June 12, 2014 in Photo and Video (E)
[prMac.com] Sammamish, Washington - Halftone 2, an Apple Editors' Choice and App Store Best of 2013 winner, has added video to its popular app for iPhone and iPad. The update makes it easy to turn photo pages into high-definition movies with dynamic camera movement, professionally designed captions, and fun sound effects.
"Customers are constantly looking for ways to add more action to their homemade comics and scrapbooks," says Mike Swanson, Founder of Juicy Bits. "With the new video feature, Halftone 2 users are literally one tap away from seeing their photo pages as exciting movies and only a few taps away from adding a soundtrack, customized camera movement, and creative sound effects."
The new functionality enables users to configure the order that the virtual camera visits each photo on a page, the speed and motion of the camera, and how long the camera hovers over each image.
The update also includes 50 licensed sound effects that can be assigned to each photo, including growls, crashes, instruments, vehicles, and background ambience. An in-app purchase is available that adds 50 more sound effects to the mix.
A unique "auto stretch" feature allows users to choose a soundtrack for their video and have Halftone 2 automatically shorten or lengthen the movie to match the length of the song.
Final video is exported at up to 720p high-definition and can be saved to the camera roll for later use or sent directly to Facebook, Dropbox, or other compatible apps.
Halftone 2 makes it easy to create multi-page comic and scrap books by assembling photos from Facebook, Flickr, and the photo album. Users can add filters, customize page layouts, add speech and thought balloons, position captions, place some WHAMs, BAMs, and POWs, and share their creations with the world. The app is localized for English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese.
Pricing and Availability:
Halftone 2 (v1.3) is currently available for $1.99 USD on the App Store. Halftone 2 is a Universal app that runs on iPad 2 (or later) and iPhone 4 (or later) with iOS 7.0 (or later).
Founded in 2009, Juicy Bits is a small company that produces unique, freshly squeezed software for mobile devices. Their first release, 3D Camera, earned 4 1/2 mice (out of 5) from Macworld and is frequently among the top photography apps worldwide. Their Layout app was named by Apple as one of the best photo apps of 2012, and Halftone, with over two million user downloads, was named by Apple as one of the best photo apps as part of App Store Rewind 2011. Halftone 2, an Apple Editors' Choice, was also selected for the App Store Best of 2013. Copyright (C) 2009-2014 Juicy Bits. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.