AMITIAE - Tuesday 24 June 2014
Lenka: Clever B & W Photo app for iOS Devices
By Graham K. Rogers
I have just spent the last few days on holiday in Langkawi: an island in the northern part of Malaysia, close to the southern Thai province of Satun. Apart from the small, main town and a few villages, it has many forested hills with the trees coming right down to the sea. At breakfast each day I could see hornbills among many other birds; and I was able to take photos of eagles diving down to the sea; as well as other wildlife, including a type of leaf monkey that lives in the area.
Controls are basic: high or low contrast, toggled using an icon at bottom right; and the (yellow) camera button. Switching between a normal rectangular view and a square frame is done by simply pinching the fingers (the reverse opens it up again).
Instead of flash, a yellow light bulb icon turns on (or off) the light so an image can be lit with a constant light. There is no "selfie" feature as Lenka does not work with the forward-facing camera.
On my installation of Lenka, I had four export options: Message, Mail, Twitter and Facebook. Also shown were Save Image, Assign to Contact, Copy and Print. I exported two images using Mail and there was a slight disappointment here. Unlike some other apps, there were no size options. The two images that arrived in my mailbox were both around 300 KB, so there was a limit to what I could use these for. The only editing I did in Aperture was to use the Straighten tool.
When I arrived home in Bangkok, the images transferred to my Mac via PhotoStream and were slightly more respectable in terms of size, the largest being 3264 x 2448. Metadata for the square images in the app showed that these were 2448 x 2448, but sent by mail I found the image to be 974 x 975. The other image I sent, ending up as 1136 x 852. As Lenka is under development by Kevin Abosch I look forward to this being improved in future versions.
See alsoExamples of Output Using Lenka on the iPhone
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. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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