Artsy photo app Vinci from Russian social site VK is now available on Windows phone (8.1 and 10 Mobile). Vinci was released for iOS and Android on July 28 and quickly became one of the top apps in Russia. Now, the same app and features are available for Windows phone users as well.
If your social stream is filled with artsy-looking photos, it may be due to the rise of Prisma, which came to iOS and later Android (there's no sign of it coming to Windows phone despite some earlier confusion). Prisma takes your existing photos and applies non-traditional filters based on various art styles. The process is similar to rotoscoping minus the manual labor intensive process.
Vinci is in the same chic, however, what makes it neat is that it gets help from "neural networks" and is based on recent research cited in "Texture Networks: Feed-forward Synthesis of Textures and Stylized Images". The excerpt from the paper reads:
To put that in English Vinci is fast.
In fact, it's nearly instant at around 2 seconds per filter to apply. For comparison, Prisma on iOS running on the iPhone 6s can take between 4 and 9 seconds per filter. While that may not seem a lot in reality when you are shifting through each filter to see which looks the best, it is draining to use Prisma (the Android app is no better, and maybe even worse).
Not all is fantastic, however. One limitation of Vinci is there are no gradients for the filters. Right now they are all or nothing. Nonetheless, the technology behind it and prospects for future updates look great. From the press release:
I have been using Vinci for a few days on iOS, and the Windows phone version compares very well. The app is fast, reliable and you get the same filter options. For those looking for a way to add some flair to their photos, you should give Vinci a shot. Plus, it's free and has no ads.
Thanks, @djweritos, for the tip!
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