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iStopMotion 2.5 Released, Adds Enhanced Support for Canon Cameras

Boinx Software’s iStopMotion is a great tool for creating stop motion movies using a camera connected directly to your Mac. This tool got much better today, however, with update 2.5. The update adds enhanced support for Canon cameras, better iMovie export options, tilt shift filter, and even color correction.

Boinx moved to a new QuickTime capture system for getting video from the camera, this means that iStopMotion can now work with multiple video cameras at the same time. This also means that if you have Final Cut Studio or Logic Studio installed on your Mac, you can use HDV cameras to capture full HD footage. iStopMotion will now work with recent Canon DSLR camera models. You can see all the compatible cameras on the iStopMotion website.

The Tilt Shift filter lets you make the scenery your camera captures look miniature. This is a popular tool when creating time-lapsed footage. With the new color correction filter, you can now easily change tint, brightness and contrast of images to correct lighting.

Boinx has also updated the way iStopMotion exports to iMovie. You can now do a one-click transfer of clips into iMovie ’08 or newer.

You can read more about the updates on the Boinx Software website where you can also download a trial of the application if this functionality peaks your interest. If you have already purchased iStopMotion, you are able to upgrade to the new 2.5 version, assuming you have a valid iStopMotion 2 license. Otherwise, iStopMotion is available from Boinx Software for (home license), (express license), or 9 (pro license).

Check out the video below to get an idea of how the tilt shift feature looks.

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Apple Updates MobileMe Gallery App, Adds Support for iPad

Apple has just updated their MobileMe Gallery application [iTunes link] for the iPhone with universal support for all iOS devices, including the iPad. This means that you can now browse your MobileMe photos with ease on any iOS device you choose. Apple also added fast app switching for iOS 4.0 devices, and topped things off with Retina Display support.

According to the App Store, the following additions were made with Version 1.2:

– Universal app with full iPad support
– Supports fast app switching for iOS 4 devices
– Optimized for Retina displays
– View friends’ galleries without the need for a MobileMe subscription (iPhone and iPad only)

The ability to view friends’ public galleries without having a MobileMe account will make this application more valuable to non subscribers than it has typically been in the past. You can download the free update for the MobileMe Gallery from the iTunes App Store [iTunes link].


via MacRumors


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Google Announces Google Apps Premier, Mobile Editing, Retina Display Support for Google Earth

This morning, Google announced several updates to its widely used mobile services, including Google Apps, Google Docs, and Google Earth for iOS devices.

Google’s newest update in security may help convince skeptics to store their data in the cloud, after all. The search giant announced Google Apps Premier, Education and Government Edition for users that need that extra bit of heightened security. The Premier package will enable folks to sign in using their password and a one-time verification code that is sent to their mobile phone. The two-step verification process will enable stronger protections to help fend off phishing scams and password reuses. Google is making this feature accessible to organizations both large and small without making it too complicated to set up.

Google has also introduced mobile editing capabilities for Google Docs on the iPad and Android platform. Now, you can edit that expense report or finish writing that paper on the bus ride to work or school. Of course, we don’t suggest doing so if from a tiny-screened Android device, as the experience seems better suited for the iPad.

Lastly, the Google Earth app [iTunes link] has been updated for Retina Display support. The update also includes the new ocean content layer, as well as underwater bathymetry and ocean surface support. The app is free and works on all iOS devices, as well as Android, so download it if you haven’t already.

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Firefox 4 May Cut PowerPC Support

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Yikes! First Apple’s own Snow Leopard cut support for PowerPC processors, and now it’s highly possibly that Firefox will follow suit. Firefox director Mike Beltzner himself has proclaimed that he’s gathering data on the number of PowerPC users use Firefox, but it’s unlikely that they will be supported anymore.

There are two reasons for the cut: Firefox 4 should be adding out-of-process plug-ins which help prevent crashes, and a new JavaScript compiler that’s similar to the one in Chrome and Safari. Beltzner says the new release will be faster and offer better performance, and that they may still develop a new version of Firefox speciflcally for PowerPCs. But, if they do, it may not even be called Firefox anymore.

The Firefox 4 beta launched on Tuesday, but isn’t quite stable yet. It’ll be a sad day when PowerPCs are phased out of developer’s minds–most of us still have one in great working condition, even if it is in the back of a closet. But, if you’re using a PowerPC regularly, you’re probably better off sticking to Safari for your browsing anyway–at least for now. Any PowerPC users surprised or outraged by this cut? Voice your opinion in the comments!

Via MacNN


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