How To Video Record The Screen Of An iPhone or iPad Using Voila!

July 24th, 2015

Voila iPhone Screen Recording

 

Hello People!

We recently came out with an exciting new feature in Voila which should be of immense use for when you need to capture your iOS device’s screen! Voila 3.9 introduced iOS Screen Recording; wherein you can capture the screen of your iPhone or iPad in an incredibly simple way. While some of you may not see the immediate need for it, there definitely will come a time when you absolutely have to! Whether it is for a presentation or simply something you need to show a friend, you’re covered! We’re going to outline how you can do so in a cool, calm and collected manner

You all probably knew that iOS screen recordings are nothing new as it’s been possible with QuickTime since last year. We wanted something to build upon just simple recordings. Voila introduces this feature and the possibilities with it are endless. With the app, you can now record videos and add your own voiceovers to make them functional! This makes it perfect for YouTubers, DIYers and those who need a solution where their iOS screen is under the limelight. Going further, Voila can also beautifully curate your video recordings and file them properly for easy retrieval later. What’s more, you can share them with the world in no time!

We’ve simplified the entire process of capturing the screen of your iOS device in all its glory. To begin, connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac with the supplied Lightning cable. Next up, open Voila and hit ‘Record’ on the main Voila Toolbar and select your iOS device from the drop down menu that appears. The photos in this post should illustrate just how easy the entire process is!

 

Select iPhone from list

 

You’ll now be presented with a view of your iOS device’s screen along with an option to select your choice of audio input. This is especially useful for those who want to add commentary or narration to videos.

the view of the iOS screen

Select audio source

Do note that you can only record an iPhone or iPad with a Lightning connector port as we wanted to ensure a certain quality during video captures. Also, to record a device for the first time, you’ll need to simply connect the device to your Mac and activate it on iTunes. To get the best results when using Voila to record your iPhone or iPad’s screen, we recommend using an iPhone 5 and a Mac model that is post-2011. You will also need Yosemite on the Mac and iOS 8 on your iOS device. 

You’ll be impressed with Voila’s take on iOS screen recordings. For more info., you can always get in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter. If you haven’t experienced Voila yet, you can take it for a spin by downloading the no commitment, free trial! Happy screen recording!

 

~ Siddharth

 

 

 

Boom 1.x – An Important Message For All Users

July 17th, 2015

Boom 1.x announcement

 

There comes a time when we all have to make tough decisions. After careful deliberation, we’ve decided to cease the maintenance and support of Boom 1.x. in a phased manner. Fret not though, this is a slow process that will continue until mid-2016 and this doesn’t mean your Boom 1.x will stop working. The app will continue to be compatible with OS X 10.8, 10.9, 10.10 and 10.11 (when it releases). The bottom-line is that with technology changing everyday, it becomes impossible to support an app that simply wasn’t built to take advantage of the advanced frameworks in use today. That is why, with the release of Yosemite last year, we built Boom 2 from the ground up.

Boom 1.x was first released in Jan 2011, later going on to win the Macworld Best Of Show 2011. It was a groundbreaking app, receiving widespread praise for its minimalism and functionality. Over the years, the app also kept itself abreast with all the new technologies that kept finding its way into every major Mac OS X release since then. Even after Boom 2 came out, we couldn’t simply abandon it. Boom 1.x was updated to support Yosemite and we’re going one step further by adding El Capitan support when the OS officially releases.

Yes, Boom 1.x will receive a final compatibility update when the new OS X version releases later this year. But it doesn’t end there. We will continue to offer support until July 2016. We wanted to make this announcement in a delicate and responsible way as we value each and every one of you. By the beginning of next year, Boom 1.x will complete 5 whole years of brilliant Mac audio and we hope you understand where we’re coming from.

Boom 2, on the other hand, is a fresh new take on Mac acoustics and comes with more features and personalization options. It also takes advantage of the goodies that Yosemite offer and hence works only on 10.10 and later. It is a new app that is separate from Boom 1.x and is a paid upgrade. Again, it wasn’t easy making this decision, but we believe the time and effort put into carving this beautiful app can be seen all over the app. As an incentive to our users, we’ve had an easy upgrade option since Boom 2’s release for those willing to switch. This entails a direct 50% discount and is applicable to both, Mac App Store and our Webstore customers. You can read more about Boom 2 to see how awesome it is!

Boom 1.x’s journey has been a blast so far. We couldn’t have done it without you people and are thankful for the continued patronage. Like life itself, Boom 2 is the next stage in Boom’s evolution and we’d love for you to be a part of it. If you haven’t given it a spin yet, check out the free trial now! Happy Boomin’!

 

 ~ Siddharth

 

 

Voila 3.9 Introduces The Next Level Of iOS Screen Recordings!

June 30th, 2015

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Howdy Folks!

