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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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Aladdin Deal

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Here's a good deal for those of you who have been waiting for an excuse to pick up StuffIt Deluxe. Aladdin Systems and Raymond Lau have a special Valentine's Day offer only for users of online services, including the Internet. You can get StuffIt Deluxe for half price - $50 - which is even less than mail order firms charge. If you're the t-shirt type, you can get the StuffIt World Tour T-Shirt at the same time for $8. If you already own StuffIt Deluxe or are a registered shareware user, the shirt is $11. For all of these items, Aladdin will pay the shipping charges in the US and charges $5 for Canadians and $15 for those outside the US - certainly better than some companies though not as nice as others. The rest of Aladdin's fine print says that all Aladdin software carries a 30-day money back guarantee (a thoroughly enlightened policy), and residents of California and New York must add sales tax. The deal ends on March 1st, 1992, so if you've been considering StuffIt, move fast.

Aside from all that StuffIt Deluxe can normally do, if you take advantage of Aladdin's offer, you'll get a free upgrade to StuffIt Deluxe 3.0 when that comes out. 3.0 will also include StuffIt SpaceSaver, a transparent compression utility that works much like Salient's AutoDoubler. One main difference is that SpaceSaver can create and extract files from StuffIt archive merely by adding or removing the ".sit" extension from the filename. I haven't used either StuffIt Deluxe or StuffIt SpaceSaver seriously, but from what I saw at Macworld, they are both good programs.

To order, just send Aladdin your name, address, phone number, online address, MasterCard or Visa number and credit card expiration date. You can use email, snail mail, call, or fax your order, but be sure to include the t-shirt size you need (M,L,XL,XXL) if you're ordering one of them.

Aladdin Systems, Inc.
165 Westridge Drive
Watsonville, CA 95076
408/761-6200 voice; 408/761-6206 fax
AppleLink and America Online: ALADDIN
CompuServe: 75300,1666; GEnie: ALADDINSYS
Internet: aladdin@well.sf.ca.us

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