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18 June 2014
Synthetic Aperture’s Color Finesse 3.0.10 Update Now Available
Synthetic Aperture today released an update to Color Finesse 3.0, adding support for Adobe CC 2014. For a complete list of changes included in version 3.0.10 please see the Release Notes.

18 June 2014
Test Gear 2.5.3 Installer Updated for Adobe CC 2014
Synthetic Aperture today updated the installers for Test Gear 2.5.3 to support Adobe CC 2014.

5 February 2013
Synthetic Aperture’s Color Finesse 3.0.8 Update Now Available
Synthetic Aperture today released an update to Color Finesse 3.0, resolving several issues reported by users, including Windows 8 compatibility. For a complete list of changes included in version 3.0.8 please see the Release Notes.

19 June 2012
Synthetic Aperture’s Test Gear 2.5.3 Update Now Available
Synthetic Aperture today released an update to Test Gear 2.5, resolving several issues reported by users. For a complete list of changes included in version 2.5.3 please see the Release Notes.

20 February 2012
Synthetic Aperture’s Color Finesse 3.0.7 Update Now Available
Synthetic Aperture today released an update to Color Finesse 3.0, resolving several issues reported by users. For a complete list of changes included in version 3.0.7 please see the Release Notes.

31 October 2011
Synthetic Aperture’s Color Finesse 3.0.5 Update Now Available
Synthetic Aperture today released an update to Color Finesse 3.0, improving compatibility with Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro 7. For a complete list of changes included in version 3.0.5 please see the Release Notes.

2 May 2011
Synthetic Aperture’s Test Gear 2.5.2 Update Now Available
Synthetic Aperture today released an update to Test Gear 2.5, adding After Effects CS5.5 compatibility and fixing a bug where the test instruments wouldn't update when adjusting effect controls. For a complete list of changes included in version 2.5.2 please see the Release Notes.

2 May 2011
Synthetic Aperture’s Color Finesse 3.0.4 Update Now Available
Synthetic Aperture today released an update to Color Finesse 3.0, adding After Effects CS5.5 compatibility and bringing it up-to-date with the version of Color Finesse bundled with After Effects CS5.5. For a complete list of changes included in version 3.0.4 please see the Release Notes.

24 January 2011
Synthetic Aperture’s Test Gear 2.5.1 Update Now Available
Synthetic Aperture today released a general maintenance update to Test Gear 2.5, resolving a number of issues. For a complete list of changes included in version 2.5.1 please see the Release Notes.

15 December 2010
Synthetic Aperture’s Color Finesse 3.0.3 Update Released
Synthetic Aperture today released a general maintenance update to Color Finesse® 3, resolving compatibility issues with Adobe Media Encoder and Apple Final Cut Pro, as well as making other improvements. For a complete list of changes included in version 3.0.3 please see the Release Notes.

3 December 2010
Synthetic Aperture Now Shipping Test Gear 2.5
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.

23 August 2010
Synthetic Aperture Begins Shipping Color Finesse 3.0
Today Synthetic Aperture announced that they have commenced shipping Color Finesse® 3, a new version of their color correction plug-in for Adobe® After Effects® and Apple Final Cut Pro®. New features include 64-bit support for Adobe CS5 and a new FxPlug for Final Cut Pro.

7 April 2010
Synthetic Aperture Announces Color Finesse 3.0
Today Synthetic Aperture announced Color Finesse® 3.0, a new version of their color correction plug-in for Adobe® After Effects® and Apple Final Cut Pro®.

15 March 2010
Synthetic Aperture’s Color Finesse 2.1.12 Update Released
Synthetic Aperture today released a general maintenance update to Color Finesse® 2, improving compatibility with Windows 7 and resolving additional issues. Licensed users of Color Finesse 2.1.x may update at no charge.

28 September 2009
Synthetic Aperture’s Color Finesse 2.1.11 Adds Support for Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
Synthetic Aperture today released an update to Color Finesse® 2, its award-winning color correction software, which adds support for Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard). It also adds support for Premiere Pro CS4 under Mac OS X, and works around an issue with QuickTime for Windows 7.6.4. Licensed users of Color Finesse 2.1.x may update at no charge.

