March 16, 2017 Last Updated 2:22 pm

Media app updates: FiLMiC Pro adds logarithmic recording capability for iPhone 7 owners

eBook apps for Glose and Scribd get minor updates, while Scrollmotion has updated its new interactive presentation app Ingage to fix long list of bugs and add features

There were a large number of media app updates released this week, and while many were simply bug fixes, a number of them were intended to add new features.

For users of the FiLMiC Pro app, the update brings the app up to version 6.0 and adds a number of features for owners of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

The update adds “the first true logarithmic (Log) recording capability ever for mobile devices,” the company said. Available as an optional purchase for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, the feature is definitely a pro feature, designed to “capture more useful dynamic range from the image and increase the flexibility for post-production editing and color grading.”

Here is the app description information:

What’s New in Version 6.0
FiLMiC Pro v6

  • New, fast interface with dual arc slider manual controls
  • Suite of Live Analytics including Zebra Stripes, Clipping, False Color and Focus Peaking ((A8 processor devices and newer)
  • White balance adjustment matrix with predefined and custom presets.
  • Gamma curve controls for Natural, Dynamic, Flat and LOG. †
  • Live shadow and highlight adjustments. †
  • Live RGB, saturation and vibrance adjustments. †
  • Temporal noise reduction up to 1080p resolution. †
    († Available with optional purchase for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus only)

There were at least two updates to app tied to eBook platforms: Glose was updated to add OpenDyslexic font in the reader, and Scribd’s regularly scheduled update was for bug fixes.

Scrollmotion earlier this week released an update for its new interactive presentation app Ingage.

The update fixes an incredibly long list of bug fixes, but also adds new features:

  • Image Resize Handles – Users can resize image cell sizes on the Text & Image page
  • Kiosk Mode – Users can take advantage of iOS Guided Access mode and use their stories as a kiosk for events, tradeshows or storeroom floors
  • Stories Screen Enhancements – Users can change the order of stories, updated the “Create Story” UI
  • Download Experience Improvements – More accurate download time feedback, stories open when download is complete
  • Performance Enhancements – Optimized scrolling performance in both the Stories and Inspiration screens

So far, the user reviews have been very positive.

The Washington Post has updated it main app just to add its new motto: Don’t Forget to Renew Your Amazon Prime Account, oops, I mean Democracy Dies in Darkness.

Condé Nast’s Epicurious Recipes & Food Videos app adds the ability to print on wood – which forced me to do a search for the subject.

The update also adds the ability to sort the recipe box alphabetically, which seems like a “duh” kind of thing to add. The update also fixes a line wrapping issue with ingredients and creates a “new more helpful help section.”

CNN has updated CNN MoneyStream, its new business news mobile app. The development team has a little fun with the app description, which I appreciate. I also appreciate their decision regarding the all important issue of how to pronounce “GIF”.

What’s New in Version 2.1.4
Emoji in notifications? Been there, done that. Now get ready for images, memes and more in your alerts.We love iOS10 and enhanced our app to make sure you’re getting the best experience. We’ve added rich media (a.k.a pictures!) to our alerts, so you can take a deeper look at stories before opening them. But don’t worry — the emoji aren’t going anywhere.This update means you can also consume our alerts entirely from the lock screen. Just use 3D touch to open the alert.

And don’t worry, gifs (pronounced with a hard G) are on the way.

There were, as mentioned at the top, a number of bug fix updates. A few of the more notable were for TRVL, which recently relaunched their app and added iPhone support in a previous update; La Presse+, the app for the French-Canadian newspaper which relies on its app as a replacement for the print edition during weekdays; and Pandora, whose update also update the in-car experience.

Finally, the fun app 8mm Vintage Camera received an update which fixes a freezing issue on the iPhone 5, and the Countdown theme now shows counting numbers correctly on iOS 10 (that could be a real problem, right?)

Update: late add – Mag+ updated its previewer app Mag+ Designd Reviewer for bug fixes. This is the app used to preview new digital editions.

Mag+ also has another app called Semble Reviewer that does a similar function, preview mobile apps built using the company’s Semble solution.

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