Although many use Office for everyday word processing and number crunching tasks, there’s a substantial contingent of customers who live and breathe the presentation leg of Microsoft’s productivity tripod, which has finally made an impressive (though somewhat handicapped) transition to mobile. Together with Word and Excel, PowerPoint for iPad makes up Microsoft’s newly mobilized Office trilogy. This trio of apps features a touchscreen user interface often slicker than their desktop equivalents, but more importantly, documents can be opened and edited with complete confidence that they’ll look exactly as they do on Mac or PC.
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.
We’ve all seen those strange effects on TV and in movies where a young person’s face magically merges into an older version, a man becomes a woman or a human becomes an animal. You would be forgiven for thinking that this impressive effect requires a seriously powerful application to create. In most cases it does, but the truth is, you can make your own face morph in minutes using the tools available in Keynote.
Slideshows are a great way to show off your pictures, and they’re really easy to set up in iPhoto. There’s a range of preset themes to choose from which take care of all the settings. The presets are good, but they can be a little overpowering. Fortunately you can set up slideshows manually and have more control over the final result.