PhotoPresenter 4
App Developer: Boinx Software Ltd
Version Reviewed: 4.1.6
License: US$9.99 – Requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later

If you like showing off your photo collection to family and friends but want something more entertaining than the traditional slideshow then PhotoPresenter may be for you.

PhotoPresenter takes the idea of a slideshow collation of photographs and changes the way it is conceived, developed, and presented.

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Abaltat Muse 2.0
Review

On January 10, 2011, in Review, Video, by Suzé Gilbert

Abaltat Muse 2.0
Company: Tunepresto
Free 7 Day Trial Version Available for Download
$99 USD, 80 € EUR


One of the most difficult decisions in producing a video or slideshow presentation is the choice of music. If you want to use a copyrighted song or soundtrack then you have the option of requesting permission for use, paying a royalty, or purchasing a copyright-free library. Music is essential for a slideshow or film production as it may evoke emotion, excitement, or drama for the viewer. Creating a soundtrack has never been easier with Tunepresto’s Abaltat Muse 2.0. This is a sophisticated application that allows the user to create an infinite amount of royalty-free soundtracks with professional results. I was a bit apprehensive to use Abaltat Muse 2.0 as I am not a musician but this is an intuitive and well-designed composition software.

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Review – Photo to Movie

On June 30, 2010, in Macintosh, Photography, Review, by Elisa Pacelli


Photo to Movie 4.5
Company: LQ Graphics
Price: $49.95
http://www.lqgraphics.com

Have you ever created a slideshow of your favorite photos, but wished it could have a little more pizazz? Would you like more control of the motion, transitions, even the music in the slideshow? Let me show you Photo to Movie.

Now, before you start thinking, “Ugh, more vacation slides for me to sit through at my friend’s party…,” think about looking at photos in a whole new way. Normally, you would look at one photo after another, possibly including some awkward transitions. Eventually they would all start to blend together in your mind—and you’ve mentally left the party. Start creating your slideshows with Photo to Movie, and you’ll never have to live out this sad scenario again.

Photo to Movie (PTM) produces slideshows that make the viewer feel like part of the action. It’s not quite the same as watching movement in a video, but it can be pretty close.

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Kanex Mini DisplayPort Adapter To HDMI 1080p Video w/ Digital Audio
Company: Kanex, Inc.

Price: $69.99
http://kanexlive.com

Apple’s incorporation of the Mini DisplayPort in its newer computers has produced big changes for people who wish to send video and audio-out signals from the Macs to drive their HD televisions with an HDMI signal. Currently, the Unibody MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Mini, and iMac all use Mini DisplayPort.

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eMail page My Mac #17, Sept. 1996

On September 4, 1996, in Email Page, by Tim Robertson

BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS

Was so glad to hear your pitch for reading books in My Mac. I recently retired from working in a high school library (21 years). Always thought myself extremely lucky to have such close contact with our greatest assets – kids and BOOKS. Many students preferred to watch the video rather than read the book. I remember one student checked out “Misery” by Stephen King for a book report (had special permission from his teacher because he was a reluctant reader). He said he had seen the movie and was going to rent the video and “wing” the book report. I am a King fan (to the surprise of most the students) and I told him the book was MUCH better than the movie which was also good; I mentioned several King-ish scenes from the book which were not in the movie. To make a long story end, the student ended up reading the book, enjoying it and getting a B+ grade which was new to him. He later checked out “Cujo” and several other King books and then started on Dean Koontz.

This particular student would never read “War and Peace” but who cares. That is the great thing about books. There is something out there for everybody.

I want to thank you for the consistently excellent information and assistance you provide through My Mac. It keeps getting better and better.

BlakexRed

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AVI->QuickTime
Review

On August 1, 1996, in Review, by Tim Robertson

AVI->QuickTime

Shareware or Freeware?

Ever download an AVI formatted movie, only to find you can’t play it on your Mac? With AVI->QuickTime (no version given), that’s no longer a problem. Simply drag that movie to the AVI-QuickTime application, and you’re all set! Watch it with your favorite movie player as you would a QuickTime movie.

I wish I could tell you who made this, if it is freeware or shareware, or anything else for that matter! The truth is, I have downloaded this program from both AOL and various Internet FTP sites, and none have come with a read me file. And nothing in the “Get Info” window provides any useful information either. No version, no creator credits, nothing! The only thing I can tell you is that it was created on Saturday. Dec. 5 1992 and last modified on Thursday, February 18, 1993. That’s it! But it does work, and has not caused any problems on my machine running system 7.5.3. If you know who made this, please tell him he did a good job for me, won’t you?

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MIDI and MOD
Music on a Mac

On May 4, 1996, in Opinion, by Brian Koponen

MIDI and MOD: Music on a Mac

The Mac was seen as a toy in its infancy, but a few industries found a use for it, and it caught on. The music industry was one of them. They came up with a great technology, called MIDI. There is an similar upcoming technology called MOD.

MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. Any composer can tell you that this is a great thing. To use it, three things are needed. The first one is a MIDI-compatible keyboard. (Today, most decent keyboards are) Second, you need a MIDI interface. This is just a small box that, in its simplest form, attaches the keyboard to the Mac. The last thing needed to do MIDI is the software. More specifically, a sequencer.

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