Camera Plus 4 With AirSnap on iOS 8 Will Rock Your World!

September 18th, 2014

Camera Plus 4 with AirSnap

 

 

We’ve gotta be honest with you guys. We’ve decked Camera Plus up like it’s the prom and iOS 8 it’s date for this special occasion. Before we ruin their evening, let us take you through all the fancy features and improvements that have made their way into the all-new Camera Plus 4. Tuck yourself in!

September 9th, 2014 probably knocked the socks off you guys. The release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus looks to have answered the prayers of those craving for a phablet sized bite of the apple. No wonder that Apple racked up a cool 4 Million pre-orders inside the first 24 hours after its release. Impressive, no doubt. All things considered, Apple looks like they’ve got everything under control, for now. Going beyond all the hullabaloo, it’s what is inside that really matters and what has us most excited are the capabilities of the new iSight camera that has a lot of bells and whistles with it this time.

The all-new Camera Plus 4 is out to make the most of this and offer you guys an experience that will keep you coming back for more. Oh, we’re serious all right! We’ve rounded out the best features from professional cameras and cajoled them into joining Camera Plus. Of course, the USP of Camera Plus has always been to give all of you an apt replacement for the default camera app. A million features isn’t the way to go and only a fool would think so. We’ve always strived to include features that only aid you when capturing that priceless shot without overwhelming the moment with unheard of tools. Isn’t it awesome that Camera Plus simplifies all high-end features like exposure and focus into just slides and taps?

This is why stuff like Lumy (super simple ‘Exposure’ control), Photo Focus Modes (photos crisper than a chip) and Pix’d (auto photo-enhancement with one tap) has been a hit with all users. So, moving along, let’s get started on the new features and additions, shall we?

 

 

Some handpicked features in the new Camera Plus 4:

 

AIRSNAP

  • Get the fullscreen experience on the remote device. The camera and remote control device need to be on iOS 8 for fullscreen to work
  • Access to Photo & Video Focus Modes, Lumy – Intelligent Exposure Control and Zoom

 

iOS 8 SPECIALS

  • FAMILY SHARING – Compatible for use by member devices, making it perfect for use in AirSnap etc.
  • EXTENSIONS – Use Camera Plus’ photo editing features including Pix’d, Filters and Text via the default Photos app
  • HANDOFF — Automatically initiate AirSnap on another device that has your iCloud account logged in
  • DIRECT DELETION – Delete captures in the Photos app directly from Camera Plus. Deleted captures can be found in the Photos app trash
  • NON-DESTRUCTIVE EDITING – Edit photos and re-edit/alter the applied effects later
  • SHARE BETWEEN iOS AND MAC – Instantly transfer captures between iOS and Mac (requires OS X 10.10) using AirDrop

 

Also included,

  • New Video Focus Modes – Auto and Shift
  • Lumy is now improved and supports ‘Default’ (HD) video recordings
  • New photo editing tools have been added – Shadow, Highlight and Fade
  • Locked Roll now supports Touch ID to lock and unlock

 

And much more!                                    

   

 

AirSnap

 

AirSnap ~ Now All That!

 

Starting things off, AirSnap is now even better at capturing photos and videos remotely with. As you guys know, AirSnap lets you use any two iOS devices to remotely capture stuff. You get to use one device as a wireless camera and the other becomes a remote control that you can use as a detonator. Yeah, bombs included. Pretty neat, eh? Camera Plus 4 upgrades this experience to a whole new level with a fullscreen live view on the remote device. No more squirming to know how things are in front of the camera. Also included are access to Lumy, Photo Focus Modes and Zoom for a complete photo and video capture adventure.

