Today I’m going to talk about Painting 101. This painting app was FREE, along with all the in-app purchases at the time. There are some concerns I have with this painting app. They will be pointed out in this blog post.
This is a screen shot and break down of how the app operates. It also shows the tools that are available.
This screen shot shows you how to use the tools and apply the different paint styles. The biggest CON with this app is you can’t apply layers on top of your painting like most painting/drawing apps. You have to apply, change paints and keep doing it this way. It an awkward workflow and smudging doesn’t work to well with this app either.
Now the other things I don’t is when you load a photo and you have to adjust the photo to fit the canvas. Where most apps will just load to fit the canvas. The second thing is you have to use a horizontal/landscape canvas. You can’t do square and vertical/portrait format. So you’re stuck with only one aspect ratio, which is very limiting and disappointing.
The other problem was saving my painterly photo. It’s a pain in the ass (literally) to save your images. You think when you save onto the gallery it would save onto the camera roll. Nope, you have to go to gallery with this setting and save it by tapping the box arrow button to save your image onto the camera roll. This to me is very frustration and counter productive. The developers definitely need to change this a.s.a.p.
The last thing is the resolution save at 1024 x 768. I can understand this resolution save if you have the original iPad but I have an iPad 4. They could have screen size saves (2048 x 1536) or higher. You’re charging people $4 for an iPad only app with low resolution saves. That also needs to change a.s.a.p. too.
Overall if I would had to pay for this app, I would be royally disappointed on many level. It’s has a very awkward workflow, user interface runs slow and not user friendly and low resolution saves. I feel if you’re making an iPad only app you have less limitations because it’s not universal iPhone/iPad app. The app does run on iOS 8. I’m glad that all the in-app purchases were free because it really opens up the app. Painting 101 sells for $3.99 in the App Store. You can also get the bundle pack with other apps for $9.99 in the App Store. I highly recommend that if you’re not happy with Painting 101 to send them feedback through the app (firstname.lastname@example.org) and write a review in the App Store to make these changes happen. If you have any questions about this blog post, please leave comments. Have a good day and see you soon.