To add support for new iPhones and iPads to the app we do a series of measurements in our lab to determine the angle of view of the device’s camera. This takes time, and can only be done after we have the actual device in our hands. That is, there used to be a gap between when you can buy a new iPhone and when the app supports it. iOS also provides this angle of view data, but it used to be less precise than our measurements.
Beginning with version 4.1, we’ll utilize the iOS provided data until we can do the measurements. On newer phones the iOS provided data is much more accurate than it was in the past. This way you could immediately use the app on new devices.
Should the iOS provided data be a little off, a new menu item allows you to adjust frame sizes in a +/-5% range in 0.5% steps. This adjustment is also available when the app is utilizing lab measurements, to give you a bit more flexibility.
The adjustment is stored per device type, so if you upgrade to a new one, the adjustment value will be reset.
With this release, we have well over 500 different cameras to choose from for your virtual camera setup. So finding your camera could be a daunting task.
Version 4.1 introduces full text searching for both the camera and back selection screens, accessible through the search icon.
As a side note, I’d like to mention that we also streamlined backward navigation buttons by removing the text and just leaving the backward arrow. This goes better with the simple geometric forms we use throughout the app.
But back to the full text search function.
Just type the first few characters of your camera’s manufacturer and/or model name, and the Mark II will present a list of matching names. Simple as that.
In ALPA eFinder II camera search is only available if you had purchased the Camera Pack.
This version also brings wide converter support to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. We support the olloclip 4-in-1 on both devices, and the ALPA ACAM SWC on the iPhone 6. And still waiting for Schneider to make their iPro lens system compatible with the new phones.
The app now runs natively on new 64-bit devices.
We also have the usual bunch of new cameras, the full list of which you can see in the release notes, but I’d like to mention here that we added the ARRI/Zeiss Ultra Prime, Master Prime and Anamorphic lens sets as Real Lenses.
I’m currently working on updating the Handbook, which is planned to be available next week.
Update 2/24/2015: The updated Handbook is now available.