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FotoMagico for Mac

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    Feb. 14, 2010
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    Free to try; Starting at $49; $49.00 to buy
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4 stars

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

April 02, 2010  |  By dbargen

 |  Version: FotoMagico 3.1


*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


*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


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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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.1
  • Version 3.1 adds full support for chapters in slideshows.
    • Create a chapter at any slide. Each chapter has a name, an optional color and an optional keyboard shortcut.
    • Use name and color to visually organize your slideshow in the Storyboard.
    • Collapse chapters you are not currently working on in the Storyboard for better overview of your slideshow. Just press the up cursor to collapse the chapter the playhead is in, press cursor down to expand it.
    • During authoring navigate between chapters using the next/previous commands or directly jump to a chapter using its keyboard shortcut.
    • Also navigate using the same commands during a live presentation.
    • Chapters are stored in exported movies so that iDVD and Toast can use them for DVD submenus.
  • Version 3.1 brings support for scrubbing, which lets you preview animations and transitions in slow motion - to help you finetune the visual aspects of your slideshow. Grab the playhead and drag across the Storyboard to see a live preview of your slideshow.
  • FotoMagico Remote iPhone app also brings support for chapters (navigation during playback) and adds swipe navigation and master volume control.
  • Sharing to YouTube can now optioally create HD movies in 720p resolution.
  • Documentation has been updated for the new features.
  • The initial setting of the mute checkbox in the Record Narration panel is now respected.
  • Pincode entry in iPhone FotoRemote has been fixed. If no pincode was entered in the FotoMagico preferences, then the FotoRemote app won't ask for a pincode.
  • AppleRemote now should work again when running on Snow Leopard.
  • Audio ducking for for live playback was made more consistent for certain unusual situations.
  • Audio ducking for QuickTime exports has been rewritten to produce identical results as during live playback.
  • Exporting QuickTime movies now uses different timescales depending on framerate to make Final Cut Pro happy. FCP should now always display the correct framerate.
  • Clicking on a in-place editing field in the Storyboard now positions the insertion point as expected instead of ending the editing session.
  • Made file references more robust. In case a file goes missing and it can be found easily, the reference will be fixed automatically without bothering the user.
  • Dragging the width of a newly added title doesn't produce very narrow, but tall titles anymore.
  • Entering negative transition durations is no longer allowed.
  • Master volume is now remembered after end of playback - if volume was set to 0 it will be reset of 0.5 upon next playback.
  • Aperture plugin installer now sets the correct permissions.
  • High quality rendering in DVD plugin now also doubles the framerate, i.e. 50fps for PAL and 59.94 for NTSC, thus giving you twice the temporal resolution.
  • Various small fixes.
  • Screensavers created by FotoMagico cannot currently be used on Mac OS X Snow Leopard. They may still be created because they can be installed and used on Mac OS X Leopard (10.5).
Publisher Boinx Software Ltd.
Publisher web site http://www.boinx.com
Release Date February 14, 2010
Date Added February 14, 2010
Version 3.1
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Image Viewers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC
Additional Requirements
  • Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.6
  • QuickTime 7.1 or later (7.3 recommended)
  • Download Information
    File Size 114.51MB
    File Name Boinx_FotoMagico_4.5.5-19761.app.zip
    Total Downloads 14,138
    Downloads Last Week 5
    License Model Free to try
    Limitations Not available
    Price $49

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