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Snapseed is Apple’s Free App of the Week This Week


If you have an iPhone or iPad, and would like to tweak your photos easily then check out Snapseed.  It is the free app this week in Apple’s App Store.  I have it on the iPad, and iMac, and love it.  It’s free for the iPhone, and iPad this week, but usually costs $5.

For those of you familiar with Nik Software’s other desktop photo editing tools you will see the similarities in Snapseed.  The desktop filters for Lightroom, and Photoshop allow you to select points in the image to base your edits on using slider controls to change the image.  Snapseed is very similar although it streamlines the process a bit for the iOS version, and of course no other software is required as Snapseed is a stand alone app.

I wrote about  it in a previous post if you would like to get an idea of the dramatic changes you can make to your photos.

Have fun!

Adobe Unveils CS6 Creative Cloud – Existing Users Get Special Price

I was not sure what to expect from Adobe given all of the controversy surrounding their upgrade policies for the upcoming Creative Suite 6 release.  Last December they gave a 20% discount on the upgrade price, then offerred an extension a couple of times earlier this year.  Finally they announced last month that there would be a grace period through May 6, 2012 in which you could buy the 5.5 upgrade, and get the CS6 upgrade for free.  Ok – cool.  This still left a lot of long time users of CS2 or CS3 in the cold as the offer was only for CS4, and upward.

I think Adobe is trying to make amends. Continue reading Adobe Unveils CS6 Creative Cloud – Existing Users Get Special Price

Why are iOS users angry about Instagram on Android?

I posted last week about Instagram finally being released for Android.  Since then I have read reports of disgust, and outrage from its iOS users.  I am just curious why?

I can recall in the early 1990’s when Metallica, and Guns and Roses broke through to become mainstream bands.  I was very disappointed.  There seemed to be a loss of the cool factor now that everybody was listening.  I am just wondering if the complaints that iOS users have is similar in nature?  Is it because it isn’t exclusive to the iPhone any longer, and that Android has crashed the party?

I read that Steve Jobs was angry about Google releasing the Android OS.  Another thought that occurred to me was if some of the negative reactions towards Instagram on Android stemmed from a sense of solidarity with Steve Job wanting to crush Android?

You can’t blame them for making an Android version.  There are more Android phones in use than iPhones.  It makes sense because Android is a huge market even if it is fragmented by multiple handset manufacturers.  I know from first hand experience that Android cameras are not the best, but they are getting better.  Having used high end Android mobile devices I can tell you that they aren’t bad.  Just different.  The competition is good for Apple.  Just as Microsoft pushed Apple to continually improve on their products, the Android market drives Apple to press on, and innovate.  I have always heard that the best camera you can use is the one you have with you.  If for some that happens to be an Android device then so be it.  Let the Android users sit at the table.  I think they may surprise you.

Using the iPad for Photography

I am still finding my way in terms of using the new iPad in my photographic workflow.  I think any serious editing has to be done on a desktop, or laptop computer.  However for fun, and creative exploration the iPad is an obvious choice.  I used Snapseed a few days ago to edit my first “on tablet” photo, and I was impressed with the results. Since then I have been moving images over to my iPad to see if anything strikes me as I go through an old library of photos from a trip to West Virginia.  Continue reading Using the iPad for Photography

The New iPad – Week 1 – Snapseed Image Editing

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I’ve been playing with the new iPad, and Apple TV for 4 days now, and continue to be impressed.  Last night I purchased Nik Snapseed for the iPad.  It was released for Windows, and OS X in the past, and a version for Android is on the way.  I thought that an app like this would be most handy in a mobile setting on my tablet so I refrained from getting it for Windows last month.  I thought that I would hold off for the Android version, and run it once my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was upgraded to Android 4.0 – aka Ice Cream Sandwich.  The surprise twist was that I ended up getting the iPad on Friday.  I’m glad I waited. (Backstory – I became an Apple computer, and tablet convert in the past 5 weeks)

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