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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

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TidBITS Virtual Server Move: Check Your Spam Filters

We’ve moved our virtual server to a new host, which resulted in it getting a new IP address. That may cause TidBITS issues and other mail from and to be caught as spam, if our previous IP address was whitelisted by your ISP.Show full article

Introducing Bookle, an EPUB Reader for Mac OS X

We’ve branched out from ebooks into software with Bookle, a Mac OS X application for reading DRM-free EPUBs that we developed in collaboration with our friend Peter Lewis of Stairways Software. It’s a straightforward EPUB reader that maintains a library of your EPUBs.Show full article

50%-Off Sale on All Take Control Ebooks

To celebrate the introduction of Bookle, our new EPUB reader for Mac OS X, we’re having a 50-percent-off sale on all ebooks in the Take Control catalog through 15 February 2012. It’s a great opportunity to stock up on EPUBs for reading in Bookle.Show full article

Security Update 2012-001 1.1 No Longer Kills Rosetta Apps

The 1.0 release of Security Update 2012-001 caused PowerPC-based applications running under Rosetta to crash on Open and Save, and printing either failed or produced a crash as well. Although the community banded together with workarounds, Apple hastily pushed out a 1.1 release that fixes the problems.Show full article

Mac OS X 10.7.3 Fixes Bugs, Improves Lion Server

On the desktop side, Mac OS X 10.7.3 is just another bug fix update (along with some welcome new language support). But for those using Lion Server, the 10.7.3 update provides new features and an improved interface, along with plenty of bug fixes.Show full article

TidBITS Editors on Video from Macworld | iWorld

TidBITS editors were frequent guests on the Macworld Live Stage on the trade-show floor portion of Macworld | iWorld. We collect the video into one place here.Show full article

I Get by (and a Lift) with a Little Help from Find My Friends

Glenn Fleishman finds his first real-world use case for the iOS app Find My Friends when he arrives at San Francisco International Airport for Macworld | iWorld.Show full article

AirPort Utility 6.0 Adds iCloud Support but Removes Many Features

The long-overdue rewrite of Apple’s AirPort Utility brings a graphical depiction of network layout along with support for Back to My Mac configuration and drive access via iCloud. But it also removes a number of options, especially for network administrators. Be careful what you ask for.Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 6 February 2012

Notable software releases this week include Audio Hijack Pro 2.10.1, Sandvox 2.5, Firefox 10.0, and Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 6 February 2012

It was an insanely busy week, but we ran across this article about why standardized spelling is important and we just had to share it.Show full article

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