Category Archives: App Update

An update to a photo app that I often use and/or find interesting.

Updates and More Updates

When iOS7 came out a wealth of apps began to come out with updates. Some just updated to get rid of any bugs that have appeared with the new operating system, but others have changed their GUI to integrate more seamlessly with it. There have been hundreds of updates and I could barely keep up with them for awhile. Seeing a “78” badge on my App Store icon always felt a bit intimidating!

Although updates continue to roll in, the pace has at least slowed down a bit. There is no way I could mention every update in the past few months, but here are just a few that I figured I would mention as they are kicking around in my mind.

  • Camera+: An old time favorite. They did a full GUI overhaul and added some additional presets.
  • Snapseed: Some GUI work and a new feature called HDR Scape. If you like HDRish photos, you need to check this out.
  • Central Park 2013: Used HDR Scape in Snapseed to enhance the photo.

    Central Park 2013: Used HDR Scape in Snapseed to enhance the photo.

  • Photogene4: A full GUI overhaul and many new features. Another true “old school” app that has been around forever.
  • Glaze: You can now zoom in on images (yeah!) and a transparancy feature was added (in-app purchase).
  • Walking Man: Created with the new transparancy feature in Glaze.

    Walking Man: Created with the new transparancy feature in Glaze.

  • Image Straightener: Updated GUI which is now truly minimalistic (which is good for a very specific app)
  • PhotoToaster: A big update came out in the summertime and then a lot of GUI “themes” came out when iOS7 did.

As I said, these were just a few of the recent updates that popped into my mind. Guess I’ve used them all recently 🙂

In celebration of the updates I’ve got a few promo codes for Image Straightener that I’ll post on Monday around lunchtime (eastern time in the US). Stay tuned for a freebie!

Update: A bit past lunch, but here are some promo codes for Image Straightener. First come, first serve. Here are the basic instructions if you’ve never used a promo code before.


Already Thursday? Time Flies. Updates Arrive!

This week is flying by. I keep wanting to do a post about this, that, or the other thing, but the real world seems to keep me far too busy. If anyone ever wants to do one (or more) guest posts, feel free to drop me a line. No need to be a professional…just someone that feels like posting about most anything. I pay a total sum of $0. 🙂

Anyway, here are a few updates from the past week that are worth noticing.

FX Photo Studio for the iPhone is free for about the next 12 hours or so. A nice photo effects app that is usually $2. It was also updated earlier today with lots of enhancements – including full resolution on iPhone 5. My iPhone 5 is purring like a kitten.

Percolator, a very unique Universal app, is on sale for $2. It’s usually $3. Several new features were added in the recent update. I really like the new Tripstamatic and Charmed settings. I wish Charmed could be even wobblier!

Brewed in Percolator

Brewed in Percolator using the new tripstamatic circles.

Popsicolor is another unique (and Universal) app that lets you create a variety of ink/watercolor effects. Several new settings have been added to this release that allow you to get a bit more artistic with the drips and intensity of the image. It’s Thursday and the entire week has been odd, but I noticed the entire description of the app in iTunes is currently in Chinese! Guess a switch got flipped somewhere. In any event, you may not be able to read the description, but it’s a great app. I’m no Picasso, but I created this flower. Perhaps I should have added some hands – then it would probably be worth more!


Created with the recently updated Popsicolor.

What a crazy day.

Camera Boost is Snappier

For those that are looking for camera replacement apps, Camera Boost has continued to improve with each update. I first tested this app right after it became Universal at the start of the year. I noticed a few bugs and it didn’t always seem quick and responsive on my iPhone. I gave the app another try with the most recent update and it has vastly improved. No sluggishness at all, no crashes. It’s snappy 🙂

The live previews you get for whatever adjustments you’ve made (or use of presets) is very nice for when you are taking pictures/video, and the large number of options you have for custom settings is expansive.

Here are a few samples of pictures I’ve taken with a variety of settings ranging from ‘just green’ to ‘sepia.’

Picture taken with Camera Boost

Picture taken with Camera Boost

Picture taken with Camera Boost

Picture taken with Camera Boost

Picture taken with Camera Boost

Picture taken with Camera Boost

Picture taken with Camera Boost

Picture taken with Camera Boost

This app has really become a great camera replacement app, and the developer is now working on the next big update to version 5. Looking forward to it.

Camera Boost is currently $2.99 on iTunes.

And if you are quick, here are five promo codes you can use to get a copy for free!


Here are the instructions if you aren’t familiar with promo codes.

Popsicolor Pops with Ink and Gradients in Latest Update

Popsicolor was updated to version 2 today, and the update is free for all the version 1 users. Good deal. It’s a major update with many new features. Here is the listing of what’s new:

★ Introducing Ink for incredible line drawing effects!
★ More Colors — New Warm & Cool color sets
★ More Focus options — Before there were 3, but now there are 16
★ More Gradient options — Before there was just 1, but now there are 24, including Duotone
★ More control with optional borders and the new auto-enhance feature
★ More sharing: Instagram (with built in square crop tool!), Twitter, Facebook, and more.
★ Speed, bug fixes, and other improvements

The ink and the new gradient options are my favorite (superb) additions to this app. I created this from a photo I took of the Apple Store on 5th Avenue in NYC when I was up there earlier this month. You can click on it to see the larger version on Flickr.

Apple in NYC

You can watch a nice video of Popsicolor 2 on the Popsicolor website. I really like this app. I’m hoping in the next version we get a bit more control over the amount of ink that is used. As with so many apps, you always want one more thing 🙂

Popsicolor is currently $1.99 on iTunes. [download]

Updates and More Updates, iOS 6 is Here!

The brand new iOS 6 has arrived and a lot of people are updating this evening, including me with my iPad 3 (aka Retina iPad). The installation went smoothly, but my wifi no longer worked. I would try to connect and it would open an Apple page which said “could not find” or some such error page. Lots of others are having this problem and I dug up enough info to get mine to work. [see update below]

On the iPad 3 follow this procedure:

  • Settings > General and set Siri to off.
  • Turn off your wifi.
  • Go to Settings > Safari and select Clear History and Clear Cookies.
  • Go back to General > Reset and choose Reset Network Settings. This will restart your iPad.
  • Then turn your wifi back on and select your network.

This seemed to work for me although I can’t promise it will for you. The problem is definitely widespread as it has shown up on many websites. NOTE: I’m not sure all these steps were necessary, but it worked for me.

So besides iOS 6, a ton of other updates have been rolling out. Just a few are listed below. Some of these updates are gigantic, such as iPhoto for iOS being able to handle 36.5 MP images. I’ve updated about 30 apps in the past few hours. I’m sure they will keep rolling in.

  • iPhoto
  • Photogene for iPad
  • Halftone
  • FlickrStackr for Flickr
  • Filterstorm
  • Color Splash

This is just a few of the updates that I noticed on my iPhone/iPad. I guess I like them 🙂


Some say that Apple has fixed the wifi issue. Others have reported a solution.