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FilterBaker Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 15th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DETAILED
FilterBaker is a simple yet involving photo filtering app.
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AURA, the Photo Enhancer for Instagram, Gets a New Update

Posted by Jessica Fisher on May 11th, 2015
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

AURA, by Lis Johannsen, lets you add filters, frames, and text to your instagram photos.

Seene Lets You Create 3D Images With Your iPhone

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 24th, 2015
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

Seene, by Obvious Engineering, is a 3D capture app that's meant to allow you to create visually stunning 3D images with a tap of your finger, and then share them as a 3D photo, video or gif.

TinType Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on October 27th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: LIMITED PHOTO EDITING
TinType offers some very limited photo filtering effects that, while attractive, are all too restrictive.
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New Afterlight Update Lets You Create Your Own Photo Filters

Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 25th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: ROBUST PHOTO EDITING :: Read Review »

Afterlight, the photo editing app, has been updated to version 2.5.

The update adds an interesting new feature that lets you create your own filters under the Fusion section. Using adjustment tools, filters, and textures you can mix and match settings to create a custom filter. The created filters can be as simple as a color change or as complicated as a 20+ step fusion. You can name your it, and go back to edit it as you like. Afterlight has also squashed some bugs and made a few improvements.

You can check out  Afterlight for $0.99 on the App Store.

Mextures Gets Updated, Goes 50% Off for a Limited Time

Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 11th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: CREATIVELY MINDED :: Read Review »

Mextures, the photo filter/layering app that we had an opportunity to review in the summer of last year, has just received a fairly sizable update.

Version 2.0.0 includes new formula sharing, polish, and textures. There are also updated formulas, a graphic overhaul, and bug fixes among other things.

Mextures is also currently 50% off ($0.99) for a limited time on the App Store.

Brushstroke Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 13th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FAMILIAR AND COMPETENT
Lacking some wow factor, Brushstroke is still a pretty competent photography app.
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SayVideo Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 8th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CREATIVE VIDEO DECORATING
SayVideo makes it easy to add decorative elements and filters to videos.
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Alayer Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Jennifer Allen on November 26th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: INTUITIVE PHOTO EDITING
Immensely simple to use and producing some attractive results, Alayer is an excellent photo editing app.
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Spark Camera Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on October 18th, 2013
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: LACKLUSTER
Spark Camera is beautifully designed but its lack of creative control is disappointing.
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Visolve RT FIlters Live Video to Aid Users Affected by Color Blindness

Posted by Rob Rich on August 29th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Being color blind isn't necessarily debilitating, but it can make certain tasks a lot more difficult when colors blend together and potentially vital information is lost. Visolve RT attempts to address the issue by giving users the ability to view the world around them using their iOS device's camera and some very special filters.

The app includes options for:


1. Red-Green transform -- transforms redder colors to brighter, and greener colors to darker,
2. Blue-Yellow transform -- transforms bluer colors to brighter, and yellower colors to darker,
3. Saturation increase -- increases the saturation of all colors,4. Filtering -- darkens all colors other than the specified color, and
5. Hatching -- draws different hatch patterns according to color.

This Week at 148Apps: July 15-19, 2013

Posted by Chris Kirby on July 22nd, 2013

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Week-in and week-out, the 148Apps reviewers search through the new apps out there, find the good ones, and write about them in depth. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Want to see what we've been up to this week? Take a look below for a sampling of our latest reviews. And if you want more, be sure to hit our Reviews Archive.


Gentlemen!

Occasionally frantic, Gentlemen! is never short of gloriously great fun. Lone gamers won’t be so keen given that it’s exclusively for two players, but it’s the perfect reason to get a friend involved. The idea is simple enough: players must defeat each other in a duel to the death. Just like in the old days of honor and explosive birds, ok, maybe not so much. Presented in portrait mode, each player’s controls are set on opposite sides of the screen. In a nice move, menu buttons and other descriptions are similarly laid out, for either player to easily interact with. Controls are simple with left and right, alongside a gravity flip button and the use of a weapon. Weapons vary, mostly thanks to a switch in the middle of each game enabling players to change around. Knives, bombs, dynamite, electric shields and explosive birds all play a role, each offering their own advantages and disadvantages. It’s as zany as it sounds, while adding a surprising tactical edge to proceedings. --Jennifer Allen


PhotoNova 2

I have a handful of photo apps on my iPhone 5 that I keep handy when I feel like making my pictures look fancy. Each app has its own perks like frames, filters and adjustments. I tend to rotate between them until I find the one that transforms my picture into a work of art. I’m always on the lookout for new photo apps because I’m really looking for that one that will replace all my other go to camera apps. I reviewed PhotoNova+ 2 a few months ago, which is a free version of their paid app. PhotoNova 2 offers users more advanced features like a variety of selection tools, an option to switch out the background of photos that have a green background and an impressive effects selection. --Angela LaFollette


