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November 24, 2006

Fotomagico Extensibility With Aperture

Filed under: Tricks — Scott @ 5:09 pm

FotoMagico 1.8 now integrates libraries from Apple’s Aperture software in the Images tab so that photos in the Aperture Library can be accessed directly from within FotoMagico. The addition of the “New with Template” command makes it easier for users to create slide shows with the correct settings for the final presentation environment.

Use Aperture Libraries

FotoMagico 1.8 knows how to read Aperture’s library format (Aperture 1.5 or later) and can display images stored in Apple’s professional photo management tool in the Images tab for easy use in a FotoMagico slideshow. This easy integration offers Aperture users a compelling path to great photo presentations.

New From Template

To make it easier for the user to create slide shows with correct settings for the final presentation destination, a “New with Template” command has been added. The users chooses from the most popular scenarios, including “Live Presentation on a Mac”, “DVD on Television”, “Live Presentation on a Projector” and others, and FotoMagico sets up the project automatically. This makes it a lot easier to get the settings for stage size and export right.

Built-in Store

Another new thing is the “Buy now…” menu item which guides you to the closest outlet based on your system’s region setting. Customers from the US for example may use the built-in Kagi Store while customers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland will be directed to Application Systems Heidelberg.

Availablity and Pricing

Boinx FotoMagico 1.8 is available for download immediately as a Universal Application from the website http://www.fotomagico.com. The update is free for all current owners of a valid FotoMagico license. New license keys are for sale via Kagi for U.S. $79. A five day demo license for evaluation can be requested at the Web site.

November 22, 2006

New Aperture Training Coming

Filed under: Announcements — Scott @ 3:47 pm

Derrick Story and Scott Bourne have just finished recording “Aperture – Beyond The Basics” at lynda.com in Ojai, CA. The four hours of video training will be available by subscription on the lynda.com site or on a CD/DVD from the lynda.com store. Look for it right around Christmas.

Also, Derrick and Scott are again returning to MacWorld 2007. One year after their debut as the trainers at the world’s first public Aperture training course, they will again be teaching the Power Tools conference session. Visit the MacWorld site for more information.

November 14, 2006

Apple Updates Digital Camera Raw

Filed under: Announcements — Scott @ 4:05 am

Apple has updated its Digital Camera Raw to 1.01 (Universal).

This update improves RAW file format compatibility for the following digital SLR cameras:

-Canon Digital Rebel XTi / 400D / Kiss X Digital
-Nikon D80
-Pentax *ist DS

Other issues addressed:

-Handling of large Canon RAW files (.CRW)
-DNG compatibility on Intel-based Macs
-Lines sometimes appearing in images exported from Aperture

For more information go to the Apple Aperture website.

November 7, 2006

Finally – PPC G5 Owners Can Upgrade Their Video Cards!

Filed under: Announcements — Scott @ 12:32 am

This is a long-awaited development in the Aperture community. Because Aperture makes extensive use of the GPU, the video card plays a big part in the acceptability of the Aperture user experience. And for some time now, PPC G5 users have been unhappy because there was no simple solution to upgrading their video cards. Well that’s about to change.

Apple PPC G5 owners rejoice! You can finally upgrade your video cards. ATI (now a subsidiary of AMD) announced the X1900 G5 Mac Edition for PCI-e equipped Macs (i.e. Dual-core G5’s). The card contains a X1900 GT processing core and has 256 MB of VRAM with two dual-link DVI ports for support of two 30″ Apple Cinema Displays. The card also contains S-Video output for connecting TVs sporting the connector.

The card is $350 and is now shipping.

November 3, 2006

ApertureTricks Joins OReilly and Inside Aperture

Filed under: Announcements — Scott @ 2:35 pm

O’Reilly Digital Media has launched Inside Aperture. It’s a site featuring a blog, a podcast, articles and workflows for people who use Apple’s Aperture. And ApertureTricks.com is proud to provide all of its original blog content to the Inside Aperture site. And I will be writing for the site as well.

Aperture 1.5.1 Drop

Filed under: Announcements — Scott @ 1:36 am

Apple has updated 1.5 with a bug fix. You can read more about the new version at the Apple Aperture Tech Support Website.

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