From Aupperle Services and Contracting:
Astro IIDC works with a wide variety of low and high end, color or monochrome, 8 or 16 bit FireWire 400 or FireWire 800 cameras. It has a simple intuitive interface, can record movies, grab frames, grab averaged frames, grab sums of frames, has extensive Altivec / SSE3 optimization for real time processing for flat field, dark frame, image alignment and stacking, supports movie recording as fast as 240 frames per second to disk or as long as 1 hour per frame. The application utilizes our industrial strength Altivec / SSE3 optimized IIDC/DCAM Version 2.0 Framework to control the camera and extracts the raw bayer or monochrome images from the CCD. "Astro IIDC" requires a PowerPC G4 / G5 Desktop or Powerbook OR any MacIntel.
What's new in this version:
Version 4.08.00 is 1.3.2 IIDC Camera compliant, adds support for 12 bit Monochrome and 12 bit Bayer video, has re-written stacking code to use up to 16 CPU cores concurrently for super speed 8 or 16 bit stacking, has additional Altivec and SSE3/4 Optimizations for frame sharpness estimation, increased number of camera pre set settings to 20, provides more Apple Script examples, has an updated 114 page manual and addresses a few bugs.