VSCO has always been my favourite photo editing app, but recent updates have caused glitches in Android and it's pretty frustrating, seeing as no editing features have actually changed that much. I also really wish that you would develop an Android version of DSCO, I've waited yearsss!!!!
So I can't use the app to edit because I need to grant permission for the position to use the camera. OK, fine. Then it says it detected a screen overlay and therefore I can't use the app unless I turn it off. It doesn't tell me which one, I'm supposed to turn off ALL of my other apps to be able to filter a picture? Get lost.
Finally they've ditched the awful "joystick" user interface so, for that reason alone, the latest update is a big improvement. However it's still unnecessarily complicated to navigate - a simple hamburger menu would make life a lot easier. UI complaints aside, this is still my go-to app for editing prior to uploading to Instagram etc.
But the most recent update has left me wondering if there is something better out there. It seems VSCO has decided investing any time into UI/UX development isn't worth their time. Their "innovative" new navigation method is horrendously annoying to use and shows they are more interested in gaining user data from their new social media presence than they are in creating a beautifully powerful photo editing process. VSCO, please get your game together, editing photos in your app used to be fun.
I felt the need to update my review since my love for it has waned a little. There was the terrible UI update, which thankfully has been walked back some. When viewing photos in the app they appear at a much lower resolution than they really are, which is problematic. For example a photo could appear a bit soft, so you sharpen it, then export to IG to find that the image is much too sharp there. Finally, the iOS version has received RAW support and Android has not, even though Android has had RAW support for years. I thought the days of iOS bias were fading (especially with well known apps) but it seems I was wrong.
A feature X is missing is a permanent link to the store. Given the plethora of filters, being able to read the short description and suggestions for their uses is extremely useful and sorely missed as is. Further, prior to X I had purchased all filters. The editing is what brought me to the app and has earned the VSCO team my money. Not being able to launch directly to photo selection for editing is truly baffling and cumbersome.
This version includes the following updates:
- Added ability to press and hold the joystick for navigation map
- Enabled basic offline capabilities to show last loaded content when disconnected from internet
- Fixed various issues and bugs