24 Hour Sale on Snapheal

For those that use a Mac and don’t want to spend big bucks on Photoshop to remove things from your photos, Snapheal is a really nice way to do that. For today only it is on sale for just $7.99. Usually $29.99. Pretty good deal for one of the “Best of 2012″ Apps that is the #2 selling app on the Mac App Store (behind iPhoto by Apple).

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Snapheal is Incredible, intuitive and inspiring app to help you fix photos in minutes. REMOVE unwanted objects from photos, FIX bad skin, RESTORE damaged pictures and perform more complex edits faster and better than most other photo editing apps.

You can read more about it on their website, and download from the Mac App Store.

PicZoom is a Useful Utility

A new Universal app called PicZoom is rather useful in some situations, particularly for those that give talks with images, educators, and people that just want to point something out in a photo. One really nice thing is that it saves at full resolution.

Here is one example of something I might use if I was writing a blog post and wanted to talk about how I removed a problem in a photo. The one feature I’d like to see in this app is the ability to add an arrow from the small region to the zoomed region.

Example of output from PicZoom

Example of output from PicZoom

Piczoom is free right now for a limited time. You can download it on iTunes.

Description

PicZoom helps you to make your photo self describing and clear to understand.

Make your photo look epic and brilliant with just a couple of taps!

● Add a focused and zoomed area to your photo
● Add text explanation with powerful text editor
● Change shape – rectangle, rounded corner and circle
● Change color
● Edit and decorate photo with powerful photo editor
● Save to album in full resolution, send emaiil and MMS
● Share to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr

Camera Boost Goes Universal

Camera Boost has been around for almost a year for the iPad, but was recently updated to be a Universal app (runs on both iPad and iPhone). It is a camera replacement app and I took it for a spin on my iPhone 5.

Overall the app is pretty good, but there are starting to be a lot of nice camera replacement apps out there (Blux Camera is one that pops to mind). The user interface took a few moments to understand, but then seemed really easy after that. It was actually a lot easier than some of the others which have started to get rather complex. I think my favorite thing about Camera Boost was the simplicity of being able to lock the focus, white balance, and exposure – very big and noticeable.

I was also really impressed with the “night shot” option. This allows you to take a shot in minimal light and have it look like you took it under bright lights. Here are three shots I took with my iPad. The room had one light in it. These shots are just the actual size of a small region. The first is the default iPad camera, the next is Camera Boost, and the last is Camera Boost with the night option. You can see the Camera Boost “standard” shot in a dark room was a bit noisier than the iPad by itself, but slightly better clarity. There is a noise reduction effect in Camera Boost, but I didn’t use it for that shot. With the night option turned on it was a world of difference. I was impressed by how little noise there was in that shot.

Sample images from Camera Boost on iPad

One problem I noticed on both the iPad and my iPhone is that the app would always crash after I deleted photos. Hopefully that one gets fixed in a future update. [Update: The developer let me know that this problem will be fixed in the next release.] When I save photos to my camera roll I noticed there was no meta data associated with the images, so it doesn’t include GPS coordinates, no time stamp, no camera make/model, etc. That makes it very difficult to deal with when I import the photos to my computer when trying to sort by date, location, and so on.

Currently Camera Boost is available for $2.99.

A Moment with Momentsia

I’ve got about a million things to do now that 2013 has started, but I decided to take a moment to try out a new Universal app that was released just before the holidays called Momentsia.

The usage is straightforward. Click a little box to change the layout you want. It ranges from one spot to a dozen or so (rough estimate on my part), and the color swatches change. They keep a nice theme for each one, so you don’t have to use every available “box” in the collage.

Once you have the layout you like, tap in a region. With a short tap you’ll then get to take a live shot by tapping again. If you do a long tap you’ll be able to choose a photo you already have on your camera roll. When you like what you see, save it or share it on a few social sites.

It’s a fun app and does what it says. The two negatives were that the output size seems to be 640×1008 pixels on my iPhone 5, and you can’t zoom or shift any of the photos when you take/load them.

Right now Momentsia is free on iTunes.

Image created with Momentsia

Image created with Momentsia. The two individual images that got used were created with Popsicolor.

And just for fun I did a one minute walkthrough video of the app on YouTube.

Description

Momentsia’s artsy yet simple functionality will motivate you to create, capture and share frame-worthy moments within seconds.

Momentsia will become your go-to camera app.

Rather than taking a single picture: select different colorful collages on the fly, then take pictures by tapping anywhere on your screen.

Press on a tile a bit longer to access your camera roll and mix current with past instantly.

Download Momentsia today, your iPhone and iPad will never be the same!

* It’s simple, fast and intuitive.
* Never take a single, boring photo again.
* No need to reach the capture button anymore.
* Capture directly on screen.
* Share moments on your favorite social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Email, Camera roll) .
* No more collages after the fact.
* You and your iPhone/iPad become one, creativity happens naturally.
* The results are beautiful artwalls that become long lasting moments you can share with friends and family.

Game Your Video with This Fun App

I rarely mention video apps here since I don’t play with them very often (I wish days were longer), but here is one that I tried out and loved it the second I started using it.

Game Your Video let’s you do all sorts of special effects and basic editing. From the description:

Creating great videos has never been easier. Game Your Video brings you LIVE motion effects, fun audio transformations and gorgeous video filters to make stunning videos a child’s play. You can also select videos from Camera Roll and apply a plethora of effects while they are playing. This ultimate video creation and video editing app is your one stop shop for all your video needs.

It’s sort of hard to describe exactly what this app can do. In less than a minute I created this video with the ‘Chaplin’ effect in the app. I used some of the fast, slow, rotate, and mirror effects (along with the music). There are far more effects!

This app is free through January 1st. Grab it now if you like having some fun with video. A superb app for the younger crowd, and I’m sure you could have a lot of fun with videos from this evening – New Year’s Eve.

Download Game Your Video.
Find out more on their website.
And lots of fun videos on their YouTube Page.