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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.

SwankoLab includes:
★ 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

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

Ratings and Reviews

2.3 out of 5
58 Ratings
58 Ratings

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!

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.

Hipstamatic, why have you forsaken SwankoLab?


SwankoLab is a sweet little app, but Hipstamatic LLC's many trite promises of "more support coming soon!" all ring hollow. I was one of the suckers who bought the IAP for "all the updates" -- updates that have never once materialized, despite the many "coming soon!" labels dating back to 2012 in the app.

Which is a shame, 'cause SwankoLab can produce some stunning effects, and deserved better than to be completely abandoned by its creators. Same goes for the purchasers of the app: We deserved better. But hey, they've got a new way to wring some money from folks in oggl, so that's where their focus will be until they abandon THAT for the next get-rich-quick app they devise.

5-star app, less 4 stars for being actively ignored by a developer who is still willing to take your money for it. If the company ever gets their act together, this rating will be adjusted accordingly.


Hipstamatic, LLC
24.6 MB
Photo & Video
Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2012 Hipstamatic, LLC
In-App Purchases
  1. Uncle Stu's Supply Catalog $1.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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