Spectrum: Interactive Media & Online Developer News 5 August 2002

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DEVELOPER'S TOOLBOX
--iVAST Ships MPEG-4 Platform
--New PS2 Version of CodeWarrior Analysis Tools Available --DMOD Ships Software for Secure Digital Media Workflow, Distribution --Microsoft Corona News Update

IN THE INFOGROOVE
--Forte Upgrades Newsreaders
--Study: Poor Site Performance Can Cost Millions

GRAPHICALLY SPEAKING
--pmG Offers messiah:animate Demo, Special Pricing --Discreet Ships 3ds Max 5
--Marlin Studios Releases City Buildings 3D Model Library --Virtools Releases Multiuser Pack
--Eovia Releases Webxport 2
--SGI, Nokia to Develop Mobile 3D Standard --ImageWare Brings Facial Recognition to Web

THE DIALS & LEVERS OF POWER
--New Titles from New Riders
--O'Reilly Releases IPv6, Perl/LWP Books

DEALS
--Vivendi Signs Distro Deal with S&SI
--Zona to Develop MMOG for Gamania

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY
--Sony Ships The Mark of Kri for PS2

NUMBEROLOGY
--Report: PC Market Consumes 30% More GPUs than CPUs

HAPPENINGS
--Macromedia Announces DevCon 2002

F.Y.I.
--About Spectrum
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DEVELOPER'S TOOLBOX

iVAST Ships MPEG-4 Platform Just out from iVAST is its MPEG-4 Platform Version 2.0. The platform includes seven new iVAST software products, and improvements to four existing products that provide interactive digital-media solutions for broadband Internet, broadcast, cable television, enterprise streaming, distance learning, and packaged media. It reportedly meets the specifications set forth by the Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA's 1.0 Implementation Specifications), as well as other industry standards such as XML and J2EE (Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition) which provide control through interoperability and a standards-based interface. The suite of tools includes: For creation: * Studio Encode 2.0 for compressing and encoding audio and video media into MPEG-4 standard files. * Studio Author 2.0: a visual environment for creating interactive MPEG-4 content with control over audio, video, graphics, animation and interactivity. * Studio Plug-in 2.0 for Adobe Premiere: provides video editors with MPEG-4 audio, video and file export through standard Premiere interfaces. * Studio Tools 2.0: a set of command line MPEG-4 authoring tools that let content-production studios automate and extend media-encoding and authoring processes. * Studio Encode and Author SDK 2.0: lets production studios, enterprises, authoring and encoding developers integrate MPEG-4 technology directly into their products. For delivery: * Media Server 2.0: a media-delivery application for MPEG-4 audio, video and interactive rich media. * Systemware 2.0: a suite of system utilities for remote management of multiple servers, users, and content combined with the integration into back-office systems. For playback: * Experience Player 2.0 -- for Win32 * Experience Player 2.0 -- Enterprise Edition: tools to enable service providers to deliver a customized, branded player with a flexible user interface. * Experience Player 2.0 -- Hardware Porting Kit: ports the audio/video decoders as well as the MPEG-4 player controls and systems capabilities to a variety of hardware devices. * iVAST Audio/Video Decoder 2.0 -- Embedded Porting Kit: ports the audio/video decoders to consumer electronic or other hardware devices. http://www.ivast.com ___________________________________ New PS2 Version of CodeWarrior Analysis Tools Available Metrowerks has begun shipping a new version of its CodeWarrior Analysis Tools (CATS) for PlayStation 2, which allow developers to analyze and optimize their games' performance. New features in Version 2.0 include: a new sampling profiler for IOP development; an upgraded GUI for easier navigation; improvements to HiProf for both