What Happened to Laminar?

by Pu on October 4, 2013

If you are a regular user of Laminar (both iPhone and Pro versions) you have probably been unable to use the app recently. Maybe you have noticed the app was withdrawn from the App Store as well. It’s now almost two weeks that the Laminar apps are not available for sale anymore.

So what happened exactly? To save you from the trouble of contacting the developer on your own (trust me, support was pretty sluggish), I will share the reply I got.

I had to contact the developer more than once before getting the following message. On a note, it would be nice if the developer could use some better communication skills, so that users are not left in the dark for a long time even after they try to get in touch.

“Laminar had a breaking issue with iOS 7 causing the crash to occur. We are working on a fix and also on iOS 7 as a whole. Update should be out real soon. In the mean time we have pulled the app from the store to insure more users aren’t effected by the issue.”

What does it all mean? Simply that Laminar has issues with iOS 7, which causes the app to crash as soon as the user tries to open it. If you have not updated to the new iOS, you shouldn’t have any problem with it. Even if you cannot use Laminar right now, there are no serious reasons to worry yet, as the developer stated to be working on a fix. It also means that if you tried to delete the app with the intention of installing it again hoping that it would solve the problem, you will not be able to download it from the App Store until a new version compatible with iOS 7 is released. If you want to keep on using Laminar and you are still running an old version of iOS, you should not update before the fix is out. The developer did not go into details and so far we are unable to tell you when Laminar will be back to the App Store. We will keep you posted on this.

AlanH October 4, 2013 at 8:14 pm

I guess response to inquiries varies… I contacted Pranav, yesterday, regarding the crashing issue and the app being MIA from the app store and he responded within hours. I consider that pretty quick given the fact that he is trying to resuscitate Laminar. Based on his response to me I have the impression that not only is he working hard to iron out the iOS7 issue(s), but might be adding new functionality. For now…we wait…but I feel confident that it will be back.

Pu October 5, 2013 at 12:37 am

Hey Alan, perhaps the developer found some time to spare to reply during the last couple of days and got back to everybody at the same moment. I got contacted by a few other Laminar users here on the site and via email and a some of those said they had contacted the developer also, and were worried because he wouldn’t reply. He withdraw the app to prevent affecting further people, but he didn’t issue any “official” statement about it on the support web page and wouldn’t reply until a few hours ago, so people didn’t know where to look for information or if the withdrawal was temporary or definitive. Like you, I am confident there will be other improvements other than the iOS 7 fix in the re-released app. Let’s just hope the app comes back soon.

AlanH October 5, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Hello Pu, yeah he probably had a lot of messages wondering what had happened! I totally agree that it is very poor form to simply remove the app from the App Store, and not issue any statement regarding status of the app. I’m glad there are sites like yours around so folks can keep up! I visit your site nearly everyday…keep up the good work!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sonny Williams December 6, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Just an additional thought regarding Laminar Apps disappearance and disappearance from the web: there’s an aviation company which deals with air foil designs, etc for commercial, corporate & private air planes. Could it be that LAMINAR photo app folks are getting shut down by LAMINAR aviation folks for Copyright Infringement issues with the trade name? Or maybe Adobe and/or Apple upgraded with blocks to keep Laminar off the web. In other words, the big guys shut out the little guy. As a photographer, I really enjoyed using Laminar. Very creative I-Phone App and most importantly, excellent design & easy to use. Pleeeez come back, Laminar! I miss you! Good luck! SW

Linda December 11, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Laminar is back!

RB October 5, 2013 at 2:58 am

I wanted to contact the support to know what happened, but I was to lazy to do it (and couldn’t open the app or find the address through app store since the app was not working). Thanks for being enlightening.

Pu October 5, 2013 at 8:08 pm

You’re welcome RB. Anyway, you can still find the address on the site of the developer of the app ๐Ÿ˜‰ If there is still someone interested in writing personally, this is the email: [email protected].

Perry October 6, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Great post! I am surprised your site is the only one with anything on Laminar. Is it that there isn’t as big a client base as I thought and most people are satisfied with Snapseed, period! I hope this doesn’t give Laminar a bad name. As great as it is, there are a small number of comparable apps that don’t disappear and stop working indefinitely without any news. Please, Pranav, take the 5 minutes to post a message to your site. I want Laminar to live on! It’s an amazing app.

Matt October 7, 2013 at 1:26 am

Great thanks so much Little frustrating . I kept going back thinking would be fixed and Yes I was one of the ones who deleted it feeling it must be a os7 glitch and well now can only use it on my iPad .

David Roccato October 7, 2013 at 9:35 am

Hi Pu,

I think Pranav received a lot of emails and was trying to cope in this period. He’s usually very quick to respond for what it’s my previous experience. In any case, I’m glad he’s working on a fix for Laminar because it’s a great app that lots of people are using. In any case, for some reasons, Laminar is working on some iOS7 devices. It works fine on my iPad mini with iOS 7, weird! Thanks for the news. ๐Ÿ™‚

Pu October 7, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Yes, of course Pranav must be very busy right now and we all hope he’s doing fine. Still, taking care of public relations is for a developer part of the job, especially when there are serious issues going on =)

Henrique Asfor October 7, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Thank you! I was freaking out about it. Let’s hope that the update comes real soon!

susan bein October 10, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Thanks so much for posting this. I teach an iphone photography class, and was wondering why my students couldn’t find this app. I was going to email the developer, but googled and found your post first.

