eXtensions - Friday 30 June 2017
Another Update Ready for iOS 11: ToonCamera - Original Goodness Preserved for Photo and Video Output
By Graham K. Rogers
I first looked at ToonCamera in February 2012, when I made a statement that now looks foolish: the "movie camera facility with the iPhone will never replace a proper video camera". Like a number of like apps, ToonCamera brought some interesting cartoon effects to the iPhone 4 then, for camera, video, and editing images in the photo library. It was updated regularly until 2014, then there was a gap until August last year. I missed that as the app had already been deleted. An update this week (4.1) now optimises it for the latest iPad Pro models. I tried this on the iPhone 7 Plus. The philosophy is unchanged and it seems to have retained the same interface, although there is a spiffy new icon. Some updates can ruin a perfectly good app, but this is fine.
ToonCartoon image direct from iPhone camera
At the far left of this bottom toolbar is a brush icon. When pressed, 13 more brushes appear in a second toolbar just above. Each allows a different cartoon effect to be selected. Unlike some apps, the order cannot be changed. Each brush is subtly different, so a user would need to remember the right one for a favorite effect.
ToonCartoon interface (left) and camera output
After a photo is taken, the user can still change the effect and density if wanted. Rectangular buttons are shown to Save (blue) or Discard (brown). These are also available for video and photo editing. Saving offers a number of options including to the library or social networking sites. Two resolutions are offered: 828 x 1472; and 2268 x 4032 (see below).
ToonCartoon exporting (left) and Ship options
A 2272 x 4032 JPG (slightly larger than the option) black and white image was shown as 1.27MB and a 4032 x 2268 color image was 1.7MB. Metadata of photo output identified camera and lens settings, but did not include any GPS information. This was not shown when the images were synchronised to the Mac either.
After playing with the camera and taking a selection of still images, I switched to the video option and took a couple of clips which I edited (cutting the shaky bits at the end) and uploaded to YouTube. The first is on the escalator going up to the platform
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. 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. After 3 years writing a column in the Life supplement, he is now no longer associated with the Bangkok Post. He can be followed on Twitter (@extensions_th)
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