May 12, 2009 in Multimedia (E)
[prMac.com] Munich, Germany - Boinx Software today releases FotoMagico 3, a major update to its award-winning storytelling software for digital photographers. FotoMagico 3 introduces many new features to create professional slideshows in pristine quality. FotoMagico 3 makes it easy to mix photos with HD movies as provided by many recent DSLRs.
With support for multiple audio tracks and an integrated audio recorder, every show can be enhanced with soundtrack, audio effects and narration. The new Instant Slideshow Assistant helps to create compelling presentations immediately. FotoMagico 3 Pro includes the all-new PhotoPresenter 4, the quick presentation tool for digital photographers.* The optional FotoMagico Remote allows to control FotoMagico 3 shows conveniently with the iPhone or iPod touch. Boinx Software invites photographers to a free live webinar on May 19th to brief about all the new features of FotoMagico 3.
"The magic of storytelling is the driving force behind the development of FotoMagico. The narration audio track is therefore a natural extension to the tool set. As is the support for video now that many digital cameras record movies as well as still images. Both were top among the feature requests" says Oliver Breidenbach, CEO of Boinx Software.
"FotoMagico 3 has the features we need to create high quality presentations in a timely manner. It is the best software we have found to allow us do that," says Jon Golden, Technical Producer of the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, Virginia.
FotoMagico 3 makes it easy for digital photographers to tell their story with images, movies and audio. FotoMagico has been completely re-written to create the foundation for new sophisticated features for version 3.0 and beyond.
Playing nicely along the existing photographer's workflow, FotoMagico 3 provides direct access to the libraries of iPhoto, Aperture or Lightroom libraries (Pro-version only). Mix high-resolution video provided by current camera models such as the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EOS 500D (Rebel T1i) or Nikon D90 and Nikon D5000** seamlessly with images. Movies can be animated like image slides without re-encoding. The possibility to define the visible area of the clip with in and out points makes laborious preparations in external movie editors obsolete. The improved storyboard offers in-place functionality and gives hints to further speed up the authoring process.
Audio is greatly enhanced in FotoMagico 3 Pro with three "intelligent" audio tracks dedicated for music, sound effects and narration. Each track has its own settings for Locked Timing and Ducking. The new built-in audio recorder makes it easy to add narration, while the presentation is playing. Audio Ducking automatically lowers the volume of all other audio tracks while the narrator is speaking.
Presenting the Professional Way
The new Instand Slideshow Assistant helps photographers to create pleasing presentations with even fewer clicks. The assistant takes care off all settingsand is a good starting point for further customization.
A fullscreen presentation can now be conveniently remote controlled with FotoMagico Remote for iPhone & iPod touch. FotoMagico Remote provides remote control and a teleprompter right in your palm. Speaking notes and visual feedback of the duration of the current slide on the screen are useful aids for a professional live performance. With FotoMagico Remote you are free to walk around the stage in front of your audience while narrating your slideshow. FotoMagico Remote will be available separately at the iTunes App Store.
FotoMagico 3 Home
To make storytelling more affordable for hobbyist photographers, Boinx Software offers a Home version for just $29. With powerful authoring capabilities beyond iPhoto it is easy to mix photos and movies to create inspiring shows for friends and family.
Boinx Software invites photographers to meet the developers of FotoMagico and learn all about the new features of FotoMagico 3 in our free live webinar on May 19th, 2009, 16.00 UTC (6pm GMT/DST).
FotoMagico 3 and the Standalone Player requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and QuickTime 7.1 or newer, a Mac with G5 or Intel processor, with 1GB RAM or more. Full system requirements and more information on FotoMagico 3 can be found online.
Availability and Pricing
FotoMagico 3 is available immediately for download. A built-in assistant will guide users through the process of acquiring the proper license. FotoMagico 3 Home is available for $29 (USD) and FotoMagico 3 Pro (including PhotoPresenter 4) is available for $149 via Kagi. For all purchase options see their website. Current FotoMagico 2.x license owners at their current license levels can upgrade to FotoMagico 3 Pro for $89. For all update and upgrade options vist their website. Commercial multi-user license discounts are available upon request. FotoMagico Remote will be available soon in the iTunes App Store for $19.95.
* FotoMagico 3 Pro ships with a beta version of PhotoPresenter 4. All buyers of FotoMagico 3 Pro are eligible for a free online update to the final version PhotoPresenter 4.
** Products and brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
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 storytelling tool for digital photographers. It is easy to use and produces impressive presentations that makes the audience want more.
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. BoinxTV is a revolutionary live production software that turns any Mac into a TV studio. 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.