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G3 vs G3 | Maya Beta | iTunes | Conference

by Derrick Story

Imagine we're in an elevator going to the top floor, and I only have that amount of time for our conversation. During those few moments, I want to give you an update of breaking news in the Mac developer community. I'd have to cut right to the chase, wouldn't I? That's exactly what this column is about. So here we go.

Differences in G3 processors

Most Mac folks know that both Motorola and IBM produce the G3 processor. But a lot of people probably don't realize that there are slight design differences between the two. David Every has looked into this issue and written a solid article for MacNN titled PowerPC 750 vs. 750cx: Differences Explained. If you're the type who likes to pop the hood and check out the engine, you'll like this piece.

Maya for the Mac now in beta

Maya for Mac OS X was big news at MacWorld SF last January. Steve Jobs featured a demo during his keynote, and the Maya booth was packed every day. Maya is a highly sophisticated 3D animation and effects package that's used throughout the entertainment industry (but on other platforms). Thanks to the power of OS X, it can now be ported to the Mac.

If you'd like to see examples of this amazing technology, then here's a sample page that contains lots of impressive 3D graphics.

How to make a high quality CD with iTunes

Since its release in January, iTunes has been receiving positive reviews. Here's an Apple tech paper on how to burn a quality audio CD with iTunes.

Developer documentation

Where do you find developer documentation for various Apple technologies?

The best place to start is Apple's Developer Documentation page. There you'll find overviews, tutorials, and details on application development. Documents are available for free in PDF or HTML format.

Conferences for developers

There are a number of terrific developer conferences on the horizon, so you might want to decide which are best for you and make your plans now. Here's a short list of the biggies:

OK, we're out of time. See ya soon, and don't forget to stop by the Mac DevCenter for the latest news.

Derrick Story is the author of The Photoshop CS4 Companion for Photographers, The Digital Photography Companion, and Digital Photography Hacks, and coauthor of iPhoto: The Missing Manual, with David Pogue. You can follow him on Twitter or visit

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