time stamping and cycle counting for accurate information on bottlenecks; and improvements to VisCov for ensuring that developers' final code is thoroughly tested before submission. The IOP Profiler for Audio and Peripheral Controls lets developers measure code performance on the input/output processor. The IOP Profiler also enables developers to: profile the IOP modules at function level; simultaneously profile all modules; profile while running an entire application or a single IOP module; take profiling snapshots and more. Also included in the CATS package is a Code Coverage Tool for measuring code execution. Metrowerks is announcing a temporary reduction in the price of the CodeWarrior Analysis Tools Suite for PlayStation2 development. Through September 27, 2002, the tools are available for almost 60% off of the regular price. Quantity discounts do not apply for the duration of this special. http://www.metrowerks.com/MW/Develop/Games ___________________________________ DMOD Ships Software for Secure Digital Media Workflow, Distribution DMOD, Inc. last week announced released the client/server version of its flagship product, the DMOD WorkSpace Gateway 2.0. Targeted at media organizations that need to control access to proprietary content during the digital-production process, the software is designed to provide persistent media-access control from content creation, through review/approval cycles, to mastering and manufacturing; all points at which music tracks, feature films, digital dailies, and pre-release versions of works are most often leaked or stolen. New features include: * administration includes automated IP address management, firewall negotiation features, and a new easy set-up process * centralized, automated management of users -- gives content owners complete control over who can access the WorkSpace Gateway and send and receive content at any time * caching of media -- once uploaded to the Gateway, content remains online until the owner removes it. This allows content owners to distribute previously uploaded media to additional desktops by defining new permissions. * unattended transfers and downloads -- senders can disconnect from the Gateway once media is uploaded. The Gateway then caches the content, and downloads it when the recipient connects to the Gateway. * flexible, re-assignable desktop licenses -- allows a media company to allocate a fixed number of licenses on an ad hoc basis depending on project requirements. * new Java-based architecture -- uses proven standards like J2EE, JBOSS and SOAP http://www.dmod.com ___________________________________ Microsoft Corona News Update Microsoft recently announced the official name for its next-generation digital-media platform, Windows Media 9 Series, formerly code-named Windows Media "Corona." New audio and video codecs are design to provide improved quality at all bit rates and enable home-theater quality audio and video for broadband PC users. New efficiency will reportedly let enterprises use streaming for corporate communications and training. Microsoft claims WM9S also will improve the economics of streaming for Internet content providers, and let application developers and IT professionals customize digital media solutions with an extensible platform. The public beta versions of Windows Media 9 Series components will be available Sept. 4 and include new versions of Windows Media Player, Windows Media Audio and Video codecs, Windows Media Encoder and a new Windows Media Software Development Kit (SDK). Microsoft also announced the Windows Media 9 Series Technical Summit, a two-day development and deployment conference, to be held in L.A. Sept. 5-6. Information and registration for the event is available at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmedia/wmsummit/. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmedia/ ___________________________________

