Coming soon: SwankoLab – from the makers of Hipstamatic

SwankoLab sample images - from the makers of Hipstamatic

The Darkroom of Yesterday, Today

Synthetic Infatuation, the makers of the extremely popular Hipstamatic app, have announced that their next iPhone app, SwankoLab, is set to be released in early April barring any unexpected delays in testing or the approval process.

We don’t have much information on the new app yet. There’s a new SwankoLab website with a few details and sample images.

“Introducing SwankoLab, a brand new darkroom kit from the makers of Hipstamatic. It’s a loving recreation of the pre-digital era classic. Choose chemicals, process photos, and experiment!

“It’s the darkroom, only less messy and less dark. SwankoLab is a handheld darkroom kit for your iPhone and iPod Touch. Choose chemicals, process photos, and experiment.

“SwankoLab includes eight magical photo-altering chemicals, a formula book, an embossed development tray, and a super cool hand-engraved box to store your photo supplies and prints in.”

If the above video doesn’t work, click here to see a video of SwankoLab in action.

The interface is very analog. The animations are incredible. Unlike Hipstamatic, you can use images from your iPhone or iPod Touch’s entire photo library. You can also save “formulas” in the app’s built-in Formula’s Notebook. It looks like SwankoLab supports full resolution in the iPhones 2G, 3G, and 3GS.

Upon release, nine additional darkroom chemicals (HipstaSpeak for filters) will be available for a one-time subscription fee of $1.99 USD. Additional filters will be added free for subscribers with each update.

If you can’t wait until April, there’s a swanky teaser video here which shows a breakaway view of your iPhone as the SwankoLab does its magic. Okay, it’s a virtual breakaway view and virtual magic but the music is genuinely swanky….

No word on pricing yet.



Related links: Hipstamatic

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Marty is a self-employed graphic designer in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. He is an avid Rangers baseball, Chicago Cubs, Packers and Highbury Arsenal fan. In addition to capturing random moments with whatever camera is close by (usually his iPhone), his other interests include coffee, film, music, and traveling in seats 5E and 5F with his fiancé.
  • David LaSpina

    Speaking as a Hipstamatic lover, this looks exciting! Must buy!

  • Scott Slusser

    It is interfaces like this that make me love the iPhone. I cannot wait for this app. I really like the subscription idea for filters.

  • Mikkers

    I am a little leery of this application since it looks very similar to Hipstamatic, just with post processing added. Having said that though, I can't wait for this to be released since it potential looks to be fun and hope that they don't charge too much for the initial app!

  • MartyNearDFW

    It does look fun. I hope the app and the effects live up to the hype that will surely generate between now and April.


  • Glyn Evans

    With all the low-res poor quality apps currently flooding the AppStore, this app from the developers of Hipstamatic is a breath of fresh air, and I can't wait to get my hands on it. Could this even be the photo app of the year?

  • Valerie

    I'm excited about this. Looks like a fun app with a superb interface, and I like the look of the test images and of course the animations. As an avid hipstamatic user, I don't think I can pass up on this one.. :)

  • Matthew McConkey

    Looks amazing! Can't help but feel that a post-processing app is coming out to pave the way for an iPad version, and I think it would work great on there.