iBooks 3.0 Stories October 23, 2012

Apple updates Final Cut Pro X & iBooks Author with new features

Apple is releasing updates to a few of its apps following its media event earlier today. The biggest update goes to Final Cut Pro X, because, on top of RED camera support, it received a ton of new features. iBooks Author, as Apple briefly touched on during the event, also got updates today for some of the new iBooks features and Retina Mac displays. Smaller updates to Apple’s Motion and Compressor apps were also released.

Final Cut Pro X: Other than RED camera support, withnative REDCODE RAW editing and optional background transcode to Apple ProRes,” FCPX also got a new unified import window, MXF plug-in support, and much more:

What’s New in Version 10.0.6

• Expand multichannel audio files directly in the timeline for precise editing of individual audio channels • Unified import window for transferring media from both file-based cameras and folders of files • Redesigned Share interface for exporting projects and range selections to one or more destinations • RED camera support with native REDCODE RAW editing and optional background transcode to Apple ProRes • MXF plug-in support that allows you to work natively with MXF files from import through delivery using third-party plug-ins • Dual viewers, each with a video scope display, let you compare shots to match action and color • Option to add chapter markers in the timeline for export to video files, DVD, and Blu-ray disc • Range selection now preserves start and end points in the Event Browser and allows you to create multiple range selections on a single clip • Paste attributes window lets you choose specific effects to copy between clips • Flexible Clip Connections allow you to keep Connected Clips in place when slipping, sliding or moving clips in the Primary Storyline • Add a freeze frame to your timeline with a single keystroke • Drop shadow effect with intuitive onscreen controls to adjust position, edge falloff, angle, and more • New controls for combining audio from multiple angles within a Multicam Clip • Compound Clip creation in the timeline now saves the clip in the Event Browser for re-use in other projects • XML 1.2 featuring metadata import and export for richer integration with third-party apps

iBooks author: In line with some of the updates to iBooks that Apple talked about today, the iBooks Author app has been updated to include custom fonts, new portrait-only books, new scrolling sidebar, pop-over widgets, and support for mathematical expressions and embedded audio:

What’s New in Version 2.0

• Create new gorgeous portrait-only books • Embed custom fonts into books for complete control over text appearance • Add even more interactivity with new Scrolling Sidebar and Pop-Over widgets • Support for mathematical expressions with new native equation editing using both LaTeX and MathML notation • Automatic optimization of media for iPad • Improved support for embedded audio, including the ability to play an audio file by tapping an image • Improved publishing workflow, including automatic sample book creation and pre-publish checking • Additional Apple-designed templates • Version numbering for books • Enhanced to take advantage of the Retina display on the new MacBook Pro • Performance improvements • Usability improvements


What’s New in Version 5.0.5

• Improved anti-aliasing increases text sharpness for enhanced legibility • Open multiple projects simultaneously to easily switch, copy and paste between them • Accelerated loading of complex projects


What’s New in Version 4.0.5

• Improved cluster setup eliminates the need to have Compressor open on all cluster nodes • Activate additional encoding clusters without re-authentication • Addresses an issue related to third-party QuickTime components that could prevent Compressor from opening

iBooks 3.0 Stories October 22, 2012

Had you heard? Apple’s got a ‘little’ event going on at the newly-decorated California Theatre tomorrow where they will FINALLY showcase the iPad Mini, new Mac Minis, a Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro as well as software like iBooks 3.0 and iTunes 11.

First, the bad news: We’ve heard that the some of the iMacs that we found earlier have been pushed so far back that they might not warrant inclusion at the event this week. That doesn’t mean they are cancelled but because there have been some issues with the products and the including them is a “gameday decision”. We’re obviously hoping they make the docket.

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Apple plans to launch the iBookstore in Brazil ahead of its media event tomorrow, according to a new report by BlogDoiPhone (translated).

The store is not currently live (update below), but screenshots of its existence are above and below. BlogDoiPhone noted a few books have begun to appear in Brazilian Portuguese when doing a search. “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams, for instance, now has a live link.

Many rumors indicate Apple will have a strong focus on education at its media event tomorrow, and recent leaks on iBooks 3.0, coupled with today’s news about the iBookstore rolling out to Brazil, seems to back those reports.

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Rumor has it Apple’s media event tomorrow will have a strong education focus, something that seems even more likely with the recent iBooks 3.0 leaks. Of course, the fact that Apple is about to unveil its lowest priced iPad has also lead to talk that students and education might be the target audience during the iPad mini’s unveiling. TNW reported first that Apple’s event would focus on educational content—specifically iBooks. We have also independently heard that educational content is being prepared for tomorrow’s presentation.

Today, Bloomberg Businessweek backs up those reports by adding that “Apple executives plan to make a point of highlighting the iPad’s educational capabilities at tomorrow’s event.” The report cited sources familiar with the preparation of tomorrow’s events, and it noted that Apple has “realigned its education sales force to emphasize iPads.” While most analysts seem to agree iPad mini will help Apple continue to dominate the education tablet market, one thing they can’t agree on is price.

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