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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 3 October 2011

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.5 and Camera Raw 6.5 -- After seeding release-candidate versions of Photoshop Lightroom and Camera Raw a few weeks ago, Adobe has now made the final versions available. Photoshop Lightroom 3.5 and Camera Raw 6.5 add raw support for several new cameras, such as the Fuji FinePix F600EXR, Nikon Coolpix P7100, Olympus E-PL3, and Sony SLT-A77. New lens profiles are also added, making it easy to correct distortion and chromatic aberration inherent in those lenses, and bugs have been fixed. (Free updates: Lightroom 3.5: 103 MB; Camera Raw 6.5: 93.1 MB)

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Firefox 7.0 -- Continuing their new silly version numbering, Mozilla has released Firefox 7.0 (think of it as 4.3 in the real world), once again adding no real new features to the organization’s Web browser. Memory handling is supposedly “drastically improved” for certain use cases, Firefox Sync is faster, the http:// URL prefix is hidden by default in the address bar, MathML support has been enhanced, and there are a few other minor changes. Walk, don’t run, to download it. Also note that the just-released Firefox 7.0.1 fixes a rare bug that could hide add-ons after the 7.0 update was installed; if you’re not seeing the problem, it’s safely ignored for now. (Free, 28.2 MB, release notes)

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PopChar X 5.3 -- If you find yourself regularly needing to find and enter special characters in different fonts, that task has now become easier in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, with Ergonis Software’s release of PopChar X 5.3. The new release supports colored symbols in the new Apple Color Emoji font; these can now be browsed and searched for, and inserted as characters in applications that know how to handle color fonts. Some additional tweaks, such as reduced CPU load in the background and better compatibility with Lion’s desktop spaces, round out the update. (€29.99 new, free update, 2.3 MB, release notes)

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Teleport 1.1 -- For those who would like to control multiple networked Macs from a single mouse and keyboard, Julien Robert of Abyssoft has now updated his donationware utility Teleport to be compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion (for a review of an earlier version, see “Tools We Use: Teleport,” 27 August 2007). Other new features in Teleport 1.1 include the capability to jump directly to a controlled Mac by pressing a keyboard shortcut, significantly faster file transfers, multiple item file transfers, support for all available screens on Macs with more than one, full support for gestures, encrypted file transfers, and more. (Free update, 706 KB)

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