An update for both TiltShift and TiltShift Lite with a few small fixes for OS X Mavericks has been released on the Mac App Store. More news to come…
This week, TiltShift is featured in the New & Noteworthy section on the front page of the Mac App Store. This is awesome news, obviously for me, but also for new users as it exposes TiltShift to new audiences that I haven’t been able to reach so far. A big thank you to the folks at Apple for recognizing the work and love I put into the product!
I am also thrilled to be in the company of my good friends of Ulysses fame. If you ever do any writing, I strongly suggest you check out this brilliant app! Marcus, Max and team have put so much thought and effort into this third iteration of their flagship product. Also check out Ulysses if you just want to experience a state-of-the-art Mac app. Last but not least they’re very fine folks, you want to support that sort of developers.
Finally, I wanted to reassure that being featured is a great thing for sales, even if it’s ‘just’ in the icon grid. This is especially true if you haven’t invested in any real marketing activities. In the revenue chart of the last week you can clearly spot the App Store page update on Friday. I wish it would continue like that, would surely make the decision to invest in marketing a lot easier…
This raving review (in German) by user Almigurt made my day:
Schnell, einfach und großartig im Ergebnis! Jeden Penny wert! ★★★★★
Ein ganze Weile schon suche ich nach einer guten Tilt Shift App für den Mac – und es sieht so aus, als hätte ich sie endlich gefunden! Tilt Shift kommt mit einem reduzierten und großartigen Userinterface – und noch besseren Ergebnissen. Endlich auch auf dem Mac eine gute App, die Miniatreffekte schnell und einfach in seine Bilder zu bekommen! 🙂
by Almigurt – Version 1.2 – Jan 7, 2013
Contacting a developer in case of a problem before writing a bad review or posting a positive review if you like an app makes all our lives more enjoyable! We’re all just humans and as such sometimes make mistakes and always love getting encouraging feedback for what we do.
TiltShift is once again available on the Mac App Store. It is an app for computer generated tilt-shift photography. It allows you to create fake miniature versions of regular photos, simulating the effect of expensive tilt-shift lenses.
You can define an arbitrary position for the virtual focal plane and setup its properties using an intuitive visual interface. Additional controls for saturation, contrast, brightness, sharpness and vignette let you create amazing fake miniatures.
You may have wondered what happened to TiltShift and TiltShift Lite.
Stefan Hafeneger, the original creator of TiltShift had to give up the apps. As we’ve known each other for a while, we agreed that I would watch over them, make sure they work and even evolve them as time permits.
We were planning to make the transition as smoothly as possible. Unfortunately we had to learn after months of trying — mostly waiting actually — that it is still impossible to transfer apps on the Mac App Store from one developer to another one.
The only viable option was for Stefan to remove the apps from sale. I took the source code and resubmitted new apps under my own account. After Stefan went ahead and completely deleted the products in his account I was also able to re-acquire the original names, TiltShift and TiltShift Lite.
TiltShift has already been approved by Apple, TiltShift Lite will hopefully follow any day now. Watch this space to learn when both will be available.