Skrappy for iPad, beautiful slideshow creation app, slashed to 99 cents


From 9to5Toys.com

When Skrappy for iPad debuted in May priced at four bucks, it was deemed money well spent for all the bang and wow it provided. The program takes photo slideshows on iPad to the next level, allowing you to create gorgeous mouth-watering presentations that incorporate music, movies (with multi-line text editing), voice memos, web pages, text and photos. It takes clues from Apple’s Keynote app, mimicking its approach to sticky guidelines, shadows, borders, crop shapes, detailed object properties.

Additionally, Scrappy for iPad ups the ante with fancy scrapbook themes and iBooks-like flipping through pages. The latest version comes with dozes of enhancements and is being priced at 99 cents for a limited time. It’s a steal so grab it before the deal expires. More screenies and features after the break.

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OS X Lion Golden Master seeded to developers ahead of July launch

Apple has seeded the golden master version of OS X Lion to developers ahead of its public release sometime this month (July). The golden master download is available from Apple’s Mac Developer website. The build number is 11A511. In addition, Apple has seeded Developer Preview 7 of Xcode 4.1.

OS X Lion brings many innovations from iOS including home screens (called Launchpad in Lion), autosaving, full screen application interfaces, and auto resume in apps. This is in addition to native support for the Mac App Store, Mission Control, an all new email client, built-in FaceTime, and interface and feature  improvements through out the operating system. Lion also includes AirDrop file sharing, multi-user remote computer access, and Find my Mac (through iCloud).

Apple is yet to announce a release date for OS X Lion, but we do know that it is coming sometime this month on the Mac App Store (exclusively) for $29.99. Apple is gearing up to ship an upgraded MacBook Air line in mid-July – with OS X Lion preinstalled. Perhaps Apple’s next-generation Mac operating system will launch then, too.

This golden master download is also available for the OS X Lion Server edition. For developers, both golden masters can be found on the Mac App Store. You will need to grab your redemption code form the developer program to access the download.

In addition to OS X Lion golden master and Xcode 4.1 Preview 7, Apple has also released beta 3 of iCloud for Mac. This update is required for OS X Lion GM users who wish to use iCloud with their Macs.

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New York Times opens up in-app subscriptions

Using Apple’s set of APIs, the New York Times has opened up in-app subscriptions in their iPhone and iPad app reports Macstories. After setting a paywall not too long ago the New York Times has been looking for ways to get their users to sign up for the subscription. It appears the Times has found their way, through the app store, offering subscriptions for website, iPhone, and iPad access. The Times is charging users $15 for access to the website plus iPhone, $20 for website plus iPad, and a combo of all three for $35. If you’re interested download the apps here and here.

In this digital age, do you agree with the New York Time’s subscription model?

Is Facebook’s “awesome” launch next week their iPad app?

According to Reuters, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told reporters, yesterday, that Facebook is planning to “launch something awesome” next week. The product developed in Facebook’s Seattle-based engineering center can obviously be anything from a new site feature or a new mobile application, but with multiple iOS-related products coming very soon, we’re thinking this awesome launch might be their long-awaited iPad application.

Facebook has reportedly been readying a native iPad application for sometime now and according to a report from two weeks ago, the application is essentially complete and is undergoing final testing. This application is said to bring some unique features to the 9.7 inch tablet – and have an interface that goes way beyond what is currently available to Facebook.com and Facebook for iPhone users.

People who have seen the application said it has a slick design that has been tailored for the iPad and its touchscreen interface. Facebook developers and designers have also overhauled the Facebook Chat and Facebook Groups features for the application. And the app will go beyond the features available on the Facebook Web site by allowing users to shoot and upload photos and videos directly from the iPad’s built-in cameras.

Also on the table is Facebook’s “Project Spartan.” The project, originally detailed by TechCrunch, is essentially a web-based application store platform – focused on the iPad.

It’s entirely HTML5-based and the aim is to reach some 100 million users in a key place: mobile. More specifically, the initial target is both surprising and awesome: mobile Safari. Yes, Facebook is about to launch a mobile platform aimed squarely at working on the iPhone (and iPad). But it won’t be distributed through the App Store as a native application, it will be entirely HTML5-based and work in Safari.

A third upcoming iOS product from Facebook is an Instagram-like, photo-sharing application. Tech Crunch describes:

Either way, based on the images in front of us, the best way to think about it appears to be Path meets Instagram meets Color meets (Path’s new side project) With — with a few cool twists.  And obviously, it’s built entirely on top of Facebook’s massive social graph.

With three iOS products on the table for an imminent launch, and with an iPad application that has been said to be launching in the coming weeks, we think it makes sense that at least one of these three initiatives is in store for Facebook’s “awesome” product launch next week.

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iPad is now 100,000 apps strong

As Apple’s iPad is picking up steam, so is the user base which in turn drives the increasing number of developers to write iPad-optimized apps. Today is a special day for Apple’s tablet which now counts more than a hundred thousand apps in the iPad App Store, MacStories points out.

In April of 2010 when the original iPad launched, there were only a few apps available. At the end of March the number of software items on the iPad App Store swelled to 75,000. In other words, 25,000 new iPad apps were added since then, averaging to about 280 new apps a day. Strange how Apple isn’t making a big deal out of this milestone since the wealth and the breadth of apps are probably the biggest differentiators with Android.

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Apple officially responds to Final Cut Pro X complaints with new FAQ website, next ‘major release’ coming with fixes

By now, most people that are interested in Apple and/or video editing have heard about the ongoing criticism towards Apple’s latest professional movie making software, Final Cut Pro X. Many are calling this total revamp of the Final Cut product an application that is not suited for professionals. Some have even dubbed it as a slightly jazzed up version of iMovie – “iMovie Pro.” Now, Apple has officially responded to this criticism with a new “answers to the most common questions we’ve heard” web page.

Final Cut Pro X is a breakthrough in nonlinear video editing. The application has impressed many pro editors, and it has also generated a lot of discussion in the pro video community. We know people have questions about the new features in Final Cut Pro X and how it compares with previous versions of Final Cut Pro. Here are the answers to the most common questions we’ve heard.

The new website posts some of the most common questions from video editors and provides answers directly from Apple. The website breaks the questions and answers down into these categories: importing, editing, media management, exporting, and purchasing. Some of the answers flat out say that a respective feature is not a part of Final Cut Pro X, some say the respective feature is coming eventually, and other answers tell users that a respective function is present and gives ways of accessing it.

Some choice answers:

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