OS X versions of Effects Pack, MacSatellite, dialpad

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Software companies continue to Carbonize products for Mac OS X, update X products, and release preview versions of upcoming apps for the new operating system. All of these products work natively in MacOS X without needing to run the Classic environment.

Effects Pack

Buena Software has released Effects Pack 1, 2, and 3 version 2.0. All are sets of QuickTime video effects plug-ins that let users apply a variety of filters and transitions to their movies in any application that uses QuickTime effects, including QuickTime Player Pro and Adobe Premiere. And version 2.0 adds native support for Mac OS X applications.

Pricing starts at US$30 per Effects Pack with discounts for buying two or three at once. Users of older versions of the Effects Packs can upgrade for $10 per Effects Pack.

Besides Mac OS X support, Effects Pack 2 now has AltiVec support, just like Effects Packs 1 and 3. There's also support for new controls in QuickTime 5.0 and higher. Included in the various Effects Packs are the following:

  • Effects Pack 1 -- Camcorder, Color Pass, Color Replace, Contrast & Brightness, Negative, Video Noise, 4 Cool Transitions;
  • Effects Pack 2 -- Flip, Gamma, Jittery TV, Mosaic, Median, Psycho Spin, Polar, Strobe, Scoreboard, Texturizer;
  • Effects Pack 3 -- Invert HSV, Filter Factory, Fractal, Super Chroma Key, Blue Screen, Luminance Matte, Garbage Matte, Difference Matte, Super Alpha Compositor, Motion.
  • Fully functional 45 day demos can be downloaded from the Buena Software Web site. When users purchase the full versions, they get AltiVec (Velocity Engine) support for better performance on G4 equipped Macs.

    MacSatellite X

    A major complaint among Mac users is that lots of download services aren't Mac compatible, Well, there's one that we can add another one to the list of ones that are: MacSatellite X 1.2 from Overcaster.

    MacSatellite, a freeware product, is the only client of Satellite for the Mac. It supports file downloads, including resumable downloads. MacSatellite also lets you use your previously registered Satellite account or register a new one. To download a song, you have to go to AudioGalaxy site, search for the song and add it to your queue list.

    Version 1.2 adds an option to auto reconnect. There's a new icon and various bug fixes, as well. You can download MacSatellite 1.2 (a 778k file) from the Overcaster Web site.


    A preview release of dialpadX, the first Internet telephony application for the Mac from IP telephone specialists, is now available.

    dialpadX enables Dialpad customers to make calls from their computers to standard telephones around the world for a "fraction of the cost" of traditional long distance calls, according to the folks at Dialpad. The utility lets you make Mac-to-phone calls from your desktop. It includes an address book.

    However, Dialpad warns that dialpadX Preview Release has not been fully tested and may contain errors that could "cause failures or loss of data, be incomplete or contain inaccuracies." And there'll be no customer phone support until the official release of the product.

    If you're still interested, you can download dialpadX (a 2.2 MB file) from the preview release Web site. You can send your questions and feedback to dialpadX@dialpad.com.

    To use the Dialpad World service, you'll have to register at Dialpad's Web site. Account management tools enable customers to monitor their billing in real-time, and check previous months billing records if desired, or add additional minutes.

    This story, "OS X versions of Effects Pack, MacSatellite, dialpad" was originally published by PCWorld.

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