AirDrop and iCloud Photo Library make it easy to wirelessly move digital photos between Mac and iOS devices, but images need a passport to get to a more diverse range of travel destinations. PhotoSync 3.0 is the absolute best way to shuttle photos and videos between your iOS device and a dizzying array of hardware and services.
With the release of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, Apple’s venerable iPhoto and Aperture are essentially dead and buried, replaced by a more efficient, iOS-like, iCloud-connected solution. Unfortunately, the built-in Photos application does little to eliminate some of iPhoto’s long-standing limitations, such as managing more than one image library. Thankfully, Fat Cat Software comes to the rescue with PowerPhotos.
Noiseless brings a simple approach to photo noise reduction — just work through its settings, from Lightest to Extreme, until you see the results you want. Lower settings can leave patterns, while higher settings can produce an artificially smoothed-over look — you just need to find the sweet spot.
[UPDATED!] There are more great image-editing tools than ever before, and they aren’t limited to the desktop. We’ve curated a collection of the best Mac and iOS apps for tweaking, filtering, and painting your favorite photos no matter where you happen to be. Best of all, most of this software is extremely affordable (or even free), so go ahead and find an app that’s a good fit for your personal workflow.
You don’t have to wait three weeks to enjoy the dinos in Jurassic World, because this week’s New App Recap puts the prehistoric giants into your pics! We’ve also got fun photo and video apps to fool around with over Memorial Day weekend, plus a new way to send email, a better audiobook experience for your car, an app that teaches safe driving to teens, and a slick new update to one of our favorite currency converters. So put down that barbecue and dive into a pool of groovy new apps!
Ever wanted to turn your photos into natural-media style works of art? This app makes it easy. Fire it up and you’re presented with a box asking you to select a photo to work with, which you simply drag into the boxed area — yes, it’s that easy.
We love “create your own filter” apps for giving you a way to add individuality to the barely navigable torrents of photos uploaded to social networks each day. Darkroom lets you create filters through a combination of sliders for things like saturation and contrast, but also levels curves, with red, green, and blue all available individually.
The camera is one of the iPhone’s most-used features, so any app that promises to improve its already strong output is sure to attract attention. Hydra is interesting because, as well as offering HDR modes to increase highlight and shadow detail in stills and video, it promises to boost image size to up to 32 megapixels — four times the 8 megapixels of the iPhone 6.
Large amounts of storage for your photos may be cheap, but modern cameras can blaze away at speeds in excess of 10FPS, and this can lead to a great many similar, if not identical, images being taken. Snapselect offers image recognition that can run while importing pictures from your camera as well as on existing Aperture or Lightroom libraries or folders on a hard drive to help you cut down on duplicates.
Rebelsauce is best known for its film-style presets for Lightroom on the Mac. Now those presets have come to the iPhone, enabling you to give your crisp digital shots a bit of life and character. This free app includes 36 filters, and you can buy packs of between 10 and 15 additional filters for 99¢ a pop, or the full collection for $5.99 — which, as usual, is the cheapest way to do things.