This is a very interesting read for those who are not fully aware of the highs and lows of app development. Casey Newton of The Verge has published this very honest account of app developer, Pixite, one that we are all very familar with here at TheAppWhisperer, as they are the developers of eight photo editing apps, including Assembly, Fragment, Matter, LoryStripes and more.
Pixite LLC announced today the release of Pigment 1.0, the only coloring book app to support freehand coloring, for iPhone and iPad. Pigment’s wide assortment of tools like color pencils and markers, and built-in support for Apple Pencil and 3D Touch makes digital coloring feel like coloring on actual paper. Pigment also stands out with its 200+ hand curated, professionally drawn illustrations, 8 different kinds of pencils, markers and brushes, and an unlimited number of colors to choose from.
Research has shown that coloring and doodling on paper have substantial therapeutic effects by lowering stress and anxiety, and improving relaxation and concentration. By allowing artists to color using finger strokes, Apple Pencil, or a third-party stylus, Pigment can offer those same positive therapeutic effects on the iPhone and iPad — much more so than tap-to-fill coloring book apps currently on the App Store.
We are delighted to publish Jerry Jobe’s latest mobile photography/art tutorial for our reading and viewing pleasure. This week Jobe takes a look at the new app ‘Assembly’ by Pixite LLC. Read his thoughts as he puts it through its paces (foreword by Joanne Carter).
“Often, in photography and art education, one of the first things emphasized is that we should observe and recognize what we see. In sketching, you are taught to reproduce certain shapes, and then recognize how those shapes are inherent in everything we see. A framework of these shapes is the “bones” of a person, a bowl of fruit, a building.
Assembly is Pixite’s newest app, and it is a vector-based app that allows you to use multiple shapes of whatever size to build a figure or an entire image. It sells for $1.99 in the App Store, and it is a universal app”.
Fragment is a popular mobile photography app, developed by Pixite Apps. It enables the user to instantly fragment their image into a myriad of prism-like glass pieces. It has just been updated to include six new shape packs and with the addition of video import (iOS 8) only. Fragment retails for $1.99/£1.49 and you can download it here.
I just spent three weeks going over an app that changed dramatically almost two-and-a-half years after I first wrote about it (Snapseed). Here’s an example of an app that I first covered sixteen weeks ago, and which has already changed dramatically due to input from users like me: Shift by Pixite. Back in January, I wrote “Because Shift bases everything on a randomizer, and all the choices are made behind the scenes, I just don’t know what it’s capable of. So I can’t recommend it”. Pixite heard that kind of statement from us here and added much more control to their brand-new filter-building app. It is certainly enough to change my mind about recommending it (and to ruin your suspense if you thought you’d have to wait for the verdict until the end of the column).
This article will only cover what is new about Shift, which means that if you want to know basic operations, such as opening files, saving them and sending them to other apps, you should return to the first article from January.
One new feature that is added is available when bringing an image into Shift. In addition to selecting an image from your library or using the camera to capture one, there is now a selection of images for your use called Pixite Source. It is a simple matter to choose from a collection of fine images from Pixite users to help you develop your own re-usable filters using Shift. All they ask is that you credit the image creator if you post them anywhere. I will be using an image from Tristan Bogaard’s “In Route” series in this tutorial.
We are delighted to publish this very interesting tutorial of the new app update to the app Fragment developed by Pixite. Over to you Jerry. (Foreword by Joanne Carter).
“Christmas Day of 2013 I published a tutorial on a brand new app by Pixite called Fragment. Of all the Pixite apps, Fragment may well be my favorite, with its ability to shatter the image into shapes, giving a new perspective to ordinary objects.
Pixite is not content to let their apps remain an excellent first try, and are looking to improve. The newest release of Fragment (1.6), hitting the App Store last week, gives us three new effects, 36 new shapes and the ability to add your own shapes. Let’s take a look at the new features, starting with this broken squares shape over a swirl created in iColorama“.
A wonderfully comprehensive second part to this new series of tutorials on the app Union by Jerry Jobe. If you missed Part 1, please go here. Over to you Jerry (forward by Joanne Carter)
As I worked through all I wanted to show you in the second part of this tutorial on Union, the blending app from Pixite, I found the screenshots piling up. Normally I like to keep the number to 20-30, but I’ve got close to fifty this time. Let’s get started!
We are delighted to publish our latest iOS photography app tutorial, this time with the very successful app Union by Pixite. Jerry Jobe has written Part 1 of this wonderful blending app to help you gain greater control via the user interface. Over to you Jerry (forward by Joanne Carter).
“I’m a huge fan of the apps by Pixite. Last year around this time, I published articles on Tangent (see here), LoryStripes (see here) and Fragment (see here), followed later in the year by the brand-new Matter (see here). I even covered the app developed by Ben Guerrette pre-Pixite: DecoSketch (see here). So, naturally, I was excited when Pixite introduced two other apps in 2014: Union and Shift. I’ll be covering both of them in the weeks to come.
Union is Pixite’s blending app, working the same ground as Image Blender and Superimpose. I’ve covered both of those apps, along with the Blend feature in iColorama. I’ve given basic information on blending several times, including the use of blend modes like Multiply and Overlay. I won’t be repeating that information here. Instead, we’ll see if the user interface is more conducive to your workflow, and if the controls available are flexible enough for the work you want Union to do”.
Shift is a new app by developers Pixite, of Fragment, Union, Tangent, Matter and LoryStripes fame. They have produced competent apps in the past and Shift promises to be another. According to Pixite, “Shift lets you create your own personal photo filters with one tap of a button. Shuffle through an endless combination of textures, colors, and blends to produce stylish effects like grit and grunge, vintage, light leaks, and high contrast black and whites”.
We have attached the developers promotional trailer below to give you an insight. We have not tested this app and so we are not able to give an independent view at present.
We mentioned this app in our Day In The Life Interview with talented mobile photographer Lynette Jackson today, if you missed that and her breathtaking images, then please go here. Lynette describes Union as ‘a most proficient masking and blending app’.
Union is very popular allowing you to combine images in limitless ways. Usually retailing for $1.99/£1.49, today it’s available for $0.99/£0.69. Click here to download.