December 1, 2009 in Photo and Video (E)
[prMac.com] Sammamish, Washington - Juicy Bits today introduced Spy Pix for iPhone, a new app that makes it easy to hide and send secret messages. Spy Pix uses steganography, which comes from the Greek words steganos ("covered") and graptos ("writing"), to hide one image inside of another decoy image. To casual viewers, only the decoy image is seen. However, for seasoned spies, the image can be decoded with Spy Pix to reveal a hidden message.
Spy Pix makes it easy to select an image to hide by taking a photo with the built-in iPhone camera or by choosing an image from the photo album. The same options are also used to select a decoy image. By dragging an on-screen slider, the two images are then blended together until the hidden image is no longer visible and only the decoy image remains. The encoded image can then be attached to an e-mail and sent to fellow spies.
On receipt of an encoded image, an on-screen slider is used to decode the image and reveal a secret message. Spy Pix can also guess the appropriate slider setting by touching a "Guess" button or by shaking the iPhone. The decoded image can then be saved to the photo album.
A badge feature enables users to include a 60 x 60 pixel icon in the lower-right corner of the encoded image. Spy Pix includes a built-in default badge, the option to choose a custom badge image from the photo album, or the badge can be eliminated completely for truly covert operation.
Spy Pix images are encoded as common Portable Network Graphics (PNG) files that can be stored and hosted anywhere that supports the PNG file format (web sites, blogs, Twitter, Photobucket, yFrog, etc.).
* Ability to select hidden and decoy images from the photo album
* Support for the built-in camera
* Simple slider control to easily blend the hidden and decoy images
* Button to send the encoded image via e-mail
* Support for both portrait and landscape images
* Option to paste images from other apps (like Mail)
* Clear button to quickly start over
* Button to guess the correct reveal setting (or by shaking the phone)
* Ability to save decoded images to the photo album
* Automatic save for camera photos
* App setting to include a badge on the image (or eliminate it completely)
* App setting to select a custom badge
* App setting to choose the image size (Small, Medium, Large)
* iPhone 3.1 or later
Pricing and Availability:
Spy Pix 1.0 is available for $0.99 (USD) in the App Store in the Photography category. Review copies are available upon request.
Founded in 2009, Juicy Bits is a small company that produces unique, freshly squeezed software for mobile devices. Their first release, 3D Camera, earned 4 1/2 mice (out of 5) from Macworld and is consistently in the top 100 photography apps worldwide. Their most recent releases, Nature 1 and Nature 2, feature photos that have been downloaded over 2 million times and are included in major operating systems. Copyright (C) 2009 Juicy Bits. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.