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A new iOS and Android app that lets you use your smartphone to view, scan, process, and share analog film and slides.
An iOS and Android app that lets you use your smartphone to view, scan, process, and share analog film and slides.
An iOS and Android app that lets you use your smartphone to view, scan, process, and share analog film and slides.
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    1. Missing avatar

      Kalidoss Anithkumar on May 1

      Hi Abe , i changed my mobile from iPhone 5 to iPhone 6 , how can i change film lab app ? its showing must purchase from App Store.

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      T. P. on April 18

      Hi Abe, how are things going? Any news regarding the next update? It's still unusable on my galaxy s7 edge. Thought there would be an update a while ago?!

    3. Mark Bennett on April 14

      Some sort of lens attachment for slides / negs would be great. The sensor / lens and now your software is there.

    4. Abe Fettig Creator on March 27

      @pixy, looks like that's a bug in 0.3.2. I'm working on a fix!

    5. Abe Fettig Creator on March 27


      I've been experimenting with a few options for close up lenses, and will have some info to report soon! The short version is that most clip-on macro lenses designed for phones have too much magnification to be useful for typical 35mm or medium format images. But I'm getting promising results using diopters and close-up filters. I just don't have a good way to attach them to the phone, so I have to hold them in place manually.

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      pixy on March 26

      Not sure anyone uses the app like I do. I like to take photos of the negatives first with my camera app (iso) and then convert it with Filmlab. It's more time efficient when you need to shoot alot of negatives. But after the recent update, the app crashes as soon as I select the images from filmlab. I've tried to uninstall and reinstall the app, still no luck. Does anyone have the same issue?

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      Andras Frenyo
      on March 2

      Has anyone (Abe?) found a suitable close-up lens solution?

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      Andras Frenyo
      on February 20

      Has anyone (Abe?) found a suitable close-up lens solution?

    9. Vicente Adrian Lopez on February 19

      @abe Samsung Galaxy S7

    10. Abe Fettig Creator on January 8

      @Vicente - which Android device are you using? I've been ordering more test devices so I can track down the bugs, and I'll add your model if I haven't already. Thanks!

    11. Abe Fettig Creator on January 8

      @Fearlessleader - I need to finish the next round of UI updates before I work on the documentation. The UI should start to stabilize over the next 6 weeks, and once that's done I'll start putting together a user guide for FilmLab. For now, to save your image look for the export button (it's a little up-arrow coming out of a box). Thanks for supporting my work on FilmLab!

    12. Vicente Adrian Lopez on January 6

      Still have not had any type of access to this app. Installed as per the instructions and never got a functioning update like the instructions say. Have the same flashing screen that does nothing.

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      on January 6

      I finally had some stuff to digitize. The iOS app runs, takes a pic, lets me try to crop the very weird looking image... but I can’t figure out how to save it. Some help button or howto’s sure is necessary. How DO you use it?

    14. Abe Fettig Creator on January 2

      Hi Nicolas,

      I'll send you a new TestFlight email now. Your iPad pro should be supported, please let me know if you run into problems! Thanks.


    15. Yves Roels
      on December 29

      ... in a while

    16. Yves Roels
      on December 29

      Thanks Abe
      I'll check back in whle

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      Nicolas Dufresne on December 28

      Hello Mr Abe,

      I got an email to test the version 0.2.2 (6), but no redeem code to update the app,
      I stoped using the app since several months since I can't get it to work on my iphone 5 and ipad pro on ios 11. I would like to try a new version to see if I have more chance this time, could you send me a code please ?

      Kind Regards,


    18. Abe Fettig Creator on December 22

      Hi Yves,

      Thanks for getting in touch. You're not doing anything wrong. All the problems you describe come from one component of FilmLab, which is the automatic frame detection. And you're correct in your observation that this hasn't improved at all since the very first beta release. I've been working on some of the other major systems that make up FilmLab (such as color conversion, raw processing, and hardware support), and haven't been able to spend any time on the automatic frame detection yet. But I understand that this makes the app feel kind of broken, and I can't wait to fix it!

      Thanks for your patience so far - this is a really big project! Sometimes I feel crazy to be tackling it as a one-man team, but the support of backers like you is making it possible.

      (I'll send this reply via email as well in case you don't get it here).


    19. Abe Fettig Creator on December 22

      @Steph thanks for letting me know, that's helpful to know that both the S5 and S8 had the same focus issue. I'll be getting back to Android autofocus in the next few weeks... getting autofocus to work reliably on all phones is turning out to be surprisingly tricky.

    20. Yves Roels
      on December 22

      I haven't been paying a lot of attention to news and communications, but up to now, and similar to what I observed from the very first release, the App remains non functional for me.

      Previously had an iPhone 6, now iPhone X:
      - no problem for install
      - app launches fine to a full screen photo preview without any menus
      - when i move the camera above a negative on a light frame, I always get the same: some recognition and conversion to real colors, then immediately loss of focus and colors, return to blue-ish color
      - when i try to move the camera closer or farther, focus changes and colors are reshuffled, sometime coming back to real color, but never stabilized and impossible to capture any image of real color photo

      Result: I have up to now had zero success in capturing ANY picture from a negative film with this App at any stage of development

      So I guess I am too missing something here, but can't figure out what.

