iTunes Music Store Search Service 1.0


Search the iTunes Music Store from any Mac OS X services capable application.

Curious if a song or artist is available in the Music Store but not always using iTunes? Just install this service and you’ll be able to search the Music Store even when you’re using Mail, Safari or iChat. Just highlight the text and choose the appropriate search method from the Services menu.

iTunes will start (if it’s not already running) and show you the results of your search. The following images illustrate the process:


First select the text you want to search for:


Next choose the appropriate search option:


Finally review the results in iTunes:


Still Life 2.2.5


Still Life is a stand-alone application that enables users to pan and zoom over digital images and thereby produce a video for use in iMovie, iDVD or any other multimedia project. The program goes way beyond the built-in Ken Burns Effect of iMovie 3 by allowing users to take multiple “shots” of an image, pan along a curve and rotate the “camera” if needed. Now with the OpenGL high quality rendering Still Life rivals applications costing hundreds of dollars. Still Life is also fully compatible with iMovie 2.

Much requested new feature in 2.2.5: Reconnect missing images back to the project.

Bug fixes in 2.2.5 include:

  • Disabled the error dialog for regular users.

Bug fixes in 2.2.4 include:

  • Switched shot distortion key to “Option” to avoid conflict with context menu.
  • Fixed a crashing bug with QuickTime export on dual processor machines.
  • Fixed a QuickTime export bug that prevented a valid movie from being created.
  • Fixed NTSC DV and iMovie Export bug via AppleScript.
  • Fixed handling of CMYK images in new OpenGL Previewer/Renderer.
  • Fixed handling of images with 16 bits per pixel component in new OpenGL Previewer/Renderer.

New features in 2.2 include:

  • Dramatically improved OpenGL export quality – now better than Quartz high quality
  • True cross-dissolve between scenes (when fades are activated)
  • AppleScript Support
  • User watermarking
  • TV Safe area display
  • Many usability enhancements

AppleScript support allows you to customize Still Life by adding features that are not available through the graphical interface and for professional users it allows you integrate Still Life in your workflow by automating the process of creating projects and scheduling exports to happen at night.

The watermarking feature allows you to either label the individual images with their filenames or label the entire video with a line of custom text.

Usability enhancements include:

  • Configurable screensaver formatter
  • Context menu for editing shots
  • Scrollwheel mouse support for easy resizing and rotation
  • Adjustable hold/move slider limit
  • Improved memory usage
  • Improved OpenGL implementation for better compatibility and resolution.

Download a copy today and give it a try. The download includes a variety of demo projects that enable you to get a feel for the new features right away. Or check out our new Gallery with QuickTime movies of user and the demo projects.

Still Life is only USD $24.95.

Peripheral Vision 1.6.3


Keep an eye (or an ear) on your digital hub.

Plug and play is a great concept, but when it doesn’t work or something becomes accidentally unplugged it can be frustrating to find out about it only when you try to use the device – often with a cryptic error message.

Peripheral Vision helps you keep tabs on your wayward devices by popping up a window indicating the type and name of the device and whether it’s coming or going. It even keeps track of your network link status – very useful when you’re using Airport.

Version 1.6 adds support for file volumes which makes it much easier to automate actions with FireWire drives and provides a simplified Preference Pane layout among other improvements.

Registered users can make an application launch when a particular peripheral is connected (just like iTunes with iPod), run an AppleScript or a Unix script.

Working under the desk? Can’t see the display? Registered users can get Peripheral Vision to tell them what’s been connected or disconnected by activating the new speech feature.

Don’t like the cryptic name of a peripheral? Rename it to something more friendly with the new Naming facility.

Bug fixes in 1.6.3:

  • Fixed Jaguar serial number data entry bug.
  • Fixed Login Item checkbox box.

Registered users can also choose the particular combination of notifications and adjust the color scheme of the visual display.

Peripheral Vision runs on Mac OS X 10.1 (or higher) and supports USB, FireWire and Bluetooth (10.2 only) devices.

Registration is only USD $6.95.

