The biggest news of the weekend is that Photoshop Touch is going to get released on Monday. One of the most notable things I saw in the Photoshop specs is that it will only support up to 1600×1600 pixel images and cost $9.99. Needless to say, I think the Adobe folks should be able to create a better tool than that. Luckily, there are a number of options right now ranging from Photogene for iPad to Filterstorm to name just two.
A new one showed up this weekend and it’s called Laminar. It is being sold for $0.99 right now as an introductory price.
This iPad app has an extensive list of features including masks and layers.
Laminar is the perfect fusion of power and simplicity. We have thrown in all the tools you need to take your images to a whole new level. It offers over 65 amazing FX, features like Layers, Masks, One Touch adjustments, Brushes, etc. all wrapped into one complete package.
I played with it for awhile and found it to be stable. It took a few minutes to get used to the GUI, but most of it was straightforward. The built in guide is well done. This video gives a good overview of the app. There are several other videos available in the sidebar on the YouTube page.
The app was done by the developer of Iris Photo Suite which had a nice start but wasn’t updated very often. Laminar seems significantly better than Iris – even on this initial version. I will also mention that it had no problem dealing with (import and export) the full resolution pictures that came from my iPhone 4S which were 2448×3264 pixels, even when putting multiple full resolution pictures on different layers.
I hope Adobe is taking note of what individual developers are doing for one-tenth the cost.