2024.1 — June 2, 2024

Black Highlighter 24.1 is focused on improving the Ultra Highlighter auto-redaction features. This feature now has a new, more-modern looking interface. It’s also now available while editing an image, so that you can quickly add, remove, or temporarily disable words from being auto-redacted. Additionally, this feature now has smart categories that allow Black Highlighter to redact phone numbers, addresses, or names without having to specify exact values.

This version also improves the responsiveness and availability of the auto-redaction features in the Shortcuts app. Expect more improvements to Black Highlighter’s Shortcuts support in upcoming releases!

As always, this release fixes a few bugs as well:

2024.0 — April 16, 2024

This release of Black Highlighter comes with a bunch of bug fixes!

2023.3 — August 25, 2023

This release fixes an issue that caused Black Highlighter to crash on launch on iOS 15.

Special thanks to Black Highlighter user “mononz” for assisting with tracking down this issue!

2023.2 — May 18, 2023

Black Highlighter 23.2 fixes an issue where the initial “preview” of detected text would not appear.

2023.1 — May 8, 2023

Black Highlighter 23.1 comes with a new set of bug fixes:

On that last note, if you’re reading these release notes, please leave a rating for Black Highlighter! It’d be a great help.

2023.0 — March 14, 2023

Black Highlighter 23.0 introduces support for redacting text at any angle. Even if you didn’t get the perfect scan or photo, Black Highlighter can now find text in your image and hide it.

This release also fixes an issue sharing redacted images on iPad, and adds additional error logging to help me keep on top of common errors like this.

2022.8 — October 31, 2022

This version fixes a common bug where the exported image was completely transparent, solid black, or solid white. My sincere apologies for the number of people this affected and the time it took me to get a fix out. Thank you to everyone who reported the issue or helped test a fix.

Along the way, I also fixed a few other bugs:

And even found time to include an actual feature: a new iOS 16-style toolbar on iPad!

2022.7 — August 8, 2022

Black Highlighter 22.7 improves the Magic Highlighter’s accuracy, especially when redacting small words such as “it” or “as”. Previously, the Magic Highlighter would redact the word and quite a bit of space on either side of it, meaning the beginning or end of surrounding words could accidentally also get redacted. The new version of the Magic Highlighter is much better at sticking to just the word you meant to redact—and nothing extra.

Additionally, this version fixes a few bugs:

2022.6 — August 4, 2022

This release fixes a bug with Shortcuts where the “Redact Image” action would not use the set of words you had entered.

2022.5 — July 22, 2022

This release improves many parts of Black Highlighter for users of accessibility technologies such as VoiceOver and Switch Control. This includes:

2022.4 — May 30, 2022

The last version of the Mac app that went out had an app icon with square corners instead of the standard squircular corners. My apologies. The icon has now been resquircularized. Thank you for your patience and understanding in these trying times.

2022.3 — May 19, 2022

Black Highlighter 22.3 comes with a small dose of AutoMAYtion goodies. Black Highlighter now has a new, smarter Shortcut action: “Redact Detected Items”. Redact Detected Items locates addresses, phone numbers, or people’s names and automatically redacts them. Use it in the Shortcuts app to quickly redact personal information from large batches of images! This release also fixes a few bugs with Shortcuts support on macOS; if you’re working on a Mac, automated redaction should now be faster and more reliable.

Shortcuts didn’t get all the love, though. This release also adds a “Share Image” option to the alert that appears if you try to close a redacted image before saving it, allowing you to quickly send it somewhere other than your photo library.

2022.2 — April 4, 2022

Black Highlighter 22.2 brings you a whole lot of bug fixes and polish. Hold on to your butts:

If you used the new Find mode from Black Highlighter 22.0, sometimes autocorrect would add an extra space to what you were searching for and then Find mode couldn’t find what you were searching for. Find mode is now smarter, and will ignore extra space around your search.

Using Find mode or the Ultra Highlighter automatic find would not trigger the alert that protects you from losing your work if you hit Done before you were, well, done. Now it should show up no matter how you’ve made your redactions.

