Pixelglow Software announced the availability of macstl 0.1 — a new C++ source library. macstl gives you the elegance and efficiency of programming with templates and it offers a new implementation of std::valarray optimized for the Altivec. It runs inline arithmetic 7.76x faster than gcc 3.1 and inline transcendentals 14.21x faster than gcc 3.1, achieved by ruthlessly rooting out redundant loads and stores. And Altivec programmers get to use a clear, natural syntax without sacrificing speed or portability. With the imminent release of the Power Macintosh G5 and the PowerPC 970, now is the time to unleash the true potential of the Altivec execution engine, PixelGlow says.