Here are summaries of recent Computing product reviews. Each product is rated on a scale of one to four. One computer indicates poor; four indicate excellent:
VideoSpigot, for Mac LC, IIsi or II with NuBus (includes IIfx and IIci). $499 for IIsi or LC, $599 for NuBus Macs. From SuperMac Technology, 485 Potrero Ave., Sunnyvale, Calif. 94086. (408) 245-2202.
Premiere, for Mac II or later (at least a 68020 processor), 32-bit color, QuickDraw and at least 4 megabytes random-access memory. $495. From Adobe Systems Inc., 1585 Charleston Road, P.O. Box 7900, Mountain View, Calif. 94039-7900. (415) 961-4400 or 800-833-6687.
Apple's new QuickTime addition to the Macintosh operating system makes the Mac a low-cost digital video editing machine. The movies it makes are rough and small on screen but are the first personal computer brush with affordable, real-time, full-motion digital video.With hardware such as SuperMac's VideoSpigot and software such as Adobe's Premiere, you can make simple movies for fun, for training, for adding to other documents or even for professional video projects.
Remember that you'll need to add a sound editing program to complete your digital studio.
Performance: 4 computers
Ease of use: 4 computers
Value: 4 computers
Performance: 2 computers
Ease of use: 4 computers
Value: 3 computers
These are reviews of shareware programs for IBM and compatible computers. The programs are available from bulletin boards and computer clubs. Users try them, then pay a fee to
register if they decide to use them regularly.
ANTI-VIRUS -- Virus scares don't trouble PC users who protect themselves with updated anti-virus programs. At the forefront of shareware producers of such programs, McAfee and Associates are always updating their virus protection software.
SCAN checks your hard disk and floppies for virus, CLEAN-UP gets rid of them, VIRUS SHIELD remains in memory, ready to pounce on any virus in its list of suspects. VCOPY checks for viruses that are transferred from floppy disks to hard disks.
Registration for his programs is in the $25 range for each, and well worth it. (I'll send you evaluation disks of his latest anti-virus programs on two disks for $7.) If you continue using McAfee's anti-virus programs, reward him for this valuable work by registering. Write to: 4423 Cheeney St., Santa Clara, Calif. 95054.
AUDIO LIBRARIAN Charles Schell of Unicorn Software in Wabash, Ind., has two programs that will help you catalog your record or tape collection, use selections from it to make your own cassettes, and even find a title in your collection that will take up the 2 minutes of blank tape you have left at the end of a cassette.
It's simple to install and use, but it's sophisticated enough to handle a collection that includes compact discs, albums, cassettes and reel-to-reel tapes.
The registration price: $45 each. But you can try fully functional copies if you download them from a computer bulletin board.
For copies of the four anti-virus programs, or for copies of both librarian programs, send $7 to Shareware, P.O. Box 7037, Long Beach, Calif. 90807. Phone (310) 595-6870. Fax (310) 426-0110. A shareware catalog on a disk costs $2. Please specify 5.25- or 3.5-inch disks.)