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FotoMagico for Mac

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Making a beautiful slideshow personalized enough not to resemble any other might be harder than it seems. For people looking for some customization options while keeping things simple to use, FotoMagico for Mac might be the solution. However, it comes with a rather hefty price tag.

FotoMagico for Mac can import images from iPhoto, Aperture and Lightroom to integrate with the photographer's workflow. The documentation is rich enough to get you started in minutes. The strong point of this software is clearly its interface. It's well thought out and really intuitive, and everything behaves exactly as expected. Drag-and-drop is supported in most places and multitouch trackpad gestures work as they would on an official Apple app. It is indeed really hard not to draw a comparison between this software and the well-known iLife suite, particularly iPhoto and iMovie. The main advantage of this app over the Apple ones is the added customization and different approach in the "in-pictures" effect, namely between two transitions. Unlike Adobe Flash, you simply define the initial and the final stage for your pictures and the program will animate accordingly. There are enough transitions, but sadly there seem to be no filters or special effects available to apply to your pictures or short clips in the demo version. The demo version also comes with a watermark, which is not present in a purchased version.

With its great user interface and added flexibility for animating pictures, FotoMagico for Mac is most suited for users who are creating slideshows regularly and are looking for some more customization options than offered in Apple's iLife.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of FotoMagico for Mac 4.2.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not ready for prime time."

    October 3, 2013  |   By cwoodphotos

    Version: FotoMagico 4.2

    Pros

    Impressive list of features

    Cons

    Software is glitchy, crash prone, fails to export files properly. Help forums are full of exasperated users who cannot get the program to function properly.

    Summary

    A disaster and time waster. The new features are impressive if the software worked properly. I'll have to stick with the older version. So much for the myth that Apple works closely with developers to make sure everything works properly. I could have stayed with a PC and had access to superior slide show producing software.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Impressive way of sharing pictures in a movie mode."

    January 17, 2011  |   By Dieter Merk

    Version: FotoMagico 3.6.2

    Pros

    In the past I used iMovie and Final Cut Express to do slide presentations of my pictures, unfortunately very labour intensive. FotoMagico greatly simplified the whole process offering very professional results.

    Cons

    There may be a work around but I haven't found it as yet. The zoom in and zoom out features are great but need a default setting when doing large projects. Sound management to control fade in and fade out could be improved.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent for the Control Freak; Great for a Beginner"

    April 2, 2010  |   By dbargen

    Version: FotoMagico 3.1

    Pros

    *The App provides control over slide timing, positioning, transitions, music, etc. to the nth degree
    *The App provides export functions for just about every commercial application

    Cons

    *For Aperture users, Pro is required, along with another $120
    *Extra steps are required if you want full quality TIFFs to be used for HD output
    *Extra steps are required if you want non-linear panning
    *Slide media do not auto-update from their source

    Summary

    FotoMagico provides the user with control you can't get from iMovie or Keynote, or with the automatically generated in-application slideshows of iPhoto and Aperture. Keynote doesn't let you stack transition builds in its more current releases. This was a major sticking point with me when I wanted to do custom slideshows for clients in a variety of end-user applications (web, disk, previewing, etc.).

    Boinx got it right when they provided us with with controls for each photo's transitions, panning, rotation, zooming, all with some very simple controls.

    If you go through a trial, you'll see that much of the slide action is setup by a start and end version of the current slide, letting you pan, rotate or zoom it differently between the two, and the application takes care of the steps in between. I would have liked the option to be able to add in additional "steps" in the same slide to do things like and arced pan or to follow the outline of some element in photos, but that can be achieved with multiple slides and carefully setting up the switch between slides.

    The control that FotoMagico gives you allows you to use motion, luminosity, color, and the theories of composition to continually redirect how someone views a photo. It's a lot more than just "next slide please," but it's almost as simple to use. Your exports can even have "transition-on-click" capability so you could use it like a manually operated slideshow or presentation.

    I should also note features like your being able to include your own audio tracks, video clips (to which you can apply the same animations), text, shapes, etc. Short of a full-on pro video editing suite, this piece of software gives you almost all the controls you need to make a rich presentation.

