MovieFORGE Pro for Mac review

MovieFORGE Pro for Mac identifies added movies using one of two Internet databases and then converts the media to be played on a device of your choice. This paid app comes with a demo mode and provides useful features like device profile management and wide format support. The conversion process, itself, is relatively speedy and provides good-quality results.

After startup, MovieFORGE Pro for Mac displays instructions and features a toolbar and a sidebar that lists loaded movies. We were pleased with the ability to add standalone files as well as multiple tracks from a single movie. Once added, the video … Read more

Sony Sound Forge Pro 11 review

As the latest version of one of the world's leading professional audio solutions, Sound Forge Pro 11 brings workflow enhancements and tweaks, new signal effects plug-ins, one-touch recording, new display options, and restore and repair tools. It's a great piece of software, though somewhat costly.


Reliable, professional solution: At this level of complexity, Sony Sound Forge Pro 11 looks and feels like a mature product. Its power and stability ensure that all your audio needs will be satisfied to the last detail.

Audio for video: With videography in mind, the new version supports popular video formats like … Read more

Sony Noise Reduction review

Sony Noise Reduction consists of four professional DirectX sound restoration plug-ins that can clean up your vinyl recordings and tracks, eliminating noise that has been accidentally introduced or unwanted and annoying sound sources from otherwise good recordings. To use them effectively, however, you need to know what you are doing.


Great performance: Sony Noise Reduction includes Audio Restoration, Clipped Peak Restoration, Noise Reduction, and Click and Crackle Removal, all of which work as advertised.

Plug-in settings: You start with the default values and, if the result is not satisfactory, you can adjust many settings. Once you are happy with … Read more

Sony ACID Xpress Free review

As a stripped-down version of ACID Pro, Sony's professional digital audio workstation, Sony ACID Xpress Free provides a serviceable music editing program, but bars you from using some basic features unless you put up the cash to purchase the Pro version.


Good features: Sony ACID Xpress Free has a digital keyboard, guitar, and drum set at your disposal for making tracks. Like its parent app, it uses Acid Loops that automatically change in pitch to match and transition seamlessly into other Acid Loops, to ease the process of creating music.

Helpful tutorials: The "Show Me How" … Read more

Sound Forge Pro for Mac review

Sound Forge Pro for Mac lets you remaster audio files using an elegant and streamlined interface. This premium app offers many ways of adjusting your audio tracks, such as setting waveform peak ranges, delays, distortions, filters, and more. It also supports adding multiple channels and removing noise, but it lacks software instruments, save for a rudimentary synthesizer.

Sound Forge Pro for Mac features a streamlined interface that follows Apple's aesthetics. There are three side panes, which can be hidden, as well as a toolbar with an LED display. The sound editing is done using an extensive plug-in system in … Read more

Skyforge, a vending machine for your 3D-printed dreams

Remember when vending machines distributed premade goods like candy, Super Balls, and sausages? Yawn. A new kind of vending machine called SkyForge makes use of a 3D printer to sell plastic items that are only limited by the imaginations of the machine's users.

The invention came about when mechanical engineering graduate Chris Walker and a classmate at the University of Idaho in the town of Moscow got frustrated with their limited access to the university's 3D printers. So they did what any good mechanical engineers would do: they formed a company, Element Robot, and built their own machine. … Read more

Tor Books to drop DRM on entire catalog of e-books

Science-fiction/fantasy publishing company Tor Books dropped a big bomb on the e-book world today by announcing plans to abolish DRM on its entire collection of e-books in early July.

The shift will most likely appear seamless to consumers, as an official blog post on the Tor Web site mentions that DRM-free titles will sell at the same retailers that currently sell Tor's books, and will additionally appear on DRM-free-only e-book stores. The Macmillan-owned company also publishes titles under Forge, Orb, Starscape, and Tor Teen. … Read more

The 404 1,026: Where we were monitoring that scan (podcast)

Are you disappointed or psyched that so many new technologies draw inspiration directly from films and TV? First it was Samsung citing "2001: A Space Odyssey" as an influence for their Samsung Galaxy tablet and all the reports of "Minority Report" tech coming soon. And now Google looks like it watched too many Star Trek episodes while designing its augmented-reality glasses.… Read more

Sony launches updated multimedia suite

Fans of Sony's multimedia production and editing tools get some happy news today with the release of updated versions of Vegas, ACID, and Sound Forge. Vegas Movie Studio HD 10 Platinum ($99.95) is a user-friendly video-editing application packed with all the features of the previous version as well as some handy new tools. Worth noting is Image Stabilization, which allows anyone with shaky footage to quickly and simply even out the shot with a selection of optimized presets. There's also a slideshow creator, new color correction tools, GPU-accelerated AVC rendering, and a feature that lets you burn … Read more

Sourceforge eats its open-source dogfood

You might not recognize the name Geeknet, but you probably know its popular tech sites such as Sourceforge, Slashdot, Ohloh, Think Geek, Freshmeat, and the recently acquired

When Geeknet opened a new data center in Chicago two years ago, the network operations team wanted to centralize management of hundreds of systems serving the Geeknet Web network.

Geeknet's servers run 100 percent open-source software, including CentOS Linux, and a number of open-source Web servers, mail servers, databases (MySQL, Postgres, Memchache), along with a large number of source code repositories running Subversion.

The company needed a monitoring and management … Read more