What do you use your Mac for? Or better yet, can an iPad do it as well? Guy and Gaz take a look at what most people use computers for and if they could do most of it on something simpler like an iPad. They also announce the winner of Boinx Software’s Fotomagico, Gaz’s use of Apple gear while on vacation, and Guy simplifies his home network.
Guy’s App Pick: Pako by TreeMen Games. .99 in the iOS App Store
How long can you last in a parking lot with the foot permanently down on the accelerator and an unending swarm of cops willing to sacrifice themselves to get to you? Pako will let you find out. Just two controls (left and right) and SO many obstacles in your way? Can you eventually escape? No. Can you ever truly win? No. Is it an incredibly fun waste of time? Most certainly
Gaz’s (not so App) Pick: 360 Panorama
Take stunning 360 panoramas everywhere. 360 Panorama turns your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad into a full featured 360 degree panoramic camera. Easily capture immersive panoramas in seconds and instantly share your 360 view with the world. Simply pan the camera and watch as images are stitched seamlessly. 360 Panorama captures the scene in a way you never could with a traditional camera.
People’s Pick: Link to Dorothy Yamamoto’s visit to the Petersen Automobile Museum which she did in the copy of Fotomagico she won in the last contest.
Well for better or worse, Gaz and Guy are back this week together after a 2 show break with them doing stuff OTHER than the podcast. They’re very sorry but may or may not do it again so there! Being away for so long they had lots of important stuff to say or at least they just had things to say. An interesting conversation about their opinion on whether or not Apple will ever go to the ARM Processor for the Mac, Gaz’s Tip, Listener feedback, and Guy has an app pick that he’s actually never used. That might sound odd, but remember we ARE talking about Guy.
Guy’s App Pick: Popclip from Pilotmoon software $4.99 Mac App Store. Haven’t used it yet but I just like the IDEA of it.
Gaz’s (not so App) Pick: Not really my pick for various reasons but the idea behind this is what I’m looking at
Guy is off this week and it’s Gaz’s turn to have a guest on. James from woodpad.co.uk joins him and they chat about Gaz fitting an SSD into his Mini, if design has overtaken function, and lots of other craziness. This week there is yet another wonderful giveaway this time it’s Fotomagico from Boinx.
Guy’s App Pick: He wasn’t here so why would he have one?
Gaz’s App Pick: WHAT WHAT a SAMSUNG PRODUCT, what am I thinking!
Jame’s App Pick: Word Lens
People’s Pick: None this week
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We wish the iPhone a happy birthday with a non-copyright version of a disjointed birthday song and barely mention it again. A couple of technical problems get mentioned and the MacParrot coffee mug makes a spectacular comeback…if someone buying one to make a grand total of two made can be considered a sales success. We had some feedback concerning last week’s complaints and Tom Schmidt believes he’s taking over for Gaz (Not going to happen unless he changes his name to start with a “G”). We have TWO Skype calls and discuss an unnatural fear of Celine Dion. iTunes gets a working over and with the Macworld Expo right around the corner, Guy talks about gearing up (or down as the case may be) for it.
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We talked to some nearby exhibitors. They confirm the preliminary estimates made by the organizers of PhotoPlus Expo that there could be as nearly as much visitors on the show as last year (27,000). Nevertheless they also reported that sales were noticeable lower. Some blamed the slowing economy, some supposed the absence of Apple (that had a booth last year) had its impact.
I just completed a professional quality dynamic slide show using FotoMagico 2.2 from Boinx Software. The client is thrilled. She raved about the visual dissolves, transitions, fades, zooms, and twirls. She adored the customized integration of audio with images. She demanded and expected the best, and the result exceeded her goals.
FotoMagico software went gone through four incremental version upgrades since we first discussed it over two years ago. While I was using version 2.2, a newer free 2.5 upgrade was released. Developer Peter Baumgartner is working day and night on version 3, which will allow users to pull in movies for the first time.
Every numbered FotoMagico iteration works essentially the same way. Upgrades take the application from good to very good to outstanding to excellent to amazing, but the core functionality remains: individualized slide show creation and presentation.
There are few problems or bugs in this software. When you come across a glitch, you email Boinx tech support, and your issue is addressed quickly and honestly. Usually you are given a hidden-in-plain-sight tip to get you out of your impasse, and sometimes you are told the error is a known issue that is being addressed for the next release. Suggestions are welcomed, and they are handed to Peter for consideration.
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