iPhone – and now iPod Touch – photographers, especially those that are a little more dedicated to iPhone photography than the casual camera users, know the limitations and deficiencies not only of some apps but of the default Apple camera. A lot of people make up for these deficiencies downloading many different apps to perform many different tasks. Sometimes you have to use up to four or five apps just to take a straight picture of yourself and apply a couple of filters on it. There are some apps in the App Store though that cleverly try to bypass the limitations and effectively help the users, combining together various features. PhoneGrafer is one of these apps.
- Full resolution available;
- Nine filters to choose from: B&W, B&W Extreme, Russian, Antique, Sepia, Cyano, ColorCast-C, ColorCast-M, ColorCast-Y;
- Vignetting and filter on/off;
- Sharpen/soften (only when reviewing pictures);
- 4x digital zoom;
- Access to EXIF data;
- Google maps access by GPS tags (when available);
- Possibility to share the photos via Twitter and Flickr.
PhoneGrafer is a multi-purpose app that will please many for its ease of use and for the many features. It is not only a collection of filters nor it is a self-timer camera or an EXIF data reader: PhoneGrafer is a little of each all rolled into one. PhoneGrafer is definitely a good replacement for the default camera, especially if you are looking for a bit of everything without too many complications. The interface of this app is at the same time slick and simple. Whether you decide to take a photo or you want to edit some saved in your camera roll, with just a few easy steps you’re done.
The access to pictures’ meta data is particularly useful, especially considering other apps with this same function are on average not that great. Access to Google Maps by GPS tags, when they are available, is another of PhoneGrafer’s features.
The small collection of filters is good enough for people with very basic editing needs; the possibility to adjust the settings to make filters more or less intense and to add a vignetting gives the user more freedom in spite of the actual number of available effects.
Here is an example of the various filters with vignetting on applied to a simple photo with PhoneGrafer:
PhoneGrafer is definitely a must-have for those who want to use just a single app to accomplish many tasks. Hopefully, current issues with the iPod Touch 4G will be solved in the next future, so iPod users will be able to enjoy PhoneGrafer as well.
Compatibility: iPhone. iOS 3.1 or later.