    For photographers, especially those with built-in video capture capabilities, this Application affords you some excellent final product to lend some validity to you work in a video-centric age. All minor complaints aside, this is a quality tool with excellent support. If you can swing the price, it's definitely worth a look.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Just like magic, all is not as it seems"

    July 12, 2009  |   By horqua

    Version: FotoMagico 3.0.5

    Pros

    Interesting transitions, almost user friendly. limited capability, memory hog, not comparable to Pro Show Gold in Windows.

    Cons

    VERY EXPENSIVE! Only the professional version has any worthwhile features. The HOME version is very limited yet costly. Their upgrade policy is extremely limited. It's obvious this is a money grab. I DO NOT RECOMMEND!

    Summary

    I've been trying to use this software as it is purported to perform since November of 2008 and after nearly 8 month I'm totally dissatisfied. The program may be pretty, but the HOME version is so limited as to be nearly unusable and the PROFESSIONAL version is way overpriced. Their upgrade policy is very limited. The price per value is not favorable. I don't have another program to suggest as a replacement unless you're also a PC user and then I highly recommend Pro Show Gold, but if you're a Mac user, I recommend you hold onto your money until something better comes around. I do not recommend this software unless you have money to throw down a software hole.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Unbelievably easy to use. Perfect"

    December 15, 2008  |   By ascrrc

    Version: FotoMagico 2.6.2

    Pros

    Had to produce a slide show with music on a tight deadline. Picasa and iMovie would't work. Ordered this w/ high hopes and got a beautiful result first try. Fast too. Very large work area. Completely intuitive.

    Cons

    No complaints

    Summary

    Time saved and zero stress for great results made it worth the cost to me. If you need a slide show, get this product.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Nice software but very slow to export"

    February 28, 2008  |   By 7parella

    Version: FotoMagico 2.2b9

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Its nice and easy to use but exporting is extremely slow.
    For example: a 9 seconds animation from 3 photos with simple zoom and transitions can take up to ten minutos to render to a quicktime movie. (in mac pro 2x2core intel and plenty of ram)
    Not usuable.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Oh yeah, just like that baby. Now a little lower."

    October 27, 2007  |   By Ancient_Boii_Tribe

    Version: FotoMagico 2.1.3

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Excellent Software. I'll pay for it soon as I hit the lottery. Fifty bucks in these hard times is a lot of money. That could feed me for almost two weeks.

    Seven stars for the App., and minus one star for the price.

    The more you charge the less you make.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Be cautious about upgrading to 2.1.1"

    September 6, 2007  |   By griffin4

    Version: FotoMagico 2.1.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    If you've been using a version prior to 2.1.1, such as 2.0.1, it may be worthwhile for you not to upgrade. 2.1.1 (as well as 2.1) have a bug where some packaged slideshows will present only blank white slides instead of images. The developers are aware of the bug but so far haven't released a fix -- so until then, if you have a packaged slideshow, stay with 2.0.1!

    Otherwise it's a great app that I don't hesitate to recommend!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great application!"

    August 28, 2007  |   By VersionTrackerUserOpinion

    Version: FotoMagico 2.1.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Very intuitive and easy to learn!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Extremely Pleased with FOTOMAGICO 2.1"

    April 26, 2007  |   By Stephen E. Snider

    Version: FotoMagico 2.0.1

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    After reading some of the recent 'complaints' regarding this program, I proceeded to review alternative programs that would allow me to put together an extensive SLIDE SHOW program that had approximately 500 images with accompanying music. While I have have used MACS for more than 15 years and have had considerable experience using PhotoShop with images (both 35 MM and digital photography), my only previous attempts in making a slide show was with iPhoto and iDVD. Unfortunately, if the show had more than about 75 images, rearranging photos using iDVD slowed to molasses on my Dual 2.3 GHz G5. Much to my amazement, with MINIMUM reading of FOTOMAGICO 2.1's "HELP," I was able to QUICKLY and EASILY put together a very professional-looking 500 image SLIDE SHOW DVD (with musical accompanyment) that has gotten me many compliments.

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