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News: Synthetic Aperture Now Shipping Test Gear 2.5
on Dec 3, 2010 at 6:46:54 pm

Enhancements Include 64-bit Adobe CS5 Support

(San Juan Capistrano, California--December 3, 2010) Synthetic Aperture announced today that Test Gear 2.5, a new version of their test instrument plug-in for Adobe After Effects is now available for immediate purchase. New features include 64-bit support for Adobe After Effects CS5.

Test Gear adds test instruments including waveform monitor, vectorscope, histogram, and audio monitoring directly into the After Effects interface. Additionally, it adds a color picker and color swatch book support.

Support for 64-bit Adobe CS5t
Version 2.5 adds a 64-bit plug-in to support Adobe's CS5 64-bit version of After Effects, while continuing to offer full compatibility with the 32-bit After Effects CS3 and CS4.

The move to 64-bit addressing significantly reduces the possibility of out-of-memory errors occurring during effects rendering. Tests with real-world projects which could not be rendered in 32-bit mode work flawlessly and speedily with the 64-bit plug-in and applications..

New Features in Test Gear 2.5
In addition to 64-bit support, Test Gear 2.5 adds the following new features:
  • Improved histogram, slice, and gamut display show color channel values > 1.0 in 32-bit After Effects projects.
  • New support for loading Adobe Swatch Exchange (.ase) color swatch books.
  • Automatically makes swatch books from Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator available within Test Gear, if those applications are installed.
  • Enhanced vectorscope with a zoom capability, using the mouse scrollwheel, makes it easier to see detail when white and black balancing.
  • Improved display performance.

Test Gear 2.5 is compatible with both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macintosh systems, running Mac OS X 10.4 and later, include 10.6 (Snow Leopard). For Windows users, Test Gear 2.5 is compatible with Windows XP, Vista 32/64, and Windows 7 32/64.

Test Gear 2.5 supports Adobe After Effects CS3 through CS5.

Pricing and Availability
Test Gear 2.5 is shipping now. The plug-in remains priced at $95. Upgrades from prior versions of Test Gear are $49. Time-limited demo versions of the plug-in are available on the Synthetic Aperture web site.

About Synthetic Aperture
Founded in 1995, Synthetic Aperture is a provider of practical tools for digital video, specializing in color correction and measurement. Synthetic Aperture publishes the Color Finesse advanced color corrector as a stand-alone application and as a plug-in for Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro; Echo Fire video previewing software for Adobe After Effects and Photoshop; the Test Gear test instrument plug-in for After Effects; and the popular free utility Test Pattern Maker. More information may be found on the company's web site,


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