Boom 2.0 Beta Program – Sign Up And Refine Your Favorite Mac Audio App!

October 29th, 2014

 

Ola Boomers!

To start things off, we’d like to thank each and every one of you for using Boom and enjoying its acoustical goodness. With the sole intention of offering an unparalleled audio experience, it has always stayed true to its core vision of being in the background and acting as the conductor. Moving forward, Boom is poised for much greater things and we’re sure all of you will be pleasantly surprised.

Boom 2.0 is a new, completely re-engineered and fully featured audio companion for your Mac. The next major upgrade will soon dawn upon us and if you’re on Yosemite (v10.10), we’d like your help to make it run flawlessly. This will enable it to achieve consistency in terms of performance on a variety of Macs running it. We’re introducing a Beta Program for Boom 2.0 and registrations for the same are now open. The premise is real simple. Head to the signup page, enter your details and test your heart out! If there was ever a time when you wish you could help Boom spread its wings, this is it!

We hope you folks play an active role as the Boom community has always been immense. Trust us, this is the beginning of something real special and it is only bound to get better! So register for the program if you’re rocking Yosemite and we’ll make sure you get the acoustical ride of a lifetime. You can also reach us on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Linkedin for any assistance!

 

~ Siddharth

 

 

Drop That Shutter – Let The World See Your iPhone Clicks!

October 20th, 2014

 

 

 

The art of photography is going places and elevating the idea of propagating messages through a simple lens. With October 20th being celebrated as ‘Mobile Photography Day’, Camera Plus has dipped in it’s paws and come out with the ‘Drop That Shutter’ contest. All you nice people out there; this is your chance to capture something special and get rewarded for it!

 

Drop That Shutter’ is celebrating the experience that is photography; anytime, anywhere.  We’ve chosen ‘Travel’, ‘Lifestyle’ and F&B’ as they reflect the sights and sounds that you and me both come across on a daily basis. Simply capture what you fancy and make sure it is associated with one of the three categories. You guys can also send multiple entries across all categories. Remember, all you need to do is to properly caption them when submitting and make sure they fall under the size limit. One winner will be chosen from each category and an overall winner will also be chosen for the grand prize. Visit the webpage to see how you can enter the contest!

 

So start your engines, fire that shutter and let the good times roll. You can know more about Camera Plus on it’s website or by visiting it’s App Store page. Also, if you guys have any question, feel free to talk to us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Linkedin. Happy clickin’!

 

 

~Siddharth

 

 

How Would You Like Your Music? – Binary or Throaty?

October 11th, 2014

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What is music? Is it the sound that you sway along to or does it simply reflect a set of notes that you simply digest? Music and record consumption has come a long way, from the days of the gramophone to the bits of digital music floating around. With everything being shunted to fit the ‘portable’ paradigm today, there are growing whispers that musicians are starting to feel the repercussions. They simply feel that the heart and soul that they’ve put into creating the record is starting to wane due to ruthless compression algorithms in use all over the industry today. MP3’s and online streaming is only the tip of the iceberg and recording artists feel that technology can and should play a bigger role in delivering quality music across.

 

Recently, a documentary titled ‘The Distortion of Sound’ touched upon the exact same concerns. With well-known figures like Snoop Lion and Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park were unanimous in their belief that the true meaning behind their art is being whitewashed during transit. They argue that vinyl’s and CD’s were miles ahead in their delivery of notes and bars whereas the digital revolution hasn’t exactly worked out it’s place.

 

Music players and stereos have always played their part in our upbringing and they will continue to do so, more so differently in the upcoming decades. Music is now seen as more of a ‘personal’ thing whereas the 60’s and 70’s encouraged it to be enjoyed in groups and communities as a whole. The amount of music being heard these days is also high. It could simply end up leading to an overload of melodies to remember and the appreciate factor starts to decrease.

 

Internet radio services like Pandora and Spotify have only fed this fad of anytime, anywhere music and these tracks are super compressed as online content delivery systems survive purely based on bandwidth. With millions of songs ready to be deployed and a whole catalogue of genres available at the touch of a button, consumers have never had it this good.

 

The future, as always, will be a curious place for all of us to be in. With the rouse of technology slowly making its way into the personal lives of everyone, there surely must be a smarter way of experiencing the emotion that is music. Only time will tell if progress has been made, for mankind is simply vibrations that are in sync with the cosmos.

 

We’re purveyors of an audio experience that ring in quality acoustics. Check out what Boom for Mac can do to deliver a satisfying system-wide rollercoaster ride with loud and clear music. Plain and simple.

 

 

 

 

~ Siddharth

 

 

The Original Camera Plus – Half A Decade Of Captivating Photography!

