The spirit of giving is in the air, and to close out this mid-December week we've got news about a trio of iOS and Mac app updates, one of the best free apps of the week we've ever seen from Apple and one spot of bad news for Blockbuster fans across the pond. Hey, four out of five ain't bad...
For serious photographers, being able to create a slideshow to present their work is essential -- and it's difficult to think of a slideshow application more essential than FotoMagico, which earned a coveted 5/5 score from us when we reviewed version 4. Last week, developer Boinx updated FotoMagico to version 4.2, adding masks and opacity controls, and to celebrate, they're going to give five lucky winners FotoMagico 4.2 (a $79.99 value on the Mac App Store as of this writing) for free. How can you get in on the action? Just click through to find out more.
If you need to create powerful slideshows with full control over the end results, you've no doubt discovered FotoMagico, one of the best solutions available for the Mac -- and now, a trio of new features are making it even better.
It's beginning to look a lot like the week before Christmas, which means most of us are in a mad dash to scratch off all of the names on our gift lists before the fat man comes sliding down the chimney next Tuesday. If you're ready to take a little break and gift something for yourself, you might want to hit the App Store in search of some freebies to kick back and relax with, or get your first official peek at what RIM has in store for us with BlackBerry 10 next year.
If there’s one thing photographers like even more than taking pictures, it’s showing them off. Most slideshow software, however, is limited to a handful of slick templates and not much in the way of customization. Enter Boinx Software, whose FotoMagico has twice received the runner-up nod for an Apple Design Award from the folks in Cupertino. After two years in development, FotoMagico 4 is an impressive overhaul that opens up a wide range of creative possibilities for amateur and pro shutterbugs alike -- and it’s cheaper than ever, at least for new customers.
And just like that, HTC has discontinued its trio of Android-based tablets on American shores, with no plans to return unless they can find something that will "make a splash." The real miracle is that there hasn't been more blood in the tablet waters -- not counting HP, who infamously launched the webOS-based TouchPad last July, then yanked it six weeks later before it ever really had a chance. Who will be the next to fall?
So how about that YouTube app? With Apple confirming that YouTube isn't being invited to the iOS 6 party, it certainly appears Cupertino is working hard to ditch as much of Google as humanly possible from its mobile OS. Thankfully, iOS 5 seems as if it will be safe, so if you've got an older device or no plans to upgrade right away, you can keep 'Tubin' the same way you have been. Meanwhile, here's what else is making headlines for this Monday, August 6, 2012.