Mac News Briefs: Western Digital Revamps Mac Drives
Hard drive manufacturer Western Digital unveiled redesigns for its My Passport for Mac and My Book for Mac hard drives. The My Passport portable drive is now about 20 percent smaller than the previous My Passport. The My Book features a slimmer design, and the Morse-code cutouts that were used as air vents have been replaced.
Both drives include WD's new SmartWare software utility that lets you perform backups, retrieve backed up files, set a password for the drive, and more. The My Passport also offers hardware-based encryption.
The My Passport for Mac is available in 320GB ($120) and 500GB ($150) capacities. The 1TB My Book for Mac is $150.--Roman Loyola
Snow Leopard updates abound
Thursday saw plenty of updates to popular Mac programs aimed at adding full compatibility with the recently released Mac OS X 10.6. Thursday's updates included:
iWebTemplate offers new iWeb themes
iWebTemplate added seven new iWeb templates for use with Apple's iWeb web publishing application. The new iWeb themes from iWebTemplate include: Oak, Boardroom, Server, Dark Office, Eye, Picture and Orange. Each theme offers up to nine templates instead of the ordinary eight, and incorporates a number of different graphic elements which can be easily removed, moved and changed in size, opacity or color.
The templates require Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later and iWeb '08 or iWeb '09.
Each iWeb theme is available for $10. Samples are available from iWebTemplate.--Jackie Dove
EditShare products updated for Final Cut
The EditShare Complete Collaboration product line offers media acquisition, shared storage and archiving product for broadcast, postproduction, and DI workflows. EditShare Flow, Storage Series, XStream Series, and Ark support the new Apple pro video applications release.--JD