Tomorrow iOS 6 will be released and a lot of iPhone 5 devices with the new iOS version are already shipping. This isn’t a blessing for everyone. Due to some unannounced changes Apple decided to make to certain components of iOS, some of our apps will crash after opening an image from the camera roll or taking a new one. We addressed this issue a while ago in a bug report sent to Apple and tried to get help from the iOS support engineers, but they weren’t willing to help because the issue was caused by at the time prerelease software, so we had to search for a fix ourselves.
We managed to fix this issue and we will take MonoPhix, MonoPhix HD, FlashPhix and GrayPhix out of the App Store starting tomorrow until a fix is released. Everyone affected will get an update within a few weeks after Apple decides to approve our fix.
We apologize for any inconvenience and advise everyone not to update to iOS6 just yet as it’s still in a state which we can only describe as buggy.
Today we are pleased to announce the official launch of our Phix photo and filter sharing service. Phix has been online for quite a bit longer and iPhix for Mac users could enjoy it during that time, but today we feel it’s mature enough to launch officially. Especially since the redesigned homepage went online yesterday. At the moment only two apps support Phix, iPhix for Mac and MonoPhix HD for iPad, but the iPhone version of MonoPhix and others will follow very soon. It’s not out of beta yet, but that’s just because we are still improving the service every day.
What does Phix do that other photo sharing apps don’t?
Phix is not only a photo sharing app, but also allows people to share their complete history of changes they made to the original opened image in a “recipe”. In this way you can show people how you got the result you uploaded and how they can get the same result on their pictures. The online photo viewer automatically detects which app is used and shows the right recipe for your picture. Additionally you can also decide to display EXIF and location data. (Only supported by some apps) But the biggest strength of Phix is that it allows you to upload images without hassle and that you don’t need log in information and that it doesn’t ask for Twitter or Facebook credentials. It just “Share” > Add description > “Upload”. Phix will then return a short link to share back to the app.
How will people find the picture I upload to Phix?
Very simple, you get a shortlink to the viewer page of your picture which you can share on various social networks like Twitter or Facebook. Phix keeps track of all views your picture has and displays them at the bottom of the info box. Additionally, if your picture is nice or artistic enough it can be featured on the homepage mosaic where people can click on your picture and are redirected to the viewer page.
What improvements will be made in the future?
In the future people will be able to leave comments on your pictures and you will be able to create an account on the site where you can add the apps you are sharing pictures from. You will also be able to download recipes straight to your apps and they will automatically be applied. Of course there will also be a greater number of apps you can use to upload pictures.
If you want to try Phix for yourself, head over to the homepage and download one of the supported apps or you can check what other people uploaded.
It’s been a while since our only iPad app got a little update love, but today we are pleased to announce the release of MonoPhix HD 1.2. And it’s not a minor release. It contains better support for multitasking, support for the new iPad’s retina display, a new mode allowing tonal adjustments, color filters, renewed vignetting and the ability to share your pictures on our new Phix filter and photo sharing service. We also fixed an entire busload of bugs and added some UI tweaks, including the ability to remove the tape from your preview.
One request was to include the ability to control the contrast of each color channel separately. To make red parts of your picture stand out more for example. With the new “tonal controls” you can do just that. And just like the default controls you can still control light and dark tones separately.
Just like in the iPhone version of MonoPhix, MonoPhix HD now has color filters aboard (Red, Green, Blue, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow).
New settings panel and retina support
The new settings panel has been partially simplified and now also contains the ability to remove the tape ornaments from the picture preview. Instead of the many options to size your preview you now have 2 options, one for retina devices and one for the first and second generation iPad.
Share pictures and filters on Phix
With the release of iPhix for Mac we have created a new more rich way of sharing pictures and we call it “Phix”. Phix is a service you can use to share pictures, get a shortlink to your picture to share on twitter and facebook and most importantly, to show people what you did to your picture to make it look how it looks. With the recipe option you can upload all your changes along with your picture. For more info: http://phix.im/ .
If you already own MonoPhix HD you can update for free and if you don’t own it you can download it here for 1.99$.
Since we are going to start our TGIF competition very soon and we need as many competitors as possible iPhix for Mac will be free one entire day the 7th of June.
More information about the TGIF twitter competition will appear in a later blogpost, but we can already tell that you can win a 15$ iTunes gift card or comparable price with it each Friday.
In the meanwhile download and enjoy iPhix, show it to your friends and prepare your best pictures and filter picking skills for the competition.
Today our social photography app for Mac, iPhix is off 75%! This is the start of a tradition we’d like to get going on which requires people to post their pictures on Phix Cloud each friday to win great prizes.
We are pleased to announce the release of iPhix 1.1, an update meant to make the vintage photography and photo adjusting app for Mac OS X more social. This update adds the ability to share not only your pictures, but also a “recipe” of your filters and adjustments, a description of your picture and EXIF and location data. Your friends will be able to view these in the new online Phix.im service. Further improvements include 8 new filters and huge performance boosts.
Sharing with Phix Cloud
While the first version of iPhix had some sharing options to upload your picture, this version has integrated with Phix Cloud to offer the ability to upload and present EXIF data in a pleasant way. However the top improvement over the old sharing system is the ability to upload what you exactly did to get the desired effect on your picture. These “recipes” contain all adjustments and the effects that were applied on your picture. In this way everyone viewing your picture can replicate that exact look on their pictures. Additionally you can track the amount of views your picture got.
You can immediately try out the new sharing features with 8 new preset filters and effects. “Inky” gives your picture a blueish look as if blue gel was used in front of the flash bulb, “Woody” is a monochrome vintage effect which covers the picture in a gold hue, “Cool” makes the picture a bit more chilly, “Old Comic” imitates the style of old tainted comic books and “Dreamy” imitates the eighties style marriage pictures with a dreamy blur and bright colors. There are also 3 new effects, “Stereo” which turn your picture into a stereoscopic 3D image, “Glass” which makes your picture look as if taken behind a tiled window and “Heatvision” an infrared effect.
Other minor improvements include a new preview image for the filter gallery, huge performance boosts and some minor bug fixes.
Get it while it’s hot. It’s still available for 3.99$. (Download link)
Over the past few days a lot of twitter updates flew by warning people of downtime on the side and services that could become unreliable or go offline.
Here’s the story on what’s causing them:
The hosting of our sites hur.lu and phixsoft.com/phoenxsoftware.com is in the hands of a Belgium firm. They recently updated their product line and upgraded to more modern servers. So we send them a mail asking if they could transfer our hosting to a new server with more capacity. About 3 months later (2 weeks ago) we got a mail back that they could transfer the site. We were informed by colleagues that this would only take a few hours. In the end it took 2 weeks and about 20 emails to get them to transfer everything. But that’s not all.
All passwords and logins of our databases, the place where we keep our hur.lu links and your iPhix Cloud images, were all changed. So we had to change the service to use the new passwords a few hours ago. After those changes hur.lu worked again, but we noticed the hur.lu dependent iPhix Cloud upload service didn’t work at all. We believe they didn’t activate certain features we demanded that iPhix Cloud needs to store your images to a remote cloud server.
Another issue is that anything uploaded or changed after 04/25 has gone lost because they used a backup dating from 04/19 and we luckily made another backup of the old site a few days ago and manually restored some of the data.
This is all a horrible mess which also caused a 2 week delay in the release of iPhix 1.1, and we’d like to apologize for all possible damage that has been done and for the downtime of all services. All we can do is wait and hope that our web host will fix the issues. We hope to get iPhix Cloud back online by tomorrow.