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Darkroom 2.9

May 16, 2017

Building on the momentum of the steady stream of previous releases, this release focusses on making the Premium Filters, Pro Color and Curves tools substantially easier to discover and try. Read more in our release post!


  • Discover & Try: completely rethought the way to discover and try our Premium Filters and the Pro Color and Curves tools.
    • Now when trying Darkroom’s premium filters and pro tools there’s a single, consistently accessible and discoverable location in the app to purchase the filters and tools.
  • The Curves tool now has handles on the curve line to make initial usage more intuitive, and color gradient vertical tracks to help explain the curves handles effect. (partly inspired by Denny Tang’s Tips video suggesting improvements for Tone Curves Tools).
  • The Color tool now has color gradients on the slider tracks to help explain the sliders effects. This is particularly powerful with the Split Tone tool, Color tool (premium), and Temperature sliders. As well as all other sliders in the Adjustment tool. In the Color tool it’s now also easier to understand what color has been changed, and how it has been changed.
  • The Filters tool now accommodates the presence of the all available premium filter even without purchasing them so they are easier to discover and try.
  • The Split Tone Tool is now free, previously a premium feature, you’ll find it right at the bottom of the Adjustment tool.

Other Changes

  • Made the header bars in the app smaller to reduce the chrome footprint and focus more on the photos.
  • Adjusted the Crop tool to better fit in iPhone 5S-sized devices.
  • Improved the state in which Darkroom didn’t have System Photos Access rights. Making it clearer and easier how to grant access.
  • Improved the states for the Favorite and Edited tabs when no photos are favorited or edited yet.
  • Assorted bug fixes throughout

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Darkroom 2.8

April 3, 2017

This month’s update is a little early. Sometimes, things just work out that way! This one is a little smaller, but it builds on the work we did in 2.7. Read more in our release post!


  • Addressing one of the longest-running UX issues in the app, the navigation bar in Darkroom is finally persistent when in the editing view! You no longer have to swipe down to share, and you no longer have to swipe down twice to go back to the library. This change is enabled by the redesign of the Export flow in 2.7 which dropped the Save as Square photo.
  • The “Other Services” share dialog now integrates deeply with third party apps. Instead of the plain text Instagram share option, you get the “Copy to Instagram” share option which uses Instagram’s native share dialog. (Thanks @kevinshay for the tip)
  • Updated the app’s interstitials to disappear faster.

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Darkroom 2.7

March 20, 2017

As we mentioned in the last release, we are picking up the pace of changes. Expect smaller, more iterative updates as we march towards Darkroom's exciting future.


  • Added Backup and Restore for your custom filters! Now simply go to Settings and manually Backup your custom filter creations, and easily Restore when either upgrading to a new or extra device. The only requirement is an active iCloud account!
  • Renamed “Share” to “Export” for clarity. We also redesigned and simplified the export experience
    • Removed the Save as Square and third-party share shortcuts from Export. You will find the same options under “Other Services”.
  • Updated icons and font of the app to be slightly more friendly.
    • Swapped ouy the custom font we used for Apple's lovely system standard San Francisco font.
    • All our in app icons have been updated to be a touch friendlier (softer corners), to be simpler (fewer objects), and where tweaked where possible to better explain their function.

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Darkroom 2.6

February 13, 2017

Today marks the 2 year anniversary of Darkroom!! Read the release post


  • When rotating an image that hasn't explicitly been cropped the cropped area now remains the maximum size.
  • The As Shot option in the Crop tool now properly resets to the maximum size.
  • The buy ProKit flow has been updated to be less confusing, making it clearer you can either just buy ProKit or use our Limited Offer to buy everything at a discount.
  • The fresh install on boarding flow got an update, making the whole proces shorter, and making restoring your previous purchases much simpler.


  • In Settings there now is a Help section available with easy access to tutorials and frequently asked questions.

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Darkroom 2.5

August 19, 2016

Hello, old friends! We missed you! Here's a little bug fix update to get things going as we ramp back up to full speed working on the best iOS photo editor :) Excited to share more with you as soon as possible! Read the release post.


  • Photos on 4" devices (iPhone 5, 5S, and 5SE) had the wrong aspect ratio
  • App won't load on iOS 10 Beta 5
  • Photos won't load on iPads
  • Removes the filter sharing option (This was a seldom-used feature that was very expensive when starting up the app)
  • Loading of URLs in Settings

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Darkroom 2.4

October 17, 2015

This update fixes a big with images not loading in our store. And a recently introduced bug that resulted in crashes when rotating while cropping.

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Darkroom 2.3

September 25, 2015

New in this version: Better iOS 9 comparability, and improved iPhone 4S and iPad handling.

When iOS 9 came out, it broke the Store button, which means I've been eating Ramen noodles for a few days now. This update fixes the issues that iOS 9 introduces regarding opening links and the store, including sharing to Instagram.

Also in this release, we've adjusted the behavior of the crop tool to accommodate shorter screens. Before, on iPads and iPhone 4S's, the bottom part of the crop interface was obscured by the tool. No More!

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Darkroom 2.2

September 22, 2015

Ugh. The crashes with the last update where THROUGH THE ROOF! Sorry about that. A hot-fix release is a developer's worst nightmare, hopefully this fixes your issues!

If you continue to have problems, please don't hesitate to reach out: feedback@bergen.co — We always respond within a few days.

