AMITIAE - Saturday 24 August 2013
Cassandra: Not all Photo Apps Suit - Studio Design
By Graham K. Rogers
Some I try and do not warm to. Some do not do what the description claims. Others may have nothing to add to apps I already have. Price is not usually a factor: if an app looks good (description, logo, screenshots) that sets the user up for the experience, although of course there are disappointments.
I am ambivalent about in-app purchases. With some apps, I am irked that there are so many restrictions on the user and the only way to produce any workable output is by investing into the app. For other developers, this is a useful way to dangle an interesting app in front of users and use in-app purchases to improve the experience.
There are a couple of apps like that, and I think particularly of the rather excellent Photo Editor by Aviary which I thought was so good as a free app that I bought a couple of filter packs by way of a thank-you. Others that have been good out of the box are the free Pixlr-o-Matic from the makers of the well-known AutoCad (this has one in-app purchase) and Distressed FX for $0.99 which, like the other two here, hits the target first time.
I was rather disappointed in this app as when it started - as good as it looked with the opening screens - I had two options before I could use it: login via Facebook or to an account (this could be created on the fly).
With recent questions over actions by agencies in many countries concerning the use of computers and other connected devices, as innocent as such logins may be, this just puts more personnel data online, and makes it subject to tracking or abuse.
Another objection I have to such apps is that rather than waste my time with communities - on Facebook I am a sort of "hit and run" poster, loading up images, commenting to friends and students the two are not exclusive), but my pals have real lives and do not live on the internet.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs.
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