I am in awe at this app I just found. It was actually one of the first things I installed when I first bought my iPad 2 but now they have updated it to add an HDR effect.
I have never seen a real-time glow effect that looked quite this amazing. I have no clue how the developer pulled off such a large radius in realtime graphics.
I have a game with similar unprocessed graphics to his. I have been trying to get a glow effect like this working but it has been near impossible. I am currently using separable convolution gaussian blur methods in addition to downscaling my blur mask. Still, it barely runs in real-time. It is nowhere near as big as a radius as this app pulls off and it certainly isn't as good of quality.
Is there some method I am not thinking of?
I am open to the possibility (but doubtful) that they are using really large textures with a falloff distance or that lighting is computed from the distance from a fragment to light sources. If you play with it and notice when the FPS drops it it just doesn't seem to have the right FPS to particle amount and HDR on/off quality to it to be that.