IN THE INFOGROOVE

Forte Upgrades Newsreaders Forte released a free upgrade for the millions of Free Agent users that use the program as their Usenet newsreader. Free Agent 1.92 offers enhanced features and also lets customers use Free Agent in its freeware mode, or switch modes to the full-featured version of Agent for a 30-day trial. During the trial period the customer may either purchase an upgrade to Agent, or revert to Free Agent at no cost and without losing any data, files or settings. Agent 1.92 was also released on August 2 as a free upgrade for all registered users. The 1.92 upgrade provides larger archive storage capabilities, and enhanced handling of multi-part binaries. Traffic on Usenet newsgroups has been doubling every nine to 12 months, with users worldwide posting more than a half a terabyte of new content daily. Currently there are over 90,000 newsgroups. Recently, Usenet has experienced significant shifts in the volume of data from text messages to binary content. The bifurcation in the volume of data represents a major evolution in Usenet traffic from its historical, text-based collaborative environment to one that includes a substantial volume of binary content for trading and collecting. A recent survey by Forte of 2,600 Agent users indicated that people in newsgroups who historically shared opinions and ideas in newsgroups are now also sharing digital content. The survey found that more than 67 percent of people use Agent to collect movies, pictures, music, and eBooks. New features currently in development for the Agent product line will let users efficiently navigate, identify, and capture content for collaborating and collecting. http://www.forteinc.com ___________________________________ Study: Poor Site Performance Can Cost Millions Poor Web site performance can cost companies millions annually in wasted marketing money, according to a study conducted by Red Gate Software, a supplier of testing software for Web applications. Red Gate used its ANTS (Advanced .NET Testing System) software to simulate the experience of 500 visitors to popular corporate, travel, shopping and search engine sites. ANTS uses patented "frustration coefficient" and "abandonment prediction" measurements that reflect ongoing research documenting people's emotional response to Web site delays. The frustration coefficient is ranked 0 to 100, with 100 being the highest level of frustration; the abandonment index is a prediction of the percentage of people who will leave the site in frustration. "The business impact of poor Web application performance goes straight to a company's bottom line," says Simon Galbraith, Red Gate's director of marketing and sales. "If your Web site has an abandonment prediction of 25 percent, it means you are likely to be turning away 25 percent of your potential Web customers - it's that simple." Galbraith uses AT&T as an example. AT&T spent an estimated $447 million in the first half of last year, according to figures in AdAge.com from research firm CMR. These ads generate Web-site traffic. Yet, Red Gate's research predicts that 33 percent of those visiting AT&T's site will abandon it because of poor performance. The frustration coefficient is 41 as a result of long download times for accessing Web pages. Galbraith says that a frustration coefficient under 5 is very good, but anything over 20 can have a negative business impact. In comparison to AT&T, the study indicates that people are unlikely to abandon Microsoft's site, even though it has a fairly high frustration coefficient of 28. Two sites can have identical frustration coefficients, but dramatically different abandonment predictions. That's because sites that occasionally inflict extremely long wait times are abandoned more frequently than those that are fairly slow all the time. In Microsoft's case, an abandonment prediction of 0 means more bang for the buck: For advertising that drives potential customers to the Web site, Red Gate predicts that AT&T achieved about the same impact as Microsoft, while spending an estimated 50 percent more. Search engines are guides or portals to the Internet, making them among the most frequently visited Web sites. All of the search sites tested by Red Gate had abandonment prediction percentages of 0, but Yahoo had a rather high frustration level of 30. According to Red Gate, Google has earned its reputation for no-fuss searching, with a low frustration coefficient of 11. But, Google is not exclusive in its simplicity and fast response: Altavista, Lycos and LookSmart all have frustration coefficients equal to or lower than Google's. For full results of the study and a more complete description of the methodologies, visit http://www.red-gate.com/results_methodology.htm. ___________________________________

