Fast Company interviews Spotliter CEO Kris Ramanathan about iOS 8

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Four Major Headaches Apple Fixed Shows It’s Listening To Complaints For Once

by Michael Grothaus, Fast Company, 2014-06-06

When Tim Cook took to the stage at WWDC this week you could tell something was different. Usually the keynote is dedicated to showcasing all the front-end, user-centric features of the next iOS and OS X, with the new developer tools taking a backseat at private labs during the week. But this time Cook revealed that a full third of the keynote would be dedicated to showcasing the greatest features of the iOS 8 SDK–something Cook boasted was the “biggest release since the launch of the App Store.”

It turns out that wasn’t just hyperbole. As WWDC winds to a close here are what developers told us are four of the massive changes to the iOS SDK that will make coding for it better than ever. What’s most surprising? In an uncharacteristically sympathetic way for Apple, they seem correspond to the most prevalent developer complaints.

1. iOS 8 Is More Open Than Ever

“It appears that Apple really listened to a lot of the issues being raised by the app development community and has responded with a release that is focused on addressing our concerns, which is reflected in their claim of 4,000 APIs in the iOS 8 SDK,” says Kris Ramanathan, CEO and cofounder of Netomat, the company that makes the critically praised Spotliter photo and video app for iOS.

Ramanathan’s assertion is something that I’m not used to hearing from developers, who always seem just a bit dissatisfied after each WWDC. However this year things seem different and virtually every developer I spoke with agrees with Ramanathan’s statement.

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Hongkiat.com reviews Spotliter

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Thanks to Hongkiat.com for posting a nice review of Spotliter. Here are some excerpts from the post:

Insert Interactive Filters To Videos & Photos With Spotliter [IOS]

Apps such as Instagram allows you to add layers onto your photos. These type of apps are very popular due to the photo filtering functionality, allowing users to create photographs that have a certain type of look to them. Some developers have tried the same with video, where a filter is added to achieve different color effects.

Spotliter, however, goes beyond simple color filters. The free app provides the users more than the usual black & white or sepia filters. Spotliter provides interactive filters where users can create videos while manipulating the filter effects as they shoot them. Let’s check out the app, shall we?…

…The amazing thing about the app is that all of the filters can be applied and changed while the video is being recorded. You can use one filter one moment, then change it to another in the next second. It also allows you to pause your video recording, giving you time to switch filters before resuming.

Read the full review at Hongkiat.com.

…and now a video using the SKETCH touch effect.

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A few days ago, we posted some cool looking photos taken in NYC using the SKETCH touch effect. But SKETCH also works amazingly well when you use it to record video and capture things which are moving all around you. Check out this video of the same NYC streets using SKETCH. A friend told us that it reminded her of that Aha music video from a generation ago (Take on me)! Check it out – it’s only 10 seconds.

Recording this is about as simple as you get – Just start Spotliter, go into video capture mode, select SKETCH and move your finger on the screen to see what part of the screen you want in SKETCH mode and what part you want to record “unfiltered.” Start recording. That’s it. You can even move your finger around on the screen while recording to change the sketch area.

Videomaker: Spotliter app brings live touchscreen editing

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SPOTLITER APP BRINGS LIVE TOUCHSCREEN EDITING: TOUCH, TAP, AND SWIPE VIDEO EFFECTS

Excerpt: “Spotliter is one of few iPhone video apps that takes full advantage of the iPhone’s touchscreen and user interface to add various video effects while the user is recording”

Making videos can be serious business. At the same time, today’s tools should help video to be fun and easy to create. New technologies are changing the way that video is made, in particular the Apple’s iPhone is creating a new paradigm in mobile video for the masses. There are lots of iPhone video apps out there that do just that, change the way everyday users create video.

A fair number of iPhone video apps allow users to add effects after they record. Many of these apps make sharing videos on social media sites much easier. And there are some iPhone video apps that utilize the technology embedded in the iPhone and the iPod Touch.

iPhones and other mobile devices are designed around the user interface which is inherently intuitive because of the touchscreen. Spotliter is one of few iPhone video apps that takes full advantage of the iPhone’s touchscreen and user interface to add various video effects while the user is recording.

Spotliter and Touch Effects

The goal of the Spotliter developers was “to make a video camera app that offered powerful, sophisticated effects yet was very simple and intuitive to use.” Spotliter allows users to apply various effects during the recording process with simple gestures such as swiping, tapping, pinching, and sliding. Spotliter refers to these as touch effects. It’s a simple concept that works like a touchscreen camera should, allowing users to apply different filters and effects to their videos.  Read more

 

Spotliter now takes Photos, not just Video! Introducing Spotliter 1.1

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Hi Everyone!  We are very excited to announce that we have launched a major new update, Spotliter version 1.1.  Get it now.

What’s new?

PHOTOS! The app now allows users to use all those great touch effects to take photos in addition to recording video.  Don’t worry though – the app is just as simple and clutter free as before.  We’ve added just one button to the screen that you tap to switch between photo and video modes.

New Touch Effects!  There are now 15 touch effects that you can use in photo mode and 15 you can use in video mode.  We love the new effects and hope you will too.  They include JUXTAPOSE, HORIZON, DOTS, CHIAROSCURO (replacing VINTAGE)  all of which work for photo and video and SANDPAINT  which is for photos only.