30 June 2008
Synthetic Aperture Now Shipping Test Gear 2.0 for Adobe After Effects CS3
Today Synthetic Aperture announced that they have commenced shipping Test Gear™ 2.0, a new version of their video and audio monitoring software specifically designed for Adobe® After Effects® CS3. Test Gear's full collection of waveform monitor, vectorscope, and other diagnostic displays are now fully integrated into After Effects CS3's user interface. Version 2.0 also adds Universal Binary support for Intel-based Macintosh systems.

7 April 2008
Synthetic Aperture Announces Test Gear 2.0 for Adobe After Effects CS3
Today Synthetic Aperture announced Test Gear™ 2.0, a new version of their video and audio monitoring software specifically designed for Adobe® After Effects® CS3. Test Gear's full collection of waveform monitor, vectorscope, and other diagnostic displays are now fully integrated into After Effects CS3's user interface. Version 2.0 also adds Universal Binary support for Intel-based Macintosh systems.

7 April 2008
Synthetic Aperture's Color Finesse Now Supports ASC CDL Color Information Interchange with Gamma & Density's 3cP On-Set Color System
Today Synthetic Aperture and Gamma & Density Co. announced that Color Finesse® and the on-set Cinematographers’ Color Correction Program (3cP™) now support the American Society of Cinematographers Color Decision List (ASC CDL), an industry standard for cross-platform exchange of color correction data.

25 October 2007
Synthetic Aperture’s Color Finesse 2.1.7 Adds Support for Vista 64, nVidia Quadro SDI Video Card
Synthetic Aperture today released an update to Color Finesse® 2, its color correction software, which adds support for Microsoft Windows Vista 64. It also adds previewing support via the nVidia Quadro SDI video card, and updates its support of the ASC CDL to version 1.01 of that specification. Licensed users of Color Finesse 2.1.x may update at no charge.

13 December 2006
Synthetic Aperture’s Color Finesse 2.1.4 Adds Universal Macintosh Support
Synthetic Aperture today began shipping an update to Color Finesse® 2, its color correction software, which adds native Intel processor support to the Macintosh version. Both the standalone application and the plug-in for Apple Final Cut Pro™ 5.1.2 are now Universal applications, taking full advantage of the native computing power of both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macintosh systems. For more information, refer to the press release.

19 June 2006
Synthetic Aperture Releases Test Gear 1.1
Synthetic Aperture today announced Test Gear™ 1.1, a new update to their test and measurement plug-in for Adobe After Effects. The new version adds compatibility with After Effects 7.0 as well as new functions in Test Gear’s waveform and vectorscope displays. Test Gear 1.1 is available for immediate shipment.

19 April 2006
Synthetic Aperture Now Shipping Color Finesse 2.1
Synthetic Aperture today announced Color Finesse® 2.1, the latest version of their plug-in and standalone color correction software. Also announced is the Colorociter™ CS-1 Colorist’s Workstation. For more information, refer to the press releases for the Color Finesse 2.1 HD+ standalone application, the Color Finesse 2.1 PI plug-in, and the Colorociter CS-1.

21 April 2005
Color Finesse 2.0 Wins “STAR” Award from Editors of TV Technology Magazine
Color Finesse 2.0 is the recipient of the 2005 STAR (Superior Technology Award Recipient) Award given by the editorial staff of TV Technology magazine at the NAB 2005 convention. For more information, see the press release.

18 April 2005
Synthetic Aperture Announces Color Finesse 2.0 at NAB 2005
Synthetic Aperture announced Color Finesse 2.0 at the NAB 2005 convention in Las Vegas. New features include a hardware control surface featuring the familiar colorist’s trackballs, a standalone version, and the ability to read XML project files generated by Final Cut Pro.

14 June 2004
Synthetic Aperture Now Shipping Color Finesse 1.5 for Windows and Mac OS X
Synthetic Aperture today announced Color Finesse™ 1.5, a new upgrade to their color correction software. The new version supports the latest versions of Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Discreet Combustion, and Boris Red. Additionally, when combined with Profound Effects Elastic Gasket, Color Finesse 1.5 also supports Avid editing systems including Xpress and Media Composer models.

20 February 2004
Synthetic Aperture Releases Color Finesse 1.1.1 Update for Enhanced Final Cut Pro Compatibility
Synthetic Aperture today made available Color Finesse 1.1.1, an update to the Mac OS X and Windows versions of their color correction plug-in. This update accomodates changes made in Apple Final Cut Pro 4.1.1 and later, as well as minor performance enhancements.

