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.
People say to us all the time, "Why are you always playing on your phone?" Ha! Joke's on them, because our phone isn't just a pocket arcade. We're blogging, making music, scheduling doctor's appointments, taking notes on our screenplay, digging deep in cloud storage or on our home computers for work files, and tons of other things. If you're productivity-obsessed like we are, then you'll love this week's batch of price cuts that turn your iPhone or iPad into a tool for getting things done.
If you’ve written off web apps as underpowered imitations of desktop software, think again. Many of today’s web apps are as good as their Finder-bound counterparts, and some even do your work for you! Web apps are convenient, too: since they live in the cloud with their related files, you can run them in a browser on almost any computer without worrying about backups or hunting through hard drives for important documents. Best of all, many web apps are free, and allow you to pay for more advanced features as you go, if and when you need them.
Over the next few pages, we’ll uncover some of the best web apps available—ones that can perform the most important tasks in your digital lifestyle. You might think that only desktop software can handle them, but read on. That notion is about to change.
Like Captain Ahab from Moby Dick, we relentlessly seek our own white whale: A way to curate digital photos on the Mac, sync them to the cloud, and make the whole collection accessible from iOS. All of the services we’ve caught in our net thus far have been tossed overboard, but another has now surfaced on the horizon. Picturelife may not completely live up to “white whale” status, but it’s definitely worth harpooning. With the right subscription plan, we can upload even a massive library to the cloud (with a few caveats), complete with automatic organization and duplicate detection while backing up images stored across multiple social networks.