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Good Friday has arrived, and that means Easter can't be far behind. While the kids wait patiently for the Easter Bunny to hop onto the scene, we've assembled our own virtual Easter egg basket of news from the last 24 hours or so that you won't want to miss before heading into the holiday weekend...so let's dig in and kick things off, shall we?
Thursday was chock full of news regarding cloud storage for photos, and among them was the launch of Eyefi Cloud, a new unlimited service that works in conjunction with the company's Eyefi Mobi wireless SD cards and free apps. Shutterbugs can now snap photos from either a digital camera, smartphone, or tablet and wirelessly sync it to Eyefi Cloud instead of having to connect to a desktop computer. Eyefi Mobi SD cards start at $49 for 8GB, which includes a three-month membership to Eyefi Cloud, with 12-month memberships starting at $49 for unlimited photos. Existing Eyefi Mobi customers can also receive three months of free access just by installing the updated app.
The Pixelmator Blog announced Thursday that a major new 3.2 version codenamed "Sandstone" is on the way that introduces an all-new Repair tool. "We’ve used the latest breakthrough technologies that enable you to remove dust, blemishes, and entire objects from your images with an unsurpassed level of precision and quality," the blog post explains about the "soon-to-be-released" free update. If you don't yet own Pixelmator, there's no better time to buy the popular Mac image-editing app, especially now that it's half price at only $14.99 from the Mac App Store.
Yeah, Fire TV has a pretty neat trick with unified voice search on the remote control, but it's severely handicapped by lack of support from content providers other than Amazon and VEVO. This summer, that will start to change with the announcement Thursday that Hulu Plus, Crackle, and Showtime Anytime will be added to the voice-search ranks by integrating their complete catalogs into the feature. Amazon also teases that more services and games are on the way, along with a new Prime browse mode which makes it easier to discover the "free" stuff you're already paying $99 per year for.
Looking for a way to tap into all of those Auto Backup photos you've been diligently pushing to Google+? The Official Gmail Blog unveiled a great new option this week that allows Gmail users to insert photos straight from Auto Backup uploads with the click of a button — and that includes entire albums, for the more organized types. Better yet, images can be resized while composing messages, just by intuitively dragging on any corner or choosing default Small, Best Fit, or Original Size options.
The fine folks at FxFactory are making some noise this month with Nodes 2, a big update to the popular motion-graphics tool which has been used to create imagery for Hollywood productions ranging from The Avengers to Planet of the Apes. The $299 plugin allows artists to generate 3D models and link text and images to each node in the structure, with full control over how they are connected and animated. Available from After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro (with new support for FCPX), or Motion, Nodes 2 includes more than 100 presets, and can import existing 3D models for a full range of creative options. FxFactory offers a free trial version, and Nodes 2 can be purchased online or straight from the company's Mac software.
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