Photos framework and HipStyles

HipStyles was removed from the App Store over a year ago, but from time to time I still think it could be resurrected. However, after taking a long hard look at Apple’s new Photos framework in iOS 9, I think it is just not feasible anymore. HipStyles and the Assets Library Framework HipStyles was a photo finder for Hipstamatic and Oggl photos, looking for snaps taken with some Hipstamatic lens, film or flash of your choosing. []

HipStyles End Of Life

On August 15, 2014, HipStyles will be retired from the App Store.

I have decided to end the development of HipStyles, for good. In practice it was on hold for a long time due to other commitments, but after long last, version 2.0 was released in April 2014. Now it’s time to finally close the curtain on this act.

Since November 2012, HipStyles has tracked the new gear in Hipstamatic, and provided an easy way to find shots, or HipstaPrints, taken with a specific combination of lens, film, and flash. Some iPhoneographers have found it useful, since it provides a function Hipstamatic itself doesn’t.

Here’s a summary why I think HipStyles failed to make a dent in the universe:

  • Lack of initial validation of the product idea
  • Premium pricing probably alienated many potential customers
  • The execution failed by some accounts: too many or wrong features, with bugs
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HipStyles 1.0.9

We have skipped a few point releases of HipStyles in announcements, so here’s an update. HipStyles 1.0.9 is available on the App Store. It supports all the latest HipstaPaks as of October 2013. The development of HipStyles has taken a backseat recently since we have focused on introni. However, there have been some experiments with proper iOS 7 support and improvements to the photo matching, so maybe later this year something will surface. []

HipStyles en français !

Mesdames et messieurs, nous vous présentons: ‎HipStyles en français ! Rechercher vos photos ‎Hipstamatic dans votre téléphone par l’équipement et les partager à ‎Instagram, ‎Twitter ou ‎Facebook. Téléchargez la nouvelle version 1.0.6 maintenant sur l’‎AppStore ! HipStyles 1.0.6 is now available on the App Store. As you may gather from the above, it was localized into French. We also updated the Japanese localization, and made a number of performance enhancements to the matching engine. []

HipStyles 1.0.5 finds Oggl photos, adds posting to Instagram

HipStyles for iPhone, the friendly photo finder assistant for Hipstamatic enthusiasts, was recently updated to version 1.0.5, and is now available on the App Store. Since the recent launch of Hipstamatic Oggl we have been busy bringing HipStyles up to date in finding also the great shots you took with Oggl that end up in your iPhone’s camera roll. The recently released São Paulo HipstaPak was also quickly examined, and HipStyles was updated to find photos that use the new Madalena lens and Robusta film. []