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Cinefy - Special FX Studio Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Angela LaFollette on October 1st, 2012
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: DISAPPOINTING
Cinefy is a mobile video special effects app that needs polished more before users take it seriously.
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Add Special Effects to Videos and Photos with PyroPainter

Posted by Kevin Stout on June 21st, 2012

Recently, almost every iOS user has become an amateur photographer or videographer. Instagram is probably to blame for the rise in interest in amateur photos and videos. New apps to manipulate photos and video are popping up on a daily basis. PyroPainter is a photo and video app that allows users to add special effects to their pictures and videos.

Users can quickly put together clips with effects such as shooting fireballs, huge explosions, or shark attacks. The app comes with 40 effects for free with an additional 40 spread across two in-app purchases. Animated elements (like butterflies or sea-life), markers (like arrows and circles), and weather elements (like rain or fog) come with the app for free. WIth additional purchases, users can unlock magic (fireballs and more) and action (explosions and weapons) elements. Each in-app purchase pack is $0.99.

The developer also seems interested in user feedback for updates; an in-app feedback system is included in the app where users can vote for new features. The app is free and made for the iPhone.

Favorite Four Apps for Photo Effects

Posted by Lisa Caplan on November 9th, 2011

Last week we looked at the best camera replacement apps for the iPhone native app. So, this week we wanted to continue the theme, this time looking at apps that focus on adding those ever-popular effects and filters. Many of the choices feature a camera replacement component, but all do unique things to produce end results that are anything but the average cell camera shot, no matter how high the resolution. All of these apps will make even casual photographers look like virtual experts.


Instagram is all about effects and sharing and it’s completely free. This long-time user favorite allows shutter bugs to shoot right from the app or use existing images in the photo album and easily add custom filters. Most photo apps have social media integration but Instgram can actually be classified as a social networking app. Users can share on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, but also less common options ike Posterous and Foursquare and even has a huge community that interacts with likes and comments.

360 Panorama

For panoramic images 360 Panorama is our choice. This universal app allows users to take ad then patch together photos seamlessly to create breath-taking immersive images. The app uses the gyroscope to give users a full 360 view and stitches the images with amazing speed.


For truly detailed images, high dynamic range photography (HDR) is the way to go. Pro HDR takes a lot of the hassle out of getting the images to look sharp and brilliant in all conditions. This app takes multiple pictures of the same thing with different settings to highlight or fix specific areas and them merges them together. The results are near 8 mega-pixel image quality. This is the only HDR camera app that automates the process, but for those with advanced photography skills there is also a manual option for setting exposure of the images that will make up the final composition.


For vintage effects like we got in the 1970's with plastic encased toy-like cameras which gave very analog results, Hipstamatic is the go-to app for iPhone photographers. It uses what were once considered flaws - like overexposure, odd colour balance and blurring - to create photos with an authentic feel. The app comes with 10 effects for the initial price and five additional effects packs can be purchased in-app. Hipstamtic features a lot of social network integration as well.

Fluid FX Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Bonnie Eisenman on August 6th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: NOVELTY
Fluid FX from Autodesk is an entertaining app, but messing with images just isn't fun when you have to wrestle with the user interface.
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