Update: iPhix 1.1 for Mac OS X – Picture filters just got social.


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.

New filters

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)

iPhix 1.1 new filters

iPhix 1.1 new filters

iPhix 1.1 Upload screen

iPhix 1.1 Upload screen

iPhix 1.1 Phix Cloud

iPhix 1.1 Phix Cloud


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MonoCore 3, a new Hicon Mono filter for MonoPhix. (iPad/iPhone-App)

A lot of people have used our MonoPhix 2.0 for iPhone and it’s the favorite black & white app for people who like a bit of noise in a monochrome picture to get a certain vintage feel. But people who want smooth black and white always jumped to other apps with less control over the results and less functionality. Now MonoPhix will also get more smooth results without losing speed or control and without losing the old grainy filter, with MonoCore 3.0.

MonoCore 3.0 is the name of the Monochrome filter which will be used in the next generation of MonoPhix apps (MonoPhix HD for iPad, MonoPhix 3.0 for iPhone and MonoPhix Lite 3.0 for iPhone), it will be faster, provide higher quality results and will be even more adjustable. And for the grain lovers there will be the ability to choose for the old MonoPhix 2 filter.

Here are some comparisons between the black & white filter in MonoPhix 2 and the one in MonoPhix 3 and MonoPhix HD for iPad :

Time needed for certain actions on a 2.040x1.536 image - MonoCore 2 vs. MonoCore 3 (Measured on an iPad)

Time needed for certain actions on a 2.040x1.536 image - MonoCore 2 vs. MonoCore 3 (Measured on an iPad)

Quality in Bytes/Pixel on a 2.040x1.536 image (Measured on an iPad)

Quality in Bytes/Pixel on a 2.040x1.536 image (Measured on an iPad)

But of course it’s better to give a picture result of the quality changes, this image was processed with the development build of MonoPhix HD for iPad, the first image was generated with the MonoCore 2 filter also present in MonoPhix 2 for iPhone, the second image is filtered with MonoCore 3. As you will see the transitions are much smoother in MonoCore 3 and the details are preserved much better, while maintaining the depth of MonoCore 2.

MonoCore2 Result

MonoCore2 Result

MonoCore3 Result

MonoCore3 Result

MonoCore2 Detail Result

MonoCore2 Detail Result

MonoCore3 Detail Result

MonoCore3 Detail Result

FlashPhix 2.2, release and workshops!

NOTE: After some issues the right version of FlashPhix finally hit the App Store (version 2.2) or download below.

Today our FlashPhix 2.2 for iPhone hit the App Store, it’s probably the app I’ve been the most excited about in a long time!

FlashPhix 2.2 may seem like a small update, but 3 small buttons bring incredible new features to this app. In the “advanced lighting” you can now find 3 buttons to control the color of your lighting to the detail. So now you can alter dark and light tones separately and for each of these two tones you can change the Red, Green and Blue values as well (or combine them).

You can download it here : FlashPhix - Flash & Exposure Fix

To prove the possibilities of FlashPhix 2.2 we will supply some workshops here to create certain (more customizable) effects similar to the effects from other great but more expensive apps :

Here’s a list of all tutorials :

  • Grim Sepia – Spooky Sepia Effects (1 min.)
  • Silver – Camerabag silver filter look-a-like (1 min.)
  • Toy Cat – Toy Camera look (1 min.)
  • Golden Waterfall – High Contrasting colors (1 min. – 3 min.)
  • Evening Orange Sky – Change a bright blue sky to evening orange (2-5 min.)

Note: For most of these tutorials you’ll need to access the “Advanced Lighting” panel, which appears in the middle of the screen at the bottom of your image after opening one. Here’s how the button looks :

1. Grim Sepia :

Sepia images are often used to get an old look, but did you know that you can also make your pictures really spooky with those grim brown effects? Here’s how to do this in FlashPhix :

-Use the camera of the iPhone (or a camera app of choice eg. Pro Camera, Camera Genius, …) to take a picture of something that already has this grim feel to it. An old shed, a grim looking tree, a forest in winter, …

For our example, we’ll use the second one, a picture of a spooky looking tree. Which can be downloaded here (GrimSepia_base). Open the image in FlashPhix 2.2.

Now you should get this :

-Now you should open the “Advanced Lighting” panel as described above. You’ll see some slider, 3 colored buttons and a preview.