GRAPHICALLY SPEAKING

pmG Offers messiah:animate Demo, Special Pricing pmG Worldwide, creator of the project:messiah 1.5 character-animation toolset, has announced special pricing for its new messiah:animate 3.0, released last month. Until August 7, pmG is selling messiah:animate 3.0 for US $595.00, $450 off the normal MSRP of $1045.00. Current owners of project:messiah 1.5 can upgrade to messiah:animate for $395.00. The company is also making available a free, downloadable, demo version of messiah:animate 3.0. The save-disabled free version contains about 85 percent of the features of the full version, along with full documentation and sample scenes. messiah:animate 3.0, the company's redesigned 3D character-animation program, can run standalone or connect to 3ds max, Maya, Lightwave and Cinema 4D XL. Designed as a production tool, the software is designed to let studios and independents animate more efficiently, transfer projects between multiple applications, and work on joint projects requiring multiple studios. http://www.projectmessiah.com ___________________________________ Discreet Ships 3ds Max 5 Discreet last week announced the first customer shipment of 3ds max 5, a feature release of its 3D animation and modeling software. The software's highest-profile recent applications include movies such as "Minority Report" and "Spider-Man" and video games including "Halo" and "Command & Conquer: Renegade." In film, the new version enables new levels of rendered and physical realism while improving efficiency with enhancements to its animation workflow. It also provides greater abilities to manage, process and share data between products in studio pipelines including Discreet's own inferno, flame, flint systems and combustion software. In games, 3ds max 5 supports new techniques and hardware abilities. And in design visualization, the software lets users produce photo-realistic results for design investigations, presentations, training, marketing launches, virtual branding layouts and more. With this release, Discreet will also be launching its subscription program, both single-user and network versions, for $390 the first year and $330 for renewals. Discreet Subscription gives customers timely access to the latest upgrades and enhancements while simplifying the budgeting process. The Discreet Subscription program will be available in North America in August, with other regions to soon follow. http://www.discreet.com/ ___________________________________ Marlin Studios Releases City Buildings 3D Model Library Graphics studio and publisher Marlin Studios has released Premium 3D Models - City Buildings. The $199 product consists of 182 detailed building models for use in an urban 3D environment. The 3D models are presented in three popular file formats: 3DS, LWO(6) and OBJ. All 3D models are fully licensable and royalty free. A special edition of Right Hemisphere's 3D Exploration software is included with each library for viewing, transforming and manipulating the 3D models. The models were created with Boolean-subtract windows and doors for separate surfacing; additional surfacing layers for variations in color or texture; and rooftop elements so the models can be viewed from an overhead perspective. Depending on the model format and complexity of the model, the models range in poly count (number of faces) from 17,000 to 170,000 polygons and in size from 250KB to 11 MB. Most models average in the 70,000 polygon range with file size of 1.5 MB. Complete product information is available at: http://www.marlinstudios.com/products/bldgmodels/bldgmodels.htm Free sample 3D models can be downloaded, and sample thumbnail images and artwork created with the models can be viewed at: http://www.marlinstudios.com/samples/sampbldg.htm ___________________________________ Virtools Releases Multiuser Pack The new Virtools Multiuser Pack helps developers create multi-user applications based on a networking engine, accessed through Virtools' behavior-building blocks. Developers can use it to create both persistent and ad-hoc multi-user applications simultaneously for several platforms (Mac, PC, Xbox). Depending on the type of multiuser application, the Virtools Multiuser Pack provides for two different types of servers - the Virtools Behavioral Server or Peer Server. http://www.virtools.com/solutions/products/virtools_multiuser.asp ___________________________________ Eovia Releases Webxport 2 Viewpoint Corporation and Eovia Corporation, maker of 3D app Carrara Studio 2, last week shipped WebXport 2, a cross-platform, direct-export tool from Carrara Studio 2 to the Viewpoint (VET) format. As a free extension from within Carrara Studio 2 WebXport 2 lets users export animated, interactive 3D scenes to the Viewpoint format. The user interface lets users create complex interactions on the fly and preview their VET content before exporting to the Web. Viewpoint Media Player (VMP) is the client host of the VET rich-media platform. It includes both an ActiveX control and a Netscape Plug-in that permits its graphics and online services to be accessed through Web browsers and across multiple platforms. http://www.viewpoint.com ___________________________________ SGI, Nokia to Develop Mobile 3D Standard SGI and Nokia have signed an agreement to cooperate on the development of a 3D standard suitable for embedded mobile terminals, based on OpenGL, a vendor-neutral, multiplatform graphics standard. Introduced by SGI in 1992, OpenGL marks its 10th anniversary as a 3D and 2D graphics application programming interface (API). The agreement between SGI and Nokia ties into an embedded devices standard that is being developed by the Khronos Group, a consortium of digital media and graphics industry members. The Khronos Group is involved in developing and marketing a variety of media and graphics standards for non-mobile devices including game terminals, set-top boxes and avionics. The Khronos standard will complement the mobile Java standard currently being developed by an industry group representing major mobile phone companies, operators, and content and technology providers through the Java Community Process (JCP). http://www.nokia.com/ http://www.khronos.org/ http://www.sgi.com/ ___________________________________ ImageWare Brings Facial Recognition to Web ImageWare Systems, Inc. recently announced, through its relationship with Identix Incorporated, the development of FACE ID Web, an Internet-based version of its FACE ID facial recognition software. ImageWare's FACE ID employs biometric technology that allows users to identify a list of possible suspects by measuring distinct facial characteristics. With the eyes as a reference point, FACE ID utilizes a mathematic formula to produce a data record representing the face in question. The data record is then compared to a database of records that are created from mug shots, suspect composites, video clips or scanned photos. The search engine is resistant to changes in lighting, facial expression, hairstyles, disguises and pose. FACE ID is enabled by Identix' proprietary FaceIt facial recognition technology. http://www.iwsinc.com/ ___________________________________

