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!