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Description

>>> Featured in Apple's 'Apps for Photographers' selection <<<

Macworld ****
"Create stylish cards or posters easily; with a huge range of customisable effects." - Duncan Evans

DOES ONE THING. WELL.

Looking for a way to create the perfect image for anniversaries, mother's day, birthdays, team events, invitations, weddings - or simply to say 'thanks'? You just found it.

Or perhaps you want to mesmerize your friends with a photo mosaic that is slowly assembling itself? Look no further.

photo mosaic is a highly specialized app to create high quality image-from-images type mosaics. It doesn't do anything else, but this one thing it does better than any other application available (and, yes, that even includes our own flagship 'alpha'). In addition to being blindingly fast, photo mosaic comes with special presets that help you create great photo mosaics even out of borderline images.

photo mosaic is incredibly easy to use: drop in a picture, choose a tile source (e.g. an iPhoto event), press 'Go'. A few seconds later you have a beautiful photo mosaic.

photo mosaic is fully customizable - from the way tiles are processed (shape, frame, color, transparency) to the way that colors are matched and processed.

Experienced users will rejoice at the newly integrated, fully visual Image DB manager that now makes pulling together personalized image DBs for a photo mosaic a snap.

As its sister application 'cf/x mosaic', 'cf/x photo mosaic' supports variably-sized tiles, 'messy' assembly, up to 90'000 individual tiles, and high-quality output (up to 100 x 100 inch at 300dpi - yeah. That large).

And if you want to show off how the mosaic is assembled, just tell photo mosaic to create a movie - it does the rest. DV, HD, iPhone, iPad - just one click. Quality? Broadcast. Yeah, that good - if you need it. A built-in compressor can also produce movies at more manageable 'good' or 'nice' qualities, though.

For advanced mosaic creators, photo mosaic provides highly advanced visual image analysis packages that helps you to tweak and perfect your source data base - and can even recommend the preset that will work best.

photo mosaic exports to most common image formats, mail, Apple's Preview App, Aperture, iPhoto, social web sites, and even can directly set your desktop picture to your newest creation.

NEW IN VERSION 2:
- Visual data base interface
- Additional fine-tuning options for pre-sets
- Improved speed
- Completely re-designed interface
- Rotate master image by +/-20 degrees for easy aligning
- New stunning presets
- Significantly larger maximum output size (100 x 100 inch at 300 dpi = 2.5 x 2.5 meters at 300 dpi)
- Custom output size
- New tile shapes
- Use transparency for background / tiles
- Greatly improved results view
- Multiple movie output quality settings (broadcast quality still included)
- Fully 64 bit
- Additional color processors

What's New in Version 2.0.5

- removed a bug that could crash the application during export to movie
- removed a bug that potentially prevented correct dismissal of welcome screen

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Customer Reviews

Don’t waste $30

This app crashed about half of the time. When it did not crash, it created extremely disappointing results. IF it had been a couple of bucks, I would’ve expected something like this. I’m really disappointed that I wasted $30 on this app. I’ll probably never use it.

Buggy to useless

A good concept but... Worked for about 15 minutes then started popping up bugs. 15 minutes later unrecoverable crash. Totally useless now. Will not run.

Update: Excellent tool, can require trial and error tweaking

I’ve been using Photo Mosaic for some time, and wanted to add a few thoughts.
First, I’ve never seen this app crash. I’m perplxed by some reviews here that complain of that. I’ve used it on several iterations up to today’s Yosemite and used it with large numbers of very large files with zero crashes or hangs.

Second, the results are unique and people seem to genuinely enjoy that. Segueing to my original notes, while the program will create mosaics with its default settings, I found that getting images the way I want them takes a lot of patience with trial and error. I’d like to see a setting that specifies the largest possible tile, or ability to treat the background differently than the main image. Regardless, I recomment this as an excellent program for a narrow, specific use. Try it out!

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Photo Mosaic is a good tool, and an excellent antidote to the same old photos. At under $30, it's a good way to get more creative output out of your photos.

Tremendous flexibility -- image size range, cropping, repetitions -- but it takes some effort to experiment with all the options. It's difficult (for me, anyway) to visualize what the output will be, requiring a number of passes, tweaking the parameters and input, but that's part of the creative process.

I created some mosaics from 100+ photos I took of Roger Federer, imposing those on head shots, that work well in large metal prints. For me, these work best when people can first see them from a distance, then look more closely to see the component parts. I wish there was a way to somehow preview individual changes' impact since changing each one individually, seeing the result, and then retweaking can take a good deal of time if you're dealing with a moasic with a large number of components.

Tech support is very responsive.

I'm just starting to experiement with the video aspect. Created a mosaic "fly in" assembly .mov that I'll use as the beginning of a video in FCP X. That's intriguing as well.

photo mosaic
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  • $29.99
  • Category: Graphics & Design
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.0.5
  • Size: 26.4 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.6 or later, 64-bit processor

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