AudioUnit Manager 1.0


With AudioUnits and hosts multiplying practically daily, users with growing collections of both soon want to be able to specify subsets of AudioUnits to be loaded with particular hosts. AudioUnit Manager provides a simple way to organize AudioUnits into sets so users can load just the AudioUnits they need for a particular application. This can mean accelerated application launch times and exclusion of incompatible AudioUnits for some hosts. AudioUnit Manager’s command line option makes it possible to select a set in an AppleScript before launching an AudioUnit host. AudioUnit Manager also makes tedious trial by error trouble shooting easier by allowing simple disabling of an AudioUnit.

MacOSXHints awards Still Life 2.1 “8 out of 10”!


If the Ken Burns Effect in iMovie3 intrigues you, but you’d like to do more with it, you should take a look at StillLife. StillLife does similar things as Ken Burns in iMovie3, but with many more options. For example, you can pan along a curve, add multiple “shots” to an image, and even rotate the camera (careful, you could make your viewers quite ill with too many spinning photos!).

The interface is very iMovie-like, complete with a drawer containing images, a timeline and soundtrack bar at the bottom of the screen, and a preview window showing your edits and the end result. You drag images from the Finder into the drawer, and then from the drawer to the timeline, then apply “shots” (pan/zoom/twist effects) to each image. You control the speed of the effect with a “Move” slider, as well as how long each image appears with a “Hold” slider. You can even attach multiple sound tracks (complete with automatic audio fadeout at the end of your string of images).

StillLife supports a few unique export features. First of all, you can create a slideshow very easily by just dragging a number of images into the program and selecting Format -> Like ScreenSaver. When you then export to the video format of your choice, you’ll have a standard slide show in a matter of seconds (no pan/zoom effects, just slides). More useful to me is the “Export as iMovie Project.” When you use this format, StillLife creates a new iMovie project, with each slide (and its associated pan/zoom effects) as a new clip in iMovie. This makes it really simple to then go in and add really nice transitions and title effects to your animated slideshow.

At $24.95, StillLife is a bit pricey as a replacement for something you can get for free – but its feature set goes well beyond what you get with Ken Burns in iMovie. You can try the program for free, but any exported video will have a “StillLife” watermark applied in the center of each frame until you register.

Rax 1.0


Rax turns your Mac into a virtual rig for live performance, offloading DSP to a second computer or just jamming for fun. It’s the easiest way to play AudioUnit instruments and process live audio through your AudioUnit effects. One-touch record lets you capture a great riff without delay.


Each AudioUnit is wrapped in a handy module with all the common controls you need to get the most out each one. Quickly audition presets with the preset stepper. When saving a preset Rax automatically creates the correct hierarchy for standard filing. Label a module with an appropriate icon – Rax ships with 15 icons with more on the way.

help-mixerchannelMix it up!

A built in 16 channel mixer with an insert effects rack for each channel, 8 send effects busses and a master effects rack gives you access to 25 effects racks for fine-tuning your mix. Each channel has a level meter, pan, mute, solo and 8 effect sends.

Do the splits

Rax’s MIDI features support layers, keyboard splits, velocity splits (with velocity compensation) and transposition.

Are you receiving?

Built-in MIDI Learn means you can easily control any AU parameters from you MIDI keyboard controller, event AUs (such as Apple’s) that don’t natively support MIDI control. And an autoload feature means that control is ready as soon as the module is added to the rack.

Singer and/or guitarist?

The new Live Audio inputs let you plug into to Rax to take advantage of all the AudioUnit effects – sing or play through the wonderful Ambience effect – use Rax’s send busses to share effects among a number of sound sources and decrease CPU.

Rax is $29.95 and available from our online store. It is only available via download. Until the product is registered users will be prevented from recording or using more than one instrument or live audio input in a rack.

Still Life 2.0 is anything but ‘Still’


Amazing. Unbelievable. Astounding. These are the adjectives that describe my thoughts while learning to use Still Life 2 from Granted Software. This is a stand alone application that will not only aid you in creating fantastic video clips for your movie projects, it’s a tremendous amount of fun Still Life 2 is extremely easy to use. Within a few minutes I was creating video from still images with control far more effective than iMovie 3’s Ken Burns Effect. In fact, Still Life could be referred to as the Ken Burns Effect on Steroids, but that’s hardly describes it all. With Still Life 2 you get total control over the effects. Using Bezier curved paths and the ability to rotate the image the results you get are simply incredible.


