By Jeffrey Lynch
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The long anticipated update to FotoTimer is now ready for you and iPhone OS 3.1! See "What's New" section below for details.
Sample Time Lapse Movies created with FotoTimer 2.0 now available:
Did you ever wish you could take a group photo with your iPhone and be in the photo too?
Want to eliminate camera shake when taking a picture (especially in low light, like a sunset or a party photo)?
Want to use your iPhone to do time lapse photography to capture an event (a "day in the life of" series, a storm rolling in)?
Now you can!
Like the self-timer on your digital camera, FotoTimer gives your iPhone the ability to set a timer to delay your photo from being taken until you are ready (2, 5, 10 or 20 seconds). Countdown sounds alert you to when the photo is about to be taken making it easy for everyone to know when to smile. An on-screen countdown timer shows you when the picture will be taken. Preview your shot on screen before taking it and it automatically saves to your iPhone's Camera Roll with your other photos.
FotoTimer works great to eliminate blurry shots due to camera shake. Just prop up your iPhone and set FotoTimer to take the photo for you. This eliminates movement caused by tapping the phone when the shot is taken. It even helps with handheld shots.
The new Interval Timer allows you have your iPhone take a series of photos automatically. Just set the number of photos you would like to take and how frequently you would like them taken and FotoTimer will do the rest. The Interval Timer can also be set to take photos continuously until you stop it so you don't miss a shot. You can use the photos to make a great time lapse movie using iPhoto, QuickTime Pro, Google's Picassa, iMovie and other software.
Tip: At any time during the countdown, you can tap the camera icon again to cancel the timer and not take the picture.
Follow @FotoTimerApp on twitter for updates and to ask support questions:
What's New in Version 2.1
- Fix bug on iPhone 3GS when interval timer is set to "as fast as possible" would only take a single picture.
Re-worked to use new features available in iPhone OS 3.1. This means:
- Faster recycle time.
- No more "blackout" screen while recycling/saving.
- Stability improvements, especially in the area of long interval sessions. Very stable well past 500 shots.
Handy app, but functionality leaves a lot to be desired
This app is certainly handy -- I know of no other way to take decent "self" photos without it -- but on the very first test picture I found there is no integration with the "camera roll." Unless I'm doing something wrong, you have to quit the app and open Photos to see what you just shot. Awkward and time consuming. (Someone correct me if I'm wrong!)
Also frustrating: 1) the "auto save" function is stuck on "on," whether or not you toggle the on/off button; and 2) The countdown sounds - which give you an idea of when to say "cheese!" - worked great in the first test, but did not work during the second test.
The developer, MacAboutTown, scored a point for relatively quick e-mail response to my issues, but didn't offer fixes or work-arounds.
I used the lite version for while crested nice lapse time videos, I love this tool. I created videos while driving, have a iPhone holder and take pictures automatically while driving creating great movies, you have not limit for this tool, videos are easily created with other many other free tools for mac or pc.
I woould like to have a feature to choose time between 5 and 15 secs, seeing issue that bellow 15 seconds there is not more choices and it's key this time range, some times 15 is too slow and the next choice us too fast.
Fixes Apple's obvious oversight
Why the iPhone camera app doesn't have a timer built in has mystified me from the beginning. FotoTimer solves the problem, is dead simple to use, and really opens up lots of opportunities to get better photos from your iPhone. Nicely done. Anyone who takes pics with their iPhone needs this app, for 99 cents it's a total no-brainer.
- Category: Photo & Video
- Updated: Sep 18, 2009
- Version: 2.1
- Size: 0.6 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Jeffrey Lynch
- © MacAboutTown
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.