Adobe brings updated Photoshop Elements 10 to The Mac App Store.

Adobe is just one of the big-name developers that was quick to embrace the Mac App Store when it launched earlier this year, and today it has increased its presence with the launch of two “special edition” applications called Photoshop Elements 10 Editor and Premiere Elements 10 Editor.

Both applications are $79 each, which is cheaper than the $99.99 retail versions, but they don’t quite provide all of the same features.Other than the absence of a few features, however, Adobe promises the Mac App Store releases include “all the editing features available in the full version.”

Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 Editor is a photo editor that seems to be aimed at iPhoto users who are looking for a little extra. It “works great with iPhoto when you’re ready to go beyond the basics,” according to Adobe, and promises to take your photos from “flawed to phenomenal in seconds.”

Adobe Premiere Elements 10 Editor  is a video editor that is similarly targeted at those using iMovie, and features a ton of features that will help you turn your home movie clips into highly polished masterpieces, fixing shaky footage, adding effects and transitions, and more.

Both downloads weigh in at just under 1GB and require Mac OS 10.6.6 or later.

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Final Cut Pro X Update adds Free 30 Day Trial and XML Import


Responding to mass rioting amongst its users, Apple promised as far back as July that they would eventually be restoring XML support in Final Cut Pro X. Now it’s finally here, along with numerous other improvements.

After much criticism Apple has added a 30-day free trial, which means Apple won’t have to repay money for those users who are unhappy with their purchase.

Obviously, the biggest addition in FInal Cut Pro X’s update is the ability to import and export project in XML, meaning that users can now take XML formatted projects from FCP7 and other editing software and edit them in FCPX. In other words, Final Cut Pro X just gained a semblance of backwards compatibility.

In addition, here’s what is new:

• Support for events and projects through Xsan, the company’s technology that allows multiple computers to concurrently access storage

• Support for media stems (or audio channeling). This lets users assign a “role” to media once it’s imported, so that when it’s time to export things like dialogue, sound effects and soundtracks, those exports can be done in a single pass.

• Custom starting timecodes

• Full-screen view toggle for Mac OS X Lion users

• GPU-accelerated export (was previously only CPU-based)

Final Cut Pro X 10.1 is available through the Mac App Store either as an update or for purchase.

Final Cut Express is dead!

Now that some Tuesday’s Final Cut Pro X is available, additional details about Apple’s pro video edition solution are available.

Engadget has confirmed with Apple that there won’t be a boxed (studio suite) version of Final Cut Pro X. Instead, it will only be available for download through the Mac App Store, alongside separate purchases of Motion(US$49.99) and Compressor ($49.99).

Also, there will be no special upgrade price for owners of previous versions of Final Cut Pro, but with the new price point, it’s hard to really complain about that. Finally, Engadget confirms that the days of Final Cut Express are over — it’s either iMovie or Final Cut Pro X from Apple.

AppleInsider corroborates these claims, but adds Final Cut Server to the list. According to “a person familiar with Apple’s retail operations,” AppleInsider reports that Final Cut Server has been discontinued as of June 21.

Apple posts Final Cut Pro X, Motion and Compressor user manuals.

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To access the user manuals online, use the following links:

The manuals are also available in-app from the ‘Help’ menu.

Final Cut Pro X launches for $299 in the Mac App Store!!!

Previously we reported that Apple would release Final Cut Pro X sometime in June, well finally that day is here,  Final Cut Pro X is now available for $299.99 via the Mac App store, and the accompanying Motion and Compressor apps are $49.99 each. This pricing represents a dramatic drop versus the previous edition of the suite.

FCP X is a completely new version of the editing app, with the new Magnetic Timeline (trackless editing) and clip connections to link effects/title elements to primary footage. Your raw videos can be tagged with keywords, collected, analyzed and organized easily with the new content management library tools. The app’s internal plumbing has been overhauled to make it 64-bit, entirely Cocoa, fully parallel and all-around faster (it now leverages the GPU for effects and can render in the background).

You can read the full Press Release below:

CUPERTINO, California-June 21, 2011-Apple® today announced Final Cut Pro® X, a revolutionary new version of the world’s most popular Pro video editing software which completely reinvents video editing with a Magnetic Timeline that lets you edit on a flexible, trackless canvas; Content Auto-Analysis that categorizes your content upon import by shot type, media and people; and background rendering that allows you to work without interruption. Built on a modern 64-bit architecture, Final Cut Pro X is available from the Mac® App Store™ for $299.99.”Final Cut Pro X is the biggest advance in Pro video editing since the original Final Cut Pro,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “We have shown it to many of the world’s best Pro editors, and their jaws have dropped.”

“I’m blown away by what Apple has done with Final Cut Pro,” said Angus Wall, Academy Award-winning film editor. “Final Cut Pro X is incredibly modern and fast, but most importantly it lets you focus on telling your story in the most creative way, while it actively manages all of the technical details.”

At the heart of Final Cut Pro X is the Magnetic Timeline, a trackless approach to editing your footage that lets you add and arrange clips wherever you want them, while other clips instantly slide out of the way. You can use Clip Connections to link primary story clips to other elements like titles and sound effects, so they stay in perfect sync when you move them. You can even combine related story elements into a Compound Clip that can be edited as a single clip. The groundbreaking new Auditions feature lets you swap between a collection of clips to instantly compare alternate takes.