10 October 2003
Synthetic Aperture Now Shipping Color Finesse 1.1 for Windows and Macintosh
Synthetic Aperture today announced Color Finesse 1.1, a new upgrade to their color correction plug-in for Adobe After Effects which is now available for Windows XP and 2000, in addition to Macintosh OS X and OS 9.

20 August 2003
Synthetic Aperture's Echo Fire Adds Support for AJA Io
Echo Fire version 2.1.4 adds support for the AJA Io uncompressed audio/video FireWire capture device from AJA Video Systems, Inc.

14 August 2003
Synthetic Aperture Now Shipping Test Gear Plug-in for Adobe After Effects
Test Gear, a new plug-in for Adobe After Effects, provides a variety of visual and audio test instruments for use by motion graphics artists.

8 July 2003
Synthetic Aperture Announces Color Finesse 1.1 for Windows
Color Finesse 1.1 will support both Windows and Macintosh systems.

5 December 2002
Color Finesse 1.0.6 Adds Support for Echo Fire 2.1 for Mac OS X
Color Finesse 1.0.6 adds support for Echo Fire 2.1 video previewing under Mac OS X 10.2.

18 November 2002
Echo Fire 2.1 Adds Mac OS X Support and More
Echo Fire 2.1, adds support for Mac OS X 10.2, clipboard previews, timecode overlays, new waveform monitor options, and more.

4 October 2002
HiQual 1.1 Adds Native OS X Support
HiQual 1.1, our free utility for setting the "high quality" flag in DV QuickTime movies, has been updated to run natively under any MacOS, 8.6 to 10.2.

12 August 2002
Echo Fire 2.1 for Windows Adds Windows Support for Video Previews
Echo Fire 2.1 for Windows brings realtime video previewing for After Effects and Photoshop to Windows 2000 and XP.

4 February 2002
Color Finesse Update Adds Mac OS X Support
Color Finesse 1.0.3 adds support for Adobe After Effects 5.5 in Mac OS X native mode. This update also makes Color Finesse compatible with CarbonLib 1.5 in Mac OS 9.x and Classic modes.

10 December 2001
Color Finesse 1.0 Now Shipping
Color Finesse 1.0 -- our new advanced color corrector for Adobe After Effects and Apple Final Cut Pro -- is now shipping.

9 October 2001
New Synthetic Aperture User Forum Opens
Our new User Forum is now open, providing a place for users of our products to swap experiences and tips. The forum is provided in association with Creative Cow.

27 August 2001
Color Finesse Previewed at After Effects West Conference
Color Finesse, our advanced telecine-style color correction tool for Adobe After Effects, was previewed in the Synthetic Aperture booth at After Effects West.

21 May 2001
Echo Fire 2.0 Now Shipping
Echo Fire 2.0 is now shipping, with support for Adobe After Effects 5.0, FireWire routing, and new scaling options.

10 April 2001
Echo Fire 2.0 Announced
Echo Fire 2.0 adds support for Adobe After Effects 5.0, plus FireWire routing.

24 July 2000
Echo Fire Adds More Video Output Options
Echo Fire has added support for the Digital Voodoo D1 Desktop uncompressed SDI video card, joining support for Apple DV FireWire, Media 100, Aurora Video Systems Igniter and Fuse, Digital Origin DV FireWire, and Pinnacle Systems Targa 1000 and 2000.

15 June 2000
Echo Fire 1.1 Now Shipping
Echo Fire brings enahnced digital video previewing Adobe After Effects and Photoshop, including realtime video previews and support for additional video cards.

27 January 2000
Echo Fire Video Previewing for FireWire Now Available
Echo Fire brings accurate digital video previewing via FireWire to Adobe After Effects and Photoshop.

30 August 1999
Video Finesse 2.0 For Adobe Premiere Now Available
The latest version of Video Finesse features expandable displays, two new filters, and plenty of other enhancements.

17 August 1999
Test Pattern Maker Available for Free Download
Test Pattern Maker our utility for creating video and audio test patterns is now available for free download.

4 January 1999
Video Finesse 1.0 for Windows Released
The Windows 9x/NT compatible version of Video Finesse, our plug-in filter collection for Adobe Premiere, is now shipping.

1 June 1998
Video Finesse 1.0 Released
Video Finesse, our plug-in filter collection for Adobe Premiere, is now available for immediate download and purchase.


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