THE DIALS & LEVERS OF POWER

New Titles from New Riders Photoshop Studio with Bert Monroy, by Bert Monroy: Monroy has dissected the techniques that he's developed over the years to create photo-realistic images for this volume. This is a firsthand look on how a master goes from concept to finished image and reveals how to create images using the tips and techniques of a Photoshop master. Photoshop 7 Killer Tips, by Scott Kelby & Felix Nelson: Collection of cool tips and hidden secrets, designed to show the Photoshop professional how to get more work done faster, while increasing quality. Inside Photoshop 7, by Gary Bouton et al: Reference and tutorial with step-by-step techniques based on real-world examples. Flash MX Application Design and Development, by Jessica Speigel: Shows how to create three of the most sought-after Flash applications: Full-featured Flash e-commerce site; Multi-player game (including speech bubble chat & theme game rooms); Online community with forum, real-time private messaging and search capabilities. Accompanying source code lets the reader tie the front end (Flash) to back-end programming (XML & Java). ActioScripting in Flash MX, by Phillip Kerman: Through guided practical exercises, those new to programming will build problem-solving skills, foundation knowledge in programming, and debugging techniques. In addition, "broken scripts" (with solutions) will challenge readers to solve problems. The book begins with a foundation section that acclimates the reader with the general programming theory and how to apply it to Flash. A Workshop section then builds a practical application. The Flash MX Project, by Cheryl Brumbaugh-Duncan: Readers build a collection of Flash movies that incorporate ActionScript, XML, audio, and video. A collection of hands-on seminars each focus on teaching a specific aspect of Flash X. Working through the book cover-to-cover lets readers build an entire Flash Web site that includes graphics and animation, audio, video, ActionScript-driven activities, games and personalization, Smart Clips, and XML-driven forms. Flash to the Core: An Interactive Sketchbook, by Joshua Davis: Based around the author's techniques and creativity, the book is about the creative process and what Davis can teach about taking Flash design and development to new extremes. 12 Flash-based projects Joshua has created in the past year. Each project is a narrative and deconstruction, with the code used in the project, included and explained. http://www.newriders.com ___________________________________ O'Reilly Releases IPv6, Perl/LWP Books IPv6, the next-generation Internet Protocol, has been in the works since the early 90s when the rapid growth of the Internet threatened to exhaust existing IP addresses. Drawing on 20 years' operational experience with the existing protocol (IPv4), the new protocol offers scalability, increased security features, real-time traffic support, and auto-configuration so that even a novice user can connect a machine to the Internet. But what does this mean for IT professionals? Having learned all the strengths and weaknesses of the old protocol, do they abandon that knowledge and start afresh with the new? In her book, "IPv6 Essentials," (O'Reilly, US $39.95) author Silvia Hagen provides information to let IT professionals plan for, design, and integrate IPv6 into their current IPv4 infrastructure. The book provides an introduction to IPv6 for network professionals, administrators, managers, and executives. Hagen covers the new features and functions in IPv6, discussing such topics as how to configure IPv6 on hosts and routers, and which applications currently support IPv6. It also covers: * security in IPv6: concepts, requirements, and solutions. Includes the IPSEC framework and security elements available for authentication and encryption * quality of service: covers the types of QoS in IPv6 and how they can be implemented * networking: Layer 2 support for IPv6 with sample network designs that show how to integrate IPv6 into your network without interruption of IPv4 services * routing protocols and upper layer protocols * getting started on different operating systems: Sun Solaris, Linux, Windows 2000, and Windows XP Chapter 2, "The Structure of the IPv6 Protocol," is available free online at: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/ipv6ess/chapter/index.html For more information about the book, including Table of Contents, index, author bio, and samples, see http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/ipv6ess/ Also new from O'Reilly: The Swiss army knife of programming languages, Perl turns up in diverse and sundry applications. Its flexibility makes it a favorite of coders, and with its multi-purpose modules--like the tools and gadgets on a pocketknife--there are very few tasks that Perl is not applied to. One of Perl's handiest and most practical tools is LWP (Library for WWW in Perl), the suite of modules for fetching and processing Web pages. There is a wealth of information on the Web: news, weather, government info, shopping, discussion groups, product info, reviews, games, and other entertainment, and LWP can help automate all of it. In his book, "Perl & LWP" (O'Reilly, US $34.95), author Sean Burke shows how to use the powerful LWP library and its related HTML tools to build useful Web client applications to automate various tasks on the Web. The book includes step-by-step examples that show readers how to apply the various techniques for their own needs. Programs to extract information from the Web sites of BBC News, AltaVista, ABEBooks.com, and Weather Underground, as well as others, are explained in detail. The book also covers: * understanding LWP and its design * fetching and analyzing Web pages * extracting information form HTNML using regular expressions, tokens, and trees * setting and inspecting HTTP headers and response codes -Accessing information that requires authentication or cookies -Extracting links * cooperating with proxy caches * writing Web spiders (a.k.a. robots) in a safe fashion Chapter 7, "HTML Processing with Tokens," is available free online at: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/perllwp/chapter/index.html For more information about the book, including Table of Contents, index, author bio, and samples, see http://oreilly.com/catalog/perllwp/ ___________________________________

