Canvaspop & Circle Graphics. Acquisition. Visual 1st Platinum sponsor Circle Graphics acquires B2C personalized photo product provider Canvaspop. Canvaspop was one of our Show & Tell demo presenters at our very first Visual 1st conference (then still called Mobile Photo Connect) back in 2013.
CanvasPop joins an impressive list of now 13 past Visual 1st presenters that have since been acquired.

Kaleido. Launching Designify. Kaleido, another previously acquired Visual 1st presenter (by Canva that is) launches Designify, a web-based tool that combines bulk-processing capabilities with AI-generated photo editing features, including the ability to remove backgrounds of up to 10 images (for now) at a time.

SmugMug. Going RAW. SmugMug launches SmugMug Source, an AI-powered management service, supporting a broad range of RAW file formats. Features include image recognition to easily find the desired photos, as well as the ability to schedule photo uploads and setting up watched folders to enable an automated workflow.

We've just updated our DIY Video Creation Apps research report with updates on Cameo, Snap, Vimeo, Loom and The 96-page report covers 86 do-it-yourself video apps catering to consumers, SMBs or enterprises.

Capsule. Launching CLIPS. Video messaging developer Capsule introduces CLIPS, a template-driven tool to easily create branded highlight videos for social media postings at the required aspect ratios.

TikTok. Keeps on growing. AppAnnie reports that Android users in the US and the UK now spend more time on TikTok than on YouTube.

TikTok. Copycatting Cameo. Instagram is not the only one copycatting successful third-party developers. TikTok is testing Shoutouts, a feature that allows consumers to pay for custom videos from their favorite creators or celebrities.

Adobe. Darker skin presets. Adobe has teamed up with prominent photographers who are experienced in photographing subjects with darker skin tones to release a set of free presets that aim to deliver more naturally calibrated photos of all skin complexions. They are accessible across various Adobe photo applications.

PlanetArt & I See Me! Acquisition. PlanetArt keeps growing – both organically and through acquisitions, as CEO Roger Bloxberg discussed at Visual 1st last year with his company's acquisition of CafePress from Shutterfly then still fresh on everyone's mind. Now its holding company Claranova acquires the assets of personalized children's book publisher, I See Me!.

di support. Launching pixolo. German kiosk solution provider di support launches its pixolo app to enable pixolo kiosk printer users to create their photo product prior to uploading them to the pixolo kiosk printers. Version 3. announces Version 3 of its B2B photo product curation and layout platform, providing a broader set of features and enhancements, including native e-commerce, new print products and new algorithmic layouts.


Hans Hartman