Vignettr ‚Äď v1.3 ‚Äď Live on app store

Yes, another update to Vignettr is out! v1.3.

The main addition to v1.3 is presets. As an avid user of Vignettr myself I’ve found that I have a couple of combinations of effects that I reuse often and thought it’d be great if I packaged up some of those into presets where with a quick tap of the preset it does all the adjustments for me. So thats what I did. In this version I’ve included 4 presets:

 

1) Noir: A high contrast monochrome output, much like the Nior style films.
2) Semi-Desat: A med contrast partial desaturation of the image, with a bit of vignette and ND grad filter applied for good measure.
3) Vegetable Lasagne: A warming, partially vintage tone.
4) Yesterday: A low contrast, light orange tinting to give a look much like film camera’s of the 70’s.

 

With all of these presets, once they have been applied that does not stop from you from tweaking each of the usual adjustments (vignette, luminance etc).

The other change is to the user interface… nothing drastic, but some improvements I feel make the app easier to use and more pleasing to the eye. Credit to Patrick Hoesly on flickr for the use of one of his many amazing textures as the backdrop in both the iPhone and iPad versions of Vignettr.

Vignettr – v1.2 – Live on app store

Hi All,
Vignettr 1.2 has just been approved and is now live on the app store.

This version introduces the following new features:

Tint Adjustments

Choose a colour from the palette and apply a tint to the image. The tint can be used to warm or cool and image – or give a bold colour tint. If a white colour is selected for the tint it allows you to progressively desaturate your image depending on the intensity applied.

Screen shot:

Swipe gestures

Using the typical swipe gesture to cycle between the available adjustment modes (Vignette, ND Grad, Letterbox, Luminance and Tint). The swipe can be used in both a left to right and right to left motion.

Vignettr: with native iPad support (awaiting approval)

 

Hi All,

Vignettr 1.1 has just been submitted to the app store for review and approval. There are a couple of little bug fixes, but the big change is now native iPad support! The app is now a universal iPad/iPhone app, those with version 1 get a free upgrade gain iPad support. New customers now get iPhone and an iPad app for just $0.99c.

 

 

 

Whilst we await approval, here are some screenshots:

Vignettr: First review is out

Happy to report that Vignettr has gotten it’s first online hands-on review.

The author from i comme Photo, Le blog de l’iphoneographie contacted me to perform a review.¬†Google translates the name of the blog to “i like photo, The blog iphoneographie”, and looking through the site it¬†definitely¬†seemed like Vignettr would be in good company there. Of course,¬†I was more than happy to oblige.

Scored a decent 4 out of 5. Pretty happy with that. Read for the review yourself in English (translated) or native French.

Suggest that anyone that’s into iphoneography or digital toy camera effects keep an eye on the blog. You can add the RSS feed to Google Reader and get it to auto translate.

Vignettr: Live on app store!

The journey of working on Vignettr on and off for a couple months has reached a major milestone – Version 1 is now available on the app store!

As a keen amateur photographer, I wanted to make app with some of the functions that I personally love within full featured photography work-flow products, like Adobe Lightroom. I aimed to take some of my favourites and make them accessible and easy to use on these portable devices we carry with us every day and make it quick and easy to make appealing enhancements to photos we take on the go.
In the development, the number one design principle for me was to keep the focus of the
users attention on the photo itself, and do my best not to distract with too many or overly complex user interface elements.

Here’s¬†what’s¬†inside Version 1:

Vignetting

This was obviously the source of the app name, and a technique if used on the right image can create some great results. Typically the idea of a vignette effect is to draw the viewers eye towards the subject of the image by darking the image at the edges in a radial gradient fashion. Vignetting is actually an optic flaw that is¬†prevalent¬†in older cameras, and gives a “retro” look and feel.

The app allows you to control the size and intensity of this effect.

Here is an example of some exaggerated vignetting (click for larger size):
Khai Island, Thailand

ND Grad Filter

Due to the limited Dynamic Range of cameras you’ll often find a situation where in a landscape type photo for example that the foreground of beach, water, mountains etc look good – but the sky is far less blue (or often near white) in the photo compared to what it actually was. The ND Grad filter effect darkens the image gradually from top to bottom which helps to bring out the saturation in the sky.

The app allows you to control the size (top to bottom) and intensity of this effect.

Here is an example, notice the detail and saturation in the sky (click for larger size):
Addo elephant park

Letterboxing / Border

Letterboxing is an effect often used by photographers to give a cinematic feel to their shots. The idea is you add a band of band to the top and bottom of the image, and less typically on the left and right sides. This same tool in Vignettr can be used to create a basic black border around the image.