Tangent

Many photography apps tend to do quite similar things to imagery, mostly involving applying filters to photographs. Tangent doesn’t quite do that. It might involve applying new effects to an image, but through a vector art style overlay, improvements are being added to the image, rather than replacing anything. There’s a fairly simple process to follow throughout the app. Users can either import or take a photo directly from within, before opting for a specific style. Tangent offers both straight-forward and quick applications, as well as plenty of choice for those who want to adjust things individually. Shapes form the first set of choices, with circles, rectangles, triangles and plenty more, available to apply to an image. It sounds gimmicky, but it can really set off a photo nicely, giving focus to the important part of a photo. There are plenty of shapes available too, with in-app purchases provided for those who want even more choice. That’s a trend that continues throughout, with plenty of additional blends and colors available at a price. Fortunately, it’s always possible to preview them first. --Jennifer Allen


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If you are looking for the best reviews of kids' apps and/or Android apps, just head right over to GiggleApps and AndroidRundown. Here are just some of the reviews these sites served up this week:

GiggleApps

ABC Aquarium

Peapod Labs has developed a favorite series of educational ABC apps and has recently added two new titles – ABC Aquarium and ABC Bugs, each terrifically educational and including exceptional photography to allow children to view these different creatures in a way that highlights all of their unique attributes. Each of these apps, now eleven and counting, features a wide amount of content, including terrific, detailed photos of each subject as well as narrated fun facts, curated videos gathered from the Internet and simple, intuitive interactions which young children will enjoy a great deal. --Amy Solomon

Gro Recycling

Gro Recycling is a cute and fun interactive universal app that allows children to sort recycling into different receptacles, totaling six in all, including a unique choice of recycling batteries as well as a compost container. Game play is charming and intuitive as one simply drags a piece of recycling to be recycled to the correct container, as these bins happily and hungrily eat what they are being served, while a mistake will result in the spitting out of the wrong material. This app is lovingly styled with the delightful humanizing of these recycling bins as cartoony faces, which are included with fun, witty noises that each of these characters makes, hungry to eat recycled materials. --Amy Solomon


AndroidRundown

Attack of the Spooklings

Mobile games that offer their players to smash the opponents using nothing but their very fingers were at the very start of the touch-screen revolution, but lately it seems that somewhat counter-intuitive habit of putting buttons on touch-screen has largely rendered the “clean” touch-screen games mostly obsolete. Someone should analyze this trend to some revealing, but ultimately unnecessary results. Regardless, we’re here to talk about Attack of the Spooklings. It’s a fine, but incredibly simple game. How simple? It takes longer to read this sentence than to see the whole game. It’s not surprising, considering that it consists of an astonishing single screen, and single enemy. While I’m all for the games with minimalistic design, they should also be complemented with really incredible gameplay. Attack of the Spooklings is quite exciting for some time, sure, but it simply lacks any sort of complexity to be interesting. --Tony Kuzmin

GP Retro

GP Retro is a racing game that isn’t scared to rock looks of old, and I suspect it is aware of my abject weakness for titles that bring back the wonderful things of days gone by. The game comes at us in glorious 2D, and in this one, retro is no misnomer. The chunky pixels underscore the jittery unsure animations that make these type of games fun to look at. The purposely un-sharp colors were done well, and even the intro pages for the drivers were nicely formatted to fit with the retro look. As for gameplay, it is basically top-down view simulated Grand Prix open-wheel (to start) racing over mostly asymmetrical raceways. Sharp turns characterize the racing; losing control and ending up on grass slows down the race car considerably. There are valuables and power-ups to be collected, as well as hazards to be avoided. --Tre Lawrence

Cross Horizon

Yes, I know: there are a LOT of RPG titles for Android. Can Cross Horizon be one that is worth checking out? The dialogue cutscenes were okay, but where the game really excels is in the “live” action sequences. These graphical representations highlight the fantasy world in rich three dimensional form, with perspectives done quite well. The greenery is not too green, and while the shrubbery won’t be confused for a live wallpaper, they work in the context of the game. The mythical creatures look suitably gruesome, and the animations (especially attacks) are relatively life-like. The entire art presentation makes the game stand out in a positive way. I liked the customization options. At the beginning of the game, I got the opportunity to create a character. Face, skin color, hair type… even the shape of the eye can be tweaked. In a post-racial world (stop and dream with me), options like this signal, to me, the work of a developer that has an eye on details. --Tre Lawrence

Tangent Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 15th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: STYLISH EFFECTS
Stylish and hardly putting a foot wrong, Tangent is an appealing way of adding new visual effects to imagery, without turning over the top.
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Video Filters Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 30th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FEATURE RICH
Ignore the name, Video Filters isn't just about adding filters to videos, it's an effective video recording app too.
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A Beautiful Mess Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on May 16th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ARTSY
Create fabulous photos with this app inspired by the award-winning lifestyle blog with the same name, but be prepared for the in-app purchases lurking in the shadows.
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