Mac OS Update
) has posted a Mac OS 8.5 update that fixes bugs and adds new Sherlock plug-ins. Mac OS 8.5.1, available free from
http://www.apple.com/macos/, remedies problems having to do with CD-ROM installation, AppleScript, and data corruption. Apple has also cut PowerBook prices by $300 to $600, depending on the model.
) has put the CRT on a diet. The 19-inch PanaSync SL90 weighs 34.7 pounds and consumes about as much space as a 15-inch monitor. The $679 display offers a maximum resolution of 1,600 by 1,280 pixels. Miro Displays (650/988-7270,
), which acquired the Radius CRT line in Septem-ber 1998, has unveiled the 15-inch Radius S-1 ($219), the 17-inch Radius M-1 ($499), the 19-inch Radius L-1 ($699), and the 21-inch Radius PrecisionView XL-1 ($1,249). The S-1 provides 1,024-by-768-pixel resolution; the others offer resolutions of up to 1,600 by 1,200 pixels. Meanwhile, Optiquest (909/869-9216,
) has entered the LCD-monitor fray with the 15.1-inch L700 ($979), which offers a maximum resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels.
3-D DV for AE
Tweak and tune digital video with Boris AE 2.0, the $495 After Effects plug-in from Artel Software (617/451-9900,
). The upgrade features 44 filters21 of them newincluding lighting, color, and particle effects.
Numbers into Charts
Who wants to look at rows of numbers? DeltaGraph 4.5, $295, from SPSS (312/651-3000,
), transforms data from Microsoft Excel 98 and other applications into graphs. The upgrade features 80 chart types, Pantone color matching support, and Mac OS 8.5 compatibility.
Cool New Tools
) has upgraded its disk-formatting software. Hard Disk ToolKit 3.0 is Mac OS 8.5-compatible and supports Apple’s HFS+ filing system. New features in the $199 package include RAID Levels 0 and 1, support for password protection on Zip and Jaz cartridges, and the ability to create high-speed Photoshop scratch disks. The program also sports a new tab-based interface.
Portable projectors are brighter than ever. Epson’s (310/782-0770,
) $9,999 PowerLite 7500C produces 800 ANSI lumens and weighs about 9 pounds. Mitsubishi’s (714/220-2500,
) $11,995 X200 weighs in at 20 pounds and provides a brightness of 1,200 ANSI lumens. Both projectors feature a native resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels and use triple-LCD technology.Edited by Michael Gowan