April 1, 2008 in Software (E)
[prMac.com] Munich, Germany - Your PDA is good at knowing when you need to do things, FotoMagico 2.2's new Sharing Assistant is good at knowing how to do things. So, you do not have to be an expert to, for example, create a web page with your FotoMagico show embedded. Other cool new things included support for the iChat Theater so that you can review your show with your client via iChat and the QuickLook plugin for Mac OS X Leopard.
Your Personal Digital Expert aka Sharing Assistant:
The new Sharing Assistant makes it super easy to create the files you want for making a DVD, putting them on your iPod, iPhone or Apple TV, or playing in full quality on another Mac. Just choose whatever you want to create and the assistant will adjust all the settings for you. The Sharing Assistant is based on Plug-ins, expect to see additional ways of sharing your slideshows over the coming months.
Easily Create Websites:
"Putting a FotoMagico show on the web has never been easier", says Oliver Breidenbach, Co-Founder of Boinx Software. "FotoMagico 2.2 includes a number of very nicely made web page templates. Just select one of these templates and FotoMagico will not only create the proper movie file, but also all the HTML code needed to embed the file in a web page. It will then also upload all the required files to your FTP server or .Mac account. It is so easy, our beta testers loved it. Some had never put their shows online before because it was such a pain."
For the web, your iPod, iPhone or Apple TV, you need a so-called MPEG-4 movie. Encoding of this format is a very computing intensive task which takes a lot of time and while it is running, you can't use your computer for other things. Except for when you use dedicated encoding hardware such as the Turbo.264 stick by Elgato. FotoMagico 2.2 makes use of the Turbo.264 automatically when it is plugged into your computer's USB port. This frees up your computer's processor so that you can do other things while encoding, especially on older Macs. The Elgato Turbo.264 sells for $99.95 USD at the Elgato US Online Store.
iChat Theater, QuickLook and other Leopard Goodies:
Mac OS X Leopard has a number of cool new things. Among them the iChat Theater. While you are video conferencing with your client, you can play your latest draft of his FotoMagico show which the client can see on the other end of the connection. You'll receive immediate feedback without the need to send your show to your customer. Another great thing is QuickLook which lets you see the contents of a file without launching the application that created it. This comes in handy searching for a file in Finder or clearing out the mess of files that tend to collect on the desktop.
Availability and Pricing:
FotoMagico 2.2 is available immediately from Boinx Software. A built-in assistant will guide users through the process of aquiring the proper license. The update to FotoMagico 2.2 is free of charge to current FotoMagico 2 license owners at their current license levels. FotoMagico 2.2 Express is available for $49, FotoMagico 2.2 Pro is available for $129 via Kagi. For all purchase options see their website. Commercial Multi-User license discounts are available upon request.
FotoMagico, winner of the Apple Design Award 2006 - Best Mac OS X User Experience Runner-up, is a presentation tool for photographers. It is easy to use and produces phantastic slideshows that makes the audience want for more. As Derrick Story, host of 'The Digital Story' put it: "FotoMagico makes the kind of slideshows that make Ken Burns envious."
Boinx Software Ltd. is based in Puchheim, near Munich, Germany. Boinx Software develops and publishes fun and easy to use applications for the creative user. Boinx iStopMotion is the leading solution for stop motion animation and time lapse capture for your digital hub and won the O'Reilly Mac OS X Innovators Award in 2003. Boinx iVeZeen turns your webcam into a digital camcorder. Boinx Mouseposé is the essential mouse pointer highlighting tool for everyone doing presentations, trainings or demos and those individuals with huge and high resolution displays. Information about Boinx Software and its services can be obtained from its website.