• Editor Rating

  • Rated 4.5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • Alayer
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  • Last modified: Mar 28, 2014

Review Summary:

PROS: Interesting UI design. Intriguing concept. Lots of preloaded content. Great value. CONS: No major remarks.

There are more than a few interesting photo editors in the iOS App Store, and this category has proven to be very interesting both for developers and users. If try to remember how these editors looked like a few years back, I think you’ll be pretty amazed by how fast this evolution is currently happening. Even professionals can use some of these apps on their iPads, which tells you that this platform has grown into a real powerhouse.

In today’s review we’ll take a look at an application named Alayer. This is yet another iOS photo editor which is trying to bring something different, packed in a nicely designed UI as well. This app is only available for iPhones, and you can download it for $1.

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The main idea behind Alayer is to allow you to edit photos through a series of layers. Even though this is not something new in the App Store, there are some small details which are very intriguing and interesting. But first, a few words on this app’s interface design. From the first moment I started using Alayer I had this feeling that this app is inspired by Windows Phone. Even though some users won’t agree with me on this, this app features interface filled with tiles and icon as tiles on their own. Even though this is still a great example of a flat design principles, there are some major differences in a flat design layout of iOS and Windows Phone. I not saying this in a negative manner, since it’s nice to see an application that stands out. On the other hand, Alayer brings enjoyable layout which enables fluid workflow, which is probably the most important think and which directly affects usability.

After you import a photo to Alayer you’ll be asked to apply a first layer. In most cases this can be some kind of a basic photo editing tool like brightness, contrast, sharpness, hue, and saturation. But when it comes to applying stylistic textures and effects, this apps brings a lot of them. You’ll get to choose a texture from a large selection, and what’s interesting is that you’ll be able to delete a portion of a layer. This means that even though you can combine unlimited numbers of layers, you can also customize them individually and even delete parts of them. It’s nice to see that a developer included so much preloaded content, which will keep you occupied for a very long time. All of this content will be available after you purchase this app, and there are no in-app purchases whatsoever.

After you’re done editing, you can choose to export your picture or you can share it. The sharing screen features large sized tiles which will share your content to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also e-mail it as well.

Alayer is a great value. For only $1 you’ll get a fully useable photo editor which comes with lots of preloaded content. You can also purchase Alayer for iPad, but it comes as a separate version that’s also priced at $1.


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