Our personal favorites of the new effects are HORIZON and JUXTAPOSE, followed closely by CHIAROSCURO, all of which work great for photos and videos.  The first two also allow you to make some pretty freaky-looking photos or video plus photo mashups.  We also found that most of the original touch effects look great for photos, especially B&W2COLOR, POSTERIZE, FREEZE and OVERLAY.

Improvements.  Many enhancements have been made to existing effects to make them and the captured photos and videos richer and clearer, more responsive to touch and offering more options for manipulating effects.

Removed.  UNCOVER and VINTAGE effects have been removed.

We hope you will enjoying using this new version as much as we do.  We would love to see and feature the Spotliter photos and videos you make so please tag them with #spotliter when you share them on your favorite sites and social networks.

You can also connect with us using one or more of the following ways:

thanks!

the Spotliter team

Spotliter Selfie photo using JUXTAPOSE effect

Great CNET Review of Spotliter!

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CNET’s Rick Broida published a terrific review of the Spotliter app:

Spotliter app adds real-time effects to your iOS videos
Like an Instagram for video, Spotliter Video offers a variety of very cool filters you can apply while you shoot.

With the arrival of iOS 7, iPhone and iPad users received a smattering of Instagram-style visual-effect filters for snapping photos. But they can’t be used when shooting video.

Enter Spotliter Video, a free app that provides a choice of distinctive filters for video recording. It is, quite simply, like Instagram for video, though without the integrated sharing options.

It works like this: fire up the app, then tap to choose an effect from the scrolling selector along the bottom. Spotliter offers a dozen of them, but not just the usual assortment of sepia, black-and-white, and so on.

Rather, you get effects like B&W2COLOR, which blends the image from black and white on one end to color on the other. But if you tap or drag on the image preview, you’ll see the effect move to match where your finger lands. The same is true of Floodlight, which darkens all but a finger-specific area. If you’re using your iPhone to shoot, say, a fun little home horror movie, you could do some really cool stuff with this effect.  More here.

 

Spotliter video record with SKETCH touch effect

Indian Express Spotliter review – Instagram for video?

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EXCLUSIVE: Instagram for video? Spotliter might have the answer

Instagram has cult status now. But an app that gives similar filters for video has not yet made it big. But we suspect things could change with the launch of the new Spotliter app, created by US-based netomat.

The free app, available only on iOS for the moment, allows users to add filters to their videos and also highlight, or spotlight as they would like to call it, certain parts of the frame. There is a very good magnify filter which lets the user blow up any specific part of the frame. The size of the spot can easily be increased or reduced by pinching on the touch screen.

So, what was the inspiration behind the app? Netomat CEO and co-founder Kris Ramanathan says the goal was to make it easy for average, everyday users to create beautiful videos with professional looking effects. “The netomat team, in particular our Chief Scientist and Co-Founder Maciej Wisniewski, has been developing innovation in image and video processing and effects for several years now,” says Kris, who has nearly a decade’s experience building and delivering mobile products.  Read more

Spotliter reviewed by Digital Trends

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Spotliter for iPhone applies fun effects and filters to videos while recording

By Les Shu — December 7, 2013

Smartphones aren’t just useful for casual photos, but they’re adept at shooting videos too. However, unlike filters and special effects you can add while taking photos, the options have been fairly limited while recording video. A new free iOS app from Netomat called Spotliter, however, lets you apply “touch effects and filters” to your videos.

Made for iPhone and iPod Touch, users can magnify a portion of a scene, freeze a part of the video, switch between front and back cameras, overlay an image on top of a video, turn an object from black and white to color, and add other effects, all by pinching, tapping, swiping, or sliding your fingers on the screen during recording.   Read more

iPhone Italia: Spotliter, l’app per applicare effetti video durante la registrazione

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iPhone Italia

Spotliter, l’app per applicare effetti video durante la registrazione

07 dicembre 2013 di Giuseppe Migliorino

Spotliter è un’applicazione che consente di applicare effetti live ai video registrati tramite iPhone.

Con questa applicazione è possibile sfruttare il touchscreen per inserire gli effetti disponibili, modificarli, cancellarli o passare dalla fotocamera posteriore a quella anteriore durante la registrazione. E’ anche possibile mettere in pausa la registrazione e riprenderla nello stesso video.Gli effetti disponibili sono 12 e molto variegati, adatti per le diverse occasioni (dallo sport ai video “romantici”).

Insomma, con Spotliter potete iniziare a registrare un video, applicare due effetti, passare dalla fotocamera posteriore a quella anteriore, mettere in pausa, riprendere la registrazione e applicare un altro effetto. Read more

Nice Spotliter post by Cult of Mac!

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Free iPhone App (Spotliter) Transforms Your Videos With ‘Touch Effects & Filters’

 (4:19 am PDT, Dec 9th 2013)

Hoping to recreate the success Instagram has had doing a similar thing to still images, new app Spotliter Video allows users to add a range of effects to videos shot using iOS devices.

The free app was developed by Netomat, and offers “touch effects and filters” to videos — including the ability to magnify a portion of a scene, freeze part of a video, switch easily between front and back cameras while shooting, overlay one image over another, transition easily between color and black-or-white, along with a plethora of other effects.  Read more