-First of all, and this is the most important step, we’ll need to filter out red tones, so tap the “Red Channel” button once, it should turn gray. Leave the other buttons as they are. Like this :

-Now we’ll work the sliders, set the “Light” slider to about +44% you can check the value on the left of the slider, it has to read “44”. Do the same for the “Shadow” slider, but set this one to about +66% or “66”. Like this :

-Now set the “Global” slider to about -10% or “-10” this will make the image a little bit darker, but not too much.
Note¬† that it’s important that you do this after you changed the other sliders! The Global Lighting slider changes the base exposure and when you do it the other way around you will get a different result.

Your screen should look like this now :

Now tap “Apply” and save your image using the harddisk icon in the top left corner. It will now be saved to the camera roll. Wait until you get a confirmation that your image has been saved and now you can either quit FlashPhix by pressing the home button or press the “Return” button in the upper right corner to start all over and try some other settings. Your final image should look something like this :

2. Silver :

There’s a new great filter in camerabag called “Silver” and you can get a similar like effect in FlashPhix 2.1, but let’s call it “Silver with red” as the blue tones are replaced with red-like tones. These can be corrected by processing the image again, but we’ll only handle the FlashPhix silver effect.

For this workshop you can use any image, but images with big bright surfaces work best. Like images with a bright blue sky or snow as in the image we’re going to use. You can download it here : Silver_base (It’s rotated 90 degrees, WordPress did that, so you’ll have to put it back in portrait mode)

We won’t handle the opening procedure in this workshop, so if you want to know how to open an image and go to the “Advanced Lighting”-Dialog, check the first workshop. So we’ll skip to the actual filter settings.

-In the “Advanced Lighting” dialog, Disable the “Blue” channel by tapping it.

-Slide the “Light” slider to +100%, So it should read “100” on the right of the slider, this will give the light parts on the preview image a yellow glow.

-Slide the “Shadow” slider to a value between +70% and +100%. We’ll go for 71%, but according to your likes you can make the shadows darker or brighter. The darker the shadows, the more you will remove all non blue colors from the picture as well.

So the screen should look something like this :

Now tap “Apply” and Save your image using the save icon, the result should look like this :

3. Toy Cat :

Toy Camera’s are fun and with FlashPhix 2.2 you can get similar toy like effects. Here I’m going to show you how to achieve those on for example your pets to turn them into Toy pets.

For this workshop I’m going to use this image : ToyCat_base. But you can use any image, it looks great on light coloured pets and pictures of yellowish/gray buildings.

-Open your image as explained in the first tutorial and open the “Advanced Lighting” dialog.

-Disable the Red and Blue channels by tapping the “Red Channel” and the “Blue Channel” button, they should turn gray. We only need the “Green channel” to be active for this.

-Set the “Shadow” slider to about +60% to +80%, I’m going for +64% or “64”.

-Set the “Light” slider to about +40% (“40”).

-You can mess around a little bit with the channel buttons according to the Toy effect you want.

So the screen should look something like this :

Now tap “Apply” and Save your image using the save icon, the result should look like this :

4. Golden Waterfall :

High contrasting colors always make amazing pictures and create a high depth and great texture. You achieve this as well with FlashPhix 2.2 and a great example is our Golden Waterfall example. This is truly something that can only be achieved with the waterfall picture or by preprocessing other image to bring out clouds or other light objects against a dark background. You can do this by opening eg. a picture of blue sky with white clouds and open “Advanced Lighting” and pull the “Shadow” and the “Lighting” slider to the same positive amount. In this way you’ll increase contrast. After a save you can use that image again for this tutorial. But we are going to use a great image for this, the waterfall. This picture is great for this as the waterfall contains pure white and the rocks are quite dark. Here’s the image : DarkWaterfall_Base

-Open an image and open the “Advanced Lighting”-dialog as described in workshop 1.

-First we’re simply going to disable the “Blue Channel” by tapping it, it should turn gray. This will remove the blue from the white water and bring out the darkness in the rocks in this case.

-Now drag both the “Light” and “Shadow” sliders to +100% or the maximum (far right). This will increase the contrast dramatically and hence create the beautiful effect of the gold water on the dark blue stones.