The app will allow you to either manipulate the size of the typical letterboxing, or the left and right sides – or you can lock the effect to apply a basic border to the image to the size you prefer.

Here is an example of typical letterboxing (click for larger size):
The stripped donkeys

Luminance

This luminance tool allows you to change the brightness and contrast to you images. This may sound rather predestration, but correctly adjusting the exposure (brightness) and black-point (contrast) of your images can often enhance or add an appealing tonal quality to your image.

Some technical info:

  • The app will run on the iPhone, iPod Touch and the iPad (iPhone compatiablity mode).
  • As you move the controls to manipulate the effect it will dynamically update the effect, except in the case of the older iPhone 3G and the 1st gen iPod touch
  • In most cases you’ll be able to save the manipulated image at it’s original resolution, up to the following limits:
    • iPhone 3G, iPod Touch 1st Gen: 1600px
    • iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 2nd Gen: 2048px
    • iPhone 4, iPad, iPod Touch 3rd Gen: 2592px
  • Vignettr once had a different name but that’s a¬†different story.

Vignettr is on twitter, please do follow for updates, sample shots and use it as a channel for feature requests, bug reports.

Cheers.

How I lost my App name: Vignette is likely to become Vignettr

There I was, app coded and tested on the iOS devices I had at my disposal – some mine, some friends and some colleagues.

Months before I had decided that the app would be called ‘Vignette’, I like the word, I liked the retro and appealing look that it gave to photos, settled. It was now the big moment to get the iTunes distrubution provisioning profile, code-sign the app and send up the binary for Apple’s approval.

Then I hit a snag. The Bundle ID I have created online when originally registering the app name was bla.blablabla.vignette, but my product name in Xcode was Vignette – notice the subitle case mismatch. After a bit of poking around in Xcode I was unable to change the product name case to match without the app being labelled as ‘vingette’ (lower case) on the iOS homescreens. Not what I wanted.

So then I thought, no problem! I’ll just generate a new Bundle ID (bla.blablabla.Vignette) then change my App registration to use that one. Err, well you can’t. That’s when I made a BIG mistake (this was about 1am)… I’ll just delete my app registration from iTunes connect, then register the App with the new Bundle ID. After deleting it, I attempted to re-register the name ‘Vignette’ but a message “The App Name you entered has already been used.” My heard stopped.

Ok I thought, maybe it just needs some time to re-release then name. Whilst giving it it’s time, I though let me check if anyone else ran into this problem in the past. Not long and I’d found this thread on StackOverflow. The thread makes reference to the Developer Guide – where I found this:

“IMPORTANT: Deleting your app will not allow you to re-use your SKU, Bundle ID or App Name in the same¬†account again and you will not be able to restore your app once deleted.”

My heard stopped again, it’s late, time for bed.

Next day I wake-up and wait until 9am for the Apple Dev Centre call-in number to be active, and I get connected to an agent. They can’t assist, I need to work throught iTunesConnect support team – who seem to only have an e-mail address (itunesconnect@apple.com). I e-mail them my sad sorry and begin the wait.

The wait lasted 2 days. I excitedly open up the response from iTunesConnect support hoping that they have resolved the issue, but no. They just pointed me to the exact paragraph I listed above from the developer guide. shit. I¬†immediately¬†e-mail back pleading with them to assist to get “my” name back, I’m awaiting for a response.

Whilst all of this was going on I was getting to grips with the fact that I may need to select a new name altogether if I ever want to get this app out on the market. Changing the branding within the app would not be a problem, but I felt sick just thinking about creating new icons for the homescreen, spotlight, itunes – not forgetting needing special res ones made specifically for the iPad, iPhone and iPhone 4’s retina display. I looked at my icons – just two letters ‘vi’, the first two letters of the, should be, App name. I then jumped onto a couple online dictionaries to see if I could find a suitable name by searching for words beginning with ‘vi’. There were a few candidates, but nothing I was really happy with.

So here’s the plan – I’m doing a flickr, and going with¬†‘Vignettr’

I’ll give Apple a couple more days to assist, else I’ll have to do the rename, code-sign and send it off for the approval process as ‘Vignettr’.

Beetle Bonnet

Beetle Bonnet

Had some time to kill this past weekend, so went to do a walk around Little India (Singapore) for some photos. In general a combination of lack of specific purpose, crappy light and scorching heat I did not walk away with the treasure trove of great images I was hoping for… but I did learn an interesting lesson… take a “bad” photo and keep cropping down until it’s more interesting – this photo was one of those.