While most of the focus of yesterday’s attention was on free iLife and iWork apps, Apple also quietly rolled out a big update to Aperture, while a third-party image editor likewise received a juicy new update.
Bucking the annoying trend of freemium apps that bait and switch users into paying for initially free digital goods, JellyBus has wisely chosen to maintain two separate versions of its photo editing app: The free (but limited) PicsPlay, and a more robust Pro edition priced at only $3.99. While the free release is no slouch, PicsPlay Pro unlocks the developer’s full arsenal of 200 filters across 10 different themes, along with a wide range of editing features from basic crop and rotate to more sophisticated Color Splash, Tilt-Shift, Text, Stamp, and Border tools.
There's still no official native iPad version, but the folks at Yahoo! today unveiled a significant update to the Flickr iPhone app, which takes direct aim at Instagram with tons of new filters and gives away pro editing features.
It's hard to keep track of the seemingly countless photographic editing tools on the App Store, but Tangent actually brings some new tricks to the virtual light table, combining some very appealing graphic design elements together with a really slick, effortless interface, making it easy and enjoyable to add visually pleasing effects to any picture.
One major disappointment with Apple's iOS version of iPhoto is its total disconnect with the Mac edition -- which is why we're excited to see Adobe teasing a version of Lightroom for iOS, which includes the ability to sync to the desktop.
One-tap, Instagram-style filter apps are a dime a dozen, so why not give your photos a unique look by actually lifting objects off of their background instead? That’s the premise behind PopAGraph, a slickly produced image editing app for the iPhone. PopAGraph uses Photoshop-style masking tools to separate key objects from an image, making them "pop" away from the background to create a 3D-style effect. It’s a clever trick and the developers do a good job of pulling it off.
If you don't need the full power of Adobe's Photoshop or Premiere Pro software, Elements is a great, inexpensive way to focus on the basics -- and they're now better than ever thanks to all-new versions.