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#1 Shadow_Thief

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 17:23

Hey guys,

As a small side project to learn objective-c I made this simple app. It's called Blur and It makes colorful ambient wallpapers based on pictures you take.
I know theres a big customization and theme making community here so hopefully you guys can use it to make some nice looking wallpapers :)


Blur.
https://itunes.apple...55838?ls=1&mt=8
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If you just want the default set of wallpapers that come with the app, you can also download those here.
http://dchen05.devia...k-App-376065326


Let me know what you think! It's my first app so any feedback is appreciated.

Dave


#2 Mainer82

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 17:38

Next on your plate is WP8? :)

#3 OP Shadow_Thief

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 17:45

@Mariner82 Hopefully that and Android as well!

#4 Nayos

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 17:52

Just bought it (as a result of this thread)
Very useful to me as I like gradient wallpapers but can never be bothered finding decent ones.

There seems to be some gradient banding though on some images, so perhaps add a noise slider to help deal with that?

#5 Axel

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 18:00

Is it possible to post a video demo of the app in action? :)

#6 OP Shadow_Thief

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 18:02

@Nayos Thanks!

I've noticed the banding as well and was wondering how to get rid of it. In the next version the slider sensitivity will be toned down a bit, so maybe that will help. But good call on the noise, I will try that out and see what the results are.

#7 SMELTN

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 18:52

Is it possible to post a video demo of the app in action? :)

I would like to see a demo myself before I purchase

#8 OP Shadow_Thief

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 19:09

Thanks for the interest guys.

I will see if I can whip up a video today :)

Its going to be a funny video, because its such a simple app. You just take a picture from your gallery or camera, then choose the amount of blur and ta daaa!!! It sounds very simple but the results can be quite good.

I will post it here when the video is up.

#9 fusi0n

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 19:11

Bring to Android :D

#10 OP Shadow_Thief

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 21:51

Alright folks, just whipped this up. Sometime soon I will post a more complete video but this give you an idea.



Please disregard that im taking a picture of an african drum on a kitchen table, I needed something colorful lol.

Not shown in the video:
You can also load photos from your gallery, and save your blurs to your camera roll, thats what the other button does. Thats it!

We have gotten some good feedback from lots of people so I'm sure more features will be coming soon.

#11 LieboOSBA

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 23:23

Looks nice but no feedback showing on the AppStore?

#12 Draconian Guppy

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 23:32

no android love :p ?



#13 bigmehdi

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 23:50

So it's a traditional blurring algorithm like the ones you can find in photoshop ? (box blur I  guess).

 

The banding probably comes from the limitation of the display (it's probably not 24 bit),

a solution would be some dithering. Normally it's automatrically handled by the system , but perhaps not for the wallpaper.



#14 Marshall

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 00:11

Next on your plate is WP8? :)

 

I see what you did there! You should be a rapper. :p



#15 OP Shadow_Thief

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 23:47

Hey everyone,

 

Blur just got a significant update so I thought I would update the thread.

 

- I fixed the banding problem by switching to a new blurring algorithm.

- iPad support

- iOS7 fixes (more coming soon)

 

https://itunes.apple...d637855838?mt=8

 

I just started working on the android version. Gotta figure out what I'm doing in Android Studio first but hopefully soon!

 

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