At this moment, the Ansca Mobile team is stationed at the Photoshop 20th Anniversary event at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, where the following commemorative iPhone app, built by Ansca, has just been unveiled onstage by Russell Brown of Adobe:
If you’re not familiar with Russell, you’ll notice him as the 4th name on the original Photoshop 1.0 splash screen above, which we reproduced faithfully in the app. You can also see him demoing the app in this video.
The function of the app is to load any photo from your iPhone library, and then manipulate it using any aspect of the original Photoshop 1.0 “Levels” panel (which lets you adjust white point, black point and gamma, in separate red/green/blue or combined channels) — including the original image histogram feature. You can then save the modified photo back into your iPhone library.
The app was built entirely with our Corona SDK, using UI graphics and font images from the original Macintosh System 6 version of the application (circa 1990), and we had to build it very quickly. After shipping Corona 1.1, we only had a few days for primary coding on the app; fortunately, we had a few aces up our sleeve, including the ability to consult with Thomas Knoll himself to make sure our image algorithms were functioning properly.
The backstory: Russell originally approached us shortly after we launched Corona 1.0, and his idea was that the “Levels” panel was the soul of the original Photoshop — and that it would be really cool to see it replicated on the iPhone. We even used the original pre-1.0 program icon, from when “Photohut” (as Photoshop was originally named) was first presented to Adobe:
We’re very pleased to be invited to play a part in this historic event, and we’ll shortly be posting more on the technical story behind this app! (Update: more info here)