Extensions are probably one of the best additions in iOS 8. They make all those little things possible that, not long ago used to be more complicated or at the least needed multiple steps to achive.
Thanks to extensions adding a bookmark to my Pinboard app of choice, saving an article to Instapaper or adding a task to OmniFocus is nothing but a single click, and boom it’s done.
A major use-case for extensions is of course photo-editing. A workflow of editing an image directly in the photos.app in my editor of choice and having it sent back without creating unnecessaryee duplicates is just ideal. Which is exactly the way I want to edit an image and which was also demonstrated during iOS8 keynote with the VSCO Cam app.
VSCO is one of the more popular photo-apps in the store and definitely one of my own favourites. Sadly even after a few updates since the release of iOS 8, the VSCO photos-extension is still amiss. Which I find somehow saddening.
Of course the app gained quite a few updates: it’s featuring an iPad version now, it’s synchronizing between apps and platforms and adds a new publishing service to share stories in journals, which is fancy-speak for blog-posts. These are without doubt a great updates but the lack of an extension still leaves a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth.
I don’t think there’s a shortage of ways to share stories. I would go so far to say, that there are more ways to do so than stories worth sharing. Photo-extensions though, could easily be more.
My guess is, that they of course realize that the photos-extension is far more useful than yet another way to share stories, hence have it at least put-off for a while, in order to promote their own platform and services. The photo extension would make it too easy to use the images with some other service, such as a blog.
Don’t get me wrong here, I think it’s a great app and its presets and editing capabilities are some of the best and I still use the app. But with every day it takes and every image that has to be manually imported into the app and with every duplicate that is created, I, and I guess other users as well, will continue to look for other photo-extensions and eventually get used to them. Afterlight is one of these apps that have proven rather useful during last few weeks.