So the screen should look something like this :

Now tap “Apply” and Save your image using the save icon, the result should look like this :

5. Evening Orange Sky :

When you think of a “flash” app, you think of an app that adjusts the brightness of a picture, making it a little brighter so 6AM looks like 9AM. But FlashPhix 2.2 can actually make a 12AM picture look like a 9PM summer evening. You know those evenings on which you are in your garden and the sky turns orange and you still feel the warmth on your face as the sun disappears behind the horizon. There really isn’t an app that can create that atmosphere, except for FlashPhix 2.1 of course…

You can use any sky image for this with a bright blue sky and a slightly darker landscape. If your landscape is too bright you can shift both sliders in the “Advanced Lighting” dialog to the right, tap apply, save and reopen the saved image to fix this, but we are going to keep our hands of the contrast preprocessing in this tutorial as the base picture we are going to use in this tutorial is perfect. Here it is : EveningOrangeSky_Base.

-Open an image and open the “Advanced Lighting”-dialog as described in workshop 1.

-First we’re going to disable all channels but the red one, so tap “Green Channel” and “Blue Channel” until they are grayed out and keep the “Red Channel” button red, by not touching it. This is necessary to get a red glow in the sky.

-Drag the “Light” slider to +100% (“100” or far right) to bring out the red horizon.

-Drag the “Shadow” slider to about +40% (“40”), this will darken the landscape to simulate the summer evening shadows.

-We are going to keep our hands of the global slider as this is all a matter of contrast, you can slightly lower the global sldier value though to simulate nightfall even more. But don’t push it to less than -15% (“-15”)

So the screen should look something like this :

Now tap “Apply” and Save your image using the save icon, the result should look like this :

If you have any question or have a great workshop or technique yourself you can always reply to this post.

Release : 36-image converter 4.7.1 Alpha build 140 (“Tiger Chameleon”)

As promised we are releasing the first development alpha of 36-image converter 4.7 “Tiger Chameleon” to the world. It has been in development for 3 months yet and includes many interesting changes especially for people with advanced camera’s. This is also the first public version which includes the new Core Image Processing Unit.

36-image converter 4.7 is far from finished but the current release already shows huge improvements, but still isn’t stable yet. We could say that it’s already 20% finished. Here’s a full list of all changes in this build :

-Improved performance
-Reduced memory usage
-New conversion engine (Core Image Processing Unit v0.3.1)
-Support for the RAW formats of over 300 digital camera’s (List)
-Faster filters handled by CIPU
-A bunch of new filters
-More stable write support for TGA, TIF, TIFF, Portable Bitmaps (raw), ICO, CUR, PNG, JPEG, JPEG2000, PCX and EMF
-Added write support for RLE, 256-colors (8-bits) and 16-bits BMP, ICB, Portable Bitmaps (raw),
-Tweaks to convert menu UI
-New splash screen and icons
-Added install welcome screen

There are still some bugs and therefore we can use as many feedback as possible.

36-image converter 4.7.1 build 140 Alpha Download>

36IC 4.7.1a Build 140 screenshot

36IC 4.7.1a Build 140 screenshot

36-image converter 4.7 to support 35 raw picture filetypes

36-image converter 4.7 “Tiger Chameleon” will support 35 raw input filetypes of over 337 digital camera’s thanks to the great work of Michael Coffin, DCRAW.

for 435Kb of extra load you will be able to batch resize and convert an amount of RAW camera pictures directly to all output formats supported by 36IC 4.7, PNG, JNG, JPEG, BMP, RLE, DIB, TIF, TIFF, ICO, CUR, JP2, PCX, TGA, PBM, PPM, PGM, WMF, EMF, GIF, ICB, RAWPII, RAW portable bitmap, and of course you will also be able to directly encrypt any RAW files with PII and your 36IC password.

As you can see, 36IC 4.7 will be an enormous improvement and with the extra +-35 filetypes of DCRAW, it will be able to support more than 70 input filetypes and about 25 output filetypes.

EDIT : 36-image converter 4.7a with raw support is now available here : https://phoenxsoftware.wordpress.com/2009/08/21/release-36-image-converter-4-7-1-alpha-build-140-tiger-chameleon/

Here is a list of all supported raw filetypes and cameras :
-filetypes :
jpeg (raw), DNG (adobe), arw, srf, sr2, bay, crw, cr2, cap, tif, iiq, eip, dcs, dcr, drf, k25, kdc, erf, fff, mef, mos, mrw, nef, nrw, orf, ptx, pef, pxn, r3d, raf, raw, rw2, rwz and x3f

