June 21, 2011 in Software (E)
[prMac.com] Puchheim, Germany - Boinx Software rolls out iStopMotion 2.8, the latest upgrade to its popular stop motion animation software. Headlining the list of new features and improvements is iStopMotion's new ability to apply filters to imported images. Boinx engineers also went under-the-hood in version 2.8 to restore Canon DSLR camera functionality that was lost with the Mac OS X 10.6.5 system update, as well as make major improvements to color management. Rounding out the updates in version 2.8 is the software's localization of the Russian language.
"Sometimes, a customer reports what seems to be a minor bug and it looks like a totally trivial thing. Then we dive in and discover a much better way to do things, which leads to dramatic improvements," comments Oliver Breidenbach, CEO of Boinx Software. "With iStopMotion 2.8, this happened when a small color matching problem was reported. Now, the color is handled much better throughout all areas of the program, leading to better animation results."
Have existing time-lapse sequences you'd like to work with in iStopMotion? In version 2.8, all filters, such as the popular Tilt Shift effect, can now be applied to previously-recorded time-lapse footage shot with stand-alone DSLR cameras directly upon import. Just drag and drop the images from your camera onto an iStopMotion document and the Tilt Shift effect will be applied to all images, while a time-lapse movie is created at the same time.
Boinx iStopMotion is the leading solution for stop motion animation and time-lapse capture, and won the O'Reilly Mac OS X Innovators Award in 2003. iStopMotion 2.5 is available in three flavors: Home, Express and Pro. The Home edition is for the casual user, the typical family where the parents want to have fun with the kids while providing them with a productive, creative and educational experience. The Express version appeals to the animation aficionado, who wants the features of the Pro version except those only needed in a professional production environment. The Pro version is for the professional animator who uses iStopMotion in a production workflow, creating animations for commercials, music videos or in HD resolution.
Availability and Pricing
iStopMotion 2.8 is available now on the Boinx Software website or via the Mac App Store. The updated to version 2.8 is free for all current owners of a valid iStopMotion 2 license. A built-in assistant will guide users through the process of acquiring the proper license. iStopMotion 2.8 Home is available for $49.99 (USD), iStopMotion 2.8 Express is available for $99.99 (USD) and iStopMotion 2.8 Pro is available for $499.99 (USD). Price quoted excl. sales tax or VAT as applies. Check the Kagi Store for quotes in local currencies.
Boinx Software Ltd. is located in Puchheim, near Munich, Germany. Boinx Software develops award-winning software for the creative Mac user in animation, movie production and photography. Boinx iStopMotion is the leading solution for stop motion animation and time lapse capture, and won the O'Reilly Mac OS X Innovators Award in 2003. Boinx FotoMagico, winner of two Apple Design Awards-"Best Mac OS X Leopard Graphics and Media Application Runner-up 2008," and "Best Mac OS X User Experience Runner-up 2006," is a presentation tool for professional photographers. Boinx PhotoPresenter, winner of the Apple Design Award 2005 "Best Mac OS X Student Product," is a quick presentation tool with a variety of pre-built templates. Boinx Mousepose is the indispensable mouse pointer highlighting tool for everyone doing presentations, training or demos. Boinx FxTiles is collection of 3D filters and transitions designed for Adobe After Effects CS3 / CS4, Apple Final Cut Studio and Apple Final Cut Express. Copyright (C) 2011 Boinx Software Ltd. All Rights Reserved. All other names are owned by their respective companies in the US and other countries.