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The eleventh interview from a larger series of interviews with Photographers and iOS Developers. All of them develop portfolio Apps for Apple’s iPad and iPhone. This interview is with Simon Heys, based in London, England. He is a graphic designer and Programmer. He writes his own iOS Apps.
Minimal Folio is a simple way to present images and video on your iPad or iPhone. The app is unbranded so your portfolio can do the talking.
The fifth in a series of interview with various Photographers and iOS Developers. All of them develop portfolio Apps for Apple’s iPad. This interview is with Sigurd Kranendonk a professional photographer from the Netherlands talking about his app, XtraFolio.
XtraFolio and XtraFolio Lite can be found at any of the links below:
The fourth in a series of interview with various Photographers and iOS Developers. All of them develop portfolio Apps for Apple’s iPad. This interview is with Hong Kongese developer Tiger Ng.
Tiger Ng is a developer based in Hong Kong. Tiger is also responsible for other iApps such as PictureGames and PictureSecret. All his Apps involve some element of photography.
What gave you the inspiration to write Collections?
I found the built-in Photo App in the iPad boring, and other photo album Apps are also used in a similar way to browse photos, i.e. list of albums, list of photos in grid view, etc. There is also no iPhoto (Apple’s iLife) product in the market. Therefore, I would like to write a photos app to make people browse photos like photo books.
Who are you? Are you a photographer? Tell us a bit about yourself or the Portfolio team.
I am Tiger Ng, I am based in Hong Kong. I am not photographer. I have been working on iOS platform for 2 years.
Is this your first App for iOS?
My first app is Photo Only, it is an app that grabs any image from any web page, and users can download and view photos offline with it.
How easy was it to code in order to create Collections? How long did it take to get Collections to Version 1?
It took me four weeks, it has also given me image processing experience.
Do you write any other Apps for iOS?
Yes. Recently I have written an app called “PictureGames”, it allows people to create their own photo games (4 games now) in a few minutes. Another of my Apps is called “PictureSecret”, it provides a new way to share any hidden messages using photos.
Will you write other Apps for iOS devices? More importantly, photography related ones.
You released Collections before iOS 4.2. Did coding for iOS 4.2 make much of a difference compared to iOS 3.2?
Big difference. There are no multiple photos selection provided in iOS 3.2 and the image picker cannot be customized. In iOS 4.2, you can customize your own image pickers to provide multiple selections. That’s a major feature for photo Apps.
How long did it take to write Collections?
Where do you want to take Collections with future updates, where do you see yourself in a years time?
There is a lot of potential with that. Collections will be going to support videos, integrate with more photo sharing sites, and add sharing capability itself.
What do you as a Developer/Photographer want to see in the next iPad, either to aid your Apps or just for your own pleasure?
Camera. It is the most important feature for creating new photo Apps.
Are you a one man operation or is this a group effort?
Where are you based and where have you seen the greatest uptake of Collections at the moment?
In the US.
I found the built in Photo Application rather lacking for a Pro Photographer, others will feel it’s good enough. Were you concerned of your App’s uptake by other Photographers before committing yourself to creating Portfolio?
Collections provides new way to organize your photos in iPad. It can be for photo books (collage template), portfolio (edit, view, and slideshow mode), and even an image organizer (global search and folder).
Can you explain anything about the creation process behind your app? Did you involve other photographers or even editors to ask what they would want in a digital portfolio that attempts to replicate the printed portfolio and presentation?
Just do it.
Just to wrap up. How do you see this market developing as we go forward? Are you concerned about the ‘race to the bottom’ and copycat apps affecting this class of applications?
I think the quality is the most important. Less bugs and great performance can attract new users. The market is highly competitive because iPhone and iPad is still becoming popular and many people are coming to develop Apps. To keep growing, extending to other platforms, e.g. android or windows phone may be another solution.