HP Inkjets to be Mac Compatible -- Now that Apple's StyleWriters are history, Apple and Hewlett-Packard (HP) announced last week that future inkjet printers from HP will be compatible with the Mac OS, and that Apple will resell some HP inkjet printers directly to customers in education, presumably so schools can order machines and printers with a single purchase order. Printers with the HP brand should also be available to customers through direct channels like the Apple Store later this year. Mac OS drivers for the HP printers will apparently not be engineered by Apple or HP, which is both good and bad news since Apple's StyleWriter drivers tended to be good, but HP's Mac OS printer drivers were often a mixed bag. Instead, Mac OS drivers for HP printers will come from Infowave - makers of products like PowerPrint, which lets Macs use a wide array of PC printers, and StyleScript, a PostScript interpreter for inkjets - and may include support for Apple's ColorSync color matching technology. [GD]
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.