An interesting move from Adobe. Adobe Labs has released a public beta for a new sound editing software, called Soundbooth, competing closely with Apple’s SoundTrack Pro. The usage, however, is different, Adobe Soundbooth is targeted more towards creative professionals, and not so much audio pro’s.
As Adobe already has Adobe Audition, also for sound editing, this is still an interesting move. Here’s a quote from an interview with Hart Shafer, senior product manager for Adobe Audio products, done by Macworld by Jim Dalrymple:
Adobe said that Soundbooth was designed from the ground up with the video and Web workflow in mind. While many professionals have to be able to manipulate audio, they don’t necessarily need the vast feature set that many high-end audio applications offer.
For me this seems very nice, as Adobe Audition seems a bit overkill and as I use other Adobe products on a daily basis, the logic should be the same, making it easy for me and frankly, quite many others, to get into the product. Nice
Soundbooth will be a very familiar application for Adobe’s customers, explained Shafer.
Soundbooth is immediately available for download for intel based macs (PowerPC’s are, and will be, excluded) and pc’s
Firefox 2.0 is now out, altho not officially as it’s not up on getfirefox.com yet. The official release should be any time soon. Still it’s now freely available at firefox releases:
Before this i wasn’t using firefox 2, mostly due to the lack of support for some extensions I’m using (for which I found a work-around later, but was too lazy to upgrade & fix..). Still, now this seems pretty nice, almost had forgot about it.
Back then, with the beta (which was some time ago!), firefox also crashed from time to time, now it seems pretty stable (using the en-us on OS X).
Some nice new features here, especially microsummaries seem like a good idea to make websites more usable for the end user. Smart idea. Another feature that’s pretty handy for me is that you can configure your default feed reader. Then again of course anybody who’s reading this probably already knows about these ..
Anyway, if not, read on about the rest of the new features here.
Update: It’s now officially out
I just heard from my classmate, Rickard Skogtoft that I made it to the front page of Hyper island.se. Heh, a small step for mankind, a big step for me (to conquer the world, of course).
As we in crew 12 are having the Experience Technology module at Hyper Island, I made a small blog for our group to keep all you nosy people updated. We’ll try to update it as much as possible, so that you’ll know what’s going on. Thanks to Niclas for hosting.
And the link: http://et.crew12.nu/boombox/
Read more about the project at the site. We’ll try to add pics etc soon too.