. But before taking a look at the most important fixes, it's worth noting a major change that came in the 1.3.2 release: added support for multiple device syncing with your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The most recent update now preserves logged items from deleted areas in the Logbook, adds a native crash-reporter, adds a confirmation dialog when attempting to delete a non-empty area, and resolves an issue that prevented items in a project without a title from being shown in the Next list. A full list of fixes can be found on Cultured Code's Web site. ($49.95 new, free update, 9 MB)

 

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Comments about Things 1.3.4

Dan Neesley  2010-06-25 19:17
For at least 12 months Cultured Code has misrepresented the capabilities of Things. Here is a quote from a response email to me dated July 29 2009:

"Recurring tasks on the iPhone are not yet implemented. They will be provided with the next major update coming out soon."

And again April 9, 2010 "We are working on the final development of the Mac version to sync recurring tasks to the iPhone and iPad. I'm sorry I can't give you an exact date, but it is coming and will be a free update."

And a second email on April 9, 2010:

"You cannot create recurring events on the iPad (although the UI is complete) since you cannot sync with the Mac yet."


The April 2010 emails were in response to my question before purchasing my THIRD copy of Things: Mac, iPhone, iPad.

Again I was mislead into spending money for a product based on the baseless assurances of Cultured Code regarding certain capabilities dating back to July 2009 and April 2010 shortly after the introduction of the iPad.