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Adobe Premiere 6.02 Beta Update

Adobe Premiere is a stunningly simple and powerful professional video editing tool, comfortably closes the DV to Web gap while extending the award-winning software's position as the most accessible application on the market today. With new support for DV on the Windows platform and cross-platform support for all of the leading Web video formats, Premiere aggressively integrates a variety of features and functions into its long-held marketplace position as simply the best video editing tool around.



USB 2.0 Drivers for Windows XP Now Available

As promised, Microsoft has completed the long awaited USB 2.0 drivers for Windows XP. USB 2.0 support entered beta last summer, but Microsoft opted to leave the drivers out of its new operating system until they could be tested on more devices. USB 2.0 increases available bandwidth for devices to 480Mbps, making the technology ideal for high-quality video and storage. Windows XP Home and Professional users with USB 2.0 host controllers may download the new drivers via Windows Update. The drivers will not appear for users with systems that do not support USB 2.0.



Microsoft Encarta 2002

Generation Y doesn't easily raise an eyebrow. Computers, Internet, CD-Roms - where does the overflow of information end?
Microsoft's Encarta seems an endangered species, with the Net offering seemingly unlimited amounts of information. The 2002 version of the Encarta Encyclopedia is out and we'd like to know if it's worth your while. It comes with the Encarta Encyclopedia Deluxe 2002, Encarta Dictionary and Thesaurus, Encarta Interactive World Atlas, Encarta Africana, and Encarta Online Deluxe. Internet integration like updates and links receive two thumbs up, and the overall package is well presented and structured. The five CD-Roms will prove to be lightyears quicker than our poor Internet connections and download speeds, while everything is brilliantly referenced and hence cuts out that ever-so-tyring and often unsucessful search for information. The other day I was simply looking for a map of Africa (to see the various capitals) and it took me the better part of 1/2 hour before I finally found a compressed .jpeg file which took another minute to load.

Speed is on Encarta's side, as is a wealth of well-presented and categorized information which is yours to use and access at any time. The standard version should retail for about R400 while the full version will set you back about R600.



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