-Cameras :
Adobe Digital Negative (DNG)
AgfaPhoto DC-833m
Apple QuickTake 100
Apple QuickTake 150
Apple QuickTake 200
AVT F-080C
AVT F-145C
AVT F-201C
AVT F-510C
AVT F-810C
Canon PowerShot 600
Canon PowerShot A5
Canon PowerShot A5 Zoom
Canon PowerShot A50
Canon PowerShot A460
Canon PowerShot A530
Canon PowerShot A570
Canon PowerShot A590
Canon PowerShot A610
Canon PowerShot A620
Canon PowerShot A630
Canon PowerShot A640
Canon PowerShot A650
Canon PowerShot A710 IS
Canon PowerShot A720 IS
Canon PowerShot Pro70
Canon PowerShot Pro90 IS
Canon PowerShot Pro1
Canon PowerShot G1
Canon PowerShot G2
Canon PowerShot G3
Canon PowerShot G5
Canon PowerShot G6
Canon PowerShot G7
Canon PowerShot G9
Canon PowerShot G10
Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Canon PowerShot SD300
Canon PowerShot S30
Canon PowerShot S40
Canon PowerShot S45
Canon PowerShot S50
Canon PowerShot S60
Canon PowerShot S70
Canon PowerShot SX1 IS
Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Canon EOS D30
Canon EOS D60
Canon EOS 5D
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EOS 10D
Canon EOS 20D
Canon EOS 30D
Canon EOS 40D
Canon EOS 50D
Canon EOS 300D / Digital Rebel / Kiss Digital
Canon EOS 350D / Digital Rebel XT / Kiss Digital N
Canon EOS 400D / Digital Rebel XTi / Kiss Digital X
Canon EOS 450D / Digital Rebel XSi / Kiss Digital X2
Canon EOS 500D / Digital Rebel T1i / Kiss Digital X3
Canon EOS 1000D / Digital Rebel XS / Kiss Digital F
Canon EOS D2000C
Canon EOS-1D
Canon EOS-1DS
Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Canon EOS-1D Mark II N
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
Casio QV-2000UX
Casio QV-3000EX
Casio QV-3500EX
Casio QV-4000
Casio QV-5700
Casio QV-R41
Casio QV-R51
Casio QV-R61
Casio EX-S20
Casio EX-S100
Casio EX-Z4
Casio EX-Z50
Casio EX-Z55
Casio Exlim Pro 505
Casio Exlim Pro 600
Casio Exlim Pro 700
Contax N Digital
Creative PC-CAM 600
Epson R-D1
Foculus 531C
Fuji FinePix E550
Fuji FinePix E900
Fuji FinePix F700
Fuji FinePix F710
Fuji FinePix F800
Fuji FinePix F810
Fuji FinePix S2Pro
Fuji FinePix S3Pro
Fuji FinePix S5Pro
Fuji FinePix S20Pro
Fuji FinePix S100FS
Fuji FinePix S5000
Fuji FinePix S5100/S5500
Fuji FinePix S5200/S5600
Fuji FinePix S6000fd
Fuji FinePix S7000
Fuji FinePix S9000/S9500
Fuji FinePix S9100/S9600
Fuji IS-1
Hasselblad CFV
Hasselblad H3D
Hasselblad V96C
Imacon Ixpress 16-megapixel
Imacon Ixpress 22-megapixel
Imacon Ixpress 39-megapixel
ISG 2020×1520
Kodak DC20
Kodak DC25
Kodak DC40
Kodak DC50
Kodak DC120
Kodak DCS200
Kodak DCS315C
Kodak DCS330C
Kodak DCS420
Kodak DCS460
Kodak DCS460A
Kodak DCS520C
Kodak DCS560C
Kodak DCS620C
Kodak DCS620X
Kodak DCS660C
Kodak DCS660M
Kodak DCS720X
Kodak DCS760C
Kodak DCS760M
Kodak EOSDCS1
Kodak EOSDCS3B
Kodak NC2000F
Kodak ProBack
Kodak PB645C
Kodak PB645H
Kodak PB645M
Kodak DCS Pro 14n
Kodak DCS Pro 14nx