 

iOS 8 ~ Finally Letting Loose

 

With the alluring new iOS comes flexibility that’s never been seen before. Gimmicks? Useful niches? We’ll let you be the judge. We’ve taken the best of the lot and integrated em’ into Camera Plus. Handoff. Check. AirDrop Sharing between Mac and iOS. Check. Extensions. Check. Flexible Editing. Check. 3D Printing. Check. Not! Almost got you there :-) . Handoff looks like it’s going to be getting a lot of action this time as it can be used to initiate AirSnap on the second device instantly. Have fun, lazy bums! Also in the fray are extensions and extended AirDrop sharing. Get a dose of Camera Plus’ features within the default Photos app with extensions and send files between your Mac and iOS device instantly using AirDrop. The icing on the cake however is Family Sharing. Allow your near and dear ones to grab Camera Plus so that AirSnap becomes a family affair. You can also delete captures in the default Photos app from within Camera Plus.

 

Focus SHift Video Focus Modes

 

Video Focus Modes ~ Le Directeur

 

With Camera Plus 4, you now get to shoot videos and bring subjects in and out of focus. ‘Shift’ allows you to separate the rest of the scene into the background, thus creating super cinematic effects. Don’t blame us if you start skipping school or work and run around your backyard all day to film your next blockbuster.

 

The Stalwarts ~ Now Wiser and Awesomer!?

 

The wise men of Camera Plus like Lumy, Pix’d and Photo Focus Modes have evolved into super-intelligent beings. Kinda like how that freckled classmate of yours grew up to be drop dead gorgeous. Lumy has been enhanced to record videos in both 720p and 1080p HD modes. It also takes in all parameters like Bias and more that the new camera lens now allows for. We’re hard-pressed to say more because you guys have to use it to see how beautiful these new improvements make photos and videos look. All right, get moving now!

 

So there you have it. We’ve laid everything out for you to experience. Start a fire, bring down the government or do whatever it is that you do in your spare time. But do make sure to take the new Camera Plus 4 for a spin by checking it out on the App Store. We promise it’ll be loads of fun as always. Do meet up with us on Twitter, Facebook, G+ or Linkedin if you’d like to chat. We’re listening!

 

 

 ~ Siddharth

 

 

The 2014 Rad School Offer – Contests, Discounts and Giveaways Galore!

July 14th, 2014

 

Rad School Offer

 

#RadSchoolOffer

 

With the holidays well underway and the (nauseating?) prospect of sitting through classes looming, we’ve got something to turn that frown upside down. Say hello to ‘The 2014 Rad School Offer’; contests, discounts, Giveaways – It’s a carnival out here!

The sound of waves crashing and that indomitable feeling of summer is something we look forward to every year. Sneaking in to add some zest before the hallowed doors of schools reopen is our annual promotion that has something in store for everyone.

 

Apple Prizes Contests

 

The 2014 Rad School Offer has 3 things going for it. There’s a weekly contest with prizes, half off discounts and a raffle to win a MacBook Air. And the good news is that none of these involve rocket science!

We’re giving away iTunes Gift Cards and iPad minis for those who ace our contest challenges. It’s wicked fun to play, trust us :-) . All you need to do in order to take part is to head to our Facebook and Twitter pages. We’ve got 4 different questions for 4 weeks; the more you impress us with your creativity, the rad-der!

 

Contest Rules

 

The best part, however, is that we’re giving away Boom Volume Booster and Voila Screen Capture Tool at an incredible discount of 50%. This is on both versions – Mac App Store and Global Delight Webstore.

Boom ($3.99 instead of $6.99) is a necessity for every Mac as it literally makes everything louder. Netflix, YouTube, Spotify and anything else you play online or offline.

Voila ($14.99 instead of $29.99) can capture anything onscreen. You can snap images, HD videos and play around with them before sharing them easily. Create beautiful and informative courseware, lessons etc., make DIY videos and capture concerts! Simple is an understatement here.

To top all this off, there will be a sweet sweepstakes raffle! One lucky winner will be selected at random and he/she will get a MacBook Air to flaunt. This is open to everyone. So share this amongst your peeps and see how it goes!

 

 

We’d love for you guys to visit our webpage to learn more about The 2014 Rad School Offer. You can also read more about Voila and Boom to see what they’re truly capable of. Have a Rad-tastic summer ahead!

