Just when I thought I’d seen about everything (as Apple says, ‘There’s an app for that.’) along comes a Mac app developer who truly thinks different. The app is called Animix and what it does is different. Think photos with animation.
Photos with animation?
No, it’s not a sequence of still photos from slightly different angles, cobbled together to create an animated scene. Animix actually embeds animated effects into a digital photo. Weather effects, water surface effects, sun and light flare effects, even the effects of camera movement. To get the effects, simply drop a photo onto Animix, and select the effect from the drop down menu. Water surface is a good example.
Each menu option has a variety of parameters; granular controls to adjust the effects. While the total number of effects is limited, how each one can be applied to a photo is near limitless.
Controls for each animation effect are simply to apply and adjust.
Animix provides effects and controls for Water Surface, Clouds, Smoke and Haze, Lens Flare, and one called Touch (basic filters to ‘touch up’ an image).
Some effects may require masking and Animix provides a masking tool with options. One example is adding rain on a photo but not on the person under the umbrella.
The question you probably have foremost in your mind is, ‘What good is an animated still image?‘ If it’s animated it can’t be a still photo and if it’s a still photo it can’t be animated.
So, what’s the point?
Animix also exports animated photos as screensavers and as a QuickTime movie. I have to admit that other than the nominal number of animated effects, I’m impressed with the output. It’s an easy way to create your own screensavers, or commercial screensavers with your photography, with the side benefit of a movie version.
The Animix developer shrewdly provides plenty of examples on the website, plus a detailed user manual, and screencasts of the app in use. There’s also an option to try-before-you-buy (or buy from the Mac App Store) so you can see and use Animix before purchase.
Not everyone needs what Animix does, but what it does is easier and faster than anything I’ve used.