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Spruce Technologies was a privately-held DVD authoring company in California that was acquired by Apple Computer in 2001.

History[]

Spruce Technologies was founded in 1996 by Dr. Hiromu Soga with investments from Japan, Taiwan, and North America. The company had been developing DVDMaestro, a competitor to Apple's own newly released DVD Studio Pro 1.0, which it had just acquired from Astarte GmbH in April 2000.[1][2][3] On July 9, 2001, Apple acquired Spruce Technologies for US$15 million.[4] There were 55 employees in San Jose, California at the time of the acquisition.[2] The development team helped incorporate the features of DVDMaestro into DVD Studio Pro 2.0,[5] which was released on August 6, 2003.[6]

Products[]

Software[]

  • DVDConductor
  • DVDMaestro
  • DVDPerformer
  • DVDVirtuoso
  • Premaster Tool
  • SpruceLink
  • SpruceUp

Stations[]

  • DVDStation CX
  • DVDStation MX
  • DVDStation NLE
  • DVDTransfer

Encoder boards[]

  • ACXpress 5100
  • MPX3000

References[]

  1. Management Team, Spruce Technologies. Archived 1999-05-08.
  2. 2.0 2.1 We're Authoring the Digital Age, Spruce Technologies. Archived 2001-08-01.
  3. Apple Acquires DVD Authoring Technology, Products and Engineering Team From Astarte, Apple Computer. 2000-04-10.
  4. Apple Acquires Spruce Technologies, Mergr. 2001-07-09.
  5. Review: DVD Studio Pro 2(4), Creative Planet Network. 2012-02-14.
  6. Apple Releases DVD Studio Pro 2, Apple Computer. 2003-08-06.

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