While we're still waiting for Instagram to be developed for the BlackBerry platform, other developers are pushing through and creating their own variations to help fill the void. Today I wanted to share with the CrackBerry nation Uber Iris from Xlabz. Now, the Xlabz team isn't new to the BlackBerry platform and have a few productivity applications available on the BlackBerry PlayBook (like GroovyNotes, StockPulse, and Vault) but they’re no stranger to consumer-orientated apps like Sketch W Friends and now Uber Iris. Follow me after the break to see how this photo-editing app stacks up to the rest.
|Developer: XLabz Technologies Pvt Ltd||Version (at time of review): 1.0.1|
|File Size: 2.5 MB||OS Requirements: Tablet 1.0.0 or higher|
|Cost: $2.99||Website: http://www.xlabz.com|
Uber Iris is an application much like Instagram that allows for adding filters to photos you’ve taken with the PlayBook or photos you’ve loaded onto your tablet. One of the cool things about Uber Iris is they’ve gone a few steps further and have allowed you to add effects, crop the image, rotate, and adjust various levels of color and saturation.
This option doesn’t need much explanation other than it allows you to rotate your photo in any direction. This lets you correct the photos you may have taken in an odd orientation that just don’t look right.
The image flip option gives you the ability to flip (or mirror) the selected image. Doing so will allow you to alter the location of objects on your photos and give the appearance that they are on the opposite side of the photo.
Within this editing page you have the options to change a few of the key characteristics of a photo. Now I warn you that within this page you can really mess-up a good photo. Without an individual reset option, if you alter one incorrectly and can't get it back 100%, you will need to undo any changes and start over.
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The developer has made selecting a filter and its intensity really easy. To select a filter all you do is scroll through the rolodex style selector and stop on the filter of your choice. Once you’ve selected a filter you are able to increase or decrease the intensity by moving the slider up and down. All of the filter options are nondestructive, meaning that if you apply one and don’t like it you are always able to undo and revert back to the original.
There is actually a lot going for this application, and I think users will see its value quite quickly. First thing that I wanted to point out is the quality of the easy to use UI, and if you’ve read any of my other reviews you’ll know I stress this as one of the most important factors in an application. Uber Iris has an easy user interface with quick access to all the function buttons. I also liked how easy it was to share and add a caption to your photos, though I wish there were a few more sharing options.
While Xlabz has done a fantastic job at making the user interface of Uber Iris quite functional there were often points when I had to think if I actually hit the button or not. Also I did notice that if you moved a little to quickly through the application there was a bit of lag. Hopefully with the BlackBerry 10 NDK making its way to developers soon, Xlabz will consider using that and rebuilding the application.
If you’re looking for a good all-in-one photo editor for the BlackBerry PlayBook then check out Uber Iris. With its low price tag and high feature set I’m sure you’ll enjoy editing photos of family, friends, and anything else you find worth a thousand words. While I did mention that there was a bit of lag in the app I didn’t find it so much that I would stop using the app; the ability to do what I can with Uber Iris is worth it. I also felt that the user experience throughout the app made it quite easy to load up a photo, edit it, and export it either to FaceBook, Twitter, Flickr, or to my PlayBook's internal storage. For $2.99 I do recommend giving Uber Iris a shot. It can be found in BlackBerry App World on your PlayBook via the link below.
Uber Iris for the BlackBerry PlayBook has a few compelling features that make it stand out. The vast library of filters, the ability to rotate and mirror an image, and the ability to share it via your favorite social networks make this application great for those who need to have a photo studio in the palm of their hands.
I did find that when I was working on larger images the application did lag and became slightly less responsive then it was at the start. Also I wish that Xlabz had offered a few more sharing options like to Tumblr or other blog services.