Version 1.2 – The Journal

Version 1.2 of Viewfinder Preview is now available in the App Store. This is the second major update for the app. The main new feature to be included in this build is the new Journal view. This is an alternative to the film strip style Photo Gallery that is already available.

The idea behind the Journal is to streamline the viewing of the data attached to photos and the editing of notes. As seen above, the photos are displayed in a table with photo details: format, focal length, exposure details and notes, alongside them. You can edit the notes directly in this view. If you click on the photo you can see a full size version of it. If you click on the details you get to see an extended list of photo details including film emulation applied, aspect ratio if set, time when the photo was taken and if location data is available where the photo was taken.

Along with the Journal comes the ability to create Albums. Use Albums to store all the images from one project, trip, storyboard etc. Setup an active album to which all photos you capture are automatically added. The Journal was meant to give you a form of iPhone based photography notebook. With the album feature you can have a separate notebook for each of your projects.

You can see the full release notes here

Version 1.1.4

Another minor version update was released today. This is to fix a crash bug plus a number of other smaller bugs.

  • Fixed crash when taking a photo in rangefinder mode and zoomed out past extents of iPhone camera.
  • Fixed multiple issues where manual exposure mode was getting cancelled.
  • Allow focus point selection while in manual exposure mode.
  • If you select a menu that is already displayed it will hide it.
  • Added startup reminder message telling user Viewfinder Preview needs access to iPhone Photos in the situation where user has previously selected to not give access to Photos.

You can see the full release notes here

Version 1.1.3

Version 1.1.3 of Viewfinder Preview was released 2 days ago. It has been released mainly to fix one major issue. It wasn’t possible to add new focal lengths. This has now been resolved. Other changes in the version include

  • Tidying up the positioning of tool tips and adding the ability to attach them to tool bar icons.
  • Film format preset sections in the edit film format menu are now collapsible.

You can see the release notes here

Version 1.1.2

Version 1.1.2 of Viewfinder Preview is now available. The release includes the following updates.

  • Version 1.1 introduced the aspect ratio menu. This version now adds the support for editing the entries in this menu.
  • The exposure offset slider also added in version 1.1 was a little fiddly to get on the exact values required. Plus and minus buttons have been added to allow the user to move up or down one value. This should give more refined editing of the exposure offset value.
  • The internal representation of the notes attached to photos has changed. The change makes the saving of notes more robust.
  • The rangefinder mode will now zoom in when the rangefinder box gets too small. Previously as you zoomed in the rangefinder mode became less useful as the box was too small to make accurate framing. Now, when zooming in and the rangefinder box reaches a certain size the iPhone camera zoom is doubled. Similarly in the other direction the iPhone camera zoom halves if the box gets too large.

Version 1.1

The first major update to Viewfinder Preview has been released and is now available in the App Store. This release has quite a number of new features.

  • Film emulation filters: You can select a film stock in the Settings and it will apply a filter to the preview view to replicate the colour and tone characteristics of that particular film stock.
  • Landscape view: There is a landscape version of the UI now. When you orientate the phone into landscape the film format, focal length and light meter buttons all move to the bottom of the screen
  • Wide Angle Lens Adapter support: It is possible to buy wide angle lens adapters for the iPhone. With one of these you can preview much shorter focal lengths. The only problem is the phone doesn’t know when one of these is attached or how wide they are. You can now add this information in the Settings.
  • Aspect ratio overriding: There is an additional button on the main screen for you to set the aspect ratio of the preview.
  • Exposure offset: You can add an offset to the lightmeter exposure calculation. If you are using a ND filter use this offset to get the correct exposure inside Viewfinder Preview.
  • Linking setup to the current film format: Enabling this will mean the ISO, focal length, aspect ratio and film emulation settings used with a film format will be stored and when that film format is selected again those values will be restored.

See the full release notes here