Why Prisma photo-editing app failed to impress me


Prisma, the photo-editing app on Android and iOS that shot to fame in no time, is giving a tough time to the seasoned apps like Pixlr, Snapseed, Photo Editor Pro and others. For those who haven’t tried the app yet, let’s start with a brief description of what the Prisma app is all about. Prisma app “transforms your photos into artworks using styles of famous artists: Van Gogh, Picasso, Levitan, as well as world famous ornaments and patterns.” Users can share them on social networks as well.To start with, remember that Prisma is not your typical photo-editing app.Though it may look like one. One big difference versus other photo-editing apps is that it creates the selected image from ground-up based on the sketch-art effect chosen by you, thanks to its artificial intelligence. The resulting image looks nothing groundbreaking though.The app, as I assume, will probably end up like any other photo-editing app on Google Play Store and Apple App Store — many of whom too launched with a bang. It’s probably not worth those few MB of data and your time. Wonder why I say that? Read on to know.Artisto one ups Prisma with artistic filters for videosWhen we think of Prisma, we think of image filters. Afterall, the app got the limelight because of its so called ‘unique’ filter effects. When I started using these effects I really liked a couple of them. Only a couple because rest of them ruined the image and so I never really felt the need to use them. If you too have tried Prisma before you must’ve realised that besides a couple of effects, no other effect brings that required tone to your clicked shot.Since only select filters are really usable, you might get bored of them very soon. At least, I got. And you can’t use that ‘Tears’ filter in all your selfies right? And definitely not the ‘Paper Art’ effect. (It can universally ruin any image)
The Prisma Labs CEO few days ago confirmed some of the upcoming features . The update would bring Prisma videos and probably some new effects later. While all this sounds exciting, what worries me is that what will happen to the processing time? Prisma users on Android know what I’m talking about.It takes ages to process one single image with the chosen filter. You can already see users ranting about it on public forums and on social media. Now try imagining the app’s AI processing a full-size video for you. How much time would that take? What irritates me more is that processing takes your Internet data. If you are offline, the app simply won’t process the image or even load the effects.Prisma app review: Transforms your photos into work of artAlso, since there are no basic controls like the brightness, contrast, colour balance, doodling options and more, some smartphone users like me who take photography bit more seriously, might end up uninstalling it and instead go for some other app that lets you tweak an image just enough to keep it original and also make it appear attractive. Adobe Lightroom app is what I have been using since past few months and it works perfectly. Of course, a lot more can be achieved from the app besides tweaking the tone of the image or applying effects.
Not only Niantic Inc is facing server overloading issue with Pokemon Go. Prisma Labs in on the same boat too. Although this issue was not present with iOS, it has constantly been bugging users on Android, which happens to be the dominant mobile OS. Most of the times I am not able to even get started with Prisma because the creator is running out of servers. “Prisma is over capacity” says the app before even opening the camera. “There are too many people using Prisma right now. Please wait a moment and try again.” For once I even waited for few minutes before finally giving up.Prisma photo editing app to get video support soonI know this one is not an issue that should be of much concern but it does bug you at times — regular updates are irritating. Prisma Labs on an average is sending users an app update in every 2 days. The worse part, there are no new features yet, only bug fixes. Hopefully the number of updates would decrease with time as the app becomes more stable.Prisma no doubt has a lot of potential and can really improve in some areas. I am looking forward to the day when all my cribbing above has been taken into account and have been fixed. Also, who knows what the company might be working on. Will the next feature prove to be a gateway to something more innovative? Only time will tell.

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