Greetings techies, it’s that time of the week again! Today’s App Of The Week is Polarr. As always, I wouldn’t recommend an app that I didn’t use myself.

If you may remember, several months ago I wrote a review of a wonderful web app on Chrome OS called Polarr. They recently launched their app on iOS, so let’s take a look.

Polarr was created by a Stanford graduate named Borui Wang, as an attempt to bring professional-quality photography tools to users at an affordable price.

How Polarr Became Successful

CEO Borui Wang told BusinessInsider the secret of how Polarr became a featured app in the App Store, and was downloaded 250,000 times in just 48 hours.

  • Use the latest operating system with the latest features.
  • Read the marketing guidelines carefully, and use high quality screenshots and videos for the app preview, and interact with Apple to let them know of your company.
  • Use precise timing. Every Thursday Apple refreshes the Featured page with new apps and features, so launch your app right before then.
  • Build your product that will bring value and great design to your users.

Polarr is a very unique app. It has beginner-friendly filters that you can use on your photos quickly, but for knowledgable users Polarr has tools like a histogram, Curves, HSL (Hue, Saturation, Luminance), and more. The app even lets you see your edit history, so you can go back and change/remove edits if you prefer.

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One unique feature that I haven’t found in any other photo editing app is the ability to use your smartphone’s gyroscope in the editing process.

The app is meant to be used in landscape mode, and if you turn your phone in portrait mode, you’ll see the before and after versions of your photo.

Users can easily import photos from the Camera Roll, or take a photo right from within the app. When you’re done with post processing, you can save the photo to Camera Roll, or easily export it to other apps like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more.

Currently you can only import from the Camera Roll and not albums, so if you have a photo in an album that you’d like to edit, you’ll have to duplicate it and save it to the Camera Roll first.

Polarr is free, with an in-app purchase of $4.99 to unlock Pro features like gradients, custom filters, and radial filters. The price is definitely worth it to me, and you’ll be helping out a small company at the same time.

Currently Polarr is on iOS and as a web app in Chrome OS, but on Facebook Polarr recently shared a sneak peek of the app running on an Android phone.

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Andrew Orr

Andrew Orr is a young man who loves gadgets, photography and cats. You can find him most places under the username @orrandrew91.