TouchMyApps » Snapseed http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:42:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.4 Snapseed in Review – Moving mountains for online photographers http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/01/17/snapseed-in-review-moving-mountains-for-online-photographers/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/01/17/snapseed-in-review-moving-mountains-for-online-photographers/#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2012 15:06:52 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=64283 If you needed better encouragement to buy Snapseed than an enthusiastic TouchMyApps review, I can think of no better endorsement than Apple’s own knighting of Nik Software’s Snapseed as iPad app of the year 2011. But if you need a second opinion – and after a long time with Snapseed, I feel that my opinion is … Read more]]>

If you needed better encouragement to buy Snapseed than an enthusiastic TouchMyApps review, I can think of no better endorsement than Apple’s own knighting of Nik Software’s Snapseed as iPad app of the year 2011.

But if you need a second opinion – and after a long time with Snapseed, I feel that my opinion is valid – mine is simple. Buy it. That’s it. Snapseed is the perfect companion app for frequent Facebook and frantic Flickr photographers. The reason for this isn’t the very decent uploading interface, but its ergonomic input system.

With the exception of the loupe, Snapseed’s interface is contained fully in swiping, sliding, and tapping. To adjust a parameter up, swipe to the right anywhere on the screen; swiping to the left adjusts the parameter down. To select between different parameters such as contrast, brightness, or filter strength, swipe up or down. It’s simple. It’s foolproof, and it’s not too sensitive. Some apps make it near impossible to return values to null. One of them is another favourite of mine, Photogene for iPad. Why? The sliders are too small and don’t allow manual, aka numerical input. Snapseed, too, lacks numerical input, but its sliders are massive, and thankfully, invisible. Returning a parameter to null just means chomping down on your tongue for few seconds, and swiping carefully.

There are dozens of app-like adjustments on the main screen, all adjusted in the same way. If you want to adjust typical parameters, go into tune image. My most frequently used adjustments are: tune image, auto correct, crop, straighten and rotate, vintage film, black and white, details, and if I’m feeling quirky, centre focus, which imitates somewhat well, free-lensing, if not tilt-shift.

I like Snapseed so much that it has all but replaced Photogene for editing tasks. Why? The vignettes better simulate real lenses, and fade to black better. The interface is cleaner, and fast. The built-in textures are good, and applying them to decent effect is easy.

There are a few things not to like, however. One of them is the jpeg export engine. It is fast, yay, but not as detailed as the one in Photogene. It also doesn’t export full res on the iPad 1 like Photogene does, and if you are into printing your jpegs, you may notice unnatural colour shifts on heavily edite files. (Yes, yes, I’m on an iPad 1 and I haven’t qualms (or cash) enough to change it out.) And, when exporting, even though you can tag and send easily enough, re sampling to lower resolutions isn’t possible.

The only other thing I would love is a Snapseed version of Photogene’s library, where instead of browsing photo by photo, you can browse all photos at once and see which have been Snapseeded and which haven’t. For now, I simply edit in Snapseed, and export through Photogene.

And if you are unsure of whether or not the iPad is a worthy photographers tool, don’t. It does its job of transportation well. It is small and displays photos well for clients or just for uploading onto the Internet. The surprise for me was that several well-known and mostly respected landscape stock agencies approached me for my photographs. Of the recent requests, Snapseed-edited photos represented the bulk. Whoopee.

So, with the few quibbles mentioned above, I’m ready to endorse Snapseed. It is funner than Photogene, has some great effects, and if you don’t go overboard, can make pleasing files even for stock agencies. For Internet uploading, it is a no-brainer.

Here is my Snapseed-dedicated Flickr thread.

Kiss It Rating - 5/5

App Summary
Title: Snapseed Developer: Nik Software, Inc.
Reviewed Ver: Min OS Req: 4.2
Price: $4.99 App Size:
  • Simple, touch-friendly interface
  • Fast editing
  • Rock solid stability
  • Very easy to apply artistic or vintage effects
  • Universal app
  • Jpeg output only
  • Jpeg output quality trails that of other leading photo apps
  • Unlike Photogene, no Lightroom-like non-destructive edits and restores.

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Freebie Alert: Snapseed now free until Sept 23rd http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/09/20/freebie-alert-snapseed-now-free-until-sept-23rd/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/09/20/freebie-alert-snapseed-now-free-until-sept-23rd/#comments Tue, 20 Sep 2011 21:02:30 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=57949 Snapseed, a former iTunes app of the week (last month) and one of the best photo editors on iOS, is now free for the next several days. Not only does the app make photo manipulation easy and intuitive, it also provides plenty of features to help transform your photographs just the way you want it. … Read more]]>

Snapseed, a former iTunes app of the week (last month) and one of the best photo editors on iOS, is now free for the next several days. Not only does the app make photo manipulation easy and intuitive, it also provides plenty of features to help transform your photographs just the way you want it.

