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Apple DVD Studio Pro 3

DVD design, authoring and encoding suite
Furthermore, you also have access to the Properties palette, which is also contextual. Choose any menu, disc, script, slideshow, story, track, etc., and you can adjust all of its properties in one convenient location.



So just from a workflow standpoint, DVD Studio Pro is extremely accommodating. Everything I've covered so far is carried over from DVD Studio Pro 2, and I haven't covered everything--nowhere near, actually--so I suggest, if you're interested, that you go back my review of the previous version to learn more about the interface and the experience of working in this program. You'll find it here. We'll get into the new workflow features now.



New workflow features
For those of you who are experienced with DVD Studio Pro and are thinking of upgrading, there's an awful lot weighing on the positive side of the scales. First of all, if you've used DVD Studio Pro 2, there's absolutely no adjustment needed when moving to version 3. All of the old functionality is still there, right where you left off; the new functionality is there when you need it, but it won't get in the way of your old way of doing things.

I've already mentioned briefly one of the new workflow features, the "Open in Editor" function. This is a handy little gadget that allows you to open up any of your assets in its original program--Adobe Photoshop for still images, for example--make any changes you want, and see those changes on your asset without reimporting it. DVD Studio Pro simply recognizes that the file has been changed, and it updates the asset accordingly. This includes assets that are already in use in the project, not just ones residing in your Assets folder. If you want to open a file in an application other than the asset's default editor, you can also use the "Open with" command on your asset.



Also new on the workflow front is a major enhancement to project organization: the Graphical tab. In DVD Studio Pro 2, your project was organized in the Outline tab, which showed you a tidy organizational tree of all of the elements used in the project. Then you'd use your Connections browser to see what each element was linked to and to ensure that everything was linked properly.



Now you still have that option, but you also have access to a graphical view of your project, which shows you not only the elements of your project, but also the targets of the various elements. In the example below, you can see a simple layout showing Menu 1 and the four tracks that are connected via Menu 1.



Also note in the example above that my solitary slideshow in this project (in purple at the bottom) isn't connected to anything. So I'll place an end jump from one of my tracks to the slideshow, and then from the slideshow back to the main menu, and voila!




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