Yes, it would have been so simple for them to post an ‘app temporarily down while we tweak it for iOS7. Back soon!’ notice in the app store. I guess the skills needed to create great apps are different than the skills needed to communicate with fellow humans. I could have written the note to users, but couldn’t create an app if my life depended on it.

I’ll keep using my old version, but I won’t be able to have my classes buy the app, or introduce them to its features. Phooey! Photogene2 is my alternative, with Layover for layers. Snapseed, that someone mentioned above, is fun, but is in a much less advanced category as far as features, specifically layers and masks.

David October 11, 2013 at 9:08 am

Hi Susan,

Have you tried Leonardo? It’s a great alternative and also, if you use Photogene2, the new Photogene4 is for both iPhone and iPad and you could consider this option too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Perry October 11, 2013 at 10:01 am

I did not want to mention Leonardo because it may actually be better than Laminar. I was hoping, for the sake of the laminar developer that a new release would put him back in the running and even ahead. But this crazy disappearing act may be all that Leonardo needed to be alone at the top. I don’t see Photogene as being in the same subset of editors but I guess it depends what you mostly use an editor for. Good luck to Laminar. It was one of the best and competition is so important.

David October 11, 2013 at 10:52 am

Yes, you’re right Perry. Bad timing for Laminar. Leonardo is definitely in the top list now, it’s probably the most intuitive top editor. Well, let’s hope Laminar will come back stronger even if I personally prefer Leonardo now. I even remember the cryptic Filterstorm but never really liked it and I don’t think many people use it now, and Photoshop Touch? Well, I don’t see many enthusiasts supporting it, Adobe could do a lot better!

Vee October 12, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Love the Laminar app & was disappointed when it vanished into thin air after my last iPhone update. I use Snapseed & Laminar & just got the Leonardo app. IColorama has some unique capabilities, as does Repix. BTW I updated to iOS7.0.2 on my iPad last night & just tried Laminar Pro after reading all the comments. It works on my app – no crashes.

Perry October 13, 2013 at 11:04 am

Yeah David, I agree completely. I was excited when I first tried Filterstorm and wanted yo master it, but it turned out to not be worth it. I hope Pranav gets his marketing act together before he falls too far back. Having said that , I still suspect he will home put with something special. He is good !!!

Developit October 17, 2013 at 1:20 am

At long last some info about why the app has disappeared from the App Store – thank you.
I noticed it was missing when I was deleting and reinstalling apps to gain some space on my devices. Luckily I was checking apps were still available in the App Store before deleting them!

Am I missing something or is deleting the app the only way to get rid of the massive amount of data it saves?
Laminar Pro on my iPad is holding onto 1.4GB of data that so far I’ve only been able to remove by deleting the app. A bit annoying when the app is only 93MB

RB October 24, 2013 at 8:36 pm

Leonardo could be a good replacement, but it has many things that need to be fixed. I don’t know why quality of final image is always problematic and it annoys me that you cannot zoom in when you are using transform. Photoshop Touch is better, but its main problem is you don’t get masks but only the eraser (Adobe, you’re such a joke), making working with layers basically a waste of time. Photoforge2 is gone, Photogene simply is not on par and I have never found Filterstorm appealing. Overall Laminar was the best among them. I hope it’ll be back.

Cm November 2, 2013 at 1:34 am

I got no reply. It’s too bad that it was handled in this way, as a note on developer’s webpage would suffice but there was nada. After getting used to Iris and then moving to Laminar, I’m back using Iris because the opaqueness adjust on layers in Leonardo is so convoluted.

KidAnderson November 24, 2013 at 11:52 am

Any development or update on this issue? They still working on it?

Pu November 25, 2013 at 1:27 am

Unfortunately, there have been no further updates on Laminar so far.

Perry December 11, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Laminar is back and a bit better but not the wow that I expected. But it is stable.

David December 11, 2013 at 8:29 pm

A bit better? I didn’t see any update, at least not in my iPad mini. I have always used Laminar in this period so I didn’t notice any particular difference. Has been updated?

David December 12, 2013 at 12:39 pm

One day after I can finally see the update on my mini. Fair enough! Anyway, it has a better UI and I like how there is more room for the preview using the fx. Fortunately, I didn’t have any problem with iOS 7 and it’s weird how some users could keep using the app when others couldn’t.

Fusionarts December 12, 2013 at 5:53 am

Laminar is back up at the App Store for .99 cents!

Perry December 12, 2013 at 1:08 pm

David, I am curious how you would compare Laminar with Leonardo. I am leaning towards the latter, but always remain open. It was too long that I couldn’t use a Laminar and really got into Leonardo. I was expecting the new Laminar to be a big change for the better with all the things I wanted included. I guess that was too much to expect but I really didn’t get much. I was happy to have it back but with a key down.

David December 12, 2013 at 1:36 pm

you’re right Perry. I think today Leonardo is the best choice, at least, I think it has the best interface overall. But this only if we talk about heavy editing with layers because I still prefer Snapseed as starting point, I think the way Snapseed works is super intuitive and it’s top quality as well. It is a lot of time I rely on that app and hopefully, it will keep being on the top also after Google bought it.

I still like some of the textures on Laminar though and the new UI is better, it gives more space to the picture. Even if it’s not enough it’s better than before but I don’t rely on this app anymore. Also Filterstorm Neue could be now a good choice, but not layers anymore. In any case the UI is way better and generally more intuitive than before, and you can edit at full screen.

I think it really depends on the personal style of the artists and on what they need for their art.

Asli December 30, 2013 at 5:11 pm


best news of 2013!!!!

Pu December 30, 2013 at 7:32 pm

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