In the last couple of years, VSCO has risen from the niche editing app of the film-centric mobile photographer, to a mainstream, all-conquering app for anyone who likes a filter or two. With a presence on iPhone, Android and as a desktop plugin, as well as an online community named Grid, the only place where the company had yet to make inroads was on iPad. But with the release of VSCO Cam 4.0 (3.0.1 on Android) this week, that looks likely to change — the new version is optimized for the bigger screen, and it comes with plenty of other improvements, too.
Alongside a spruced up interface, the app brings greater control for shooting photos — particularly noteworthy for iPhoneographers — such as manual focus, shutter speed and exposure compensation. For owners of Apple’s tablet, the editing interface is now properly suited to the extra space. This is particularly noticeable when the iPad is in landscape orientation — now, you can use the width to get a better view, while the filters and adjustments are moved onto the left-hand edge of the screen. VSCO’s Grid also looks superb with more room.
Another useful addition is photo syncing. which has been added to both iOS and Android, along with a web uploader. Previously, any DSLR-taken photos had somehow to make their way onto your phone before VSCO’s subtle tones could be applied, but now, photos can be added via the company’s website, before being synced to the mobile apps.
Finally, there is also some love for VSCO Journal, the blogging platform that enables long-form words to accompany Cam-processed photo essays. Although not included in the current release, support for YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud content is not far away.