New app: MonoPhix for Mac – Vintage meets technology.


Note: MonoPhix for Mac is 50% off today for launch day and is only 1.99$! Get it now.

We are proud to release our most powerful app ever written for an Apple device, MonoPhix for Mac. The big brother of the popular MonoPhix for iPhone and MonoPhix HD for iPad and the most powerful dedicated black and white photography app for any platform.

MonoPhix is an advanced photo editor, but this one is special, it is built to turn pictures into monochrome masterpieces and to give you full control of the outcome. You can easily control the intensity for each channel and each shade separately and you can add grain, blurs, highly adjustable vignetting and focus, color filters, colors blends and you can even use our experimental selective color feature to give some objects color while leaving the rest of the picture black and white.

Filters
You can apply one of the many presets or effects on your picture. Which allow you to get one click satisfying results which you can later customize using the adjustment panels.

Freestyle editing
MonoPhix has 10 tools to control the overal look of your monochrome picture. You can control the shadow and light tones separately or you can also control the color channels separately. MonoPhix contains 6 color filters to make some colors stand out. You can bring back some color by adjusting the transparency of the monochrome layer, you can add noise, overall blur, increase the contrast, brightness and exposure and posterize your picture.

Vignetting and Focus
With MonoPhix you can control every aspect of a picture’s vignetting. You can control the intensity, the roughness of the edges and shift the vignetting. You can also put a focus on certain objects by using the focus options similar to the vignetting controls.

Colors
You can give a custom color to your picture or control the blending mode which is used to mix the color with your black and white picture.

Selective color
With this experimental feature you can make objects pop out by keeping their color and removing all other colors.

Sharing 
MonoPhix has Phix Cloud integration which allows you to upload your pictures including metadata and a recipe of your changes and filters to our online service to show off to your friends or post on your Twitter or Facebook.

Device requirements
MonoPhix for Mac should run on any Mac built after 2008 running Mac OSX 10.6 or higher. MonoPhix is tested on Mountain Lion and is also optimized for it. The executable is only about 4Mb in size. An internet connection is also required for the sharing options.

Pricing and Availability
MonoPhix for Mac 1.0 is normally priced at $3.99 (USD) and available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Photography or Graphics categories. Interested writers, reviewers and editors of recognized sites can always request a promo code to check it out for themselves.

Download link : https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/monophix/id571800015?l=nl&ls=1&mt=12

Screenshots

Adjustments Screen

Filters

Coloring

Selective color

Official launch: Phix – Photo and filter sharing service.


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.

Phix

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.

Picture recipe

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.

Shortlink dialog of iPhix.

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.

Update: MonoPhix HD 1.2 – The most powerful B&W photography app for iPad.


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.

Tonal adjustments

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.

Tonal controls

Color filters

Just like in the iPhone version of MonoPhix, MonoPhix HD now has color filters aboard (Red, Green, Blue, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow).

Color filters

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.

New settings panel

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/ .

Share on Phix

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$.

iPhix for Mac free for one whole day. Grab it while you can and prepare for the Friday giveaways!

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.

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


New App: iPhix for Mac – Create art with every snap. (Filter/adjust/share)

We are proud to release a product that has been in development for half a year now, iPhix for Mac. iPhix is an app that allows you to easily apply a multitude of filters or adjustments to pictures and share them online in a matter of seconds. It’s build to be easy and fun to use for everyone. iPhix provides enough power for professional photographers but can also be used by beginning photographers with almost no editing experience.

Adjustments
There are a huge number of adjustment possibilities present in iPhix. In the adjustments window you can change brightness, exposure, saturation, tone, contrast and apply posterization, cross processing, vignetting, grain, a tilt shift effect or blur to your pictures. All these adjustments can be combined to create magnificent effects. Examples of these are in the preset filters window.