• Easily browse and adjust your photos with a single tap using Auto Correct
• Tweak your photo to perfection with Tune Image
• Use Selective Adjust to enhance specific objects or areas in your photos
• Experiment with fun and innovative features like Drama, Vintage, Grunge, and Center Focus
• Add Borders for incredible finishing touches
• Email your creations or share them on Facebook and Flickr

Previously  priced at $4.99, this is one excellent price drop you don’t want to miss out on. And the fact that it’s a universal app (it’ll work natively on both the iPhone and iPad) is just icing on the cake. Now go forth and have fun editing your images till your heart’s content (though not before checking out some of Snapseed’s demo videos after the gap).

Snapseed Nik Software, Snapseed, 15.0 MB – Free



App Description

Snapseed makes any photograph extraordinary and puts a fun high-quality photo experience right at your fingertips.

Now anyone can enhance, transform, and share their photos with ease using incredibly advanced features from the leader in digital photography software!

PRAISE FOR SNAPSEED:
“Snapseed app brings pro-level photo editing to iPad” ~~Charlie Sorrel, Wired

“…hands down the best photo app for the iPad to date. Hats off to your crew.” ~~ Scott Kelby, President, NAPP

“A photo editor that’s deeply intuitive and packed with plenty of options (but not buried in them).” ~~Casey Chan, Gizmodo

“Snapseed transforms the enhancing of one’s photography into an incredibly flowing kinetic dance…” ~~ Jack “Wow” Davis, Author, Artist and Photoshop Hall-of-Famer

BENEFITS:
• Easily browse and adjust your photos with a single tap using Auto Correct
• Tweak your photo to perfection with Tune Image
• Use Selective Adjust to enhance specific objects or areas in your photos
• Experiment with fun and innovative features like Drama, Vintage, Grunge, and Center Focus
• Add Borders for incredible finishing touches
• Email your creations or share them on Facebook and Flickr

SUPPORTS:
• 6.25 MP images for iPad, iPhone 3Gs, and iPod Touch (3rd and 4th Gen), 16 MP images for iPad 2 and iPhone 4 (larger images will be automatically down sampled)
• JPEG and TIFF photos
• RAW photos (requires iPad or iPad 2) transferred using the Camera Connector Kit (if files show up as a small thumbnail, go to Settings > Location Services and turn this setting to On for Snapseed. This is required to allow Snapseed to use the iOS RAW processing)

CONNECT:

• Twitter: @snapseed
• Facebook: snapseed
• Flickr Photo Share: groups/snapseed
• YouTube: niksnapseed

FEATURES:

== Basic Adjustments ==

• Auto Correct – Automatically analyzes your photo and adjusts color and exposure to perfection.

• Selective Adjust – Make precise selections and enhancements to specific areas of your photos in seconds with Nik Software’s revolutionary U Point technology.

• Tune Image – Use Ambience to create depth and vibrancy that uniquely adapts to colors and textures. Adjust White Balance, Saturation, Contrast, more.

• Straighten & Rotate – Rotate 90° and/or straighten photos with simple gesture controls.

• Crop – Easily crop photos to remove distracting parts of your photo.

• Take Photos – Open photos from the Camera Roll or take new photos

== Creative Enhancements ==

Swipe to the right in the filter selector screen to access to the creative enhancements.

• Black & White – Give that classic Black and White look to your photos with this darkroom-inspired filter.

• Vintage Films – Make any photo look like a vintage color film photo from the 50’s, 60’s or 70’s. Includes nine different color casts, plus tons of controls.

• Drama – Add breathless style with a custom effect specifically tailored to your photos, ranging from subtle enhancements of textures to wildly creative and artistic effects.

• Grunge – Give your photos a totally unique, hip, and dingy look with the Grunge filter.

• Center Focus – Draw attention to the subject of your photo blurring the surrounding background with a few simple gestures.

• Organic Frames – Add stylized borders to your photos for the perfect finishing touch.

== Sharing ==

• Email – Send photos to anyone at original resolution.

• Social – Share on Facebook and Flickr.

• Print – Print wirelessly using Apple’s AirPrint technology

== Help & Support ==

Get started quickly and pick up tips along the way with a variety of help resources like help overlays, tutorial guide, and brief lesson videos. If you ever get stuck, our support team is ready to help.

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