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.

Film Emulation Filters

Film Emulation Comparison Grid

One of the major new features in version 1.1 of Viewfinder Preview is film emulation filters. Selecting a film emulation in the Settings will apply a filter to the preview view to replicate the colour and tone characteristics of that particular film stock. Selecting a black and white film will give you a black and white view. The emulation is done through large colour look up tables. Given a source colour the colour look up table returns an emulated colour. These colour look up tables or presets have been authored by Pat David. He has been kind enough to share them through a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. The presets are an approximation of the film stocks and in some situations there has been a level of artistic license in generating them. They are not exact replicas. The four images above show the same bunch of flowers with different film emulation filters applied. The presets used are Kodak Portra 160, Ilford HP5 Plus 400, Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100 and Fujifilm Velvia 50.

The film emulation filters are also applied to any photos you take with the app while they are enabled.

The colour film presets available are

  • Agfa Precisa 100
  • Agfa Vista 200
  • Fujifilm Pro 160C
  • Fujifilm Pro 400H
  • Fujifilm Provia 100F
  • Fujifilm Superia 400
  • Fujifilm Velvia 50
  • Kodak Ektachrome 100 VS
  • Kodak Ektar 100
  • Kodak Portra 160
  • Kodak Portra 400
  • Kodak Portra 800.

The black and white film presets available are

  • Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100
  • Ilford Delta 100
  • Ilford Delta 400
  • Ilford Delta 3200
  • Ilford FP4 Plus 125
  • Ilford HP5 Plus 400
  • Ilford Pan F Plus 50
  • Ilford XP2
  • Kodak T-Max 100
  • Kodak T-Max 400
  • Kodak T-Max 3200
  • Kodak Tri-X 400
  • Rollei IR 400
  • Rollei Retro 80s.