The Incipio Focal case will turn your iPhone into a point-and-shoot camera

By Jim Gresham on Aug 27, 2014

Despite smart devices replacing point-and-shoot cameras in the mainstream, there still seems to be many people confused by the transition to an app-based camera. Every time I am out and ask someone to take a picture of my wife and me, it seems to be a shot in the dark, so to speak. People always fumble around with the screen, trying to zoom, or change the flash, or even take the picture.

I run into people that push the software button to take the picture instead of using the volume button. Either way, there always seems to still be an unfamiliarity with the way an iPhone takes pictures. Unless you were born in 2007 when the iPhone launched, there is a transition from point-and-shoot cameras to the iPhone, and it continues to be a struggle for some.

In that light, Incipio developed an app and hardware combination bringing point-and-shoot characteristics to iPhone. Focal is a camera case providing easy snap picture taking. Dedicated shutter and zoom buttons prevent screen pecking while trying to setup the perfect shot. Read More

 

How to find and delete duplicate photos in iPhoto

By Sébastien Page on Aug 18, 2014

Duplicate photos always seem to find a way to creep into your iPhoto library, eating up precious storage space on your Mac. You could just let it go and forget all about it – after all it’s just a few duplicate photos – but if you’re anything like me, you just want your iPhoto library to be perfect.

The only way to get to perfection is to delete those duplicate photos in your iPhoto library. Strangely enough, iPhoto doesn’t have a feature that lets you find and delete duplicates, so you have to download a third party application to do this. The Mac App Store has plenty of such apps available, but I personally use Duplicate Cleaner for iPhoto.

In this post, I will show you how to use Duplicate Cleaner to find and delete duplicate photos in iPhoto. Read More

 

The best of iOS 8: from new features to developer tools

By Timothy Reavis on Jul 27, 2014

With the imminent introduction of the iPhone 6 will come the release of iOS 8, Apple’s latest iteration in its mobile operating system. After spending the past several weeks with pre-release versions of the software, I can say that there are definitive grounds for anticipating its public availability. Whether you’re planning on buying a new iPhone this fall or upgrading your current device to iOS 8, there are clear reasons to be excited about the features it has to offer.

Although it will be shipping with quite a few significant features – Apple claims this is their “biggest iOS release ever” – we’ve gone hands-on with the beta releases and picked our top ten favorite enhancements that will be available for qualifying devices this September. Here, in no sequential order, are the best of what makes iOS 8 great… Read More

 

Snapchat launches Geofilters for photos taken at specific locations

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 15, 2014

The popular ephemeral messaging app Snapchat today introduced Geofilters, basically custom filters that only work on photos taken in specific geographic locations.

Geofilters are available by swiping to the right from the Preview screen after taking a photo. This will produce custom-designed text or graphic stickers that can be overlaid on your image to make it more attractive.

As the name suggests, Snapchat Geofilters are location dependent and available for locations in Los Angeles and New York City… Read More

 

Photos for Mac won’t be dumbed down, says Apple

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 1, 2014

Apple’s surprise announcement that it will cease development of its Aperture app in favor of Photos for OS X Yosemite has left watchers scratching their head. There’s also the problem of prosumers and iPhone photography enthusiasts, many of whom have grown dependent on Aperture workflows.

The problem is even more pronounced given concerns that any feature-parity between Photos on iOS 8 and the upcoming Photos for OS X Yosemite Macs would inevitably lead to significant dumbing down compared to Aperture’s feature set.

Case in point: the iWork for iCloud effect.

Anyway, Apple has now official confirmed via a written statement that Photos for Mac will include certain pro-grade features such as photo editing, image search and third-party effects and plugins… Read More

 

Apple to stop development of Aperture in favor of Photos on OS X Yosemite

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 27, 2014

Apple has confirmed that it will no longer be developing its professional photo editing software Aperture when OS X Yosemite is released later this year. The company is shifting focus to the new Photos app that it previewed at the WWDC keynote, which effectively replaces both iPhoto and Aperture on previous versions of OS X. The app is set to launch early next year…  Read More

 

Camera+ maker launches no-frills photography app, MagiCam

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 18, 2014

Camera+ is still my favorite go-to photo editing software on both the iPhone and iPad so you could imagine me jumping with joy learning that Taptaptap, the Camera+ developer, has just released a brand new photography software.

