Aquarella? Nifty Water Color App

Like many apps, I have no idea what the name means, but Aquarella must mean something cool or hip…or one of those words. It is the latest from JixiPix which makes a lot of nice apps. I’ve tried it out for a few shots and so far I’m enjoying it quite a bit. It seems to work with no problems and save at full resolution (on my iPhone 5). It takes a bit long to save the file, but since the output is full res it’s worth the wait. JixiPix also seems to get their apps to run faster over time.

From the description:

Watercolor, or Aquarelle is a wonderful transparent and luminous artistic media. Watch as Aquarella transforms your image into one with liquid pools of color blended fluidly on paper to create a watercolor with all the delicate details found in a traditional watercolor media.

Look closely as you render your aquamedia to discover light delicate “blooms” of wet color running throughout your creation and brush strokes of overlapping pigment dried dark along the edges. You will be thrilled when you see your newly rendered watercolor – Auquarella is a professional artistic app and will deliver a high-end watercolor result true to the original media.

There is a separate iPhone and iPad version of the app. Both are currently $1.99. Aquarella for iPhone and Aquarella for iPad.

Here are a few shots I’ve put up on Flickr that I created with Aquarella. Click on them to see a larger version.


23/365, Wandering


A Gorgeous Blog: Marmalade Moon

Instantly Develop Everyday Magic. That’s a nice tag line for a blog about iPhoneography!

There are a lot of blogs out there. Trust me. I know. I follow so many I often feel inundated with information. I’m sure many of you feel the same way. A few weeks ago Kate England dropped me a line with a question about software and it led me to her blog, Maramalade Moon. It’s one of those blogs that is gorgeous and sleek with lots of interesting and informative posts. I’ll be honest, just looking at the photos that get posted help me relax at the end of the day.

Blue Day #instagood #instamood #iphoneonly #hipstamatic #flowers #beautiful #dreamy
A picture from Kate England via Flickr. Click for full image.

For fun Kate asked me a few questions which ended up being a story about me, a dreadfully addicted iPhoneographer. My story is definitely not the most interesting thing on the site, but you gotta like my bad hair day pic. :)

So if you get time, check out Maramalade Moon, another great site to include in your bookmarks, RSS feed, Flickr, Twitter, and/or all that other fun social media.

24 Hour Sale on Snapheal

For those that use a Mac and don’t want to spend big bucks on Photoshop to remove things from your photos, Snapheal is a really nice way to do that. For today only it is on sale for just $7.99. Usually $29.99. Pretty good deal for one of the “Best of 2012″ Apps that is the #2 selling app on the Mac App Store (behind iPhoto by Apple).

snapheal image

Snapheal is Incredible, intuitive and inspiring app to help you fix photos in minutes. REMOVE unwanted objects from photos, FIX bad skin, RESTORE damaged pictures and perform more complex edits faster and better than most other photo editing apps.

You can read more about it on their website, and download from the Mac App Store.

PicZoom is a Useful Utility

A new Universal app called PicZoom is rather useful in some situations, particularly for those that give talks with images, educators, and people that just want to point something out in a photo. One really nice thing is that it saves at full resolution.

Here is one example of something I might use if I was writing a blog post and wanted to talk about how I removed a problem in a photo. The one feature I’d like to see in this app is the ability to add an arrow from the small region to the zoomed region.

Example of output from PicZoom

Example of output from PicZoom

Piczoom is free right now for a limited time. You can download it on iTunes.


PicZoom helps you to make your photo self describing and clear to understand.

Make your photo look epic and brilliant with just a couple of taps!

● Add a focused and zoomed area to your photo
● Add text explanation with powerful text editor
● Change shape – rectangle, rounded corner and circle
● Change color
● Edit and decorate photo with powerful photo editor
● Save to album in full resolution, send emaiil and MMS
● Share to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr

Camera Boost Goes Universal

Camera Boost has been around for almost a year for the iPad, but was recently updated to be a Universal app (runs on both iPad and iPhone). It is a camera replacement app and I took it for a spin on my iPhone 5.

Overall the app is pretty good, but there are starting to be a lot of nice camera replacement apps out there (Blux Camera is one that pops to mind). The user interface took a few moments to understand, but then seemed really easy after that. It was actually a lot easier than some of the others which have started to get rather complex. I think my favorite thing about Camera Boost was the simplicity of being able to lock the focus, white balance, and exposure – very big and noticeable.

I was also really impressed with the “night shot” option. This allows you to take a shot in minimal light and have it look like you took it under bright lights. Here are three shots I took with my iPad. The room had one light in it. These shots are just the actual size of a small region. The first is the default iPad camera, the next is Camera Boost, and the last is Camera Boost with the night option. You can see the Camera Boost “standard” shot in a dark room was a bit noisier than the iPad by itself, but slightly better clarity. There is a noise reduction effect in Camera Boost, but I didn’t use it for that shot. With the night option turned on it was a world of difference. I was impressed by how little noise there was in that shot.

Sample images from Camera Boost on iPad

One problem I noticed on both the iPad and my iPhone is that the app would always crash after I deleted photos. Hopefully that one gets fixed in a future update. [Update: The developer let me know that this problem will be fixed in the next release.] When I save photos to my camera roll I noticed there was no meta data associated with the images, so it doesn’t include GPS coordinates, no time stamp, no camera make/model, etc. That makes it very difficult to deal with when I import the photos to my computer when trying to sort by date, location, and so on.

Currently Camera Boost is available for $2.99.