I’ve always been a big fan of Camera+ on the iPhone and for those that have an iPad you shouldn’t miss out on the version for the iPad that was released last month. They’ve added a number of features that the iPhone doesn’t have (and I wish it did!), as well as a syncing feature so that things (mostly) sync up between your iPhone and iPad when Camera+ is running on both. The features are:
★ 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!
★ Straighten your photos… iPad ONLY
Camera+ has gridlines to help line up your shots, but you still get the occasional crooked one. Now you can crop and straighten with Camera+ for iPad and eliminate wonky photos once and for all.
★ Advanced image adjustments… iPad ONLY
Perfect your images with advanced image adjustments, including white balance, exposure, brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpness and red eye removal.
★ Import from Flickr and Facebook… iPad ONLY
You have photos in lots of places; now you can import them into Camera+ for iPad to apply effects or fix them up.
This video review does a great job showing these new features. I was really impressed with the “brush on effects,” since I’d never actually noticed that feature since I started using the app!
The iCloud syncing is great. My one concern is whether or not it does the transfers when you are NOT on a wifi connection. I use a tiny data plan (just 200 meg/month of cellular data) and can’t have photo transfers using up my monthly allowance. I couldn’t find an option in the Camera+ menu, but I also haven’t investigated the issue.
The other issue with syncing is that the iPhone version of Camera+ doesn’t support the new features of the iPad version. If you use the fancy new features on the iPad, and then try to edit the synced photo on your iPhone – you’ll see a message about the “Incompatible Effects” that says you’ll lose the fancy edits if you try to continue. Hopefully a future version of the iPhone app catches up to the iPad.
It’s also important to remember is that if you delete a photo from one device, it will go away on the other. That is why they call it syncing.
Camera+ is one of the first apps you should buy when you get your iPhone, and Camera+ for iPad is the one you should buy when you get an iPad.
Camera+ for iPad is just $0.99 right now, so be sure to download it.
From the author
Hello. This blog started in April 2011 and continues to grow.
If you are interested in photography with your iPhone and iPad be sure to drop by every now and then. I'll try to let you know about any photo apps that I happen to be using that day, or things that I notice about iPhoneography.
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