Content Auto-Analysis scans your media on import and tags your content with useful information. Final Cut Pro X then uses that information to dynamically organize your clips into Smart Collections, so you can easily find the clips you want by close up, medium and wide shots as well as media type and the number of people in the shot. You can also tag parts of clips with Range-based keywords to add custom search criteria to your media.

Completely rebuilt from the ground up, Final Cut Pro X is a 64-bit app that takes full advantage of the latest Mac hardware and software so you never have to wait for the next edit, even if you’re working with 4K video. Final Cut Pro X uses multi-threaded processing and the GPU on your graphics card for blazing fast background rendering and superb real-time playback performance. Additionally, a ColorSync-managed color pipeline ensures color consistency from import to output.

Final Cut Pro X also includes powerful tools for audio editing and color correction, and is complemented by two companion apps, Motion 5 for professional motion graphics and Compressor 4 for advanced media encoding, available from the Mac App Store for $49.99 each.

Pricing & Availability
Final Cut Pro X is available today for $299.99 from the Mac App Store. Motion 5 and Compressor 4 are available today for $49.99 each from the Mac App Store. Full system requirements and more information on Final Cut Pro X can be found at http://www.apple.com/finalcutpro.

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Snap-On Gadget Lets You Record 360 Degree Video With Your iPhone

Dot for iPhone 4

The Dot is a 360 degree video camera attachment for iPhone 4. Snap it on your phone and it records video in all directions. The accompanying software interprets the weird raw footage – which is distorted into a donut shape – and turns it into something you can navigate with your finger.

Watching 360 degree video is a bit of a strange experience, and isn’t so good for telling stories (although I’m sure people will use it for that). What it’s ideal for, though, is conveying atmosphere, mood, or setting.

With a 360 degree image to flip through, you can explore a scene as if you’re there. If you don’t like what you’re seeing in one direction, you can turn on the spot, and look the other way. Even while the camera’s moving.

The only difficulty is sharing these navigable files online. They won’t work on YouTube like regular video files. The Dot’s makers say they’re working on their own hosting service, where people can store their video files and grab embed codes for using elsewhere on the web.

The Dot is still in Kickstarter mode; actual products should be shipping by August.

Adium gets update!

The duck is back with a new new milestone, version 1.4. The new version includes:

  • support for Twitter messaging
  • full IRC support
  • improved group chat services
  • bookmarks for persistent chats

The new build requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 or newer.

Adium supports popular chat networks such as AIM/MobileMe, Google Talk (along with all other Jabber/XMPP-based chat services), MSN and Yahoo! Messenger; it also connects to Facebook chat and other services like QQ, Gadu-Gadu, Lotus Sametime and Novell Groupwise. While the program doesn’t suppoer voice or video chat it is still one of the most popular chat apps among  Mac users.

Apple posts video of Press Conference.

If you are like most of us you didn’t attend the Apple press conference yesterday, however that doesn’t mean you will miss out on seeing Steve up on the stage telling everyone that the antenna issues are not “that” bad.

Apple has posted video from yesterdays event.

You might be unhappy to hear that Apple has decided not to include the juicy Q&A session, where Jobs rips the tech press for creating Antennagate.

Check out the video and let us know what you think!

YouTube mobile website gets major upgrade!

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Admit it, you also belong to those that love watching videos on YouTube’s mobile website it just makes the iPhone that much better. Well the mobile version of YouTube just got that much better, thanks to some hefty HTML5 optimization.

The website has a completely icon-driven dashboard which now greets the YouTube visitor clicking away on the iPhone. The dashboard offers quick and easy access to subscriptions, playlists, favorites, your videos, search and settings, and is now a lot more finger friendly.

The biggest change, though, is speed: videos load much quicker than the native YouTube player, as well as gaining higher-definition options for watching on the likes of the iPhone 4’s Retina Display.

This new mobile website will also work with the iPad, providing a lager interface than the iPhone website does.

You can visit the new redesigned site by going to m.youtube.com.

Hulu Plus released, as well as iPhone/iPad app.

It has been rumored for a while, and now it is finally official the new Hulu subscription service, as guessed it is called Hulu Plus. For US$9.99 per month, you’ll get ad-supported access to the full current seasons of most shows and full back seasons of select shows. Included in the price is also the brand new Hulu Plus apps for the iPhone and the iPad.

According to Hulu the apps work over either WiFi or 3G, though the iPhone version requires iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4.

While many current Hulu are worried that everything on Hulu will become subscription only “Hulu stresses that Hulu Plus is not a replacement for the standard Hulu service, but rather an additional service.” So then you might be wondering why Hulu Plus is still an “ad-supported subcription product,” after all if you are paying for the services then shouldn’t the contents be free? Apparently not; Hulu says that the ad revenue helps it keep its subscription fees low.

Right now Hulu Plus is only availably for those few who have been invited, if you are interested you can sign up for a chance to test the service. The Hulu Plus App has also been released on iTunes, and will work over WiFi and 3G.