iPhone for Photos Every Day

Apple tends to have some of the best commercials out there. This one makes you feel good and simply states that the iPhone takes more pictures than anything else every day.

The iPhone really does seem to dominate in terms of sheer numbers of photos that get uploaded to the web. Currently the top 3 cameras on Flickr are all iPhones. Looks like the iPhone 5 is about to overtake the iPhone 4S. I’m sure the next iPhone is just around the corner, and the latest rumor is a 12 megapixel camera. Of course, megapixels is not always the most important thing, but it always sounds good in print.

Most common cameras on Flickr

Graph of most common cameras on Flickr.

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.

ColorTime: A One Touch Color Adjustment Tool

ColorTime is a Universal app that is designed to let you easily adjust color and brightness on photos. It uses a rather unique way where you can select the entire photo to make adjustments or part of the photo using a ‘smart’ painting tool. From the description:

VertexGrade technology allows you to long-tap and drag to select part of your photo. You can then change just the area selected. Make as many selections and as many changes as you like, it won’t slow ColorTime down. As you edit, all changes are non-destructive, you don’t loose information.

Since it would take a lot of words to describe it I figured this video would give you a much better feel for how the app works (I sometimes wonder if I’ve become hooked on video rather than old fashioned words).

I’ve been using this app and it took a few minutes to get used to, but now it feels rather intuitive. Here is a quick example of a before after image that I did.

Original Image in ColorTime

Original Image in ColorTime

This was modified in ColorTime

This was one possible version modified in ColorTime

This was modified in ColorTime

This was another possible version created in ColorTime

The app has a very professional feel that does what it says. It also has a nice “rotate” feature that will just randomly cycle various brightness/saturation settings. You can stop it at any time if you see an image you like, and then tweak it a bit more from there. The output files were full resolution for my iPhone 5 photos.

ColorTime is currently listed as $4.99 and can be downloaded on iTunes.

Two Apps for Text Along a Path

There are two relatively new Universal apps that both let you place text on your image along any path you can draw. This can be useful if you just want to make a cute photo with text wrapped around your nose, or a poster for an upcoming event. These apps are Path on and Curved – Text that Curves.

Both of these allow you to place text along a path, adjust the font and font size, and adjust the picture in various ways. I’ll highlight a few differences.

Creating/Using Paths


Has preset curves ranging from S-shapes to straight lines. When drawing your own shape you can’t see the photo you are trying to place the line, just a small canvas region. Once you have a path you can freely rotate and resize it. You can add additional text paths on the same photo. You can also change your paths after you have created it. When drawing a path I sometimes got an error that I was drawing too quickly.

Path on

There are very limited preset curves so most of your curves get drawn. In this app you draw directly on top of your image which you can see. After drawing the path you can’t change the shape, although you can rotate it in 90 degree steps or use the technique of one finger stays in place and the other moves around it to do free rotation. You can only have one path on a photo so if you want multiple paths you will have to save your photo and reimport it multiple times. Note: I couldn’t find a way to do anything else with the path once created, so I could be mistaken on parts of this.

Font Usage


It has a variety of fonts with different shadow options (a lot of shadow types). When entering the text it will autofill the length of the path. I didn’t see any way to not have it do that. One thing I noticed is that the spacing of letters along the path would often become misplaced. Sometimes a letter at the end of a word would be several spaces away from the prior letter. Text will flow in the direction your drew the line.

Path on

This app has a greater variety of fonts. It also has a feature that lets you mix fonts – multiple fonts will show up in that line of text. Nifty. There are a variety of other features that aren’t in Curved: letter spacing, autofill on/off, flipping to other side of line, and alignment with the line. The shadow effect seems very limited.

Photo Editing


Uses the Aviary photo editing tools. I’ll be honest, I’m not wild about this brand of editing tools which are in a lot of apps lately. I’ve never like the interface, and many of the apps that use this set tend to have poor output resolution and seem geared more toward the ‘fun’ apps for a younger crowd. It lets you put stickers and memes on the photo (an in-app purchase in this app). There are also a number of effects you can apply. Some are included but many are in-app purchases. Basically, I would do my editing in another app. The output was full resolution (matched my iPhone 5) when I saved to the album, but I did not try using the photo editor (you should check this out if you care about the resolution).

Path on

It has a number of effect presets, a cropping tool, and also lets you apply opacity or blur to your background image (the text remains crisp). The blurring tool is pretty nice. The output was full resolution. There are no stickies or memes that can be inserted in the photo.

Overall thoughts

Both apps are pretty good, but at this point Path on is the clear winner in my mind. It has more of a professional feel to it and the GUI made the app seem intuitive. It’s very well done for a new app and I didn’t notice any bugs. Being able to draw right on the image is a gigantic plus.

Curved seems to be more geared toward fun with the stickies and such, although most things are in-app purchases (a lot of different ones). The GUI was nice, but I often found myself adding additional text by accident.

I tried both apps on the iPad and both would only work in the portrait mode. It would be nice if you could run in landscape mode as well.

Curved was just introduced last week and it seemed good, although the text spacing quirks and lack of the autofill on/off options were pretty noticeable. Hopefully these things may get fixed in an update.

Curved is free right now, so you can at least give it a try if you are interested. Path on is currently $1.99.

Image created with Path on (and ConsoleCam)

I added some text using the Path on app. The original photo was created in ConsoleCam (a $1 Universal app).