      Thanks for help
      (In case:

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      Steph B on December 19

      Hi Abe, I had a galaxy s5 but recently upgraded to galaxy s8 same results.

    22. Abe Fettig Creator on December 15

      Hey Steph, what model phone do you have?

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      Steph B on December 14

      Hey guys am I doing something wrong? I've got an Android and I'm up to date but this isn't really work at all... I cant seem to focus and the quality looks pretty bad. Help?

    24. Abe Fettig Creator on December 13

      Hi guys,

      A fresh build is being reviewed by Apple as we speak – it should be ready tomorrow. I apologize for letting the old build expire, that was my fault! If that's creating a hardship for anybody and you absolutely need a working build in the next 24 hours, let me know and I can get you developer access (there will just be a few hoops to jump through).

      The large color changes I've been working on aren't quite stable enough to release, so for this build I just fixed a couple of bugs, and added iPhone X fullscreen support.


    25. Hao Ao on December 13

      FilmLab beta on IOS has expired and still no update about the app. What happened ?

    26. Alex Holzreiter on December 10

      Is it possible to receive a working version via TestFlight for the new iPhone X?

    27. Hao Ao on December 7

      IOS version is about to expire in 6 days, any news for the update ?

    28. Abe Fettig Creator on November 28

      @Andreas, you can certainly switch to Android, I'll contact you to get the details I need.

    29. Abe Fettig Creator on November 28

      Hi Michael,

      According to TestFlight, you have the latest beta installed now - were you able to figure it out?

    30. Abe Fettig Creator on November 28

      Hi Matt,

      Thanks for letting me know. I'm still working through some issues on specific Android phones. I'll see if I can get my hands on a Pixel 2 XL for testing.

      The control you mention over color, etc. is still in development, but I hope to have it in a build soon.

      Finally, I haven't created documentation for the current builds, as the user interface is still changing quite a bit - but when working properly it should basically be: tap the frame you want to capture, then edit.

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      Mathew van Bebber on November 26, 2017

      Hi Abbe, i admire you for all the work you have with developing the app and answering all the messages.

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      michael damore on November 26, 2017

      I did not get a link. What should I do


    33. Andreas Weyermann
      on November 23, 2017

      Hi Abe,
      I'm an iOS backer, just my iPhone broke and I replaced it with an Android. Any chance I can switch to Android?

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      Matt Rogers on November 22, 2017

      Hi Abe,

      I suppose I am something of a moving target, when this project began I was on a Moto X Force running Marshmallow, and then I upgraded to Nougat. Now I am on a Pixel 2 XL with Oreo and this app has never seemed to work properly for me. I have not seen any instructions for how the app should work, or what controls I have, so maybe some of it is just me but on my latest device (the Pixel 2 XL) the screen is blank, then when I tap the screen I get one shot...there is no live display, no way that I can see to toggle negative/positive, BW/Color, or to adjust color in any way. I have read the FAQ but that does't have any answers, is there a tutorial or help file?

    35. Abe Fettig Creator on November 20, 2017

      Hi Holden,

      I think you might still be using an older build. Can you try installing the latest build from TestFlight? According to Apple it won't expire for another 24 days (and I promise there will be a new build available before then).


    36. Holden McSweeney
      on November 19, 2017

      Hi Abe,

      Mine says Beta has expired on IOS. Please advise.

    37. Mark Bennett on November 14, 2017

      Found the new vers, loaded via google play to my One Plus 1 and it runs for one shot then goes blank/black and seems to freeze. The one shot I did get has a 1 inch wide green band on it.

      Whens the next update?

      Have you tried the macro lenses yet?



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      Kalidoss Anithkumar on November 14, 2017

      Hi Abe , I am a iOS backer , Still i have not received a link from your side , Can you send the link ?

      Thanks in advance.

    39. Hao Ao on November 9, 2017

      Any news ? You said there will be update IOS ?

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      Mark chan on November 8, 2017


      just want to say it seems to be doing well!

      Will come bck when I get a good stock of slides done

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      Herbert Borowski on November 5, 2017

      My FilmLab for iOS version is 0.2 (4). Is there any new one?

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      Martin Siegel
      on November 4, 2017

      Hi Abe,
      looks like I somehow missed the Android update that was announced on Sep.30th. How do I go about it?
      Thanks, Martin in Austria

    43. Hao Ao on October 31, 2017

      Any news with the update on IOS ?

    44. Abe Fettig Creator on October 26, 2017

      @Victoria, your email is on the list for the the Android beta. Instructions for how to get set up are in this post: Please let me know if that doesn't work for you! Thanks!

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      Victoria Beggair on October 26, 2017

      I sent my gmail and not received an invite. Please get back to me?

    46. Abe Fettig Creator on October 25, 2017

      @Jill, @Susan, @Tom, I've sent you another invite - if you don't see it please check your spam folder!

    47. Abe Fettig Creator on October 25, 2017

      @Dario, Android autofocus is not a simple as I wish it was (there are some models that require extra work to get autofocus to work correctly). But I'll keep iterating on it and will try to get your Note 4 working soon!

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      Susan and Tom Moon on October 24, 2017

      Hi, I'm an iOS backer and never received a download link to use the beta app. Can you send? Thanks.

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      Dario Medunic on October 24, 2017


      my note 4 doesn't focus correctly, and there is no possibility for re-focusing... is there any possibility to add a button or something similar, like for normal camera app?`


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