eXtensions - Tuesday 20 June 2017
A Surprising Update after 5 years: A-Sketch
By Graham K. Rogers
The app stayed in my library and I pretty much forget about it until I have a need for a image in that style, when I look at output from a number of apps that I have for such output styles: Waterlogue and Prisma particularly come to mind, although there are others.
I first mentioned A-Sketch, or Auto-Sketch in June 2013, with a longer look in August of that year. As it now appears it is little changed in the way it works. Between Version 1.0, released November 2012 and Version 2.0, 19 June 2017 (fix issue and support new iPhone): there had been no interim updates in the 5 years.
When Sketch is pressed, a multi-thumbnail panel appears over the bottom of the image each displays a tiny version of the image. Applying one of these filters is instantaneous. The Textures button has 21 effects (plus none) available. As with any filter or effect, care selecting the texture with the image needs to be taken.
When the image is saved, it does not replace the original. A JPG was 1280 x 1039 (485 KB), while the original image was 3594 x 2916 (1.42MB). No metadata (location, time, camera) is saved. An image taken using the camera feature uses the same process. The saved image was 1280 x 1707 (633 KB) and no metadata was recorded. Output is good for web use as well as alternative images for social networking.
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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