The big Fuji X Weekly App update is available right now!
If your phone or tablet didn’t automatically update the App, be sure to manually update it right away. Depending on your device and how you have it configured, it’s possible that you might have to delete the App and reinstall, but most people shouldn’t have to do that in order to update it. Hopefully for most of you it happened automatically already, and you’re good to go. The App update is in both the Google Play Store for Android and the Apple App Store for iOS.
What’s in this “big” update? Plenty! Some of the things are for everyone, and some of the things are only for Fuji X Weekly App Patrons. Let’s talk about the improvements that are for everyone first, and then we will get to the good stuff that’s for Patrons.
View Sample Pictures Larger
This is a pretty straightforward improvement: tap on a picture to view larger, and tap again to return to normal size. One request that I’ve received many times is the ability to enlarge the sample pictures in each recipe. Now you can! Of course, you can view them even larger (and see more of them) on the website—there’s a link at the bottom of each recipe.
Sort by A-Z, Z-A, Newest-to-Oldest, & Oldest-to-Newest
Before this update, you could only sort the recipes either alphabetically A-Z or chronologically Newest-to-Oldest. Now I’ve added Z-A or Oldest-to-Newest as options. If you know the name of the recipe and it begins on or after the letter N, sorting Z-A might make it quicker to locate. Or if you know that a recipe you are looking for was published awhile ago, sorting Oldest-to-Newest might make more sense. This should make it a little easier and quicker to locate what you are searching for.
Now, to the good stuff!
All of the improvements mentioned below are available for Fuji X Weekly App Patrons. The best App experienced is reserved for Patrons, so if you are not one, consider subscribing today! Simply tap the Gear icon in the App, and then select Become a Patron.
Filter by White Balance or Dynamic Range
There are two new Filter options: White Balance and Dynamic Range. Some users will benefit from Filter by Dynamic Range, but Filter by White Balance is huge! If your Fujifilm camera is older than the X-Pro3, you cannot save White Balance Shift within C1-C7 Custom Presets, and each time you change Presets, you have to remember to adjust the WB Shift. It can be a little annoying. However, for each White Balance type, the camera will remember one WB Shift, so if each of your C1-C7 presets uses a different White Balance type, when you switch Presets, you won’t have to adjust the WB Shift. For many, this is a game-changer!
Favorite with Colored Stars
One really great upgrade is Favoriting with colored Stars. Before, when you tapped the Star to Favorite a recipe, it came in one color (yellow). But now you can choose between five different colors: yellow, red, green, blue, and purple. The benefit of this is that you can use colored Stars to organize recipes. Maybe yellow represents the recipes currently loaded into your camera, red represents the recipes you want to try next, and green represents the ones you tried in the past and really liked. Or maybe yellow is your favorite portrait recipes, green your favorite landscape recipes, and blue your favorite street recipes. Use the colored Stars to categorize the recipes however is meaningful to you. This is a great organizational tool, and, for some, this makes the App a significantly better experience.
Blank Recipe Cards
If you’ve ever created your own film simulation recipe, or if you’ve found some elsewhere that you like (perhaps on the Fuji X Weekly Community Recipes page, such as AstiAmore in the example above), you can now add them to your App! A new feature is blank recipe cards that you fill out. You can even add your own pictures from your camera roll! At some point down the road the idea is that you’ll be able to export, import, and share these custom recipes; however, that ability isn’t in this update—with any luck it will come before summer. Several of you have asked for blank recipe cards, and now you have them! This is a great new feature that many of you will really appreciate.
There’s one other thing that I want to mention: if you tap the Gear icon in the top-left of the App and look way down at the bottom, you will see Shop The Latest Fujifilm Gear. These are affiliate links to B&H and Amazon. If you are shopping for some new gear and you happen to think about it, I’ll be compensated a small amount if you make a purchase using my links. It’s a simple way to support Fuji X Weekly that doesn’t cost you anything.
Below are even more images of the new and improved Fuji X Weekly App!
I want to give a special thanks to Sahand Nayebaziz for all his hard work on this App update! Without him, not only would the App not be nearly as good as it is, but there wouldn’t be a Fuji X Weekly App at all. Thank you so much, Sahand!
where can I leave an improvment suggestion for the app? I try it here 😀
I am using a xt-30, I dont know other fuji menues so far.
For the xt-30 the custom settings are in a different order than in the app.
I think it would be an improvment if you could sort the recipe entrys in the app according to the order in your camera menu.
In this case you can transfer the setting from top to bottom without checking on every entry where it is in the menue.
If this would be a custom setting for the app, everybody could sort it according to his camera.
I appreciate the suggestion! The intention on day one of the App over a year ago when it was being developed was to have the settings in the same order as the camera. The issue is that different models put the settings in different orders. So it would be possible to get the settings in the correct order for one model, but it would be in the wrong order for another. I didn’t come up with a good solution, so that’s why it hasn’t been implemented. But I’m definitely open to improving this. The next update is already in the works (early stages), so maybe this can be added to that agenda. Thank you!
I’m enjoying the recent enhancements to the app, especially the ability to add custom recipes. However, I wish we had the ability to add favorite stars to these recipes. Perhaps a coming attraction?
Yeah, so the plans for Custom Recipes was much bigger than what was released because the code was long and complex. We scaled it back a whole bunch to get the release out. However, the plans are still in place to greatly improve it. It might take a couple or few app updates to get it where I want to be, but it will eventually get there. Thanks for the feedback!
I dream for a day where Fuji realizes how powerful this is for both pro and more importantly casual users and gives us a way to push the settings from the app to the camera. This is obviously beyond even a pipe dream but I do hope manufacturers one day start to embrace the more nerdy (I use that word in a wholly positive context) members of the community and open their systems up a touch to allow cool stuff like this app to become a part of their ecosystem.
It would be absolutely amazing to integrate it, for sure!