BusyMac has released BusyCal 1.5.4, an update to its calendaring app. The latest release focuses primarily on compatibility with Apple’s upcoming Mac OS X Lion, including Lion’s full-screen mode, trackpad gestures, new scrollbar schemes, and year-less birthday reminders. In addition, BusyCal now supports interaction with the Fantastical calendaring app, and provides better interaction with Google Calendar and other WebDAV servers. Several fixes and improvements round out the update. ($49.99 new, free update, 6.7 MB, release notes)
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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Next, I've seen Lion's iCal and its skin is so INCREDIBLY UGLY, I cannot and will not use it. So - unless Apple pulls a last minute switch and changes its current skin - that was going to be another reason I plan to wait to adopt Lion (Quicken 2007 incompatibility being the first).
I had not thought of replacing iCal w/ BusyCal, because I tried it a while back and it couldn't two way sync Google calendars. Since I share a Google cal w/ my wife, that was a deal killer for me.
When I saw the latest version of BusyCal was updated to sync w/ Google calendars, I decided to give it a whirl. After only 10 mins or so of use, the clouds parted and the angels sang i.e. I liked it mucho!
I'm using the trail version, but its highly likely I'll buy this. It's good looking and has nice features iCal doesn't. If you hate Apple's Lionized iCal, give this program a hard look. It rocks!