DEALS

Vivendi Signs Distro Deal with S&SI Vivendi Universal Publishing has signed an exclusive North American distribution agreement with Viacom's digital-entertainment unit Simon & Schuster Interactive (S&SI). Through VU Publishing's Games division (VU Games), the company will distribute interactive products published by S&SI over the next two years. New PC and console-based releases distributed by VU Games will include: Eve Online (PC), a massively multi-player online game (MMOG); Darkened Skye (GameCube), an action adventure; Outlaw Golf (Xbox and GameCube), a golf game with an irreverent sense of humor; Outlaw Volleyball (Xbox), a "sassy" twist on the familiar sport; Real War: Rogue States (PC) a continuation of the real-time strategy series; and Seablade (Xbox), an action combat adventure with futuristic flying ships. http://www.ssinteractive.com http://www.vivendiuniversal.com/ ___________________________________ Zona to Develop MMOG for Gamania Zona, Inc. recently inked a customer agreement with Gamania Digital Entertainment for the development of a next-generation massively multi-player online game (MMOG). Gamania Digital Entertainment, said to be the second biggest online game company in the world, currently operates the hit title Lineage in Taiwan, which commands 47% market share. Currently there are more than four million active subscribers worldwide playing Lineage. Gamania has asked Zona, Inc., to provide the network solution for a number of next-generation online games. http://www.zona.net ___________________________________

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

Sony Ships The Mark of Kri for PS2 Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. last week released The Mark of Kri for PlayStation2. The title, the first fully internally designed and developed title by SCEA's San Diego development studio, is set in detailed, distinct 3D environments. Rau, a warrior, must battle the denizens of the dark world to prevent the invoking of an ancient spell that holds the power to unleash great evil throughout the land. Along with his loyal spirit guide, Kuzo, a large black bird, Rau embarks on a journey that requires stealth, aggressive-action moves and calculated planning. Kuzo plays a strategic role with his ability to retrieve items, distract opponents, and scout ahead. The game's combat system lets the player attack enemies in all directions while performing fluid animated combinations. Players use the right analog stick to "lock-on" to up to nine opponents at a time and can perform various combinations to defeat increasingly persistent enemies. Using a broadsword, bow and arrow, battle axe, and the Taiaha (spear) from New Zealand, Rau must defeat each enemy before advancing to the next area. Selecting targets and using the best weapon and tactic for the situation will take precedence over pure annihilation of the enemies. http://www.playstation.com ___________________________________

