I recently took a look at the black & white camera app Hueless. It’s not an RGB monochrome photo app. Hueless is a true black & white photo app with powerful in-camera tools, including live preview, color filters, and exposure control. It’s the digital equivalent of shooting and printing on black & white film stock and paper.
Hueless 1.2 will street soon. If you click past the jump, Life In LoFi has an exclusive sneak peak at the new features, both documented and undocumented, in the new update. >>>
What’s New in Hueless 1.2
The new version of Hueless adds a couple of pretty big features to the app. The update adds built-in square-frame shooting. Images save at full square format resolution, which is 2448×2448 on an iPhone 4S. How it’s implemented is great — simply switch back and forth between full-frame and square aspect ratios by pinching in and out on the live viewfinder preview. Onscreen matte bars help you frame and compose your image and show you at a glance which shooting mode you’re in. Very cool!
Hueless 1.2 now also has a “Rest & Release” shutter. This is similar to Apple Camera’s shutter release. Instead of triggering the shutter on the press, you now have the option of holding the shutter button down and triggering it on the release. This can also help keep the camera a little bit steadier. It’s a user-switchable option in the app’s settings. Hueless currently cycles between regular shutter buttons and full-screen Big Button shutter release if you keep your finger on the button.
The app now features Launch Center Pro integration as well. I haven’t used it yet, but it looks like Launch Center Pro is like a “speed dial” for your device. It creates shortcuts to specific features buried deep within apps.
One undocumented feature that I noticed while beta testing the app is that Hueless 1.2 is now noticeably faster as well. I noticed improved times in both the recovery rate and its ability to cache images when shooting burst style.
It saves a lot of EXIF data, but not all. The new update still doesn’t save location data. Images are saved in full device resolution — that’s 8MP on an iPhone 4S and they are saved in grayscale mode.
I really like the new update. It has several great new features for Hueless users. If you’ve been experimenting with black & white photography, Hueless is a good app to consider for pure straight black & white.
Hueless is $1.99. The update is free to all current users. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (4th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation) and iPad Wi-Fi + 4G.Requires iOS 5.0 or later.