Kodak DCS Pro SLR/c
Kodak DCS Pro SLR/n
Kodak C330
Kodak C603
Kodak P850
Kodak P880
Kodak Z1015
Kodak KAI-0340
Konica KD-400Z
Konica KD-510Z
Leaf AFi 7
Leaf Aptus 17
Leaf Aptus 22
Leaf Aptus 54S
Leaf Aptus 65
Leaf Aptus 75
Leaf Aptus 75S
Leaf Cantare
Leaf CatchLight
Leaf CMost
Leaf DCB2
Leaf Valeo 6
Leaf Valeo 11
Leaf Valeo 17
Leaf Valeo 22
Leaf Volare
Leica Digilux 2
Leica Digilux 3
Leica D-LUX2
Leica D-LUX3
Leica D-LUX4
Leica V-LUX1
Logitech Fotoman Pixtura
Mamiya ZD
Micron 2010
Minolta RD175
Minolta DiMAGE 5
Minolta DiMAGE 7
Minolta DiMAGE 7i
Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi
Minolta DiMAGE A1
Minolta DiMAGE A2
Minolta DiMAGE A200
Minolta DiMAGE G400
Minolta DiMAGE G500
Minolta DiMAGE G530
Minolta DiMAGE G600
Minolta DiMAGE Z2
Minolta Alpha/Dynax/Maxxum 5D
Minolta Alpha/Dynax/Maxxum 7D
Motorola PIXL
Nikon D1
Nikon D1H
Nikon D1X
Nikon D2H
Nikon D2Hs
Nikon D2X
Nikon D2Xs
Nikon D3
Nikon D3X
Nikon D40
Nikon D40X
Nikon D50
Nikon D60
Nikon D70
Nikon D70s
Nikon D80
Nikon D90
Nikon D100
Nikon D200
Nikon D300
Nikon D700
Nikon E700
Nikon E800
Nikon E880
Nikon E900
Nikon E950
Nikon E990
Nikon E995
Nikon E2100
Nikon E2500
Nikon E3200
Nikon E3700
Nikon E4300
Nikon E4500
Nikon E5000
Nikon E5400
Nikon E5700
Nikon E8400
Nikon E8700
Nikon E8800
Nikon Coolpix P6000
Nikon Coolpix S6
Nokia N95
Olympus C3030Z
Olympus C5050Z
Olympus C5060WZ
Olympus C7070WZ
Olympus C70Z,C7000Z
Olympus C740UZ
Olympus C770UZ
Olympus C8080WZ
Olympus E-1
Olympus E-3
Olympus E-10
Olympus E-20
Olympus E-30
Olympus E-300
Olympus E-330
Olympus E-400
Olympus E-410
Olympus E-420
Olympus E-500
Olympus E-510
Olympus E-520
Olympus SP310
Olympus SP320
Olympus SP350
Olympus SP500UZ
Olympus SP510UZ
Olympus SP550UZ
Olympus SP560UZ
Olympus SP570UZ
Panasonic DMC-FZ8
Panasonic DMC-FZ18
Panasonic DMC-FZ28
Panasonic DMC-FZ30
Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Panasonic DMC-FX150
Panasonic DMC-G1
Panasonic DMC-GH1
Panasonic DMC-L1
Panasonic DMC-L10
Panasonic DMC-LC1
Panasonic DMC-LX1
Panasonic DMC-LX2
Panasonic DMC-LX3
Pentax *ist D
Pentax *ist DL
Pentax *ist DL2
Pentax *ist DS
Pentax *ist DS2
Pentax K10D
Pentax K20D
Pentax K100D
Pentax K100D Super
Pentax K200D
Pentax K2000/K-m
Pentax Optio S
Pentax Optio S4
Pentax Optio 33WR
Pentax Optio 750Z
Phase One LightPhase
Phase One H 10
Phase One H 20
Phase One H 25
Phase One P 20
Phase One P 25
Phase One P 30
Phase One P 45
Phase One P 45+
Pixelink A782
Polaroid x530
Rollei d530flex
RoverShot 3320af
Samsung GX-1S
Samsung GX-10
Samsung S85
Samsung S850
Sarnoff 4096×5440
Sigma SD9
Sigma SD10
Sigma SD14
Sinar 3072×2048
Sinar 4080×4080
Sinar 4080×5440
Sinar STI format
SMaL Ultra-Pocket 3
SMaL Ultra-Pocket 4
SMaL Ultra-Pocket 5
Sony DSC-F828
Sony DSC-R1
Sony DSC-V3
Sony DSLR-A100
Sony DSLR-A200
Sony DSLR-A300
Sony DSLR-A350
Sony DSLR-A700
Sony DSLR-A900
Sony XCD-SX910CR
STV680 VGA