Still Life 2 looks a lot like an Apple iApp. The Aqua-metal is there, as is the same type of buttons you see in iMovie 3, and under the main window is a clip shelf. Click a button on the side and all the images you have imported slide out in a drawer. All the controls are easy to understand and easy to get to.

My First Project

Simplicity. Launch Still Life. Drag a picture from anywhere and drop it in the drawer. I used iPhoto for this. I opened iPhoto and chose a picture by clicking on it and simply dragged it to the Still Life Drawer. From the Drawer you drag the image to the shelf, under the main window. Click the image on the shelf and it appears in the main window. This image is called “Shot 1”….

To begin the process of creating a video clip from the still image you create a Shot 2 by clicking the “New Shot” button. Using Bezier curves or simply moving the onscreen box around is precise, yet simple to do. In the center of the box you’ll see a red square, from this red square you reach out and create an infinite amount of curves, straight lines, whatever… you totally control how the image will be panned.  To see a preview in real time of what you just did just click the Play button. Using openGL or Quartz Extreme the playback is as smooth as silk. You can even preview in full screen if you want. When you are satisfied with the effect you export the project. You have your choice of exporting the project to QuickTime, iDVD, or an iMovie project format. Under the Preferences you set the size you want to export the project, from a tiny 160×120 to a full screen 720X576. You also choose between NTSC and PAL. Like I said, you have total control.

Features (from the official Press Release)

Curved paths: Pans do not need to be in a straight line. You can lay out the perfect line with Bezier curves.
Camera rotation: If a part of the image is not aligned rotate the camera while zooming or panning to bring the feature into alignment. You can even spin the camera for dramatic effects.
iMovie Project Export: The iMovie Project Export feature creates a complete iMovie 2 project with a Media folder that is directly loadable into iMovie 2 or iMovie 3. All your clips are ready to go in the iMovie timeline in the same order they were arranged in Still Life.
OpenGL acceleration: We’ve added OpenGL acceleration for Quartz Extreme video cards. This acceleration is available for both previewing video and during the export process providing a 3-5 X speed improvement. The OpenGL preview also features a full screen mode.
Shot alignment guides: While laying out your shots handy alignment guides show up to let you get a pan perfectly straight or a zoom right on center.
Shot Inspector: For those needing fine control of shot characteristics the new Shot Inspector lets you tweak till your heart’s content.
Screensaver emulator: Everyone who sees Apple’s slide show screensaver wants to use that style in video slide shows. Still Life 2.0’s one click Screensaver styler turns your image collection into a beautiful slide show. Better yet you can tweak the scenes afterwards to perfect the presentation.

The Bottom Line

When I received this application for review I truthfully expected it to cost at least $150. With all the features, all the control, and the tremendous quality of the exported projects I thought the press material must have been mistaken when it listed the price of Still Life 2 at $14.95 (until April 12th, $24.95 after that). Still Like 2 can be used with iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, Avid, Premiere, or anything else you might use for video editing. Being a Stand alone application and having the ability to export in QuickTime it becomes a tool that can be used anywhere by any Mac user (running OS X of course).

It’s a spectacular application and I have no doubt that it will become one the most used tools in my video arsenal. And the ability to drag pictures from iPhoto to Still Life is just a huge bonus for me. Still Life 2 is a direct download from the Granted Software website. You can download a fully functioning copy of it for free (although it will export your project with a watermark) so you can see just how incredible it is. I’m betting Still Life has the highest percentage of people who download a demo and pay the product than any other product on the net right now. $14.95 for one of the most powerful, creative, and fun applications for the video hobbyist or professional? Come on now, who wouldn’t pay $15 for this thing?? Do yourself a big favor, head over to Granted Software right now and download it. Let me know if you too think this is just an amazing product. I’d love to hear from you.

Lisa Swanson