eXtensions - Tuesday 20 December 2016

Some Useful Updates - Darkr, Stop Motion Studio, LINE and More

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By Graham K. Rogers


I check for updates to macOS and iOS apps every morning. Sometimes there are several and on occasions the updates are significant. There are a number of updates this morning, some of which have fixes and new features

Several updates available in iTunes this morning are of importance to me, starting with Darkr, which I reviewed yesterday. This is a lovely app but I found a couple of minor problems. This has now been updated to deal with crashes that occurred when using iCloud photos. There may be some more, but this is a start.


Among other apps that were updated in my lists were:

  • Stop Motion Studio. This is one of the nicer apps for specialised videos and I find it quite easy to use in experiments. One of the features included in the latest update (v. 8.0) is a green screen camera. That alone widens possibilities for output considerably. Other changes to the app are shown as:
    • Option to export movie as iMessage sticker
    • New drawing module with layer support and zoom and pan.
    • Copy and paste drawings
    • Non-destructive image cropping
    • Ability to lock a project
    • New export options

  • iA Writer has fixed issues with scrolling; defined CSS files to be processed as code; fix for AutoMarkdown with files in Dropbox.

  • Instagram has made changes to bookmarking of images in the feed so that images can be viewed later.

  • Kickstarter makes changes to the way projects are sorted (by end date) and the entries also sow how much time is left in each project; plus refreshed activity feed.

  • LINE the usual bug fixes and improvements, which tells us nothing about changes.

  • WhatsApp: likewise, bug fixes. . .

  • Photo Editor by Aviary has always been one of my favourites. The updates version (4.6.1) makes improvements when publishing edits to Aviary for those who wish to share their images.

  • Snaptee is now supporting Apple Pay in Hong Kong and Singapore.

  • Tayuasui Sketches adds two new coloring books on the iPad, with illustrations aimed at grown-ups as well as kids. There are also bug fixes, including one for a problem that could have deleted a drawing.

  • Wine Searcher (3.10.1) "Snap a picture of your wine, see prices critic scores, grape varieties and food pairings, and add your own ratings - all on the same screen."

Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)



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