simply b&W, iPhone

Simply B&W will be joining the Fotosyn stable of apps.

We recently reported that Mr. B Ware was closing up shop. This was the developer of the popular black & white photo app (and one of my faves) Simply B&W.

Great news! Simply B&W has found a new home! Fotosyn, the developer of the excellent Bleach Bypass and Geló apps, will be continuing development of this excellent and easy to use black & white conversion app. More after the jump. >>>

I am extremely happy over this news. Both Bleach Bypass and Geló are well-made, well-coded apps from a small, solid developer. Simply B&W is an excellent fit to James Moore’s portfolio of apps.

Currently, Simply B&W is unavailable in the App Store. It should be back soon.

Here’s the full press release with all the info you’ll need:

Simply B&W will be joining the Fotosyn stable of apps.

simply bw, black & white photo app for iPhoneA few weeks ago, Brian Kennedy of Mr B Ware, author of Simply B&W began discussions with myself about looking after and taking on the presence of Simply B&W in the App Store. As that handover will soon be complete with the app reappearing in the next week or so I wanted to let you know what was happening and where we’ll be going in the next few months with the app.

First of all… Simply B&W is one of the stalwart apps in the App Store. It’s hugely respected for its simplicity and effectiveness. That’s something I too very much believe in what apps should do –  a set number of tasks but doing them well. Simply B&W definitely has an enviable reputation in the App Store and it is something that I will do my best to keep up as the app develops over time.

One of the most important things I wanted to put across first off is that the app will remain free. Free download, and free without any in-app purchases or advertising. The app, in it’s current form, fully free, will form the basis of going forwards. This is in keeping with the generous spirit of Brian who has selflessly handed the code over to me lock stock without looking for any financial gain. I respect this standpoint very much and I hope to continue with the development of Simply B&W in this spirit.

The app itself will relaunch, unchanged but will allow the app to progress and its user base to re-enter the update cycle, initially from maintenance mode in the initial months to an app that will keep up to date with the developments of iOS and the iPhone and iPad family. Initially I would see updates allowing for the larger sizes of the iPhone 5, possibly an iPad version as well as other tweaks including geolocation within EXIF data.

From there, and as I shape the other apps I have (Bleach Bypass and Geló) I will draw on what works – allowing for easy workflow updates and enhancements to the UI, so that all three offer a unified user experience with the focus on taking pictures and editing them straight on your phone/tablet.

To say I am delighted to have been chosen to look after Simply B&W is an understatement. My passion has always been photography and image processing, so to be given the opportunity help others develop their photography through apps, and now with Simply B&W will be a great source of pleasure for me in the coming years.I will be supporting Simply B&W with updates in line with my other apps; launching an app site to showcase the app as well as writing tutorials specifically related to Black and White photography which will appear on the newly (relaunched) Fotosyn website in the coming weeks.

I am also entering into discussions with a world-class landscape photographer about writing some tutorials which will form the basis of inspiration in using this great app. This is in early stage but it is someone with whom I have worked extensively with in the past.

If you require further information please contact me on this address or on mobile 07714 214117. I am also available for Skype on jimmoorephoto.

Many Thanks and Best Regards…


Fotosyn is a small independent developer of iPhone apps based in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Started by Jim Moore in 2010; the stable includes Bleach Bypass and the recently launched colour tinting app Geló. Simply B&W makes up the third app in the range.