 

Boom & Voila – Your New Wingmen In School!

 

 

~Siddharth 

 

Effectively Troubleshoot And Communicate Issues With Voila

July 5th, 2014

 

 

“I’ve got this recurring issue where the Internet keeps bailing out on me every few minutes or so. Could you help me out here?”

 

“Please head into ‘System Preferences’ and renew the DHCP lease. You should be good to go.”

 

 

Biting your nails because of some inexplicable error message that keeps popping up. Check.

Finding it a herculean task to walk someone through and get your point across. Check.

 

What a wonderfully weird world we live in. Constantly outpaced by technology at every turn and with no end in sight with regards to complexity. There are instances where we just can’t help but be slaves to what our machines dictate; the crashes, the vulnerabilities and the bugs. The biggest fallacy of them all is the process of receiving support to tide over them. Clicked on something you shouldn’t have? It’s your fault. Trying to explain something that can resolve it? Good luck with that.

 

The fulcrum of this situation is a mish mash of stuff designed to confuse the best of us. Adding to the agony is the lack of a readily available method of receiving timely solutions. Tech support may have all the answers but what about all the commoners who make up the majority of the Interweb? We can’t make lofty promises to cure this madness, although there are some simple tips that may help you get the best out of your troubleshooting experience. This holds good for people on both ends.

 

Voila annotations

 

“Communication”

 

Thankfully, there are some simple methods you can follow to eke the most out of your screenshots. After all, these captures make up the majority of exchanges between you and the helpful techies. Tools like arrows/connectors, callouts and shapes. These say much more than what we can express, part of the ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ analogy.

 

Arrows with Voila

 

Shapes with Voila

 

Voila can be your best friend when it comes to lending a helping hand here. Blessed with a supreme set of annotation tools and one-click sharing options, you should be on your way in no time. This is the easiest way to share representations of your issues and get a satisfactory explanation in response. You can even blur out portions of screenshots that you deem unnecessary using the ‘Blur’ tool.

If you still haven’t gotten the Voila experience, do give it a shot! It’s easy, intuitive and fun-to-use. Also, hit us up on Facebook and Twitter. We love hearing from ya.  

 

 

~Siddharth

 

 

 

 

#WWDC14 – Will The Developers Please Stand Up?

June 11th, 2014

 

WWDC14

 

Another year, another slew of changes. Oh Apple, you’ve finally heard us and let loose.

 

Before we dive into what we thought about this year’s developer conference, let us breathe a sigh of collective relief. The world is now a better place and we can go back to our daily lives.

Starting last week and for years to come, June 2nd will be remembered as the day Apple finally softened its iron claw-like clutches; albeit in a cautious manner, but good enough for a start. The cornerstone of the show was undoubtedly iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, the latter getting its first major visual revamp in ages. Yet, the unsung hero who takes home the award will be Cupertino’s stance that now gives developers much more freedom.

 

Mac OS X Yosemite

 

First things first, Apple did a solid this time with the OS X overhaul. Even the fabled iOS operating system got a shot of brawns to go with its previously bestowed looks. The SVP of Software Engineering, Mr. Craig Federighi, did a commendable job of showcasing Yosemite; from the improved ‘Spotlight’ to the now super-functional ‘Safari’. And yes, ‘Handoff’, the swell new feature that lets you swap tasks between the phone and the desktop, will no doubt be lapped up by users who live and breathe Apple.

 

Apple Handoff

 

iOS 8 too got a brilliant selection of additions that raise the user experience to an entirely new level. ‘HealthKit’, the fitness focused framework and ‘HomeKit’, the home automation protocol that integrates devices with each other more seamlessly, is on course to change the way we interact with our mobiles. All this is good news for the end user. But what about the catalysts, the enablers, the facilitators; the devs?