October 1st, 2014

 

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Wow. We still can’t believe how far we’ve got. From the travails of releasing Camera Plus into the App Store to being a perennial favorite, five years have whizzed past! Today, we’d like to make a toast to this incredible journey spanning half a decade. This is the one and only Camera Plus in all its glory.

 

 What’s in a name?

The App Store is a bazaar that never stops buzzing. With developers from all over clamoring their wares, getting noticed becomes a task. You either have a killer app or you don’t; rehashing popular apps and peddling them with the slightest of modifications doesn’t take you anywhere. We wanted a name that stood for delivering something more than what the default camera was capable of. Hence the word ‘Plus’ came into the picture as it communicates the endless capture possibilities to users. Camera Plus was the first camera app to release with the name and thereabouts. Everything else that came later remain just that – fashionably ‘a little too’ late. Today, there are several namesakes out there trumpeting their name including ‘Camera+’ and several others. We’re just flattered with this and couldn’t be any happier. After all, imitation is the best form of flattery, right?

 

The roller coaster ride

When Camera Plus released in October 2009, it was lapped up in a period when smartphone photography was just gaining traction. Camera Plus was the first camera app to conform to Apple’s App review standards by utilizing the given APIs. It also introduced a Digital Zoom and Soft-Flash on the iPhone 3G and 3GS. Later, Camera Plus popularized video recording with the Zoom feature, absent on the iPhone 3G at the time. Pretty cool, isn’t it? To think of the state of smartphone photography back then compared to the intense scrutiny placed on cameras today! We engaged in finding newer ways of expanding the scope of the camera and while downloads were hitting the roof back then. We certainly knew our sole aim of offering something unique and truly spectacular was coming true.

 

The unwavering motto

Camera Plus has its USP rooted in the fact that photography needn’t be all work and no play. “We wanted to offer users an experience to remember; simplifying the concept of mobile photography and not just cramming feature upon feature in the hope that people will lap it up. That’s why you see pro-capture controls like exposure control (Lumy) and focus modes presented in a format users will instantly adapt to,” said Dhruvika Cornelius, who worked on polishing and delivering on the fabulous User Experience.

Today, Camera Plus is still at the forefront of innovation with features like ‘AirSnap’ grabbing the headlines. With 27.5 million downloads and counting, Camera Plus is in the game to innovate until there’s no tomorrow! The concept of remote photography is now in the hands of everyone with an experience unlike any other. Camera Plus was also one of the select few camera apps around the world to feature along with the official public release of iOS 8! Be prepared to see much more of it in the coming months with loads of enhancements and truly innovative features in the pipeline. Exciting times ahead, indeed!

Read our blog to know the entire journey!

 

To commemorate the five-year anniversary we’ve decided to offer a 50% discount for a limited time. Get it while it lasts and see how beautiful an experience the original Camera Plus provides. You can also reach us on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Google+.

 

~ Siddharth 

 

 

Boom 1.9.2 – Yosemite Beta Compatibility and New Localizations

September 24th, 2014

 

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Sup Boomers? Amidst all the noise emanating from the release of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus came a whiplash of rumors pointing to (hopeful, might we add) Yosemite’s availability and all its abstract goodness. Being inundated with requests of an update to support 10.10, we moved in quickly to cater to all our zealous and brilliant users. We’re thankful that Boom has always had a loyal following and who better to ask to test it out before letting the update out into the wild.And so today marks the release of v1.9.2, something that plays well with the latest public beta 3 of Yosemite.

 

Starting out, we decided to let people running Yosemite’s public beta have a copy of Boom’s beta so that we could get a bigger picture of all the various issues that users were facing. After weeks of intensive conversations back-and-forth and a whole lotta testing, we came to a satisfactory conclusion. So a big shoutout to all of you who helped us.

 

Let’s get down to business now. First up, Boom 1.9.1 didn’t play nice with the betas of Yosemite. It had all sorts of issues related to installation and other random crashes. Another annoyance was that in order to make changes in this new version, we had to strip OS X 10.7 support so as to be able to make the requisite update work. Sorry about that, folks! But fret not, those needing an older version compatible with 10.7 can always contact us for it. Boom now looks stable on Yosemite and seems to be solid on our test systems.

 

This new update works well in systems running the latest public beta 3 of Yosemite. However, those running only a specific version of Mavericks ( 10.9.4) seem to be facing some issues with this copy. If you’re one of them, update to the latest Mavericks (10.9.5) and everything should be cool. Another awesome change in this new update is that Boom speaks five new languages. That’s right, Boom can now converse in Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Korean and Dutch.

 

We hope you guys have fun with latest Boom. Please contact us at boom@globaldelight.com for feedback or a friendly chat. Also, reach us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Linkedin. We’re listening!

 

 

~ Siddharth