Puchheim, Germany – From adorable animals to looping videos of the most memorable moments in television and everything in between, the animated GIF has been spreading its way through the interwebs like wildfire. And now with the latest update to Boinx Software’s iStopMotion for iPad (version 2.2) and iStopMotion for the Mac (version 3.2), you, too have the power to create the next animated GIF internet sensation. In iStopMotion 3.2 for Mac, you can save any sequence of up to 200 frames as an animated GIF right to your hard drive. In iStopMotion for iPad 2.2, you can export the first 200 frames of your animation as an animated GIF and send it by email or iMessage or upload it to your DropBox.

“iStopMotion’s new support for animated GIF export is a brilliant addition to an already fantastic product,” says Charlie Collier, iStopMotion enthusiast who’s created professional work such as “Ballad of a Prodigal Son” and most recently created the animated GIF (link below) of his now-famous twist-tie characters. “This new feature is a great way for animators of all levels to share snippets of their work in a quick and easy manner. And with the raising popularity of animated GIFs in the internet culture, It will hopefully inspire others to do the same. I can say with confidence that I’ll be using this new feature quite a bit!”

In its 26 years of existence, the animated GIF has never seen such popularity. Technology columnist David Pogue attributes the internet’s obsession with micro videos such as GIFs to a number of theories: technical limitations of smart phones and tablets, and the fact that GIFs can play on almost any browser without a plugin; the idea that limitations foster creativity (for example, Twitter’s 140 character limits and Vine’s six-second video limit); and finally, that these short clips should not be viewed as “stripped-down movies,” but rather as “live-action photographs” that far exceed the story-telling capabilities of the still image. Whatever one’s reason for loving the animated GIF, there’s no arguing that the format is here to stay. Read more about David Pogue’s theories on the popularity of micro films below.

iStopMotion Preferences With a Modern Twist
iStopMotion for iPad can now be configured to display only specific export options. This will allow educators to restrict the use of export options that are difficult to manage in environments where multiple people use the iPads.

About iStopMotion:
Boinx iStopMotion is the leading solution for stop motion animation and timelapse capture, used by many thousands of parents, kids, teachers, brickfilmers, pro animators and anyone with an interest in this fascinating movie making technique. From tilt shift and color correction to creating high quality HD movies, iStopMotion is a comprehensive application for the Mac that makes it possible for users of all skill levels to create exciting stop motion animations. In 2011, Boinx Software added iStopMotion for iPad to its family of stop motion animation products. Whether you just want to spend a magical weekend with your kids or are a serious animator, now it’s time to tell your story, frame by frame with iStopMotion.

Special Pricing – Ends October 20th:
iStopMotion for iPad is now available on the iPad App Store for 4.99 USD, 50% off the regular price of 9.99 USD, or as a free update for existing users. iStopMotion Remote Camera is available for free in the App Store.

iStopMotion for the Mac is now available both from the Mac App Store and the Boinx website for 39.99 USD, 20% off the regular price of 49.99 USD, or as a free update for existing version 3 customers. iStopMotion 3.2 requires OS X 10.7.4 Lion or newer.

But hurry – these deals end October 20, 2013. Members of the media are invited to review iStopMotion for Mac and iStopMotion for iPad. For more information, please contact Anya Oskolkova.

Boinx iStopMotion for iPad
Boinx iStopMotion for Mac
Download iStopMotion for iPad on iTunes
Media Files for Press
"Why Are Micro Movies So Popular These Days?" by David Pogue
iStopMotion GIF by Charlie Collier

Boinx Software Ltd. is located in Puchheim, near Munich, Germany. Boinx Software develops award-winning animation, video production and photography software for the Mac platform and iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad and iPod. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2013 Boinx Software Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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