If the unusually casual demeanor during the presentation wasn’t a dead giveaway, then maybe the onstage antics of Mr. Federighi might have given you a hint. There was an air of informality that felt alien. Whenever Steve Jobs took center stage, you knew that everything would be executed with a razor-like precision, unravelling everything with a raised-eyebrow. The mantra was simple; no dilly-dallying around, no beating around the bush. This year’s WWDC almost felt like a swansong that was meant to usher in a new era of Apple.

 

WWDC-2014

 

Apart from the unveilings and releases, there was something else that opened up an entirely new channel into Apple and its plans for the future – Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). With no less than 4000 new sets of code, this is the first major step the company has taken to open itself up and further its presence at a time when it is being criticized for a slowdown in sales and expectations. Thus introduced were several changes that put developers on the driving seat. Introduced was a new programming language called ‘Swift’, a supposed attempt at involving first-timers and amateurs in the app building ecosystem. Building upon this newfound lease of life, Apple has also released ‘Metal’, a game-focused framework that allows programs for the iPhone and iPad to possess much richer graphical detail. Also thrown into the mix is a bevy of iCloud services and integration, notably for the iOS Photos app and a new version of Xcode.

The signs are encouraging. The tides are turning. The onus is now on the developers.

 

Folks, say hello to the new Apple.

 

 

~Siddharth

 

 

Voila Lovin’ – Straight From The Users

June 9th, 2014

 

Voila User Love

 

Ah, there’s always something refreshing about some good ol’ testimonials that come straight from a satisfied customer. In this day and age of overproduced and overhyped hoopla, a genuine tale of satisfaction always sends down a trickle of joy that otherwise cannot be experienced; especially for us Developers. We’ve rounded up some stories that showcase their appreciation for Voila and how it has helped them, minus all the flashy marketing jargon and gimmicks.

We have customers who’ve jumped ship from other products, either due to the sheer tediousness associated with capturing stuff using or simply because Voila presented a more compact, intuitive and enjoyable screen capture experience.  Whatever may be the reason, our users find Voila extremely time-saving, convenient and most of all, essential. All these stories are unedited and straight from the heart (nope, they aren’t cheesy :-) ).

 

Our first one is from Howard, who uses Voila regularly and feels that Voila can do so much more!

 

I use it daily. It compares well with ‘Snagit’ (I use a PC at work), and it is probably better than ‘Snagit’ considering the video capability. I need to climb the learning curve more. I am still learning its use and need to read the user guide (hot keys, and other stuff). I think this is an excellent product and I think I will like it more as I get to know the tricks.

 

Howard Tempro 

 

P.S. – I just subscribed to your YouTube channel. There are features in this product that I wasn’t aware of that really impress me. I don’t think there is another product at this price that is at this level. Totally excellent!

 

 

This comes in from Marjie, who absolutely is thrilled to bits as Voila saved her from a potential project disaster.

I. AM. IN. LOVE.

 

I have to capture screen shots and recorded screen captures daily. Voila has transformed my workflow. I was using Evernote’s ‘Skitch’. But it was a bit cumbersome, and they removed the ability to choose font styles for annotation from the latest version, which was madness. There was uproar in the Skitch discussion groups. Someone suggested VOILA so I tried it. It was a no brainer to JUST BUY IT. I look forward to playing with it when I have some free time to try out all the features. It’s very intuitive. I was able to download it, dive right in and easily finish a project that was in jeopardy of not making the deadline.

 

Thanks for being geniuses,

Marjie

 

 

 

And finally, we’ve got one from Mike, who uses Voila to capture all his videos so that he can manage them better.

I bought Voila primarily to capture videos from YouTube. I play Bluegrass music and there are thousands of great videos that I would rather not have to search for each time. I like the idea of a menu bar at the top. Very convenient!

 

Mike Mears

Life’s too short to play a bad guitar

www.WindyHillGuitarWorks.com

 

 

Some brilliant feedback there from our happy users. You guys really should play with Voila to see how useful it really is. Beneath the gargantuan list of features is a soft comforting corner that just gets the job done; effectively and efficiently. For more news, updates, promos, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Linkedin. We’d love to talk. Goodday!

 

 

~Siddharth