Notable New iPad Apps: HDR

HDR iPad app

HDR is an impressive looking new photography app for the iPad and iPhone. I got a promo email about it this morning and it initially drew my attention because this app is made by the developers of the excellent ArtStudio painting and drawing app.

Here’s a little slice of the App Store intro for HDR:

Capture High-Dynamic-Range photographs with HDR. By combining twice the image data of a standard photograph HDR is able to mix an over-exposed and under-exposed photo with incredible results. Includes 4 different mix options, plus the ability to import raw images all in one incredibly fast app.

And some of its key features:

- Automatic and manual modes (To set exposure manually: drag exposure loupes to dark and light area of photo, double tap to return to automatic mode)
- Import from Photos: Select light and dark photos from library to mix in HDR.
- 4 different HDR mixes: Auto, Optimized, Vivid, Contrast
- Alignment: Photos are automatically aligned for the sharpest possible results.
- Native device camera resolution support
- Save in photos
- Speed: Fastest possible capture and merge of HDR results

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Notable New iPad Apps: Camera+ for iPad

Camera  for iPad

Camera+ has been one of the leading camera apps on the iPhone for a long while – and now it has come to the iPad. Camera+ for iPad was released in the iPad App Store yesterday and my friend and writing colleague Thomas Wong described it as a supremely big deal. He sent me a rapid-fire series of texts yesterday afternoon outlining one of its best features, which is its iCloud sync between its iPhone and iPad apps

Shoot on iPhone, edit on iPad. Workflow very easy and simple. Changes show up on both devices. iPad version has more editing power too. It’s like iPhoto for iOS, but much easier to use.

Here are some of the key, iPad-only,  features of Camera+ for iPad:

★ NEW iCloud sync…
The new iCloud sync in Camera+ automatically syncs your Lightbox photos between all of your devices. Shoot all day on your iPhone, and then edit all night on your iPad.
★ Brush on effects… iPad ONLY
Now you can brush on (or off) each effect with your finger so you apply it only where you want. You can set the brush size, softness and intensity for ultimate control.
★ Layer effects… iPad ONLY
Layer two or more effects to create your own unique results. Adjust the intensity of each layer and drag and drop to change the order. Why not mix “So Emo” with “Tailfins”? You have great taste, now prove it!

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PhotoToaster Gets a Major Update & It’s On Sale for 50% Off

Lion PhotoToastered

PhotoToaster, the superb and easy to use photo editing / effects app for iPad and iOS, has had a major update today – to Version 4.0. This new version brings a number of cool new features to an already stellar app.

Here are some of those new features:

Lighting Brushes

  • Professional level control of lighting exactly where you need it
  • Non destructive editing lets you go back into the lighting room
  • Create dramatic effects
  • Correct lighting problems with fixes that look natural

New Previews

  • Easily browse borders and textures in sliders mode

Expanded Borders and Textures

  • More borders and textures are at your fingertips, neatly packaged in folders (via in-app purchase)


  • Enhanced recent presets functionality
  • Expanded help screens
  • Performance improvements

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TouchRetouch HD – iPad App Lets You Easily Remove Unwanted Content from Photos (Screencast Demo)


Ever taken the perfect photo of your kiddo with a big smile on their face and then discovered that you also got some random kid in the background picking their nose? On the desktop I’ve used a superb app called Snapheal to remove unwanted content in situations like that.

Now I’ve discovered there’s a great little iPad app that will do this too, thanks to a mention by reader D.R. The app is called TouchRetouch HD and it’s easy to use, has some great tools, and works like a charm.

These are a few of its notable capabilities and features:

* Remove spots from sky or other backgrounds
* Remove wires from your picture
* Remove banners from the buildings
* Remove human-made objects from nature views (bridges, buildings, tents, ships etc.)
* Remove your shadow from self-made picture
* Remove people from the photo
* Remove ghosts and flare
* Remove surface breaks
* Smoothen and retouch the face
* Create funny pictures: for example, remove parachute and leave the guy flying in the sky

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Massive 3.0 Update for Photo Toaster for iPad Coming Very Soon

Photo Toaster for iPad

Photo Toaster, my favorite and most-used photo editing app on the iPad, is set to get a massive update very soon. The 3.0 update has already been sent to Apple and is expected to hit the App Store this coming week.

Here’s a bit of an intro to the app:

PhotoToaster provides a deep toolbox of photo corrections, then adds fast non-destructive image adjustments and provides three different ways to adjust them. The Toaster can do everything from crop, simple lighting adjustments and color corrections to elaborate multi-layer composite effects and noise reduction.

I’ve been a big fan of Photo Toaster for a long while now. I listed in my post on the best photo editing Apps for iPad and also in our list of the Best iPad Apps of 2011.

I’ve been fortunate enough to be on the beta testing team for the upcoming update and I can tell you it looks tremendous and makes and already-great app even greater.

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PhotoForge2 Updated – Now Supports iPad

PhotoForge2 – the powerful and versatile photo editing / effects app – has just been updated and has added full support for the iPad. The update, to Version 2.1, makes it a universal app, designed for both the iPad and the iPhone. I mentioned PhotoForge2 in my recent rundown of the best photo editing apps […]

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