iPod 1.2 Supports iTunes 3, Jaguar -- After showing off iTunes 3 and the new iPod models at July's Macworld Expo (see our coverage beginning in TidBITS-639), Apple has released the iPod Software 1.2 Updater for owners of existing iPods. A new Browse menu adds the capability to search your song library by genre and composer (provided that information is included in the songs' ID3 tags), as well as by artist, song, and album title. The software also adds support for Audible.com audio books along with the Sound Check feature introduced in iTunes 3, which balances the volume of tracks imported at different sound levels. The iPod now includes on-screen visual feedback to indicate when it is safe to unplug the FireWire connection from your Mac. And, in preparation for the release of Mac OS X 10.2, the iPod now includes a calendar for synchronizing with the upcoming iCal, a clock to keep track of time (though you can view the time only by navigating to the Clock menu item; we want to see it also displayed on the main Now Playing screen in a future version), and an alarm for events requiring attention. The iPod 1.2 Software Updater is a free 6.7 MB download. [JLC]
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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