Not your ev­ery­day im­age fil­ter­ing app

Mac Format - - RATED - Devel­oper Pix­ite, pix­ iPhone, iPod touch, iPad Ver­sion 1.7

Frag­ment is an un­usual en­try into the cor­nu­copia of photo fil­ter apps. Rather than mak­ing your im­ages look like they’ve been left in a mouldy bis­cuit tin for 40 years, it uses a geo­met­ric shape to split and du­pli­cate the shot, cre­at­ing a kind of dou­ble ex­po­sure.

Flick­ing up the menu al­lows you to switch the shape you’re play­ing with, as well as bright­ness, con­trast, glow colour and even a stereo­scopic 3D ef­fect. It’s the sort of thing you could spend hours play­ing with, and while it will re­pay the time you in­vest in it, some­times the best re­sults come from a sim­ple ap­pli­ca­tion of the prism-like shards the app is ca­pa­ble of gen­er­at­ing.

The ef­fects are cer­tainly strik­ing, but a lot rests on choos­ing the right com­bi­na­tion of fil­ter and base im­age. Once you’ve found some­thing that might work, you can zoom and ro­tate the inset im­age with your fin­gers be­fore tap­ping an arrow to ei­ther share your cre­ation or run it back through the app to ap­ply a dif­fer­ent fil­ter.

The de­ci­sion to use a swipe up from the bot­tom of the screen to open the fil­ter menu is an odd one, as it’s quite pos­si­ble to open iOS’s Con­trol Cen­ter in­stead. Oth­er­wise, Frag­ment has an in­tu­itive in­ter­face that’s speedy to op­er­ate.

New in this ver­sion is the abil­ity to edit videos – as long as you’re us­ing iOS 8. This works per­fectly smoothly but is per­haps best saved for short se­quences rather than a whole wed­ding video.

Frag­ment isn’t some­thing you’re go­ing to want to ap­ply to ev­ery photo you take. How­ever, with the right im­age you can cer­tainly cre­ate some­thing spe­cial with it. Ian Even­den

Frag­ment is a unique im­age-edit­ing app that may have lim­ited ap­pli­ca­tions but will al­ways turn up some­thing new.

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