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Darkroom v2.1

September 18, 2015

New in this version of Darkroom

  • Added TIFF support! Thank you all for your feedback and help making sure it worked.
  • Added ability to sort by Date Added as well as Date Created. You can change the sort in the Album Selector, and your choice is sticky, meaning you have to manually change it back if you want to. This is very helpful when you want to find a photo that is created a long time ago, but that you just added to your library recently. It's the equivalent of the "All Photos" album in the Photos app.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the app to crash repeatedly when starting up. The bug was caused by data corruption. If the files get corrupted, the data is still lost, but at least now the app will open up and you can keep using it. Still investigating long-term fixes for the data corruption bug.
  • Fixed a bug that caused to break on previous generation devices (iPhone 4S and iPhone 5).

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Darkroom v2.0

August 5, 2015

Darkroom 2 is finally here! A redefining release with 14(!!) new features. Darkroom is a whole new app: Mature and more powerful. Read the release post

Here's what's new in version 2:

  • The Pro Kit (Free upgrade for Curves users): Curves has two siblings now: Color and Tone. The combination of these three tools allow you to perfectly capture a range of looks that where previously impossible to do with Curves alone.
  • Filter Sharing: Also part of the Pro Kit, you can now share your custom filter on social media, and get followers on Instagram as people download and use your filters!
  • Premium Filter Packs.
  • Copy & Paste Edits.
  • Full Filter Management Tools: Rename, Reset, Update, and more.
  • Favorite and Delete right within the app.
  • Library Sections to help you manage your large photo library.
  • Inset your photo when adding white borders for Instagram.
  • A whole new app icon!
  • and many many many more little improvements and details throughout the app.

Thank you for your continued support of Darkroom!

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Darkroom v1.2

April 1, 2015


  • ALL NEW FILTERS! We've listed to a lot of your feedback and have completely revamped our filters. A few are unchanged, or slightly modified, and others are completely new. We're really excited about these new filters and can't wait to see what you do with them. Reminder: All these filters were made right within the App. you can edit them and make your own using Curves!
  • Added Fade! You no longer need to purchase Curves nor pull on the Blacks on the Red, Green and Blue Channels individually. You still need Curves to add a tint to your fade through.
  • Blacks and Whites are now supported in the RGB channel! Boosh! (Previously they were disabled in the RGN channel).
  • We've updated how we synchronize with your photo library so it's much, much faster for large libraries. If you have more that 30,000 photos, it used to crash when you save or open the app. No more!
  • Improved the performance of opening and closing photos from the grid. Should be smooth as butter!

Other Changes

  • Vignette is now earlier in the pipeline which means you can add a fade and tone in Curves and apply a vignette behind it.
  • Added more descriptive labels to curve operations in history.
  • Tapping above or below the curve to move it by 1 percent now properly registers a history operation.
  • Added support for iCloud photo sharing. If your photo is on iCloud, the tool will dim while the photo downloads.
  • Added the ability to pinch./rotate down to dismiss the photo.

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Darkroom v1.1

March 12, 2015

New Features

  • Added Zoom! Double-Tap or pinch to zoom in. You can still swipe up/down/left/right while zommed, though that resets the zoom.
  • Added support for Free Crop and 16:9 and 9:16 ratios.

Usability Updates

  • Double-Tapping on the slider labels in the Basic Adjustment tool now resets the slider to zero.
  • Long-Pressing on the labels in the Basic Adjustments tool will turn off only those edits helping you debug your edits.
  • Long-Pressing on the RGB/R/G/B labels in Curves (while they're selected) will turn off those edits helping you debug your edits.
  • Flipped the labels in Curves so the percents are at the top now. This way, you can easily see the values while swiping and you don't have to peak below your finger.
  • The active region indicator in the Curve editor now highlights in touch-down, not pan start.
  • Made the Create Filter button easier to tap.
  • Improved the performance of opening and closing images.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed bug causing portrait photos to be blurry when being edited.
  • Fixed aggressive downscaling when sharing images to Twitter.
  • Now Darkroom properly lists Albums and Events synced from iPhoto on OS X!
  • Brightness and Contrast are now standard properties and included in filters. While technically not a bug, this was causing user confusion.
  • Fixed bug causing history operations to overwrite each other when selecting them.
  • Fixed flashing in the filter strip.
  • Fixed animation when turning Save as Square Photo off when sharing.
  • Improved some of the animations and gestures when navigating through the app.

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Darkroom v1.0.1

February 20, 2015

Our first update! Thank you everyone who tried out Darkroom and purchases the Curves tool. Your feedback has led directly to this update, so please keep it coming.

If you've enjoyed using Darkroom, please give us a review, it really helps us out!


  • Fixes a crasher when changing albums and opening photos to edit (This was the top crasher!).
  • Screen shots are no longer filtered out by default. To re-enable screen shot filtering, please go to Settings and enable the Hide Screen shots setting.
  • Photos are now sorted by creation date, not modification date. This makes it easier to identify photos when sharing photos from your Mac.
  • Fixes a bug causing the image to flash when changing scrolling direction.
  • Fixes a bug causing EXIF information to be missing occasionally.
  • Fixes a bug causing the UI to jitter and enter a wrong state if you swipe up while the photo is animating down back to the library.
  • Fixes a bug causing the history of one photo to replace the history of another photo when swiping through photos and changing direction mid-scroll.
  • Fixed a crash when using iCloud Photo Sharing.
  • Dropped 1MB from the app bundles size!
  • Fixed a typo in the on boarding flow.

Known Issue

  • We do not currently support iCloud Photo Sharing, and editing those photos is disabled. We're working on it! Look forward to proper iCloud photo sharing support soon.

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Darkroom v1.0

February 12, 2015

Read our post detailing the thinking behind Darkroom.