Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast podcast here, hosted at podfeet.com. I’m really excited about the product I’m reviewing today, because I’ve wanted to play with it for ages and for some reason I just never got around to it. The software is iStopMotion from boinx.com. iStopMotion is software that lets you create stop motion movies [...]
These are the folks that make Boinx TV, Mouspose, iStopmotion from boinx.com. I tried out the home version but a Pro version is also available. This software is designed exclusively for the Mac.
Fotomagico 3 is a tool that helps you easily generate slideshow presentations. Very easy and intuitive to use.
A few years ago, I needed to quickly put together a slide show and I needed it to look fantastic. While I knew this was possible in iMovie, it took a lot of time and, frankly, didn’t look that good.
On a whim I downloaded the trial version of FotoMagico. Within five minutes, I had my wallet out and purchased a license. Since then, I’ve used FotoMagico often for family and professional events. Indeed, my wife will volunteer me as the “slideshow guy” at weddings for friends and family at the drop of a hat. I can’t really complain that much however because using FotoMagico for this is really quite easy.
The latest version, FotoMagico 3, adds several enhancements. FotoMagico produces professional quality slideshow presentations. It is very easy to operate with a similar “drag-and-drop” paradigm you see across the Mac platform. Take a folder full of pictures and drag it in FotoMagico and you have your slideshow. The application allows you to easily set transitions and animates individual slides with the Ken Burns effect. FotoMagico has sliders sliders for the before and after position of your photographs that make this very simple.
Boinx Software joined in the fun and are giving away two great little Mac applications. Let’s look at them.
Your slideshows deserve to be presented in the highest possible quality. With advanced technologies and sophisticated features under its hood, FotoMagico adjusts with your hardware and the chosen export media. The streamlined user interface of FotoMagico is designed to make it easy to leave an impression.
Your images are at the core of your slideshow. High image quality is very important.
Now here’s the weird thing, first up I noticed, Photo Presenter is from Boinx software too, just like Fotomagico. That’s curious. I loved Fotomagico, I was able to create gorgeous slideshows and I particularly liked how you could pan across a photo as it played. That was very cool for taking a huge panorama photo and sliding it across the screen at high res. I liked their control of the way the slides moved, and the many options for output to iPod, iPhone, DVD, web, Apple TV and even HD options. Now why would Boinx make a competing product? Well the first thing I noticed was that Fotomagico is $50 and Photo Presenter is only $20! I have a feeling that Photo Presenter is targeting a different audience with a different problem to solve.
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Well this week I’m reviewing Fotomagico and it is described on the Boinx website as photo presentation software for the professional photographer, and indispensable for the digital imaging workflow in the 21st century.
They go on to say that Fotomagico lets your photos shine and you can turn your pictures into a story with a few simple clicks and share to your website or burn to DVD.
There are lots of reviews on the website backing up these claims and confirming that the Application is easy to use and has lots of flexibility.
New in version 2 is a share assistant, previously you needed some knowledge in compression etc, but now you don’t need to be a video expert any more to get the best results, there is also total integration of iPhoto, Aperture & LightRoom 1 or 2, although LR2 is only in the Pro version, you can easily access itunes or Garageband and your music folder for audio. Version 2.6 the latest version also has a teleprompter and has the aperture plugin.