There's nothing better than finding one of those rare apps that seems to do the impossible. Every time I try a piece of software, I have a tiny hope that it will be so good that I'll want to describe it as magic. As a photo editor, Handy Photo is definitely invoking some kind of witchcraft. This impressive app comes from ADVA Soft, the brilliant team responsible for TouchRetouch. Many of the same amazing powers have made their way into this new entry, but it goes much further. Let's just start with the video, which despite the marketing speak in the beginning, is pretty mind-blowing.
It's hard out there for a photo app these days. After the runaway success of Instagram, a lot of imitators popped up thinking that if they offered the same "snap, filter and share" features, users would flock to them, as well.
Sadly, this means that we have legions of piss-poor imitations without any clear alternatives; as the filter features became more ubiquitous, they almost provoke a roll of the eyes when announced. Unless an app fixes glaring problems with the market leader or offers some other kind of of advantage, users will find themselves wondering "What's the point?"
I was interested when it was announced that Google would be acquiring the Snapseed because it seemed almost in reaction to Facebook's purchase of Instagram.
It's almost become trite to hear that Google has bought another company that deals in photo editing software. Yet, here we are again. Today, Vic Gundotra announced on Google+ that Nik Software, creators of the impressive Snapseed app that we saw demoed at CES this year, will be joining the Mountain View team.
While there's no indication yet just which Google product will see the benefit of this new talent, it can only mean good news. When Google purchased web-based editor Picnik, for example, the app ended up being built right into Google+. Even if it remains fairly well hidden.
Aviary, one of the web's most popular free image editors, has built a new nest in the Android market. The software, made by the company of the same name, is a powerful (for free software, anyway) photo editor that comes packed with effects, filters, and tools for sprucing up images. The Android version comes with some effects built in, with the option to shell out some cash for more.
You won't be getting any jobs on a Hollywood effects team with your creations in Aviary, but for most tasks you'd want to do on a phone, Aviary is fantastic.
Flickr is finally available in the form of an App for Android, a mere two years after the photo sharing service made its app debut on iOS.
The app includes a built-in camera interface with focus and flash adjustments, as well as filters and effects for editing photos on the fly.
Flickr's Android app also allows for sharing via your Flickr account, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or email. Users can also browse their photo stream, contact photos, or profile, and utilize a feature called "infinite scrolling," in which all your photos are displayed on one page.
If you haven't already, get to the Android Market and grab Flickr's new app.
App developer Audodesk is no stranger to the development game, as it has brought many incredible and useful tools to our devices (and even more to PCs), such as SketchBook Pro and AutoCAD WS. This time around the AD team is back with a fun photo-editing app called Pixlr-O-Matic that lets you add various effects to any photo in your gallery.
The app features several different post-processing effects, such as color filters to change the tone of the image, various lighting effects to alter the vibe, and borders to finish it off. Once you've reached the desired result, simple export the image back to the gallery or share it with friends through Facebook or imm.io.
Aviary, developer of a bounty of online creative tools, has just announced its latest venture into the iOS and Android mobile platforms: a new SDK that allows developers to embed Aviary's advanced photo editing tools into their apps. The SDK allows the developer to choose which editing features to include, and takes "just minutes to implement."
Some of the editing features the SDK offers include:
- Crop, Flip, Rotate
- Sharpen and Blur
- Redeye Removal
- Teeth Whitening and Blemish Removal
- Adjust Colors and Saturation
- Adjust Brightness and Contrast
Other options such as text, stickers, drawing, and a meme generator are also present.