The filters
iPhix currently contains 10 preset filters and one preset filter you can customize and save and 7 so called “solid” filters. This amount will increase with future updates. Preset filters are filters which control the adjustments mentioned earlier and are used to quickly apply vintage or flashy effects on pictures. You can always finetune a preset filter in the adjustments window. With the custom preset filter you can record and save a number of adjustments to create your own preset. The preset filters are called: Vivant, Deep Colors, Aged, Toned, Vintage, Mono, Noir, Expired, Daguerre, Sepia and Custom.

Solid filters are filters which are applied on the image and aren’t adjustable. Some solid filters can be adjusted in intensity though. These filters are much more invasive and transform your picture into a drawing for example. The solid filters are: Bizarre, Dots, Pop, Lithography, Edgy, Cutout and Inverse.

Sharing
Sharing has never been faster with iPhix. Most people have their social networking apps or pages open at any time, so why bother people with a “Log in to Facebook to share this picture”-dialog?
What the iPhix sharing options does is upload your picture to our iPhix Cloud servers instantaneously and provide you with a short link to your picture an online iPhix picture frame. All you have to do is copy the link to TweetDeck, Twitter, Facebook, Mail or anywhere you want.

Saving
When opening a picture for adjusting you expect everything to stay the same, except for the things you change. Therefore iPhix remembers your EXIF data and saves it along with your adjusted image. Your lens, aperture, flash settings, camera type, … all will be saved. iPhix also cuts the process of selecting a save filetype for you, all files are saved in the same filetype as the one they were opened in. Additionally it restores corrupted image orientations to ensure that your picture is always the right way up.

Device requirements
iPhix for Mac should run on any Mac built after 2008 running Mac OSX 10.6 or Mac OSX 10.7. iPhix is tested on Lion and is also optimized for it. The executable is only about 12Mb in size. An internet connection is also required for the sharing options.

Pricing and Availability
iPhix 1.0 is currently $3.99 (USD) and available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Photography or Productivity categories. Interested writers, reviewers and editors of recognized sites can always request a promo code to check it out for themselves.

Download link : http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iphix/id513779082?l=nl&ls=1&mt=12

Screenshots 

iPhix share screen

iPhix filter screen

iPhix Adjustments screen

The iPhix aperture logo, the names "iPhix" and "iPhix Cloud" are property of Phix Software.

Brand new app: Some samples

For all people who thought that we had died or abandoned development, think again. We’re very much alive and within a few weeks of unleashing a new app onto the world.

That’s about all I can say for now, but I wanted to throw in a teaser in the form of some sample shots.

Although it are black and white shots, the app isn’t a monochrome app. I just chose that certain filter because we all like MonoPhix, don’t we? Also these images never touched an iOS device.

Minor update: MonoPhix – Vintage Meets Technology v3.2.2

For a while people have been reporting a strange issue with our black and white filtering app for iPhone, MonoPhix. Up to last week I just couldn’t find out what was wrong, but apparently the iOS5 update messed up the gesture system and caused left and right gestures to malfunction. Up and downwards gestures even crashed the app. This issue has been fixed the same night and MonoPhix should now be fully compatible with iOS5. The update is now live in the App Store.

If you’ve got MonoPhix installed, you can update from the App Store’s update menu and if you have uninstalled MonoPhix because of this issue you can always download it again for free from the download page.

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.

MonoPhix lite now available for free in App Store!

MonoPhix (App Store Link) has been one of the most evolved -Phix apps we built to date. When something is finally rich in features, you can cut some features away and make it available for free and that’s what we did. With MonoPhix lite (App Store Link) you can now finally enjoy high contrast adjustable black & white filtering for free on your iPhone or iPod Touch.

MonoPhix lite is practically the same as MonoPhix, it converts your iPhone’s pictures to Monochrome at full resolution, but with a few changes :
-The sliders which enabled you to control light and dark shades separately have now been merged into one contrast slider
-The Presets to set the depth or contrast with one touch are missing
-The ability to use sepia and antique filters in addition to the black & white filter are missing
-There’s an ad displayed in the startup screen to allow people to upgrade to full MonoPhix

MonoPhix lite 2.0 Screenshot

MonoPhix lite 2.0 Screenshot