Premiere Pro Screams on the New Mac Pro; Teases GPU-based Debayer for Full 4K Red RAW R3D Files

Adobe is teasing a little preview of what is to come in the new generation of the Apple Mac Pro.

In this video, Dave Helmly gives a quick tour of Apple’s New Mac Pro running Premiere Pro CC in various workflows including Multi Layer GPU Effects, 4K, Mixed 4K timeline, the power of Dual GPU Exporting vs CPU (software/CPU), and finally GPU-based debayer for Red RAW R3D files. Also featured in the video are a quick peek at the new LG 21:9 UltraWide QHD Monitors, Promise Pegasus 2 Raid, LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 and more. [Read more...]

Mac Pro Features User-Upgradeable CPU and RAM

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Macs aren’t always the easiest to deal with for upgrading internal components. The new iMacs are locked down to only RAM upgrades and the Macbook Pro Retina models have zero internal upgradeable parts. So, when Apple announced its trashcan-looking Mac Pro, most of us figured that would be the end of upgrading components inside the Mac Pro as well. As it turns out, it’s not as bad as we feared. [Read more...]

Pixelmator Adds 16-Bit Color and Mac Pro GPU and Multi-core Support

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The affordable image editing program Pixelmator recently received an update to version 3.1 with several enhancements geared toward the new Mac Pro.

Notable updates for the new Mac Pro include dual GPU support, 16-bit support, background autosave and multicore optimization for up to 12-core processing. Additionally, Pixelmator 3.1 allows you to order prints from within the program using MILK Print on Demand.

You can find the complete list of updates here on Pixelmator’s website. Pixelmator runs $29.99 and is available in the Mac App Store.

Mac Pro Available for Pre-Order

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The new Mac Pro is finally available for pre-order, starting at $2994 for the base model and going up to $9599 (for a 12-core model with 64GB RAM, 1TB PCI-e flash storage and Dual AMD 6GB FirePro D700 graphics cards) with an expected shipping date of February 2014. B&H has several configurations available and, of course, you can create your own custom configuration on Apple’s website.

New Mac Pro Available Tomorrow

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Apple has just announced that the new Mac Pro will be available for the first time tomorrow, December 19. Recall that Apple announced the new Mac Pro back in June 2013 with a radical departure from the Mac Pro form factor we have known since 2003. [Read more...]

Apple’s New Mac Pro Starts at $2999

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Apple launched its new Mac Pro today after teasing it earlier this year. The Mac Pro packs a powerful punch into a cylinder chassis that’s often been compared to a coffee maker.

The base model features an Intel Xeon E5 Quad-Core processor at 3.7GHz, 12GB DDR3 ECC RAM, 256GB PCIe-based flash storage  and dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs (at 2GB VRAM each). The Mac Pro offers six Thunderbolt 2 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, dual Gigabit ethernet ports and an HDMI 1.4 UltraHD port. All models will power up to three 4K displays simultaneously. [Read more...]

Apple 5K Retina Display Coming?

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With the new Mac Pro packed with enough power to run three 4K displays at once, it’s reasonable to question where those 4K displays are coming from. While there are a few 4K monitors available now, there are none from Apple. The 27″ LED Cinema Display offers 2560 x 1440 resolution; however, that’s still a far cry from full 4K resolution at 4096 x 2160, or UHD 4K at 3840 x2160.

With the upcoming release of OS X Mavericks, Apple has released a new desktop background available at a resolution 5120 x 2880 – or 4x the resolution of the current 27″ LED Cinema Display. [Read more...]