Prisma Product Review – Round 2

From April 4, 2018

In case you’re just tuning in, I am literally, deeply, obsessed with the Prisma App. Also, in case you’re just tuning in, let me give you a brief synopsis of what Prisma is… Prisma is an app for your smartphone. It is available on iPhone and Android, and it is basically Instagram on steroids. You can take, or upload, an image and apply filters that turn your ugly backyard into a Vincent fucking van Gogh painting. But it’s geared more towards the artistic community, and it relies less heavily on the social media aspect.

But now that I’ve been using Prisma for over a month, I have some more suggestions that I think would help take Prisma to the next level. Are you listening Prisma?

Okay, first, I don’t like that I have to turn my location settings on just to share a photo on my profile. I get that you’re trying to connect me with people from around the globe (and you have), but it’s using a shitload of battery power and data… so, stop.

Update, item 1.2: When I play around with Prisma, I usually end up trying out every single filter. This can take anywhere from 30 minutes to and hour. This is not a wise use of time, but I can’t help it. I think it would be really awesome if there were an option for me to upload a photo, choose “apply all filters,” and then come back an hour later and download a zip file. That way I could get my Prisma on, but not lose my productivity/get distracted.

Second and third, these no longer apply because you seemed to have fixed the problem. But I recall not being able to delete photos from my feed [2nd], and I recall having to call out the filter I applied, manually, using a hashtag [3rd]. #way2go #agilesoftwaredevelopment

That being said, some of my older posts, are still labelled with the incorrect filter because I shared a previously saved photo, to my feed, using a different filter at 0% opacity.

Which brings me to my next point. Why aren’t these files saving to my phone with the filter and opacity information applied!? 

Maybe they are, but they’re not saved in an easily accessible way for the layman. I have literally Gigabytes of saved Prisma photos that I would love to go back and label with filter information. Not just for me, but for SEO and photo optimization purposes. If you could incorporate this feature it would make it much easier for me, and I’m sure, countless others.

Fifth, there’s something wrong with your comment feature. I’m sure you’re already aware of this and are working to fix it, but I thought I’d point it out.

Sixth, I love that I can share straight to Instagram. I hate that Instagram is auto-cropping my photos. I want my photos to display in their native aspect ratio without having to use a third party resizing app. I spent a lot of time on these, and then I go to share them and half the image is cut away 😦

Seven. You’re already the extreme Instagram, so why not take it a step further, and incorporate focal points and vignettes so that I don’t have to keep going back and forth between SnapSeed and Prisma.

Eight. What is up with Surf, Tears, Mosaic, Thota Vaikuntam, Wave, Breakfast, Red Head, Candy, and Hunter!? These are all awesome filters, and I realize they take a lot of processing power, but it’s like hit or miss as to whether the Prisma app is going to crash when I use one of these. I don’t know if anything can be done about this, or if I just need a new phone, but again, it’s worth pointing out.


Now that I’ve said my peace, let me provide a bit of praise. I love Prisma. Prisma is a great product. Prisma is going through some growing pains, but they’ll get there, and when they do, I’ll still be with them. If you don’t believe me, check out some of these other articles I’ve written about Prisma:

Disney Please Don’t Sue Me: a Prisma Product Review
More Fun with Prisma
Playing Around with Prisma: Volume II
How to Make a Cat GIF for Free
Dark Side of Prisma
Boho Overload: Brought to You by Prisma

Or better yet, check out this idyllic Irish countryside (photo taken by me in 2015), and what Prisma can do to it:

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