Reverser – Now with Reverser Cam

R55_JPG_1Big new update to Reverser, the fastest and easiest way to record and create backward videos on iPhone and iPad. From the release notes:

Introducing Reverser 2.0, a big new upgrade with a great new feature: Reverser Cam. Now you can record video backwards with Reverser!

And that’s not all: Reverser has a brand new icon, smoother scrolling in the video picker, bug fixes, and all the improvements from the last update, including better integration with iOS 8 video library, 240 FPS slo-mo support, and much faster slo-mo export on iOS 8.

Reverser is tons of fun and now that it has a camera, it’s got everything you need for making hilarious backward videos with just a tap. If you don’t already have it, get it now on the App Store.

The latest alleged iOS security flaw actually isn’t

Normally, I blog about apps from Magic App Factory, but from time to time if I see something of interest in the tech world, I’ll post it here. For example, here’s Reuters, credulously hyping a security researcher’s claim that iOS has a fundamental security flaw:

Apple iOS bug makes devices vulnerable to attack: experts

Researchers have warned that a bug in Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) iOS operating system makes most iPhones and iPads vulnerable to cyber attacks by hackers seeking access to sensitive data and control of their devices.

Cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc (FEYE.O) published details about the vulnerability on its blog on Monday, saying the bug enables hackers to access devices by persuading users to install malicious applications with tainted text messages, emails and Web links.

The malicious application can then be used to replace genuine, trusted apps that were installed through Apple’s App Store, including email and banking programs, with malicious software through a technique that FireEye has dubbed “Masque Attack.”

So some bad guy can replace Gmail or your banking app with a fake version and steal all your info. Oooh, scary!

Except that in order to do this, the bad guy would need to convince you to:

  1. Click a link to install an app on your iPhone or iPad without using the App Store.
  2. When your iPhone informs you that the web site you’ve visited is requesting to install an app on your phone, you would have to give the web site permission to install the app.
  3. After giving the website permission, you’d have to approve yet another warning alert asking you whether to you want to install a certificate on your phone from a developer that you have never heard of.

So not once, not twice, but three times you would have to affirmatively take actions that literally scream “PLEASE INSTALL MALWARE ON MY iPHONE!!”

I suspect it’s possible a handful of people will make this mistake, and that’s unfortunate, but there isn’t much more Apple can do to make the iPhone any safer. Perhaps they could add an additional warning when a new developer is trying to perform an in-place replacement of an app when the developer certificate doesn’t match, there isn’t much that they should do. And while they will probably have to do something for PR reasons if nothing else, anyone with sensitive data on their phone shouldn’t be installing apps from unknown developers, and when they do, they shouldn’t hold Apple responsible for bad things that happen.

Reverser Cam, now free (expired)

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Update: This promotion has now expired, but Reverser is free for a couple of days.

For at least a little while—and possibly longer—you can download Reverser Cam free on the App Store.

If you aren’t aware of Reverser Cam, it’s a fun little app that lets you record a video and instantly play it backwards—it even reverses audio, so you can try saying words backwards and hearing what they sound like when played in reverse. It’s tons of fun—people just love it.

It’s been available for about two months now, and already more than 100,000 people have downloaded it. So why give it away free? Well, because it’s a good way to let people know about other Magic App Factory titles on the App Store, including Reverser, which lets you turn any video on your iPhone or iPad into a hilarious backward video, complete with Slo-Mo. Reverser will soon have a backwards cam as well, so a lot of people who get Reverser Cam will want to upgrade.

But Reverser Cam is still great on its own—and at least for the time being, it’s free. Enjoy!

One million and counting!

Well that happened more quickly than I expected: Through yesterday, more than one million unique copies of Magic App Factory software have been downloaded on the App Store. (Excluding updates and redownloads, of course.) Not bad for 18 months, is it?

Seriously, thank you to everyone who has purchased and downloaded Magic App Factory apps—without you, none of this would be possible.

To celebrate, Flow is available free for a limited time and SuperSlo are on sale—if you haven’t checked them out, now’s a great time to take a look. (Update: If you missed Flow being available free, you can still get it for 50% off for a short time before the price returns to $1.99.)

There’s also a really big and great update for Reverser in the works—if you’re already loving Reverser or Reverser Cam, you’re going to absolutely love it.

Approaching another Magic App Factory milestone

At some point in November, Magic App Factory will hit a pretty cool milestone: One million downloads on the App Store, excluding updates and redownloads, so here’s a big thank you to all the people who have downloaded and supported those apps over the past 18 months.

