Hipstamatic Oggl recently received an update with a great new feature that HipstaFans have been requesting for years. You can now import photos from your camera roll and from your Hipstamatic albums into Oggl.
It’s a great update that will probably change the minds of a lot of Hipstamatic lovers. Keep reading for more info. >>>
I like Oggl. It has some — not all — of the features that make Hipstamatic great. It has enough of its own features to differentiate it from the original Hipstamatic.
I have to admit, as much as I love shooting with Hipstamatic, I’ve been finding myself shooting with Oggl more often. As much as I love the forethought that goes into shooting with the original Hipstamatic — having to know and choose your “gear” beforehand, I’m finding that I’m succumbing to the convenience of shooting and then processing the image afterwords. I like convenience of having the ability to change my mind and easily reprocess after-the-fact. I am really liking having the ability to revisit HipstaPics.
With the latest update version 1.3, Oggl introduces the ability to import images from your camera roll and from your Hipstamatic albums. For the first time, you can now add Hipstamatic’s great lens and film effects to any photo you’ve shot.
I like the way it’s been implemented, too. Visual cues let you know when you are grabbing from your camera roll, from Hipstamatic, as well as when an image is lo-res and going to provide inferior results.
Importing is easy and straightforward. The preview screen let you crop the image to Oggl’s square format. You can even pinch to zoom. Once imported, you can process, reprocess. and share like any other image in your Oggl library. This also means that your original photo is still safe on your camera roll.
As the effects are permanently applied to an image, you can’t reprocess an imported Hipstamatic photo, but you can stack another set of effects on top of it. You also only have access to your iPhone’s camera roll and not the entire photo library.
With this update you can now also re-crop and scale all images in your Oggl library.
This update essentially turns Oggl from a camera into a processing app. It’s really slick and I suspect a lot of Hipstamatic users will migrate more to Oggl for this feature alone.
Oggl is turning into a great app, but it’s still missing a few of the details that make Hipstamatic a classic.
Oggl sports a basic, flat, less textured viewfinder that’s more similar to Instagram than it’s older sibling. It lacks the rich, textured plastic toy interface of Hipstamatic Classic. Film and lens combinations are still tiny and difficult to see. There are no cases or skins in Oggl yet. It also lacks the colored flash filter effects that Hipstamatic has. Presets in Oggl are limited.
Still, with the new update, it’s difficult to dismiss Oggl on anything but an emotional level. Hipstamatic is a camera app that’s still more fun to shoot with. With this latest update, Oggl has unequivocally become the more versatile of the two. In adding these long-requested features, the developers may have unknowingly released their own Hipstamatic killer. We’ll see how the original Histamatic grows in the next update.
Even with the few new features, this a great update to Oggl. It finally opens up the rest of your camera roll to Hipstamatic’s unique and lush analog effects which are still among the best retro analog effects available for iPhone.
If you’ve been holding out on Oggl, this new update gives you a very compelling reason to take a look at it.
Hipstamatic Oggl is a free download. There are two subscription options that unlock all of the goodies. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + 4G, iPad (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini and iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular. Requires iOS 6.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
App Store link: Hipstamatic Oggl
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