Apple's Call for Unity -- Apple has finally released the long-awaited retail version of System 7.5.3. This version can install a universal system that will boot anything from a Mac Plus onwards. Codenamed Unity, the retail version of System 7.5.3 includes the fixes from System 7.5.3 Revision 2 (see TidBITS-332), LaserWriter 8.3.4 (see TidBITS-333), support for 8x CD-ROM drives, the Apple Internet Connection Kit, and an optional installer for OpenDoc 1.0.4. The software costs $99 and should be available shortly through the usual retail software channels on floppy disk or CD-ROM; current System 7.5 owners can upgrade for $49 by calling 800/293-6617, ext. 1 with proof of ownership. For many Mac users and support personnel, installing System 7.5.3 required running through an involved series of installers, downloads, and patches - it's nice that Apple finally put everything together in a single release, even if it will soon be eclipsed by new versions of Open Transport and other system components. Apple says international versions of Unity should be available in the next 90 days. [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.