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The creators of the Hipstamatic are super stoked to present their digital darkroom kit: SwankoLab. It's a loving recreation of the pre-digital era classic – the darkroom of yesterday today.
★ Eight magical photo-altering chemicals
★ A formula book to store your favorite chemical recipes
★ An embossed development tray
★ A hand-engraved mahogany box to store all your photo supplies and prints
What's New in Version 1.4
• New chemicals for Stu's Catalog
- Rockin' Robin CB02
- Insty-Texture Hot
- Queen's Vignette Cool
• Fantabra Magic Warm is back!
• iOS 6 bug fixes
Interesting, fun to tinker with, saves at full/original resolution!
After finding the hidden "gem" to switch to original resolution saves instead of the default 0.3mp saves, I was a much happier camper.
This app is fun to play with, although for those that want a "run & gun" post-processing app that does all the work for you, you will be disappointed. There are plenty of those out there, but this one is different. This app takes time, to learn and use, is flexible in content and in workflow, and you have the choice of doing all the work or using a handful of Rx recipes provided.
I'm not sure if there is a way to share receipes with other users, but if not, that would be a very cool feature indeed. Other very cool features would be to be able to change the type of paper being used, and to adjust the initial image exposure and crop, (as you might do with an enlarger), and be able to adjust the developing time the prints stay in the soup.
For now, I'll temporarily abandon all of my one-step preset post-processing apps, and learn a little nit more anout concoting the solutins to make my images look the way I want them to look.
Fine tuning ..
This app is probably one of the coolest I own - apps looks great, prints come out awesome, etc. However. There are some misses and inconsistencies that make this less than a joy to use all the time like I use Hipstamatic. When shooting with Swanko your print is square, but if you import from your camera roll it stays rectangular. This annoys me because I think all prints processed in the same app should look consistent (like Hipstamatic or Instagram). Also when uploading to Facebook there's nowhere to describe your print and that's a big miss for me. The whole point of social media / photo sharing is to describe your experience and share it with others. I don't want my friends and family to have to try and guess what my photos are. Granted, you can save your processed prints to your camera roll then upload through FB, but I like the one-stop-shop of doing it all through the app I'm using at the time.
Will definitely raise my star rating if I see any of these things improved!
500+ Apps Later, Still My #1
I have had Swankolab a few years now, since it's initial release, actually. It's the first app I ever downloaded. Back then, to my phone, but I've got it on the iPad now, too.
I've purchased and/or downloaded about five hundred some-odd apps since then and I can honestly say that without a doubt, this one is my absolute favorite.
I confess, I do have a number of favorites, but this one is my guilty pleasure. The colorful interface is engaging and the process is, well, charming.
I also purchased all of the in-store chemicals; they were definitely worth the extra purchase. I do wish the developer would expand this app some more, maybe another small media push, too. It certainly deserves exposure.
- Category: Photo & Video
- Updated: Oct 29, 2012
- Version: 1.4
- Size: 24.6 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Hipstamatic, LLC
- © 2012 Hipstamatic, LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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- Uncle Stu's Supply Catalog$1.99