Be Creative This Summer With 12★apps

Each year, the Apple Design Awards are testimony to this fact: Europe has some of the best and most creative Mac and iOS developers.

Our friends at Creaceed pay tribute to this with their semi-annual 12★apps promotion, rallying top European developers around a common theme. This time it's "Creative Summer". All these apps are now available at a significant discount:

  • Pictello (AssistiveWare): Create, read and share visual, talking stories in a breeze
  • Wrise (AssistiveWare): Reading and writing accessible and fun for everyone
  • GIF’ted (Bitfield AB): Turn your movies into animated GIF’s
  • iSubtitle (Bitfield AB): Soft subtitled movies for your Apple gear
  • QuickScale (CodingMammoth): Resize many pictures in seconds
  • Hydra iOS (Creaceed): Amazing Photography
  • Hydra Mac (Creaceed): Pro HDR Editing
  • Carbo (Creaceed): Handwriting in the Digital Age
  • VideoGrade (Flainez Apps): Color Editor for HD Video and Photos
  • TiltShift (Flainez Apps): Miniature Effect for Movies and Photos
  • SKRWT (Mjagielski): Lens & Perspective Correction App
  • Colors (Tayasui)
  • Sketches (Tayasui)

Boinx is participating with FotoMagico 5 Pro (which will be just US$74.99* until July 16th, 2017) and iStopMotion for iPad (which will be just US$4.99 on the App Store until July 16th, 2017)

Check out the 12★apps...

Early Live Streaming: Solar Eclipse of 1999

A History of mimoLive: The Early Years

In a sense, mimoLive was born on August 11th, 1999. That was the day when we produced our first large scale live video stream on the Internet: The total solar eclipse of 1999.

I had become friends with Markus, the CTO of the largest website in Germany at the time, Focus Online, when we both worked for Apple touring Germany, Austria and Switzerland to train Apple Service Partners. Markus actually took a holiday from his duties as CTO of Focus to go on those tours, which had a brutal schedule, and after we finished our duties, Markus worked some more hours fixing his servers. He is that kind of guy. But I digress.

My former physics teacher at the Max Born Gymnasium (the German version of high school), was an astronomy buff. For him, the solar eclipse was the perfect occasion to get the students excited about his favourite topic, so he decided to put on a huge solar eclipse party.

At the same time, Apple was looking for use cases for the brand new QuickTime Streaming Server. I thought: Why not combine all of this and live stream the solar eclipse from the observatory – the largest school observatory in Germany - of the Max Born Gymnasium?

It was easy to convince the MBG, Focus Online and Apple and so, on August 11th, 1999, the observatory was stuffed with PowerMac super computers and a top notch Sony video camera attached to the telescope, ready to stream the event to the world. In the end, the telescope proved to be too powerful to be useful, so we just taped the Sony camera to the side of the telescope and pointed it at the sun directly, but the telescope’s tracking proved indispensable for keeping the sun in the center of the camera view.

Shortly after the live stream started, Markus’ mobile phone started beeping like crazy: One server after the other texted panic from overload due to too many watchers. Markus looked at me with a huge smile on his face and said: “That’s a job well done!” It was the largest online live event in Germany at that time.

None of us could have imagined that the enthusiasm for live video streaming born on that day would eventually lead to the creation of mimoLive – The Multi-In, Multi-Out Live Video Engine.

Apple’s QuickTime technology was way ahead of its time back then: We also produced 360° photos – called QuickTime VRs – of the event as shown in the cover picture of this article. View the 360° version over on Facebook.

FotoMagico 5.3 crashes

Numerous customers were suddenly experiencing crashes with FotoMagico 5.3 purchased directly from our FastSpring store starting this Wednesday. The cause of this is an expired Apple issued developer certificate which has the purpose of making sure that the downloaded file is legitimate and not some malware. Ideally, the expiration of this certificate should not have an effect on already downloaded and installed apps, nor should it affect already signed apps in the distribution channels. Unfortunately, something is broken in the OS that causes the app to crash because of this expired certificate. Apple told us they are working on a fix.

While we wait for this fix, if you are affected by this problem, you can download the brand new FotoMagico 5.4 now, which we shipped yesterday and which, among other things, addresses this issue by being signed with a new certificate.

I'm sorry for all the inconvenience this has caused.

On behalf of the Boinx Software Crew,

Oliver.

Looking for the ultimate coding challenge?

We are upgrading our engineering team with a talented macOS/iOS developer. For logistical reasons, this time, proficiency in German is required, so the job ad is in German.

Erobere Dir Deinen Platz in unserem preisgekrönten Entwicklerteam mit internationaler Reputation und arbeite an unseren spannenden macOS und iOS Produkten. Wir suchen:

macOS/iOS Developer (m/w)

Werde ein Teil von Boinx Software und leiste einen wichtigen Beitrag zur Betreuung und Weiterentwicklung unserer macOS und iOS Apps. Unsere Software wurde wiederholt mit dem Apple Design Award ausgezeichnet, da Bedienbarkeit und Design sowie die technische Umsetzung über dem Branchenstandard liegen. Mit flachen Hierarchien, einem kleinem, aber erfahrenen Team mit internationaler Reputation entwickeln wir macOS und iOS Apps, welche wir weltweit vertreiben.

Aufgaben

  • Betreuung und Weiterentwicklung bestehender Apps auf macOS und iOS
  • Konzeption und Entwicklung innovativer Apps

Profil

  • Mind. 2 Jahre Erfahrung in der Entwicklung von macOS oder iOS Apps
  • Sehr gute Kenntnisse in Objective-C und Swift
  • Sicherer Umgang mit Xcode und Git
  • Kenntnisse Jenkins von Vorteil
  • Fließende Sprachkenntnisse in Englisch und Deutsch
  • Ausgeprägte analytische Fähigkeiten, hohe Flexibilität und Kreativität
  • Große Leidenschaft für Apple Produkte, insbesondere Apps, neueste Technologien und Trends
  • Eigenverantwortliches Arbeiten mit viel Engagement und Herzblut

Unser Angebot

  • Bei uns arbeitest Du mit innovativen Produkten und neuesten Technologien.
  • Wir fördern Dich mit vielfältigen interessanten Arbeitsaufgaben, die berufliche und persönliche Entwicklungsmöglichkeiten bieten.
  • Hochqualifizierte und hilfsbereite Kollegen, mit denen Du Hand in Hand arbeitest, stehen Dir mit Rat und Tat zur Seite.
  • Offene Türen und flache Hierarchien kennzeichnen unser positives und freundliches Betriebsklima.
  • Dezentraler Arbeitsplatz – Arbeite von Zuhause in Deutschland oder Österreich, oder als digitaler Nomade am Strand von Bali.

Hast Du Dich in der Jobbeschreibung wiedererkannt? Dann sende Deine aussagekräftige Bewerbung mit Angabe Deiner Gehaltsvorstellung und Deines frühestmöglichen Eintrittsdatum in elektronischer Form bitte an:

Oliver Breidenbach

jobs@boinx.com

Happy Halloween!

This Halloween, use mimoLive, FotoMagico or iStopMotion for scary projects to keep your family, friends or colleagues on the edge and haunt them forever.

  • FotoMagico Halloween Snippet: Send off your Halloween party guests with a memorable FotoMagico slide show that will haunt them forever. Watch the trailer...
  • mimoLive Halloween Pack: Scary Zombie puppets, spiders and more for pranking your respondents on Skype calls or Google Hangouts, or for endless greenscreen fun with the kids.
  • Headless Hoseman – The Animation Chefs obviously had fun creating their Halloween stop motion movie. You can, too!