It’s been nearly five years since Polaroid ceased production of its instant film products to focus on the digital photography market – a pivot that included licensing its iconic brand to other companies, which yielded an inexpensive iPhone app known as Polamatic. Now in its fourth incarnation, Polamatic isn’t just some licensed knockoff: Snap a photo with the app and a virtual print slides down the screen and “processes” before your eyes in true Polaroid fashion, complete with sound effect. But this time, shutterbugs won’t have to wait around shaking prints as they develop.
Where most video apps on our iPhones focus purely on Kodak moments, Lightt is kind of like a personal documentarian. With an eye for short clips that can be quickly captured and posted, the video-recording app stitches together your posts into an endless looping timeline that plays a bit like a disjointed flip book. Version 3 brings it up to speed with its filter-happy contemporaries, and a host of editing and audio tools make it a viable alternative to Vine and Instagram.
Vine and Instagram make it easy for would-be filmmakers to create brief epics of the imagination using just an iPhone, with no traditional editing required. But those looking to expand their horizons will find far more creative options with a modestly priced app from the creators of FocusTwist. Presumably a play on the word “vignette” as much as it is a nod to Twitter’s micro-moviemaking service, Vinyet delivers 23 real-time cinematic filters along with a host of pro-end features, like stop motion, time-lapse, animated GIF export, and more control over captured segments.
Has it really been 16 years since Yahoo! unveiled its own brand of email upon the world? Indeed it has, and the company isn't taking its sweet 16 for granted, with a massive overhaul of the entire experience on desktop and mobile.
Bucking the annoying trend of freemium apps that bait and switch users into paying for initially free digital goods, JellyBus has wisely chosen to maintain two separate versions of its photo editing app: The free (but limited) PicsPlay, and a more robust Pro edition priced at only $3.99. While the free release is no slouch, PicsPlay Pro unlocks the developer’s full arsenal of 200 filters across 10 different themes, along with a wide range of editing features from basic crop and rotate to more sophisticated Color Splash, Tilt-Shift, Text, Stamp, and Border tools.
There's still no official native iPad version, but the folks at Yahoo! today unveiled a significant update to the Flickr iPhone app, which takes direct aim at Instagram with tons of new filters and gives away pro editing features.
If you love taking and manipulating photos with your iDevices, you'll be happy to know that AfterLight has finally made it to the iPad. Long one of the top 10 paid apps on the App Store for the iPhone, the lightweight app allows you to create more appealing images than what you find with similar filter-based apps like Instagram. In addition, it features numerous sliders to help you create the perfect photo.
First, TechCrunch claimed Facebook's June 20 event would unveil a news reader, and now the website has an insider tip that the social network may go head-to-head with Vine by introducing video to Instagram instead.
It's always a good day when you wake up and find a shiny new version of your favorite app, and today is that day for Plex for iOS users, with the media player adding mobile server abilities on top of a stack of other improvements.
It's a shame that more app developers don't code with the iPad's big screen in mind, especially when the app in question revolves around photographs. Instagram has been around for nearly two years now and there's still no native iPad or universal form of the app. With all that screen real estate, it's a shame to have to run the iPhone version embiggened, trapped in portrait mode, just to see pictures of our friends' adorable offspring or recent meals.
Luckily, a bevy of third-party apps are available that offer a bit of a twist on the old iPhone photo sharing app. Here's a look at several such apps that are all grown up for the big screen.