In other news, each of the six Magic App Factory apps currently on the store has been updated for iOS 8 and the new iPhones. A couple of small bug fixes are coming for a couple of apps, and Reverser has a pretty sweet update on the way. The only app that hasn’t been updated is Supercut Video Toolbox, but I’m working on an update for that and will put it back for sale when it’s ready to ship.

Also: For the next couple of days, SnapStill 3 will be free (as featured on AppsGoneFree), so if you haven’t had a chance to check it out, now’s the time to pounce! My favorite new feature is the ability to snap photos on iOS 8 from within the Photos app using the SnapStill extension. The UI is also more intuitive and responsive than the first versions of SnapStill 3—in particular, when you drag your finger on the video you’re snapping, SnapStill does a better job of figuring out whether you are trying to seek from frame-to-frame or trying to reveal or hide the suggestions bar. If you’ve already got it, definitely update—and enjoy!

Finally, App Bundles are the best way to get all Magic App Factory software in one shot at a great price. And the best place to find the currently available bundles is on the App Store’s Magic App Factory product list.

Thanks again to everyone who is downloading and using Magic App Factory software, and if you ever have a question or suggestion, I read everything you send in.

The Magic App Bundle is here, plus an update on updates

The Magic App Bundle
The Magic App Bundle

One of the new things to come with iOS 8 is the App Bundle—a way for developers like Magic App Factory to bundle a group of apps and offer them at a discounted price. We’ve been experimenting with a number of bundles, but by far the best value is the Magic App Bundle which lets you get Reverser, Flow, SuperSlo, Superburst, and SnapStill at a huge discount.

Plus, if you’ve already paid for any of the apps, you get a pro-rated credit (calculated by the App Store), so the price is even lower to complete your bundle. If you don’t want the full meal deal, there are some mini bundles available, but you can’t go wrong with the Magic App Bundle.

In other news, iOS 8-friendly versions of SnapStill, Reverser Cam, and SuperSlo are now on the store. We’ve got a new version of Superburst just about ready, but it needs a little more QA before we’re ready to release it. There’s also a new version of Flow coming which has some terrific enhancements—it’s not only faster and more stable, but it’s easier to tell when you’re changing speeds. (Update: It’s finally here.) Finally, we’re preparing to release new versions of Reverser and SnapStill that will let you reverse and snap videos without ever leaving the Photos app. Those versions are currently under review by Apple, and if all goes well they should be released in about a week. We haven’t forgotten about Supercut, though it’s going to take a little longer to finish up the iOS 8 updates for that app.

iOS 8 updates on the way

Every Magic App Factory app has been updated to take advantage of iOS 8 and the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices—it will take up to a couple of weeks for the updates to be released because they need to go through the app review process, but they’re coming.

One unfortunate development that I’ve noticed in crash reports is that 32-bit devices on iOS 8 (iPhone 5c and earlier + iPad 4 and earlier) have been intermittently crashing when loading the Camera Roll. Fortunately, this only happens sometimes, but it appears to be related to the changes in how the Photo Library is handled on iOS 8—these crashes never happened on iOS 7. The good news is that Apple has developed an entirely new framework for accessing the Photo Library in iOS 8 and all of the updated apps use that framework, which should resolve the issue.

In addition to iOS 8 compatibility, these updates bring some cool new features and enhancements of existing features, especially for SuperSlo and SnapStill.

For SuperSlo, the iPad will be supported. You’ll also be able to record in 60 FPS on iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and you’ll be able to choose whether or not to enable cinematic stabilization. You can also choose how SuperSlo handles audio pitch—whether you want classic slow-mo “growl” or if you want to keep the pitch constant, so slower scenes don’t sound deeper. In addition, when you save a video you’ll be able to choose between lossless variable framerate output, which is recommended in most cases (better quality and faster output), or 30 FPS fixed output, which is helpful for compatibility in some cases.

For SnapStill, there’s a subtle but incredibly helpful improvement in gesture handling while you’re snapping. Two benefits: First, SnapStill does a better job of knowing whether you’re trying to hide the top bar or not so you won’t have that annoying effect where you’re trying to scrub to a frame but instead of getting the frame you want, you end up moving the suggestions bar. Second, it’s easier to get absolute precision on the frame you want. Also, the update fixes a couple of bugs that you probably didn’t notice, but which will result in more efficient operation on your device.

There aren’t any major changes to the other apps, but aside from taking advantage of iOS 8 and the new larger iPhone screen sizes, there are a bunch of little bug fixes that should help you get more out of them.

One last thing of note, well-timed for iOS 8—the other day, Magic App Factory hit 800,000 downloads (excluding updates, of course). Thanks for your support!

Fast, fun, and easy photo & video apps for iOS • Posts by Jed Lewison

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