C-Command Software has released SpamSieve 2.9.7 with improvements to overall accuracy in the spam-filtering utility. The update no longer links against AppleScriptKit, a change that removes some GUI scripting functionality but works around a bug that could prevent SpamSieve from launching. It also improves the movement of trained messages when Outlook has lost track of the special Junk E-mail folder, fixes an Outlook bug that prevented addresses from loading if an error was reported while acquiring a contact’s email address, fixes a permissions-related problem and works around a rule-syncing bug in Apple Mail, adds more checks to ensure that SpamSieve has proper permissions to access required folders, improves error reporting for Apple Mail and Growl, and improves the Japanese localization. SpamSieve now requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later (older versions compatible for Mac OS X 10.2 through 10.4 are available from this support page). ($30 new with a 20-percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 10.8 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.