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Daily iPhone App: The Fliptastic slideshow maker works like a charm

I've been looking at slideshow apps for some time and have found them all to be pretty useful. Some of the iOS apps I've checked out don't let you choose transitions, and others have no way to let you choose your own music. So I was pleased to get a chance to look at Fliptastic, which comes with a variety of transitions and lets you select music from your own collection. The app also gives you a way to add attractive text to each slide. The downside is that there is a 10-slide limit, and a 15-second maximum length to your show. For a quick share, however, I can live within those limits.

Although the app says it's a slideshow maker for Instagram, don't let that deter you. You can save the videos to your camera roll and mail them out, or you can deliver your slideshow to Facebook or YouTube.

The app is simple to use. Give Fliptastic access to your camera roll, and choose the images you want. You get a mini-editor that lets you crop the image to your liking, and then you add your text, choose transitions (crossfade, blur, slide and more) and select music from your own library or the supplied clips. One little nit to pick -- the music gets cut off abruptly at the end, disappearing in a quick fade. It's a bit too abrupt for my tastes.

Other than that criticism, Fliptastic works -- and works well. It's 50 percent off for a limited time, so US$0.99 gets you into the slideshow arena.

Fliptastic requires iOS 6 or greater, and is optimized for the iPhone 5 series of phones. It has a lot of features that most competing apps don't have in one place. I'd love to see the ability to select more slides and make the shows longer, and that just doesn't seem like a difficult feature to add.

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