Windows Media Player plug-in reaches Firefox

Microsoft this week launched a new plug-in for Firefox that allows its proprietary media player to run on embedded web page scripts on the Mozilla browser.

HD video playback and recording added to Nero

Nero is updating its Nero 7 Ultra Edition Enhanced to include high-definition video playback and recording.

Adobe rolls out betas of pro video tools

Adobe is showing off its latest video editing tools to broadcast professionals at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas.

Microsoft debuts commercial HD DVD encoder SDK

At the National Association of Broadcasters, Microsoft is showcasing a new software development kit (SDK) that provides developers the core HD DVD video encoding technology used by Hollywood studios today.

Apple cuts the ribbon on new Final Cut Studio

Apple today unveiled its first major update of the Mac-specific Final Cut Studio video editing suite.

Adobe ships Creative Suite 3

Adobe has begun shipping the new CS3 versions of its creativity tools as well as the standard and premium versions of its recently announced Creative Suite 3.

Microsoft posts Office Communications Server 2007 beta

Microsoft has posted a public beta of its Office Communications Server 2007 software.

Google unveils Desktop app for Macs

30 months after it first hit the PC, Google Desktop is now available in a beta format for the Mac operating system.

Google lets users create My Maps

Google has launched a new personalized touch to its online maps tool that allows users to create customized maps with specific locations and pictures.

MLB pitches video highlights to iTunes

Apple today announced that video highlights of the 2007 Major League Baseball (MLB) season will be heading to the iTunes digital store.

Peakstream intros beta stream processing platform for Windows

Building a supercomputer has become a whole lot easier with stream processing solutions such as Peakstream or Nvidia’s CUDA technology. Peakstream today announced a new version of its application interface, which enables developers to take advantage of the floating point horsepower of graphics cards under Windows.

Adobe releases CS3 versions of Photoshop family

San Jose (CA) – Adobe today announced the CS3 family of products in what the company claims is the biggest launch in the firm’s history. Surrounding a new Photoshop, there are a total of 17 new software versions, which are organized into six different packages.    

Google releases embedded Google Talk gadget

Google has released an HTML script that Web designers and Myspace users alike can use to embed the Google Talk application into a web page.

WeatherBug releases new Vista gadget

Throwing its hat into the limited Vista gadget arena, WeatherBug today announced that it has received certification from the new Windows operating system for a desktop weather application.

Microsoft takes another shot at JPEG with HD Photo format

Redmond (WA) – Microsoft has been working on its own image format for some time: First information about the Windows Media Photo format became available a little over a year ago. Now Microsoft is ready to let users test the new format, renamed to “HD Photo,” in Adobe Photoshop CS2 and CS3.

Berlin in 3D in Google Earth

Hamburg, Germany, announced a few weeks ago that it planned to become the first 3D city for Google Earth, but Germany’s capital has won the race in the end: The city today published a plug-in for Google Earth that includes more than 44,000 buildings in 3D. Extra: Slideshow

Adobe to extend Photoshop with animation, rendering features

Adobe today said that it will unveil two versions of its flagship image editing software Photoshop on March 27. In addition to the regular “CS3” version, there will be a “CS3 Extended” package that will integrate animation and rendering capabilities.

AnyDVD HD now copies Blu-ray discs, too

St. John’s (Antigua) – Slysoft claims to have bypassed virtually any copy protection technology that is integrated in the high-definition disc formats HD DVD and Blu-ray. Following the previously announced HD DVD ripper, the software now also supports Blu-ray discs and allows you to play both formats on computers without HDCP chips.

Adobe developing online version of Photoshop

Adobe is developing an online and free version of its popular Photoshop picture editing program.

Google touts new click fraud prevention systems

In an effort to block fraudulent and invalid clicks on Google Ad links, Google will be adding several prevention methods.