NUMBEROLOGY

Report: PC Market Consumes 30% More GPUs than CPUs According to Jon Peddie Research (JPR), graphics outship CPUs while prices within the PC market continue to be pressured downward. Findings from JPR's Market Watch report indicate 30% of the computers that ship have two graphics devices for every x86-based processor. This, the report points out, has helped to keep the smaller suppliers in the market. "The maturation of the PC industry and the saturation of the desktop market has lead to increased consolidation amongst PC graphics suppliers," confirmed Lisa Epstein, senior analyst of JPR's Market Watch report. "Today there are just eight suppliers and only two with significant market share. The rest survive on the over-buy of the industry, spot availability, aggressive pricing, and niche positioning." Jon Peddie Research estimates that 40.79 million graphics devices shipped for all segments of the personal computer industry in the first quarter of 2002. This represents a 5.2% increase from 38.78 million units shipped in Q4'01 and a 2.3% increase from 39.89 million units shipped in the same period the previous year. Of the graphics devices shipped in Q1'02, 33.06 million or 81% were desktop controllers and 7.73 million or 19% were mobile display controllers. Eight suppliers accounted for 99% of all graphics shipments during the quarter. Overall, the industry saw good growth in shipments for Q1'02 as compared to the declines of the prior year. The outlook for Q2'02 is mixed, however, as the industry enters a traditional seasonal slowdown, and suppliers such as AMD, Apple, Intel, HP and IBM have all issued revised guidance in the face of unexpected shortfalls going forward. Jon Peddie's Market Watch Q1'02 is available now in both electronic and hard copy form. The annual subscription price for Jon Peddie's Market Watch is $2,750 and includes four quarterly issues. Full subscribers to Jon Peddie Research's services receive a copy of Market Watch as a part of their subscription. http://www.jonpeddie.com ___________________________________

HAPPENINGS

Macromedia Announces DevCon 2002 Macromedia last week announced the Macromedia Developer Conference 2002 (DevCon 2002). The conference will feature more than 100 sessions designed to provide training and skills development for developers and designers using Macromedia products. Developers can now register for the conference, being held October 27-30 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and take advantage of an early registration fee of $895 per person -- $155 off the regular price. To register, go to http://www.macromedia.com/go/devcon. As part of the event, Macromedia will also be hosting a special eLearning conference, letting attendees explore products and strategies for implementing online learning solutions. As a separate event, usability guru Jakob Nielsen will deliver a one-day session prior to the start of DevCon that will explore how end users really use tools and applications based in Macromedia Flash MX on the Internet. The tutorial will summarize user data and turn it into actionable design guidelines designed to enhance the quality of the user experiences you develop, and improve the productivity of your users. This usability event is not included as part of the DevCon registration cost. To register, go to http://www.macromedia.com/go/nielsennorman_devcon2002. ___________________________________

F.Y.I.

About Spectrum Spectrum is an independent news service published every Monday for the interactive media professional community by Motion Blur Media. Spectrum covers the tools and technologies used to create interactive multimedia applications and infrastructure for business, education, and entertainment; and the interactive media industry scene. We love to receive interactive media and online development tools and CD-ROMs for review. Send your interactive multimedia business, product, people, event, or technology news to: duberman@dnai.com. We prefer to receive news by email but if you must, telephone breaking news to 510-549-2894. Send review product and press kits by mail to David Duberman, 2233 Jefferson Ave., Berkeley, CA 94703. If you contact companies or organizations mentioned here, please tell them you saw the news in Spectrum. Thanks. ___________________________________ Please send address changes (with old and new addresses), subscribe and unsubscribe requests etc. to the above address. If you use the Reply function, please do _not_ echo an entire issue of Spectrum with your message. ___________________________________ Publisher's note: We are now accepting limited advertising. If you'd like to offer your company's products or services to Spectrum's elite audience of Internet and multimedia professionals, send an email query to duberman@dnai.com, or telephone 510-549-2894 during West Coast business hours. - David Duberman ___________________________________ (c)Copyright 2002 Motion Blur Media. All rights reserved. No reproduction in any for-profit or revenue-generating venue in any form without written permission from the publisher.