decim8A few weeks ago, I reviewed the new pixel destroying photo app Decim8. I really like the app and use it with few problems on an iPhone 4 running iOS 4.1 and now the latest, iOS 4.2.1. Users of older iPhones may not be so lucky after the latest 1.1 app update and iOS update. Many users of the app are reporting crashes that render the latest version of Decim8 unusable.

According to user forums and Decim8’s recent App Store user reviews, the app crashes while processing a shot on many iPhones, especially with the 3G and 3GS models. Decim8 is a pretty CPU intensive app and is sometimes crash-prone, but many users are reporting that the app will crash nearly every use, sometimes completely breaking the app. Decim8 is a pretty CPU-intensive app and it’s always crashed occasionally, but these crashes are well above the norm.

An update is currently in beta testing, but there’s no word of a release date yet. In the meantime, there are a couple of things you can do which may help stabilize the app. If you’ve experienced repeated crashes, the first thing you should do regardless is reboot your iPhone. This refreshes your iPhone’s RAM and will help avoid any memory-related instability the crashes may cause with your other apps. Some users have reported a reduction in crashes by moving the Quality slider in Decim8’s settings all the way to the right. My only other suggestion is to avoid using the app for now.

While it still crashes on a 4, it seems to do so less often than other iPhone users are reporting. Your mileage may vary.

If you’ve found other workarounds for Decim8’s crashes, please share them in the comments below.

Decim8 has always been a cranky app, but it creates some really cool effects. We’ll keep you posted for the update which fixes the memory issues.



Thanks to Richard Grant and Trover for the heads up on this story.