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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

 
 

PDFpen and PDFpenPro 6.2.1

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Smile has released version 6.2.1 of PDFpen and PDFpenPro, a maintenance update for the all-purpose PDF editing apps with added support for the new form of AES-256 encryption that has been implemented in Adobe Acrobat X and later. Version 6.2.1 also adds support for using Command-+ (plus) and Command-- (minus) for zooming, squashes a bug that caused text selection to fail in some documents, improves performance with multi-page image documents, adds an Open Scripts Folder menu item, and fixes a problem that prevented link annotations from being saved properly. ($59.95/$99.95 new with a 20 percent discount for TidBITS members, 52.6/53.3 MB, release notes, 10.7+)

Check out the Take Control ebooks that expand on the topic in this article:

Produce and polish PDFs with aplomb using Smile's PDFpen, for a fraction of what Adobe Acrobat costs! Michael E. Cohen explains how you can create, combine, edit, annotate, and protect PDFs. Also learn how to perform OCR, fill out forms, sign forms digitally, make interactive forms, and much more. Covers Mac and iOS versions!

 

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