If you were using a limited selection of your photos with Black Highlighter, and then you added more photos, Black Highlighter would ask you if you wanted to add EVEN MORE photos, which is a weird time to ask that. Black Highlighter now never asks you for additional photo permission, which is the more appropriate time.

Also, while you were adding more photos to your selection, there was a single solitary weird blue arrow. That arrow has been appropriately chastised and is now wearing the proper uniform.

On macOS, the animation for the Find mode’s search field was WAY too dramatic. Like NYOOOM! CHECK ME OUT, I’M FIND MODE! WHO’S READY TO SEARCH FOR STUFF?! Now it’s more like “hey. i’m find mode. feel free to do whatever at your own pace. i’ll be over here.”

2022.1 — March 1, 2022

Black Highlighter 22.1 includes a new feature: Find mode. With Find mode, you can type in a word you’d like to redact (such as a person’s name) and with a single tap, Black Highlighter automatically finds and hides every occurrence of that word. Find mode helps you cover up every place that word appears, and do so quickly and easily.

This release improves the experience of using the “Reduce Motion” accessibility setting. It also fixes a crash when saving after hitting the Done button.

2022.0 — January 9, 2022

On iOS and iPadOS, this release fixes a few cosmetic issues:

On macOS, this release adds a new feature: “New from Clipboard”, which allows you to hide text from whatever image is on your clipboard instead of opening a file.

2021.8 — December 13, 2021

Fixed the color picker button not working on iPad.


2021.7 — October 8, 2021

Just a minor bug fix here. This version fixes an issue that prevented saving in the Mac app. You should now be free to save away!

2021.6 — September 4, 2021

It’s the iPad update! A lot of work has gone into making this version the best iPad app it can be:

2021.5 — June 18, 2021

This is the “make life a little nicer” update. We’ve gone and fixed a ton of the little papercuts in Black Highlighter to make using it a better experience.

Here’s the fixes we made:

2021.4 — April 17, 2021

This update introduces a new tool to the Black Highlighter toolset: the Magic Era… er, the eraser. The totally normal eraser. Made a mistake and redacted too much? Switch to the eraser and bring back the text you didn’t want to lose.

Additionally, try out these other fun fixes:

2021.3 — March 22, 2021

More bug fixes to make your redacting experience even better.

2021.2 — February 26, 2021

Bug fixes! One for you and one for me:

There was a bug where the preview that you saw prior to saving an image didn’t look exactly like what got exported. Previews would show a solid black box, while the export would have the fancy “marker” effects applied. Now the preview has the same effects, so you can see what you’re actually doing.

Black Highlighter was supposed to prompt for App Store ratings occasionally after you saved or shared an image. A bug prevented this from happening. If you like Black Highlighter, please take advantage of the fact that this bug is now fixed. :)

2021.1 — February 15, 2021

Just cleaning up a few of the “initial version” hiccups for the Mac version of Black Highlighter:

2021.0 — February 8, 2021

This is a fairly major update to Black Highlighter with several new features to check out:

2020.1 — July 7, 2020

Potentially fixed a bug where photo exports were only a solid black rectangle. Please contact support if this continues to be an issue.

2020.0 — February 3, 2020

This release improves the performance and stability of Black Highlighter when editing large photos, such as those taken by newer iPhones. If you were previously encountering long hangs or app crashes when editing photos in the app, please try again with this update.

This release also fixes a few small UI glitches, such as the wrong font appearing on the settings page.

2019.4 — September 24, 2019

We’ve made a new tool available to you: the Ultra Highlighter. The Ultra Highlighter puts some powerful new technology:

The Ultra Highlighter is available as a one-time upgrade purchase, and is already unlocked for anyone who downloaded Black Highlighter prior to this update.

We’ve also added some improvements for all users of Black Highlighter:

2019.3 — September 2, 2019

Just cleaning up a few things before a major release coming Real Soon Now™:

2019.2 — July 9, 2019

You can now use Black Highlighter’s editing tools from inside other apps as an action. Try it out in the Photos app!

Other changes:

2019.1 — June 26, 2019

1.1 — November 26, 2018

1.0.1 — May 28, 2018

1.0 — May 31, 2017

Initial app release.