Your favorite screen capture tool just got a cool new feature along with several other enhancements, which we believe will elevate your experience with Voila. Voila 3.9 introduces iOS screen recording for video captures of your iPhone or iPad’s screen in crystal clear quality. In addition, this new update brings video captures via your Mac’s FaceTime camera as well as other supported external webcams. Voila 3.9 also sees several under-the-hood and subtle improvements that build upon Voila’s legacy.

We wanted to make sure that this new update exceeded all your expectations and we pulled out all stops to do so. We’ve been listening to what each and every one of you had to say and made sure that we looked into the smallest of niggles. One of the most highly requested features was if we could include iOS device recordings for instant video capture of the iPhone and iPad screen. After wrapping our heads around it, we set out to do it.

 

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Now, screen recording of iOS devices is nothing new as this has been possible with QuickTime since last year. We wanted something to build upon simple recordings. Voila 3.9 brings in this feature and the possibilities are endless. With Voila’s take on iOS screen recording, you can now record videos and add your own voiceover! This makes it perfect for YouTubers, DIYers and those who need a solution where their iOS screen is under the limelight. Going further, Voila also beautifully curates your video recordings and files them properly for easy retrieval later. What’s more, you can share them with the world in no time!

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To record, you simply need to hook your iOS device to the Mac with its cable and open Voila. Do note that you can only record an iPhone or iPad with a Lightning connector port as we wanted to ensure a certain quality during video captures. You will also need Yosemite on the Mac and iOS 8 on your iOS device. So go crazy and show off recordings of your gameplay to friends and co-workers!

Note ~ To record a device for the first time, simply connect the device to your Mac and activate it on iTunes. Next, disconnect & reconnect the device.

Moving on, Voila 3.9 adds the ability to record videos through the Mac’s FaceTime camera as well as supported external webcams. You also get a choice of sound input for adding brilliant commentary, sound bytes etc. for a kickass video! We’ve also gone ahead and made some changes to Voila’s UI and we believe these little modifications will make a positive impact when you work.

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Another small change we’ve made is that you can now access ‘Object’ capture during ‘Selection’ captures by simply pressing the ‘Option’ key. This may come in handy for several of you people. Also, the Mac App Store version of Voila can now save captures directly from the cool ‘Voila Web Screenshot’ browser extension (this was already possible in the Webstore version). If you haven’t had a chance to play with this cool extension for Safari and Chrome yet, check it out!

Rounding up the changes in Voila 3.9 are measured improvements like support for the new Photos app, placement changes with respect to certain icons, SFTP server publishing enhancements and other small fixes that beef up Voila. The complete list changelog is as below:

 

  • iOS Screen Recording using Voila – Video record the screen of an iOS 8 device on a Mac with OS X Yosemite.
  • Voila can now record videos over the Mac’s FaceTime camera and other supported external webcams.
  • The Object Capture option can now be accessed during selection captures by pressing the ‘Option’ key.
  • Easily Export captures to the new Photos app from the Voila toolbar.
  • The ‘Spray’ tool has been removed.
  • SFTP authentication problems have been resolved.
  • You can now quickly drag and drop of images from the image browser to the workbench.
  • Direct sharing of captures from ‘Voila Web Screenshot’ browser extension to Voila (Mac App Store Version).
  • UI enhancements to ‘Selection’, ‘Object’ capture and certain other elements.
  • Photos can be exported to the new Photos app (Yosemite only)
  • Several minor bugs fixes and enhancements to increase the overall polish of the app.

 

We’re always waiting to hear from you! Talk to us on Facebook and Twitter and we’ll be happy to help out. If Voila is alien to you, stop by its site for a free trial and be blown by its sheer power. Have a smashing Fourth of July!

 

~ Siddharth

 

 

 

WWDC 15: What Did You Take From It?

June 18th, 2015

WWDC 15

 

WWDC, Apple’s yearly conference, is the Holy Grail for a lot of Apple fanatics and enthusiasts. Everything that Tim Cook & co. has in store for the next 12 months is announced with a lot of pizzazz and anticipation; bated breath almost! This year’s edition, WWDC 15, was an important milestone in the sense that it set the tone for the future of the company. With the release of the new versions of Mac OS X, iOS, watchOS and more, it was evident that Apple decided to concentrate on enhancing its existing platforms instead of releasing new features.

The running theme from what we could gather at WWDC 15 was that of improvements and stability. This shouldn’t be identified as a bad thing. Instead, Apple should be praised for not falling for the whole trend of ‘New’ + ‘More’ = ‘Success’. As we’ve seen in the recent past, new features don’t necessarily work well out of the box. With a focus on streamlining its offerings, we now have new versions of operating systems that actually perform like how they were intended to.

First up was the announcement of OS X El Capitan, the successor to Yosemite. This particular release is reminiscent of the ‘Leopard’ -> ‘Snow Leopard’ and ‘Lion’ -> ‘Mountain Lion’ era where each version was followed by a consolidated version. ‘El Capitan’ is a major part of the Yosemite National Park and this new release builds on the same sentiment.

