Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 is a major milestone in the Mac video-editing world. The software isn’t perfect, but this is the first Premiere in a long time that can handle plenty of real-world, pro-level projects without any excuses.
3D support is one of the major upgrades you’ll find in this version of After Effects. Of course, After Effects has been creating 3D environments for years, but the individual elements making up those environments were actually 2D, simply animated in a 3D space.
The word “easy” is usually not found anywhere near the term “3D” in a sentence describing 3D graphics software, and for good reason—creating 3D animation has become a specialized task, with highly complex software and a huge learning curve.
If you create screencasts or software training tutorials, you’ve probably been using Ambrosia Software’s Snapz Pro, which has been the go-to product for this specialized task for many years. Well, there’s a new kid in town, and it’s fair to say that Vara Software’s ScreenFlow offers some significant advantages over Snapz Pro, to the extent that it’s in a category all by itself.
Instant messaging used to be the most convenient way to have a conversation online. Then along came audio chatting to free us from all that typing. Today video chatting is the best way to feel directly connected to others over the Internet—it’s the next best thing to being there. And while iChat can pull off amazing video chats, it has two main drawbacks: It only supports video chats with up to four people, and it’s Mac only.