Earlier this week I was browsing the interwebs searching for a Mac utility that could do a screen grab from a video clip. Not that many years ago the old iMovie did it perfectly with a menu selection. iMovie today is less thoughtful and hoops have to be jumped through just to get a still photo from a video.
What I found was a rather simple 99-cent utility called Frammer X. It lets you open a video, play it frame-by-frame in scrub mode, find a specific frame and then save it as a photo. It also comes with all the standard sharing options from AirDrop to Twitter to Facebook and Flickr. There’s not much to not like and a version is available for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and even Apple TV (haven’t tried the latter yet).
Often when I find a Mac app that suits me fine and does the deed for less than expected I’ll check out the app developer’s website to see what other creations are available. In this case, Frammer X belongs to Guiseppe Cigala of Venice, Italy.
What you will find on Cigala’s website are a few dozen utilities, and though he says he develops apps in his spare time it’s obvious he has plenty of spare time. He says he writes code for fun and not money and at 99-cents for most of the apps he won’t get rich but today he gets some notoriety.
Here are the apps I like best.
Trimmer – Think of Trimmer as a mini-iMovie for quick cut editing. Drag and drop a video onto Trimmer. Drag the end points to the portion of the video you want to keep. Click the Trim button.
Traffic – Have you wondered how much traffic flows through your internet connection? Traffic knows and shows, whether it’s Wi-Fi or wired Ethernet, you’ll see the totals in the Menubar.
Ringphone – This one may seem self explanatory and it is. Ringphone is a ringtone generator. Open the sound or song you want, select the start and end of the ringtone, give it a name, and create. It even syncs with iTunes so the new ringtone shows up on your iPhone.
See what I mean?
These are just a few of the dozens of handy utilities that do what macOS Sierra or iOS 10 do not do. There are so many I haven’t checked them all out yet, but 99-cents seems to be the order of the day whether Mac, iPhone, or iPad.
My name is Giuseppe Cigala and i live in Italy near Venice. In my spare time, I develop iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV applications. My goal is to make software simple and easy to use, avoiding unnecessary complications and following the philosophy of “Less Is More.” Also, I write code for fun and not for money.
That’s about as straightforward as you can get.