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Dbesade84 tipped on 13 Dec 2004
Here is a couple tips for users with machines that are a bit long in the tooth.

* Don't run Motion with Multiple Programs running, this will speed up the real time effects

* Don't use 2 Screens on a Dual Head Video Card with 64MB of RAM or Less as this will affect your performance Adversely!

* Have at LEAST 512MB of RAM

* Pause the Live Real Time effects such as Particle Emitters while working to speed up your workflow.

-Dave
Machowto.com
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Dbesade84 commented on 13 Dec 2004
The program is probably the only of its kind for the Mac which can write the SPD code on RAM Modules. However the application is limited in its help now-a-days with Macs now being MacOSX Only.

The developer has not returned my emails for help with a certain Ram Module that works great in my PC but now doesn't work in my Mac.

-Dave
Machowto.com
xlr8yourcube.com
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Dbesade84 reviewed on 23 Apr 2004
Today I got my Apple iSight (www.apple.com/isight) and was looking for a way to create video clips using the iSight for use within iMovie. I found this little application while searching through MacUpdate's rather large database of applications.

I would like to first talk about the way licensing is set up. The idea that you must first get a "demo" key is rather annoying when I just want to try the application without having to spawn my web browser and then email client. A simple "try for xx days" button would be suffecient for the purpose of giving people a free trial. Another thing that is rather confusing is that the company allows an unlimited amount of 1 day demo licenses, what is the point to registering your application if I can just get it for free? Those are probably the only gripes I have about this wonderful Application.

The features of this program are very advanced for something of the price and for being in the shareware market. The fact that I can adjust my Brightness, contrast, and select what kind of compression I want to use for the final product, is literally amazing and worth the price.

Setting up the program is simple (minus the License Part), just plug in your iSight and go. One click starts the recording and another click stops it. One thing to be aware of is that during compression slower machines may lag during this process as it is rather processor intensive. As with any DV application, be sure you are aware of the free space you have on your hard disk as raw DV files can take up quite a bit of room.

If you are looking for a simple to use, to the point application to get clips off your iSight or other Video Camera, then this is the App to do it. Also note that iMovie 4 has the ability to use the iSight as a Video input device.
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Dbesade84 reviewed on 23 Apr 2004
As a start I would like to say I have been playing the Escape Velocity Series from Ambrosia Software (www.ambrosiasw.com) for years now. I have always hoped a 3D version would surface at one point or another. The in depth senario's and over-all quality of the EV Series made up for the lack of 3D graphics.

Event Horizon, I downloaded and started playing with no problems which is a good sign thus far. The User Interface in which the user changes the key settings, the intro to the main story line, all is serverely lacking quality and ease of use. If this game were not freeware I certainly would not have bought it as shareware. The developers need to put more thought and more work into the interface that the user uses to modify the game settings, and what not.

The next thing I went into is game play, now the graphics are not STUNNING or anything, in reality they are quite basic, something I find to be a bit annoying as all the ships are basically grey. The developers need to be a bit more creative in their making this "Spin-off" of the EV Series. I understand its not easy, but at least show some effort.

The Playability of the game was excellent, all the keys did as they were supposed to, if not a little ackwardly. The game functioned smoothly with no errors and gave me no issues whatsover. The game was stable, and the keys did what they were supposed to.

In conclusion, the idea of what the developers are doing is very good. But more work needs to be done into the graphics, and the over-all feel of the game. The interface in some places in very very clunky and in other places its nearly non-existant. With time and some creative juice I think maybe this could be the next big thing. If the developers do not heed the advice above, I believe this will flop.

~Dave
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