Darkroom iOS photo app switches to monthly subscription

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Darkroom photo editing app for iPhone and iPad
Darkroom wants to make a great photo editing app even better.
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Every photographer has an editing workflow with a rhythm formed with a particular piece of software. Darkroom is among the preferred apps for the mobile shooter who does a lot of editing on their iPhone or iPad.

Darkroom’s developers (pun intended) announced Wednesday a business change to a subscription-based app for new users.

In announcing the change on the company blog, Darkroom co-founder Majd Taby said he and his co-founders hope to generate more revenue and expand the powers of the app.

“(For) the past 12 months we have been busy rebuilding the core infrastructure of Darkroom from the ground up,” Taby said. “This has been a massive investment in our future, and it will enable us to finally build out some long-awaited features, improve the stability of the app, and dramatically increase its power and efficiency.

“As we embark on this new phase of Darkroom’s life, we need to ensure that we have a healthy business that can support its continued development and the investments necessary to get there.”

Darkroom app options

Current users need not worry about new features. Darkroom will make updates available to those who purchased the app.

New users can get Darkroom for $3.99 per month or $19.99 per year. For now, Darkroom continues to offer a one-time purchase option of $49.99.

Darkroom was started five years ago and has become one of the more popular editing apps, especially for photographers who shoot RAW files. Cult of Mac writer and accomplished photographer Charlie Sorrel is a big fan of Darkroom, especially how it makes editing on an iPad easy. Read why it is his favorite iOS editing app in the stories below.

News of the change in business models also came with an update adding two new features: The ability to export a watermark and new ways to customize your Darkroom app icon.