It was past 5 AM here when I saw the notification that there was an update for Hipstamatic Oggl. I was expecting the usual routine “bug fixes, performance improvements, yadda yadda” sort of update. But no, it had to be a major update, importing images from camera roll, no less! I thought I’d give it a try even though I had just returned from the last daily walk with our marketing strategist—I mean, the dog—and my next plan was letting my face be devoured by the pillow.
As with most stories involving Hipstamatic, things were not linear and obvious, which is something you might be honestly displeased about at 5 in the morning. All sorts of other apps since the advent of iOS have been allowing to import pictures from camera roll and without much fuss. But oh no, that would be too simple for Hipstamatic. They had to make things different and complicated, even when it comes to some feature whose way of working we take for granted. When I tapped on the “+” button in the app’s gallery and was shown a not very promising introduction, a screen that warned me that Oggl needed to take its time to determine what was OK to import (no duplicates, no low resolution, singling out photos of interest… seriously what the heck?), I didn’t know that was going to be all I would see of version 1.3. Of course, I never got past the introduction screen and the screencap above is all I experienced of the long-awaited update. The app simply sneered at my camera roll and shut down. Not once or twice, but over and over.
For starters I tried uninstalling and installing Oggl again. Nope, it didn’t help at all. I thought the problem depended on low storage space, so I deleted some apps I rarely use to make room for bossy Oggl. It didn’t work though, so I proceeded to clean temporary files from the various Photoshop Touches, Juxtaposers, etc. Still unhappy, Oggl just turned its back to me and shut down. I then went on to clean the camera roll itself. Holy tapdancing Jeebus, it was past 6 AM and I had something like 1400 photos. I made backup copies of everything I was going to delete and started filtering the photos manually, deleting everything I could to make Oggl’s job easier. But all efforts were in vain.
Nevertheless, every story has a silver lining (all right, this is just another common saying) and so does mine. As I told you, in the hopeless attempt to make Oggl stop snickering at my camera roll I deleted some stuff, so now I have more storage space and, to an extent, less messy app folders. Maybe I wouldn’t have gone through a mass clean-up at 6 AM—my eyes look like scrambled ostrich eggs today. I am not planning to delete everything or reset just to see if this would solve the issue. What I keep in my iPhone and how crowded my camera roll is doesn’t really concern Hipstamatic.