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New Version Adds New Display Types and Compatibility

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA — June 19, 2006 — Synthetic Aperture today announced Test Gear™ 1.1, a new upgrade to their test and measurement plug-in for Adobe After Effects.

Plug-in Enhancements

The waveform monitor and vectorscope displays of Test Gear have been enhanced with two new types of waveform monitor displays: a YRGB parade-style display, and an RGB overlay display. The vectorscope now has a scaling option, allowing the user to zoom into the display to more precisely view neutral colors.

In addition, all displays have been updated to include the choice of video color system. The choices include ITU.R 601, ITU.R 709, and SMPTE 240M color systems.

Test Gear 1.1 is fully compatible with After Effects 7.0, as well as the earlier 6.0 and 6.5 releases.

Pricing and Availability

The Test Gear 1.1 plug-in is currently shipping for Macintosh OS X and Windows XP. List price for Test Gear 1.1 is $95 for the downloadable version and $125 for the physical CD-ROM version. Registered users of Test Gear 1.0 may upgrade at no charge. A downloadable trial version is available on the company's web site.

About Synthetic Aperture

Founded in 1995, Synthetic Aperture is a provider of practical tools for digital video and audio. Synthetic Aperture publishes the Color Finesse advanced color corrector, Echo Fire video previewing software for Adobe After Effects and Photoshop, the Test Gear test instrument plug-in for After Effects, and the popular free utility Test Pattern Maker.

Further information on Synthetic Aperture may be obtained by calling (949) 493-3444, accessing the company's Web site at, or by emailing

Note to editors: Test Gear, Color Finesse, Colorociter, QuickGrade, Echo Fire, LiveFire, Video Finesse, Synthetic Aperture, Test Pattern Maker, and Boss Backgrounds, Tasty Textures, Cool Clips are trademarks of Synthetic Aperture. Adobe and Adobe After Effects are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated. Apple, Final Cut Pro, and QuickTime are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. Discreet is a registered trademark of Autodesk Canada, Inc. Intel and Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation. AMD and Athlon are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. All other products or brand names mentioned are trademarks of their respective holders.

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This page was last updated Monday, June 19, 2006.