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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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Photo Toaster Gets a Nice 2.0 Update, and Is On Sale at Just 99 Cents


Photo Toaster – one of the best photo editing / effects apps for iPad – has been updated today, to Version 2.0.0.

One of the biggest additions in this update is the ability to export to Instagram, Flickr, Twitter,and to the clipboard. Here’s the full change list:

New export mechanism that adds flickr, twitter, instagram, and clipboard support
New crop editor that provides freeform as well as common aspect ratios
Rotate and flip editor
Image straighten functionality
New Texture functionality, with 9 new global presets that take advantage of them
Adjustable border width and two new borders
Increased precision for some adjustments

I listed Photo Toaster in my recent article on the best photo editing apps for iPad, and it is one of my most used and most loved apps on my iPad 2.

I installed the update late last night and the new features look great. Another stellar iPad app that just keeps getting better. It’s also on sale to mark the 2.0 release – and at 99 cents this app is just a steal.

Here’s an App Store link for Photo Toaster; it’s priced at just $0.99 during the 2.0 sale.

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iPad App Price Drops: Snapseed Free for 3 Days


Snapseed – one of the most acclaimed photo editing apps for the iPad – is available for free for three days, from today through September 23rd.

This app was chosen by Apple as App of the Week in the App Store last month and has gotrave reviews around the web from a number of leading tech sites.

Its standard price is $4.99 and it’s a universal app that is designed for both iPad and iPhone, so this is a great opportunity to snap it up at no cost.

Here are a few of the app’s notable features:

• Easily browse and adjust your photos with a single tap using Auto Correct
• Tweak your photo to perfection with Tune Image
• Use Selective Adjust to enhance specific objects or areas in your photos
• Experiment with fun and innovative features like Drama, Vintage, Grunge, and Center Focus
• Add Borders for incredible finishing touches
• Email your creations or share them on Facebook and Flickr
• 6.25 MP images for iPad, iPhone 3Gs, and iPod Touch (3rd and 4th Gen), 16 MP images for iPad 2 and iPhone 4 (larger images will be automatically down sampled)
• JPEG and TIFF photos
• RAW photos (requires iPad or iPad 2) transferred using the Camera Connector Kit (if files show up as a small thumbnail, go to Settings > Location Services and turn this setting to On for Snapseed. This is required to allow Snapseed to use the iOS RAW processing)

And here’s an App Store link for Snapseed.

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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 for iPad, even before this update was released – as I knew it was due soon, and knew the app was a powerhouse that was worthy of making the list.

One of the headline features in PhotoForge2 is support for layers:

Create new layers from any photo or create an empty layer that can be filled with color. Change the layer’s blend mode and opacity, or rotate and transform it. Reorder and change layer visibility with ease. Add a mask to your layer to simply paint away portions you don’t want to see.

The app has a slick UI and a strong range of effects, editing tools, and features. It allows you to save in JPEG, PNG and TIFF. PNG and TIFF formats will maintain any transparency in images. Its export/share options include Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox, Picasa, Tumblr, and FTP.

I’ve only spent a short while with PhotoForge2, but I can already see that it’s a hugely capable app that will get frequent use on my iPad.

Here’s an App Store link for PhotoForge2; it’s priced at $1.99.

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Price Drop: 100 Cameras in 1 for iPad Just 99 Cents


100 Cameras in 1 for iPad – and excellent an innovative photo editing / effects app – has had a major price drop today – from $3.99 down to just $0.99. Here are some of the app’s key features:

➤ Fast, simple, and light. Designed for speed and ease-of-use
➤ Use your existing library to give existing photos 100 new magical looks
➤ or… take new photos (iPad 2+ only)
➤ NEW – share your creations right to Instagram!
➤ iPad version has many many additional features, including hi-res effects at 2000×2000 pixels.
➤ A “new” kind of app that takes the editing process in a whole new, beautiful direction
➤ Share your photos on email, Twitter, Facebook, SmugMug and Flickr!
➤ 100 unique effects, many mixed together with exotic textures from all over the world
➤ Poetic names so that you get a general feel of the effect to put you in a creative mood
➤ A new “Explore” area with helpful hints, good links, and even more
➤ Uses a predictive algorithm to guess which way you will “swipe” the image next so that the upcoming effects load instantly

This is a really unique and fun app to use. You can adjust effects and edit your images on the fly, and it’s incredibly fun to just swipe in order to move through different preset effects. The app is from highly acclaimed photographer Trey Ratcliff and was already great value at $3.99. At this new 99 cent price it’s a real steal.

Here’s an App Store link for 100 Cameras in 1 for iPad; right now it’s priced at just $0.99

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