I’ve used it less that 12 hours, and I’ve been sleeping most of these hours, but I thought I would write down my first impressions. But first a few examples:
Original photo without any filters applied
And then some examples of the filters
The interface might be too simple, it’s sometimes difficult to figure out how to move from one section of the app to another (or even that there are more sections). In fact, at first I wasn’t able to figure out how to go back to the camera from the filtering section (the trick is not only to drag down but to drag down and hold – not obvious).
The filters are a little boring, they are too similar for my taste. I would have liked to see some filters with more contrast, vibrancy, etc.
Realmac Software shows how you easily can move between the filters and see how the filters affect your photo. I love this idea, unfortunately my fingers are large enough so I barely see how it looks so I have to tap my way around – one tap for selecting, one for dismissing, one tap for selecting the next, etc.
Sharing is easy – if you only want to send to Facebook or Twitter. If you want to send to another site you have to either send it another app or save it to camera roll and then use another app. I, for example, would like to have the ability to select my two favorites to send to (hint: one of them would be Flickr)
I do not like apps that put in some default text or tags when sharing. Analog Camera does this, it puts in a message when sharing to Facebook and a tag when sharing to Twitter. For me this really makes Analog Camera less attractive since I assume the general idea behind Analog Camera is to quickly take a picture, apply a filter and share it. Well, the first two steps are pretty OK but now I have to spend some extra taps removing these default messages (read: ads for Analog Camera)
Slow. My impression is also that Analog Camera is a bit slow when "developing" the photos, it does take some time to apply a filter before sharing/saving.
There are some other issues also but these are the more important ones so far. In short I really like what I think is the design idea behind Analog Camera but unfortunately there are several things that irritates me. Well, I’ll see what I think about it in a week.
One of the difficulties of having many devices, in my case Mac, iPad & iPhone, is where to take quick notes. Notes that I then access from any device. In reality this mean that I want to capture a note or save a reference when I’m on my iPad or iPhone and then easily access them on my Mac. So my problem is not to organize notes but to easily capture them.
There many note taking tools available, for example the built-in notes app, simple note or Evernote, but for one reason or the other they haven’t really worked for me. So for capturing info from blog posts, twitter, feeds etc I’ve been using Instapaper for stuff I might want to read later and emails – yes, plain simple emails that I send to myself (to a special ”reference/todo” account) – for stuff I should do. This works pretty well since most iOS apps include the possibility to send emails with links, photos, etc.
However, it’s still a bit cumbersome to write short notes to myself. I could launch email, fill in the correct email address and write an email to myself … but I’ve always found it too cumbersome. Fortunately I one day found a tweet/post that mentioned Captio and I had to try it it out. And it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for.
Captio does one thing and one thing only, when launched it pops up a window that lets you write a quick note – you can include photos if you want – and when you press send it will write the note directly to your predefined email account. Perfect!
This means that I now save capture info as before using Instapaper and emails to my myself + writing quick notes to myself using two taps – one for launching Captio and one for sending it.
It has worked well and replaced a few other solutions I had but – there is always a but – there is one small bug in the current version, v2.1, that prevents me from using it as much I would like to do: if I write a text that includes non-ASCII text like ”gräsfrön” then the message I see in Mail will be shortened by two characters so it becomes ”gräsfr” (the general case is that the number of missing chars will be the same as the number of non-ASCII chars in the note). When this is fixed Captio will be perfect for me.
Update: The latest version of Captio has fixed the missing characters bug and Captio is now perfect for my purposes.