When Google announced last month it was acquiring Nik Software, the brains behind Snapseed, a popular Photoshop alternative on the iOS platform, Senior Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra made a promise on Google+ that “we’re going to continue offering and improving Nik’s high-end tools and plug-ins”. The search giant has kept its word as it pushed an update to Snapseed for the iPhone and iPad on the App Store, bringing long-awaited iOS 6 and iPhone 5 compatibility…

Snapseed for iOS version 1.4.2 now supports iOS 6 and the iPhone 5.

Flickr support has been temporarily pulled due to a violation of the Apple App Store Guidelines. According to release notes, “We are working with Flickr and Apple to find a solution to bring Flickr support back to Snapseed”.

Snapseed is a five-buck download that supports both the iPad and iPhone/iPod touch natively. A version for the Mac will set you back $20. Snapseed is also available on Windows. Snapseed on Android is likely in the works, as Android-totting Gundotra’s image post on Google+ with the Snapseed tag indicates.

Here, a few screenies from Snapseed running on the iPad.

If you ask me, Snapseed has got to be one of the best prosumer image manipulation software available.

I happen to use Snapseed on my iPhone and iPad on a regular basis, in combination for the indispensable Camera+ app (which as of recently works on the iPad) and Camera Awesome, also supporting iPad now.

Email client Sparrow, another iOS/Mac app that Google bought back in July, should gain iPhone 5 support “soon”, the team announced recently.

Are you a heavy Snapseed user yourself?

  • I actually picked it up free during one of their promos, surprised to hear it goes for $5. Honestly, Camera+ is my go to, especially now that there’s an iPad version.

    Christian – or any other Snapseed & Camera+ user – would you mind giving a quick rundown on what Snapseed does better?

    • One thing Snapseed does better is having the ability to apply filters on top of filters. You could apply filters, image tuning, and other effects forever if you wanted to. It makes for some unique looking photographs.

      • ACtually, Camera+ in their latest update does layered effects too

    • An I also got it for free when Apple featured it. Really really glad I did. I use it in all of my photos. I actually never share a photo without tuning something about it, whether it be white balance, brightness, or saturation, etc.. This is why Apple needs to implement the iPhoto app features (or better ones) into the native photos app. Or even just make iPhoto the native photos app. Having to import and export is a bit of a pain.