Tips & Tricks: Hiding the macOS desktop when playing out to a projector

If you're using mimoLive to drive a presentation screen at a conference, you might recognise this problem: If you work outside the app, for example setting up stuff or if mimoLive crashes, your audience sees the macOS Desktop UI instead of what you want them to see. Here is a handy trick (or two) to hide the desktop UI and display a branded message instead.

This is also useful if you're presenting with FotoMagico, Keynote, PowerPoint and other slide show apps.

Go to mimoLive documentation...

Forty-two Dazzling Dahlias

“Can these different looking flowers all be dahlias?” you might ask and Elizabeth Chambers created this FotoMagico slideshow to answer that question. (Check out the description on YouTube for more info on the dahlias shown and some general info about dahlia).

FotoMagico was Elizabeths tool of choice, because she was able to move slides around easily until they were sequenced in the order she wanted and give each slide an individual duration. The music snippets took the headache out of finding and using music that wouldn't present copyright problems. “Snippets allowed me to keep visual interest by periodically putting together slides with two and three photos at a time”, says Elizabeth.

Music Credits: “As I Figure” by Kevin MacLeod

FotoMagico 5.5 ready for macOS High Sierra

High Sierra adds a lot of interesting features, especially for photography. FotoMagico 5.5 is taking advantage of some of those features, most notably exporting to the new HEVC (h.265) format. Here is the full list of updates:

  • FotoMagico 5.5 is compatible with macOS 10.13 High Sierra.
  • Support for exporting to new iOS devices and HEVC codec has been added.
  • Pressing the option key while dragging a music snippet to the Storyboard now suppresses the automatic syncing with audio markers.
  • Applying shadows to text layers is now more reliable. In addition the "More…" popover in Title Options has been improved.
  • Slide numbers are now correct after re-arranging slides in the Storyboard.
  • Double clicking on zoom jogwheel to reset to default value is now more reliable.
  • Fixed a potential crash on some computers when opening documents on macOS 10.13.
  • Various stability improvements and small fixes.

Get FotoMagico 5.5