DayStar Digital, the company that brought multiprocessing to the Mac, introduced three new multiprocessing Mac OS workstations. In addition to new performance gains, all of DayStars Genesis MP systems come to market with aggressive new pricing.
Genesis MP has a strong hold on heavyweight Photoshop users, said Andrew Lewis, president and CEO for DayStar. Now, multiprocessing is rapidly reaching critical mass. There are even more MP applications being released soon. The new PowerPC processors are much faster. And were in a position to bring our MP systems and upgrades to market at much lower prices.
The new Genesis MP systems owe their tremendous performance to the new, faster PowerPC 604e CPU and applications that take advantage of the Apple/DayStar Multiprocessing API. The new version of the PowerPC 604 processor provides incremental benefits to multiprocessing due to its larger internal caches. DayStar has also integrated this powerful CPU into its new Multiprocessing upgrade card for the Apple Power Macintosh 7500, 7600, 8500, 9500 and UMAX Systems. That card, the DayStar nPOWER 360+, it was introduced at the MACWORLD Expo at a cost of $1,499.
nPOWER Promotes Growth of Multiprocessing Solutions.
The nPOWER multiprocessing technology used in DayStar Genesis MP workstations support System 7.5.x, and it will be fully supported within Apple's recently announced Mac OS 8 (Copland). In addition, DayStars nPOWER technology has been licensed by Apple Computer and UMAX Computer Corporation for use in both companys high-end systems and upgrades.
With the addition of these nPOWER licensees, the rapidly growing number of multiprocessing users is a strong incentive for more Macintosh software developers to add multiprocessing support to their applications. The applications that currently utilize the Apple/DayStar Multiprocessing API include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Strata Studio Pro Blitz, Apple QuickTime 2.5, Metrowerks CodeWarrior, and Kodak Color/Photo CD plug-ins. Applications soon to arrive with MP support include Electric Image, MetaTools Final Effects, MetaTools Bryce, Live Picture, Deneba Canvas, PCC Professional AutoTrapper and more. A complete list can be found on DayStars web site.
Even More Speed in Adobe Photoshop.
DayStar has further enhanced the multiprocessing performance of Adobe Photoshop, the leading imaging application on the market. Currently over 170 Photoshop functions are multiprocessing enabled. With the release of two new Photoshop plug-ins, DayStar MP Booster and DayStar MP Plus Pack, Adobe Photoshop now goes even faster on DayStars MP solutions.
The DayStar MP Booster was designed exclusively for DayStar nPOWER and Genesis MP systems. It provides substantially increased multiprocessing performance for many Photoshop functions. In many cases, performance gains of 200-300% are achieved. Areas where this multiprocessing plug-in accelerates performance include Free Rotate, Arbitrary Rotate, Rotate 180, 90 CW and 90 CCW, Flip Horizontal, Flip, Motion, File Open and others. DayStar MP Booster ships with DayStars Genesis MP systems and nPOWER multiprocessing upgrade cards.
The DayStar MP Plus Pack adds multiprocessing performance to the six specialized third party filters within Adobe Photoshop and Adobe After Effects packages. These filters include: Wind, Lens Flare, Radial Blur, Pointillize, Crystallize and Lighting Effects. These filters perform up to five times faster on DayStars MP solutions when compared to current single processor 180 MHz systems. Besides shipping with all DayStar MP products, customers can download the DayStar MP Plus Pack for free from DayStars web page
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