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Contact: Greg 'cosmo' Haun, (503) 810-9381,

Freak Show provides free Photo Booth-like effects for all Tiger Macs

(Portland, OR) - November 2, 2006 Consumers whose Macs shipped without Apple's not-for-sale Photo Booth software can now enjoy for free the same effects with Freak Show. Paying Freak Show's $12.95 registration fee unlocks features beyond Photo Booth such as:

  • nine additional effects,
  • the option to save QuickTime movies,
  • and the ability to enjoy the effects full screen.

Although Freak Show looks and acts like Photo Booth it is a bit different under the hood -- unlike Photo Booth, Freak Show does not require Quartz Extreme or any particular video card -- it can run on any Mac that can run Tiger. Furthermore, Freak Show's effect engine can access video frames from the immediate past, thus making possible the time-based effects in Freak Show's Extreme tab.

Freak Show requires Mac OS 10.4

Warped tab (hi-res)

Extreme tab (hi-res)


Gregory Cosmo Haun, the developer of Freak Show, said, "I was given an iSight for Christmas and wanted to find things to do with it beyond video conferencing. I had worked with video art in college and was a fan of Nam June Paik and others and I felt the medium had potential. I played with video effects using software and was impressed with what people were doing with it, but then discovered Apple's Core Image API and there was no looking back. I learned Cocoa just to exploit Core Image for these effects. I began the project working on fairly complex effects, but when I saw how much kids (and adults) enjoyed Photo Booth's relatively simple effects, I decided to incorporate something similar."

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Tempus Dictum was founded in Oregon in 2001 and develops products and services that mix high technology with aesthetics. We provide unique cognitive and sensory experiences through innovative tools. Tempus Dictum engages in long- and short-term contracts to provide result-oriented services in the areas of scientific simulation and visualization, software design, and consulting in the study of complex adaptive systems and the use of artficial life.