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

Posted by on April 11th, 2014
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

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.

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Brushstroke Review

Brushstroke Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Lacking some wow factor, Brushstroke is still a pretty competent photography app.

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SayVideo Review

SayVideo Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
SayVideo makes it easy to add decorative elements and filters to videos.

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Alayer Review

Alayer Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Immensely simple to use and producing some attractive results, Alayer is an excellent photo editing app.

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Spark Camera Review

Spark Camera Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
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 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.

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Gentlemen!

 
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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

 
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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

 
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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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ABC Aquarium

 
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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

 
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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

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Attack of the Spooklings

 
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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

 
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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

 
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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

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
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

Video Filters Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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

A Beautiful Mess Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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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Strut Type Review

Strut Type Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Strut Type has a few presentational issues but its photo filtering potential is second to none, for those after that old fashioned effect.

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iPhotography Assignment Generator Review

iPhotography Assignment Generator Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A camera app packed with assignments and ideas to help iPhoneographers capture amazing pictures.

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Wrapcam Review

Wrapcam Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
An intuitive photo editing app packed many different customization features that turn pictures into works of art.

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Tangled FX Review

Tangled FX Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Keeping it simple, Tangled FX offers a variety of different filters to make those iOS photos look all the better.

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Portray Review

Portray Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Portray takes a more hands-on approach to photo filtering, allowing for much more manipulation than conventional filter apps.

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Strum Review

Strum Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Strum is the video clip equivalent of Instagram. It has a slightly expensive pricing policy but the vast majority of its content is free and decent.

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ColorMania FX Review

ColorMania FX Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
ColorMania FX offers a selection of new filters and effects for your photographs, but it fails to stand out from the crowd.

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Alt Photo Review

Alt Photo Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Alt Photo is a easy to use photo editing app with many borders, filters, and adjustments to choose from.

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Mirrorgram Review

Mirrorgram Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Mirrorgram offers a slightly new, innovative way to take pictures of your food.

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ColorStrokes Review

ColorStrokes Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Add a splash of color to your black and white images with this easy to use but not quite perfect app.

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InstaGenius Review

InstaGenius Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
InstaGenius teaches an old dog new tricks with dozens of filters and a host of features to make InstaGram photos really pop.

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Meta Review

Meta Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Meta offers plenty of photo filters to add but its lack of common and useful features makes it frustrating.

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Fotor Review

Fotor Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
A photography app that wants to be able to do everything that could ever be asked of it.

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iPhoto Review

iPhoto Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
iPhoto, Apple's photo editor, completes the iLife suite for the iPad.

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Paint FX Review

Paint FX Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
This photo editing app allows users to paint filters on photos any way they want with the swipe of a finger.

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Magic Hour – Camera & Unlimited Filter Review

Magic Hour – Camera & Unlimited Filter Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Magic Hour has the potential but could do with some more inspiring filters to be a real hit.

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Filterstorm

Filterstorm

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Filterstorm is an on-the-go photo editing application that allows you to apply a myriad of different filters to photos saved in the Photos apps or copied to your clipboard. With a bit of practice and trial and error, the power of Filterstorm shines through with your results.

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8mm Vintage Camera Review

8mm Vintage Camera Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
8mm Vintage Camera is a funky little app that spices up the regular iPhone video camera a treat.

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PhotoFilter Review

PhotoFilter Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
PhotoFilter is a handy way of correcting and using new filters for your images

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Instagram: The Pictorial Revolution

Less than a month ago, on October 5 2010, not a single person had used Instagram publicly. It wasn’t even released on the App Store. Today, the iPhone application has had over 750 000 photos uploaded, experiencing growth at a phenomenal rate, even by web standards. Business Insider went as far as to say “it could become this decade’s equivalent of Flickr.” So what is it, and why is everybody hopping on board?

Instagram provides a quick of way of sharing photos, with effects, across an entire spectrum of social networking sites, right from your iPhone. The inspiration, as the team note, came from a cross between old Polaroid cameras and new social sharing ideas. The “instant” feature of a Polaroid camera gave birth to what over 500 000 people now know as Instagram, the photo sharing app of choice.

“I think that communicating via images is one of these mediums that you’re going to see take off over the next few years because of a fundamental shift in the enabling technology.“ – Kevin Systrom, CEO Burbn (Instagram)

The free application supports all generations of the iPhone, and can upload photos (or “posts” as they are known) to Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr and Facebook. In addition, users can check in to Foursquare whenever a photo is uploaded with a location attached. Photos can be commented on, and everyone has the ability to make use of a Twitter-style “follow” feature, allowing users to follow one another’s photos on-the-go. With over a dozen filters to choose from, even poorer quality photos can turn out semi-decent once uploaded. The application makes it fun, rather than a chore, to upload photos to a plethora of social network sites, for all your friends to see.

The development team are “just getting started” – be sure to keep an eye out for Burbn on the news, both here and on the App Store. I have a feeling that it’s a name we aren’t going to forget any time soon.

[Quote courtesy of TechCrunch, image with thanks to Instagram]

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iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2010-10-06 :: Category: Photography

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