Filterstorm 3 was released earlier today. It is a photo editing Universal app that is on sale for $1.99 through the 24th (regular price is $3.99). It can be downloaded from iTunes.
Let’s just say that for those that want a very powerful photo editor two of the top choices right now are Filterstorm 3 and PhotoForge 2. They have many overlapping features, but each has a few unique ones, and the interfaces are different.
From the official description for Filterstorm 3:
Filterstorm has been designed from the ground up to meet your iPad and iPhone photo editing needs. Using a uniquely crafted touch interface, Filterstorm allows for more intuitive editing than its desktop counterparts with a toolset designed for serious photography. A favorite of Photojournalists, Filterstorm is at home in a professional workflow, or for anyone who simply wants to get the most out of their pictures while on the road.
Filterstorm contains a suite of powerful tools including curves manipulation, color correction abilities, noise reduction, sharpening, vignetting, and black and white conversion fine-tuning. It also includes the powerful ability to apply any of the available filters by brush, color range, and gradient.
One of the new features that I really like in Filterstorm 3 is the left/right split preview pane, so you can see side by side before/after effects. You can toggle the left, right, or full preview portion. The watermarks feature is also rather slick.
Most everything feels very intuitive in Filterstorm, but I find the layers/masking feature a bit less intuitive relative to PhotoForge 2 (just my opinion). Both of these apps have a very well designed GUI. I probably need to spend a bit more time to get used to the masking in Filterstorm 3. Let’s just say I often forget to read instructions 😉
This video for the iPad version that gives you a good feel for how the app looks/feels, and the wealth of features. The iPhone version of the app is of course a bit smaller.
If you are looking for a powerful photo editor I can highly recommend Filterstorm 3 with no hesitation. I played with it this evening and am amazed at how much you can do with photos on an iOS device. Wow.
If you are even thinking about buying it you might as well grab it before the price goes up!
On the competitive side, PhotoForge 2 (which should be Universal in the next week or two) has many similar features. Photogene for iPad is very good if you are just looking for an iPad app.
For professionals or those that tend to not even use a laptop, there is a professional version of Filterstorm called Filterstorm Pro (up to version 1.3) today. It includes many bulk and organization features. That can be downloaded from iTunes.
Far more information can be found at the Filterstorm website.