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.
We use our iPhones to take dozens of pictures each day, but they don't all end up on our Facebook timelines. Many of the snapshots we take are little more than reminders; visual notes that end up lost in the sea of memories in our camera rolls. Notograph isn't just a place to store these random images – it's a new kind of note-taking app that ditches the keyboard entirely. Unlike most word-based note apps, launching Notograph doesn't pull up the last file you were working on. Instead, it automatically opens to the camera, making image capture quick and easy.
KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is something of a celebrity when it comes to accurately predicting what Apple has next in store (thanks partially to inside sources), and according to his most recent predictions detailed in AppleInsider, we can expect to see a 8-megapixel camera to ship with the next iPad and iPad mini. AppleInsider also managed to pick up a tidbit that seems to add some truth to his claims; according to their sources, Sony has picked up all camera sensors destined for Apple's next generation tablets.
The Apple TV makes it easy to show off pictures taken with the iPhone, iPod touch, or iPhone via AirPlay, but the built-in Photos app leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to managing how those images actually appear on screen. Enter PhotoPresenter, a universal app from the creators of iStopMotion that offers iOS device owners full control over how photos are displayed using a clutter-free, drop-dead simple user interface.
This week's news can't all be about new iPhones, so thankfully Adobe let loose with a plethora of news during its quarterly earnings report, which includes new software offerings and firming up plans for new hardware products.
Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, discussed the new device's camera during today's media event, which has a five-element lens with f/2.2 aperture that was designed by Apple. The result is an active sensor area that's 15 percent larger, and that's a good thing in Schiller's words, as "bigger pixels make for a better picture." The camera is also apparently well-integrated with iOS 7, as it automatically sets white balance, exposure levels, and creates a dynamic local tone map.
With the right apps, even the rankest of amateurs can make beautiful pictures on their iPhones. Studio Design is one such option, packing an array of powerful tools and palettes into a deceptively simple interface that will have you generating professional-looking layouts without watching hours of tutorials. Even if you've never pushed a pixel, you’ll be able to dive right in.
One of the biggest criticisms of Adobe's "all or nothing" Creative Cloud plans have been the steep cost for those who just want access to the company's pro photography applications, which the house of Photoshop is finally addressing.
With a virtually endless number of camera apps available for enhancing photos or applying vintage effects, how can a newly released challenger hope to cut through the noise? Virtual cloning is a good place to start. WonderCam is the latest free app to offer real-time effects for photos and videos. In addition to traditional distortion, filter, and desaturation tricks, the app converts photos into comic book frames (complete with word balloons) or can even put a subject’s face into that of a historical figure or celebrity.
If you love taking and manipulating photos with your iDevices, you'll be happy to know that AfterLight has finally made it to the iPad. Long one of the top 10 paid apps on the App Store for the iPhone, the lightweight app allows you to create more appealing images than what you find with similar filter-based apps like Instagram. In addition, it features numerous sliders to help you create the perfect photo.