Framed as a bold, new experience in iPhone photography, MagiCam is focused on snapping photos and transforming them into gorgeous, eye-catching shots with little or no effort on your part.

You can grab it for just 99 cents in the App Store and I have a video of it in action right after the break… Read More

 

Flickr app updated with new sharing and tagging options

By Cody Lee on Jun 12, 2014

Yahoo’s Flickr has updated its iOS client this morning, bringing the app to version 3.1. The update brings about a handful of useful additions, including new options for sharing, tagging and describing your photo albums.

As for the new sharing options, users can now send their albums to Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter, as well as Mail and SMS. They can also now add and edit both tags and descriptions for their photos from within the app… Read More

 

Free edition of the premium Camera Fx8 app now available in the App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 5, 2014

Camera Fx8 by Apalon Limited is great if you want to liven up your photos by adding creative borders and apply fun effects. Having gone temporarily free a week ago, the iPhone and iPad download is now a paid download again, setting you back 99 cents for the iPhone and iPod touch app.

But as fine folks at Apalon Limited want everyone to experience Camera Fx8, they’ve decided to release a free version in the App Store so everyone can now check it out before buying the full edition… Read More

 

iOS 8 lets you hide photos from the Photos app

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 5, 2014

In addition to headline new features, we continue to discover tons of minor but welcomed changes in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite that you’ll no doubt love when these operating system upgrades launch for public consumption this Fall.

One of such gems is the ability to hide images from the Photos app. The stock Photos app in iOS 7 introduced a fresh design and brought new photo grouping layouts.

Now, though iOS generally makes it easy to create on-device albums and add photos to an album, up until now there was no way of hiding photos from the main view… Read More

 

iOS 8 Photos app syncs full libraries across all devices, adds new search and editing tools

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 2, 2014

Apple has updated the Photos app in iOS 8 with some great changes. Most importantly, Photos now sync with iCloud—a feature called iCloud Photo Library—so that users can access all of their photos from all devices at any time. In fact, iCloud can store more photos on the cloud that your physical device can hold, meaning you can get to all of your photos and any time courtesy of the cloud.

Even the edits that you make on your devices go up live to the iCloud Photo Library, and sync with all devices, including the Mac. Apple is working on a new build from the ground up photos solution on the Mac, which will be shipping later next year.

You can even upload videos, and save the original and full resolution versions of both photos and videos. This is all possible via a new tiered pricing plan, which is detailed inside. Read More

 

How to make the stock Camera app more minimal

By Jeff Benjamin on May 30, 2014

MinimalCamera is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to remove the UI elements from the stock Camera app’s viewfinder. It works in all modes, including photo mode and video modes.

This tweak provides users with a simple and distraction free canvas for composing new shots. Have a look at our video walkthrough after the break to catch a glimpse of MinimalCamera in action. Read More

 

‘AlbumSnapper’ is now available on Cydia

By Jeff Benjamin on May 29, 2014

AlbumSnapper—the awesome new jailbreak tweak that allows you to create and assign photos to albums on the fly—is now available for download on Cydia. The tweak, which is available for $0.99, was reviewed a few weeks ago and was met with a positive response.

To use AlbumSnapper, just tap the Album button that appears next to the front facing camera button inside of the stock Camera app. Doing so will invoke a sheet that allows you to select a designated album for the photos that you snap. Have a look at our full video walkthrough of the tweak after the jump. Read More

 

Adobe Revel now offers 2GB of free photo storage

By Cody Lee on May 27, 2014

Adobe updated its Revel client for iOS today, bringing the app to version 2.3. The update brings about a few design tweaks, which make the app easier to use, and a handful of bug fixes, but the big news here is the bump in free storage.

Free accounts for Adobe’s cloud-based Revel service now get 2GB of storage space, or enough for around 1000 photos. That’s quite the change from the previous model, where non-paying Revel users were limited to just 50 uploads/month… Read More

 

Amazon Cloud Drive Photos updated with new album view, photo sorting and more

By Cody Lee on May 20, 2014

Amazon updated its Cloud Drive Photos iOS client this afternoon, bringing the app to version 3.1. The update brings about a new album view, as well as a new sorting feature, upload status indicator and various other improvements.

The new album view will allow Cloud Drive users to quickly scroll through their albums with large cover photos. And the new sorting feature brings the ability for users to sort their photos by either oldest to newest, or newest to oldest… Read More

 
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