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Filterstorm updated & iPad video demo

A few days ago we wrote about the Photo editing apps hitting the iPad store, and one of the apps we were really keen to see in action was Filterstorm.  Early indications were that the iPad hardware wasn't quite up to the challenge of editing larger files, e.g. 5MP JPEGs.  But developer and photographer Tai Shimuzu has been working hard on improving things and has now got an update in the app store, which he says improves performance, but by downsizing the photo.  And it is still free.

More interestingly for us, he has posted a video tutorial on the Filterstorm site of him actually editing a photo and completing the process, from selecting the photo in Filterstorm through to the final version.

It is really interesting to see the enhancements that Filterstorm can apply to a photo. Watching Tai specify the curve adjustment and then selectively brushing it on to the photo reminds us of the same process in Lightroom or Aperture, and the results are impressive. The app still looks a little bit slow, but until we see it for real, operating on our own photos, we cannot say if that is just because of the video, the app itself or the iPad struggling to keep up.

We are sure Tai is continuing to improve the app and optimise it further, but if you are curious to see the iPad in action editing photos for real, check out the video below.

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Version 1.0.1 (which was available at launch) was, simply put, a disaster. I had completely failed to recognize the limitations of the device. I haven't had the experience iPhone developers have had on the hardware of the class, and it showed.

1.0.2, which is the version shown in that video and is currently in the store, was a band-aid. It took care of the worst problem, that it crashed opening large images, by scaling them down on launch. It also had a few other minor improvements. You certainly can get good results from it, but it's not fast.

1.0.3 was submitted a few minutes ago, and continues on the path. It's much faster than 1.0.2 for curves, color balance, and saturation adjustments. Brushing remains laggy as in the video, and noise reduction, unsharp masking, and blurring remain the same speed. Usable, but not quick. It's still free though, and will remain so until I'm satisfied.

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTai

Tai, thank you very much for responding and filling us in with some more detail. We think you have a great product here and we want to see it working as well as you do, so please keep us informed and we will be watching for the 1.0.3 update.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

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