Darkroom Photo Editing App Rebuild Promises Major Performance Improvements

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Popular photo editing app Darkroom received a significant update over the weekend, introducing major under-the-hood changes to the rendering engine that should bring dramatically improved performance, stability, and reliability.

The substantial rebuild has touched over 50 percent of the app’s code, so while the update doesn’t bring any new features, the developers say that every existing feature is better and faster as a result of the changes.


First up, the new depth engine should provide much more accurate blur rendering results that are on a par with Apple’s Photos app.

Now when you open a Portrait photo, we match the simulated aperture that the photo was captured by, and when available, we use the same blend of available depth images to provide a very high quality editable Portrait image that the system camera does.

In addition, a year-long reworking of the entire RAW editing feature has also been undertaken that should provide a faster, smoother, and more stable experience across all platforms.

The revamp has also made the transition into and out-of RAW images much lighter and more smooth, improved the performance of all editing operations, and added support for pixel-level zoom on all RAW images.

Other improvements in this update include a 5x increase in the zoom range that enables more efficient spot checking of smaller image regions, improved photo grid performance including the use of higher quality thumbnails, and an altogether more responsive app interface.

Darkroom is available on the App Store for the iPhone and iPad. The app’s subscription-based model is set at $3.99 per month or $19.99 per year. A one-time $49.99 purchase option is also available.

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