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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.

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 23 May 2011

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Dolly Drive 1.2 -- The Dolly Drive online backup service has updated its software for redirecting Time Machine backups to the cloud. Dolly Drive 1.2 improves the performance of its local clone feature and correctly rebuilds a cache for smoother booting from the clone. Also, the Inclusions Assistant now defaults to no inclusions on its first run, the Dolly Drive main window shows your total Dolly Drive usage, and the Time Machine progress bar has been removed due to showing inconsistent results. (Free, but available only to subscribers)

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PDFpen and PDFpenPro 5.3 -- Smile has released new versions of PDFpen and PDFpenPro, their PDF manipulation software. Version 5.3 adds several security enhancements, including the capability to encrypt data using 128- and 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) algorithms, which are preferred by the U.S. government and required for the storage of medical records. Also, AES-256 encryption in PDFpen now supports Unicode in passwords, and the encryption method can now be set via AppleScript. ($59.95/$99.95 new, free update, 41.4 MB)

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ProKit 7.0 -- Apple has released ProKit 7.0 , the set of libraries that power the user interface behind Apple’s professional apps like Final Cut Pro, Logic, and MainStage. Among other changes, the new release includes several bug and stability fixes, provides better font rendering, and improves support for popover-style tooltips. ProKit 7.0 is recommended for — and will be presented by Software Update to — users of Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, DVD Studio Pro, iPhoto, Aperture, Final Cut Express, Logic Pro, MainStage, Logic Express and iAd Producer. ProKit 7.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. (Free update, 15.7 MB)

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Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.7 -- With Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.7, Apple has updated its raw image support in Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11 for several new cameras, including the FinePix 1000 from Fujifilm, the D5100 from Nikon, the E-PL2 and XZ-1 from Olympus, and Samsung’s GX-1S. (Free update, 6.62 MB)

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Mailplane 2.4 -- Despite the rise of social networking services, email is where the action is when it comes to getting things done, and to that end, Uncomplex’s Gmail-specific client Mailplane 2.4 has added support for the popular Evernote service. Designed for collecting information and, well, notes, Evernote can now be accessed directly from Mailplane such that you can create notes linking to a Mailplane conversation and import email attachments directly into Evernote. Other fixes in Mailplane 2.4 include problems with Quick Links not appearing in Mailplane’s Navigate list of labels and links, Mailplane’s main window showing up even when Mailplane was set as a hidden login item, exporting Word files from Google Docs, and more. ($24.95 new, free update, 21.5 MB)

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