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Prisma update: What's new in this unique photo app

Posted by Nick Tylwalk on August 5th, 2016
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

We've told you before why Prisma is different than other photo editing and manipulation apps (spoiler: it kind of transforms normal pictures into works of art), and how to get started with it. It's remained popular, and now it's been updated as well.

What can Prisma do now that it couldn't before? Pull up a proverbial chair and we'll fill you in.

How to get started with Prisma

Posted by Nicholas Tylwalk on July 25th, 2016

If there's one thing people like to do more than taking pictures with their smartphones, it's tinkering with those photos in some way. Numerous apps have sprung up over the last several years that allow you to use filters and special effects to transform your pictures, and it doesn't seem like the appetite for those tricks has been satisfied for all smartphone users just yet.

As evidence, consider the rise of Prisma. Originally released in June, the app has been steadily climbing the App Store charts since then, and is on the verge of breaking into the top 10 as of the time of this post. Prisma's calling card is turning regular photos into pseudo works of art, complete with effects that make it appear your images were painted.

PowerCam Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on December 21st, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SHUTTERBUGGED
It take a bit of work to come to grips with most of PowerCam's features, but it just might be worth the struggle.
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Mirrorgram Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Dale Culp on October 17th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SIMPLY SYMMETRICAL
Mirrorgram offers a slightly new, innovative way to take pictures of your food.
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Pixlr-O-Matic Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 23rd, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PLENTY TO DO
Pixlr-o-matic offers plenty of different ways to add effects to photos but not quite as many ways to share them.
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Tiny World Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on June 6th, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CUTE
With Tiny World, any iPhone/iPad user can create their own Little Prince-inspired planetoids with the push of a button.
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PhotoForge 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 31st, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: INTRICATE
PhotoForge 2 is a features rich photo manipulation app but one that might prove intimidating to casual users.
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ZombieBooth Turns You Into a 3D Zombie

Posted by Carter Dotson on February 1st, 2011
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

People may seem like they're hard to understand, but really, they aren't that complex. All people love 2 things. They love zombies - just look at the popularity of Left 4 Dead selling 3 million copies, and zombie TV series The Walking Dead being one of the biggest series on cable in 2010. What else do people love? Why, they love camera apps on their iPhone. 6 of the top 50 apps are apps that let you add effects to photos and videos you take. Someone at MotionPortrait clearly thought that there was a market here to combine the two, and thus was born ZombieBooth.

ZombieBooth isn't just an app that applies a cheap video effect over your face and makes you look like you're undead. No, ZombieBooth shoots a little higher - you either take a picture with your camera or import a picture from your photo library, indicate where your eyes and mouth are, let the photo process, and then you get a 3D model of your face (or whomever you're taking a picture of), looking like you're in the middle of a serious zombie affliction. You can move around your new zombie face, shuffle between different zombie effects, save a picture to your Camera Roll, or share it via email, Facebook, or Twitter. Of course, half the fun of the app comes from seeing your zombie face in action and hearing the grunts and growls of your new zombified form, thrills that stills can't share. This is why ZombieBooth features the ability to make a video of your zombie form that can be saved to your Camera Roll.

There's clearly more going on in this app than in your average photo manipulation app, especially considering the 3D rendering the app presents, which is part of why the app has been a big hit among Macworld 2011 attendees, where MotionPortrait was showing off this and other photo manipulation apps. People apparently do love zombies and iPhone photo manipulation. And the amazing thing is that some people probably saw this app on the show floor, and then went and downloaded it right there after they saw it, the joy of selling via digital distribution. This is of course, assuming that AT&T and/or wifi service was prevalent on the show floor, which is often an issue at conventions. Still, we have this incredible technology in the palms of our hands, with the ability to acquire it from anywhere, and we can use it to do silly things like make ourselves look like zombies anywhere we want, and send it to anyone we want. It's silly, but it's incredible.