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

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Promo: MonoPhix, MonoPhix HD free, iPhix for Mac -50%.


NOTE: This promo is over but all apps are still available at their normal prices.

To apologize for the downtime our apps suffered as a result of the iOS 6 release we are putting up a temporary promo. At the moment we’re only going to make it last a day, but if enough people tweet about and share it we might think of making the promo last a day longer.

  • MonoPhix for iPhone is now free. You save 0.99$.
    -MonoPhix for iPhone turns your pictures into stunning black and white masterpieces. It provides the most customizable result of any app.
  • MonoPhix HD for iPad is now free. You save 1.99$.
    -MonoPhix for iPad is the big brother of MonoPhix for iPhone, it has more features and is optimized for the iPad’s larger screen.
  • iPhix for Mac is now 1.99$. You save 2.00$.
    -iPhix for Mac is an app which allows you to edit pictures, apply filters and create custom filters. You can also upload pictures and filters to a social network.


Update: MonoPhix HD 1.2.1 and MonoPhix Lite 3.1, maintenance updates.


Many photo apps have been hit by an iOS6 flaw causing them to crash and malfunction and this was no different for MonoPhix, MonoPhix HD for iPad and MonoPhix Lite for iPhone. The first one already received an update to fix the crashes, but MonoPhix HD and MonoPhix Lite were still offline. With these two updates the entire line of Phix apps returns to the app store and the existing userbase will have a working app once again.

The MonoPhix HD update only fixes the crash issue and MonoPhix Lite received a fix for the crash and a fix for a bug affecting the image picker.

You can download MonoPhix HD 1.2.1 here and MonoPhix Lite 3.1 here.

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.

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.

Mobile Photo Awards, final days to submit!

As you might have read on Twitter or Facebook or from the blog’s sidebar, MonoPhix is one of the apps participating in the Mobile Photo Awards. This basically means that you can edit (or shoot) a picture with MonoPhix or a combination of MonoPhix and other apps and submit it to enter the competition. By submitting you get the chance to win amazing prizes and eventually see your pictures featured in an exposition. Of course we would be very honored and proud if a great iPhoneographer could win with a picture edited with MonoPhix. The entry fee is only 20$ for 3 images or 30$ for 5.

The deadline to enter is 30 November, so only 3 days left.

Enter now or go to the MonoPhix page!

Good luck to everyone participating!

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.