Pop & Mob, A Good Mid-Week Sale

Two apps that I enjoy are both on sale for just $0.99 in the middle of the week (or almost the middle). Popsicolor and lo-mob.

Popsicolor is a Universal app that I use whenever I want to make a nifty illustration with the watercolor look.

• Turn Your Photos Into Stylish Illustrations
• Amazing Watercolor & Ink Effects
• Yes! High Resolution Output*
• Universal App for iPhone & iPad
• Share on Instagram, Twitter, etc.
• From the creator of Percolator for iOS

NYPD, Ink.

An app that I use almost daily for my ‘shot of the day’ on my iPhone is lo-mob.

Have you ever experiment with your old analog cameras? Have you put a 35mm film in a medium format body? Have you ever tried to achieve Through The Viewfinder (TTV) photography by shooting a picture with a camera through the viewfinder of another?

Take a picture or choose one from your library, Lo-Mob will process it, and give you a preview of all its 39 filters, at once.

You’ll be able to tweak the filter you chose, altering the frame, the vignetting, the color filter or the blurring.


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.