A little of something for nearly everyone this week, as app price drops were broadly spread across the board. Want to game? We've got a bit of that? Care to take photos and tweak 'em? Oh yeah, we can manage that. Build, create, enjoy, or blow a robot to pieces, we've got the gamut in this week's Price Drop.
Well, if you were looking for a week where productivity apps were blowing up, this is your week. Whether you want an awesome calendar, some inbox management, task lists, or more, the App Store is where you need to be with a few tips from us. But, since all work and no play makes MacLifers dull kids, we've also got a little gaming action to hook you and reward you with some fun times to go with all your hard work.
Apple's announcement last week that it would discontinue its beloved Aperture photo editing software came as a shock to many; it seemed as though the company was partially turning its back on the creative crowd that's been faithful to it for so long. But an updated article at Ars Technica today suggests we may not need to worry; the bulk of Aperture's editing tools may be making their way into the enhanced Photos app that was announced at this year's WWDC.
Pixite continues its string of clever iOS image tweaking tools—following Tangent and Fragment—with Union, a compositing app that moves away from shape-based blending and instead approaches the process in a more conventional manner. Union is designed to combine images by knocking out specific colors as transparent, while borrowing some mojo from the company’s previous apps, and it’s a pretty slick affair—but still lacking some key features for optimum image blending.
Cloud sync with mobile devices is rapidly becoming mandatory for Mac and PC software as consumers increasingly prefer to free themselves from the desktop. Adobe is receiving this message loud and clear, countering with a new app that delivers the core functionality of Lightroom 5 for iPad. This isn’t just a tablet version of Adobe’s popular photo software—it’s a robust companion app allowing Creative Cloud subscribers to sync image collections and edit them using gesture-based tools specifically designed for touchscreen devices (an iPhone version is planned for later this year).
Adobe's had a hard time convincing customers to use its could-based Creative Suite with subscriptions, but it shows no signs to doing away with that approach. The latest salvo comes from its apparent efforts to get its Lightroom photo editing program on the iPad, and if the accidentally posted listing uncovered by 9to5Mac is correct, it'll come with a $99 subscription fee.
Next week, families will come together to celebrate the holiday spirit and take a whole lot of photos, many of which will be shot on an iPhone -- so the latest major Camera+ update will probably be a real gift to them.
You might recall that back in September, Adobe announced special pricing for its Photoshop Creative Cloud suite at $9.99 a month for customers who already owned Photoshop CS3 or higher. If you were turned off by the restriction, you'll be happy to know that Adobe's extending the service to everyone for a limited time.
After nearly two years, the mobile edition of iPhoto has finally hit version 2.0, leaving skeuomorphic UI elements behind in order to better fit into an iOS 7 world. Unlike iLife companions iMovie and GarageBand, there’s not a whole lot to get excited about, aside from editing improvements for Camera Roll images. That’s not to say that iPhoto 2.0 isn’t worth the upgrade, particularly now that it’s free with new devices.
Using Photoshop to retouch the human face and body is a process that requires learning about the inner workings of channels, layers, masking, and many subtle techniques to get truly professional results. However, for iOS users, there’s a better solution for these particular tasks in the form of Facetune, a deceptively simple gem designed for fashion and beauty work that is capable of delivering some minor miracles with the utmost of ease.