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Sunday, April 6, 2003

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Apple Announces Final Cut Pro 4
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
RT Extreme provides new software based-real-time effects that scales with processor speed, according to Apple. The technology enables Final Cut Pro users to view software effects in real time or via an external broadcast monitor when connected via FireWire or an external breakout box.


DVD Studio Pro 2 Coming In August
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
A new outline view has been incorporated, along with more thorough asset information and a timeline-based track editor.

Apple's Shake 3 To Sport OS X-Only Features
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
While Shake will remain compatible with Linux and IRIX-based systems for its third major incarnation, the software now gains special capabilities for Mac OS X — Shake Qmaster network rendering management software, along with unlimited network rendering licenses.

Wired Willingly
by Colin Hickey,
From different perspectives, Kimberly and Michael Quinn, a married couple from Belgrade, have heavy involvement and high hopes for Maine's laptop initiative.


Do We Need A New Interface?
by Gene Steinberg, Mac Night Owl
How far would you allow Apple to progress in changing things before you yelled stop, you can't take it any more?


CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 11
by Stephen Beale, MacHome
If you're looking to build a professional-caliber graphics toolbox from the ground up, the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 11 provides plenty of punch at a nice price. These full-featured illustration and image-editing applications have strong Web-publishing and PDF-output features, plus a decent Flash-animation program.

Apple iMac 17"
by Designtechnica
The upgrades and features of the 17î model are substantial enough to gain the attention of those looking for a serious long-term system.

Mobile Devices Can Download Books Off The Web
by Walter S. Mossberg, Wall Street Journal
Audible provides a smart, highly flexible alternative to standard books on tape or CD, especially for people who are comfortable with PCs and the Internet and who love small digital audio players.

Rendezvous: Coming To An App Near You!
by Jason Deraleau, O'Reilly Network
Setting up a functional network with basic services is no longer the realm of the geekier among us. Rendezvous empowers the common man. Today I'm going to highlight three Mac OS X applications that make excellent use of Rendezvous.

ATI's OEM Radeon 9700 Pro AGP Graphics Card
by Mike Breeden, Accelerate Your Mac!
How far would you allow Apple to progress in changing things before you yelled stop, you can't take it any more?


Sunday, April 6, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

ANOTHER AWARDS NIGHT : The Iraq war didn't deter the Oscars, while SARS didn't deter the Hong Kong Film Awards tonight.

However, the mood is probably a bit down, with quite a few people (though not the majority) donning face masks. Quite a few people from outside Hong Kong didn't turn up for the ceremony. The suicide of Leslie Cheung (Happy Together, Farewell My Concubine, Once A Thief, A Chinese Ghost Story, A Better Tomorrow) on April Fool's day didn't help either.

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