Free Beta Test Drive: FotoMagico 4 app for Mac

- August 3rd, 2012

FotoMagico4

If you like to quickly and easily create slideshow presentations that are sleek and professional and not simply a series of pictures strung together with a little music added to the background then here’s a little offer you can’t refuse.

Boinx Software creators of FotoMagico, a nifty little app that takes slideshow presentations to the next level, are offering enthusiasts an opportunity to get a sneak peek at their forthcoming FotoMagico 4 by offering it out as a Public Beta.

 

Public Beta

Participating in a public beta gives you an opportunity to try out a new or refreshed app before it officially hits the streets. To get in is as simple as filling in a little form, which is just your name and email address and within minutes you’ll get download instructions and a free temporary license key in your Inbox.

Now I downloaded my copy today and my license key is good until September 15, 2012.

Boinx Software wants to make FotoMagico the best it can possibly be, so all they ask you to do is use the built-in feedback assistant to let them know what you liked and where they can improve.

Checking out the tech specs on their site, the current version 3.8.6, is quite powerful to begin with. With a few clicks you can easily compose a dynamic slideshow by dragging and dropping photos and movies onto a storyboard and easily animate, rotate, add transitions, titles and add audio. Where it shines is that it provides total control over the sequence and timing and other aspects of your slideshow. It also plays nice with your iPhoto and iTunes libraries.

The company says, “Your audience will never fall asleep again”.

 

New Features

The Beta, version 4, which you get to test drive, will add these new features:

  • Support for multiple layers that lets users mix and match photos, videos and titles on a single slide
  • A new Timeline for making precise adjustments to slide duration and transitions with a simple click-and-drag
  • Visual Audio; new Audio Waveform that  lets users sync music with slides flawlessly & adjust volume fades right from the Timeline
  • A sleeker and more intuitive workspace.

 

All-in-one FotoMagico 4

Currently, there is a Basic version as well as a Pro version, but according to the company, that will change with version 4, as they will be both be incorporated into “one all-encompassing version for a much lower price!”

If you decide you like it, you can purchase a license key using the built-in store – of course once that new price has been determined.

FotoMagico (3.86 & higher) is compatible with Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8), but needs at least Snow Leopard (10.6.8) to run; it requires an Intel-based Mac, 1GB RAM and 64MB VRAM graphics.

UPDATE Aug 14:  Version 4 will require Mac OS X Lion 10.7 or higher.

(Performance will be better the more processor and graphics power you have and will degrade with underpowered machines.)

photo credit: Boinx Software

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5 comments

  1. JUlian Smylz | August 6, 2012 at 8:47 am

    sooooo, where is this form i fill out to get a BETA copy????

  2. Greg Gazin | August 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Julian,

    Here’s the link. I’ve re-added it in the body of the post. Thanks for the heads up!

    http://boinx.com/fotomagico/beta/

  3. Alan Hartman | August 9, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    It should be noted that FotoMagico 4 Public Beta will NOT RUN on Snow Leopard. It requires at least OS X Lion 10.7.3. Many of us found this out when we attempted to install the Beta on machines running 10.6.8.

    Us faithful users for years who have not given in to the newest OS X versions have been left out of this new version. Hopefully, Boinx will support Snow Leopard at least so we can continue to use FotoMagico!

  4. Greg Gazin | August 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Thanks for the heads-up Alan. We were not informed of this. I will check in with Boinx.

  5. Greg Gazin | August 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    I have just heard back from Boinx. They have indicated that FotoMagico 4 will require OS X 10.7 (Lion)

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