Last year’s WWDC 14 saw the overhaul of Mac OS X, going for a visual makeover as well as several under-the-hood changes.  El Capitan brings understated fixes and also several new tricks that further enhances the desktop experience. The announcements include a new font (‘San Francisco’), new Mission Control, Split View (two active side-by-side apps), improved Spotlight searches, better Mail app, Maps and more. While nothing may seem like a ‘standout’ feature, it should come as a relief that you can now expect better performance even on older Macs.

iOS 9, the next operating system in line for an upgrade, follows the same path as its desktop brother. Instead of inventing new features that will never be used by a majority or releasing half-baked stuff, Apple has delivered a robust and capable successor. Some of the additions include a more intelligent Siri, Split Screen view for iPad, improved Maps with Transit, a new News app and a smaller footprint so that you don’t end up deleting half your files before the upgrade.

With iOS 9, Siri is about to get more contextually aware. Gone are the days when you initiate and it responds. This means that you can now get relevant info. and options for different scenarios with the new proactive Siri. It will now be able to dig deeper into apps so that you and I can have a thorough search experience without leaving the window. Developers can use the new API’s to enable deep linking within their app. ‘News’, the aggregator app that intends to take on Flipboard, is another new addition. It looks beautiful and hopefully will work like a charm.

Ah, watchOS, the operating system that powers the Apple Watch too has grown in leaps and bounds! watchOS 2 was announced and the biggest cheer was reserved for when Apple announced that the Apple Watch can now run standalone apps without the need to be tethered to an iPhone or iPad. This will now pave the way for devs to go all out and get creative with their ideas! In addition, watchOS 2 will bring new watch faces, new crown functionalities, the ability to respond to emails, watch videos and make FaceTime audio calls directly and more. Oh, the Apple Watch will also be able to connect to known WiFi networks on its own!

The end of the Keynote saw Apple announce ‘Apple Music’, the Spotify-competitor that they hope will hand them a firm grip in the music-streaming segment that is only on the ascendancy. Tim Cook opened with his traditional ‘One More Thing’ line that again brought loud cheers from the audience. Apple Music will provide on-demand, unlimited ad-free music for $9.99/month and this should signal the start of the real ‘streaming’ wars. Aside from listening to the music you want, Apple Music will also come with ‘Beats 1’, a 24/7 global radio station curated by DJ Zane Lowe.

With everything that’s been said and done, Apple has done a fine job this year at WWDC 15. All the announcements point to a busy 12 months ahead and we cannot wait to dig in! What did you guys think about this year’s conference? Leave your comments and opinions below. You can also reach out to us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

~ Siddharth

 

 

Boom 2 (v1.2) ~ Remote Control Your Boom 2 Experience!

June 4th, 2015

Boom 2 Remote app

 

What’s better than using Boom 2 with VLC or iTunes on a lazy Sunday afternoon? Nothing! On second thought, controlling it from the comfort of your seat without having to go back and forth reaching out for the Mac is something that will make all you movie and music lovers sit up and take notice (no pun intended).

Say hello to the ‘Boom 2 Remote’! This little gem of an app will make sure you never have to sigh before having to change the volume, toggle equalizers, manage playback on media player apps on your Mac etc. Sound good right? The Boom 2 Remote can be downloaded for free on the iTunes App Store and is optimized for both, the iPhone and iPad. In addition, Boom 2 (v1.2) also introduces 2 new equalizer presets – ‘Hip Hop’ & ‘Reggae’ to cater to your varied taste in music.

We’ve been working on releasing a companion remote app to offer a more convenient way of taking charge of Boom 2’s features as well as that of your media. With more and more of us consuming loads of movies and music on the Mac, we felt this solution would be perfect to just sit back and relax during binge sessions. The remote app is free, meaning you get to instantly get it onto your iOS device without any further delay!

 

With the Boom 2 Remote app, you can:

• Control Boom 2′s volume as well as your Mac’s default volume

• Change Boom 2′s Equalizers and Effects

• Access playback controls of VLC, QuickTime and iTunes on your Mac

 

Support for VLC, QuickTime and iTunes on the Mac guarantees that your entire binge watching and listening experience is as smooth as possible; seamless almost! All you need is to connect your Mac and the iOS device to the same WiFi network and you’re set.

We can almost picture ourselves with our feet up and enjoying the latest flick and changing the volume and equalizers of Boom 2 with a simplest of touches B-)

Haven’t had a chance to play with Boom 2 yet? Trust us, you’re missing out on having the best acoustic experience on your Mac! Head to our site to learn more and download the free trial or visit the Mac App Store. You can check out the Boom 2 Remote at the iTunes App Store. Also, should you have any questions, please reach out to us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

~ Siddharth