By Cody Lee on Jun 25, 2015
Apple has just named “Halftone 2 – Comic Book Creator” its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to download the fun comic book-style photo editor for both iPhone and iPad for free—a solid savings of $2.
Halftone 2 makes it easy to create comic and scrap books with your images. Simply choose a page layout, apply photo filters, position your captions, add speech and thought balloons, and share your creation as an image, multi-page document, or high-definition video. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 9, 2015
Apple seems to be paying keen attention to the wants and needs of its users. Take this “new” gesture select ability in the stock Photos app for example.
By entering select mode in the stock Photos app, you can now tap and drag on a group of photos to select multiple photos with ease.
Oddly enough, this was once a stock gesture in older versions of iOS. In fact, I did a post on the disappearance of this very gesture earlier this year, pleading with Apple to bring it back. You all can thank me later.
Want to see how it works? Watch our video walkthrough for a flashback to the same gesture in iOS 4, and the reimplemented gesture in iOS 9. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 9, 2015
Last fall, iOS 8 brought us App Extensions.
App Extensions have given developers the means to extend Apple’s mobile operating system by infusing their app’s functionality into the Notification Center’s Today view, Share sheet options and actions, keyboards, cloud storage services and Photos.
App Extensions have been universally acclaimed and a lot ink has been spilled in writing about custom keyboards in iOS 8. As an iPhone photography fan, I was way more excited about App Extensions within the context of Photos for iOS.
There was just one problem: OS X Yosemite doesn’t support App Extensions in Photos for Mac. Thankfully, newly announced OS X 10.11 El Capitan saw to that, meaning now developers of photo-editing apps can provide their own filters and editing tools in Photos for Mac. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 8, 2015
Google Photos is a recently released cloud service from Google that allows users to store an unlimited amount of high quality photos without having to worry about costs or storage ceilings. If you’re someone who takes lots of photos with your phone, then it may be worth considering.
Announced at the 2015 Google I/O developer conference, Google Photos is available on a variety of different platforms, including the web, iOS and, of course, Android. But what if you already have tons of photos stored in the Photos app for Mac, which was also recently released?
In this brief tutorial, I’ll show you two ways to easily copy the pictures in your Photos app library to Google Photos. Watch our video to see how easy it is. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 29, 2015
Among a flurry of yesterday’s announcements at the Google I/O developer conference, the Internet giant launched Google Photos, its brand spanking new photography service available across iOS, Android and on the web. It offers unlimited storage (with a few caveats) and has many other compelling features that give Apple’s iCloud Photo Library a fairly good run for its money.
To name but a few: world-class facial recognition that understands aging, sleek design, fast performance, unmatched search and machine intelligence, the ability to create a movie, collage or animated GIF in seconds and more.
The question is, will you be turning to Google Photos as a backup solution for the media you’ve amassed on your iOS device? Or, perhaps you’ll be sticking with Apple’s iCloud Photo Library even though it offers a meager five gigabytes of free cloud storage? Planning on using Google Photos alongside iCloud Photo Library, are we? Not a big fan of either service, you say?
Tell us in today’s poll! Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 28, 2015
I jumped with joy after reading Cody’s coverage of Google Photos. I mean, who wouldn’t want a sleek photo service across iOS, Android and the web that came with truly unlimited storage, right?
Here’s an iCloud Photo Library user who’s been paying Apple happily 99 cents month-to-month for the privilege of using a meager twenty gigabytes of iCloud storage.
But I have a confession to make: I need way more storage for all my photos and am reluctant to fork out five bucks a month in exchange for just 200 gigs of iCloud storage.
Having said that, before you ditch Apple’s iCloud Photo Library solution for Google Photos, here are a few facts Google didn’t emphasize enough that you should consider. Read More
By Cody Lee on May 28, 2015
Google hosted its annual developer conference this morning where it talked about Android M, Android Pay and other initiatives. It also announced a new cloud-based storage service for your photos and videos called Google Photos, and it’s available on iOS today.
At first, Google Photos sounds a lot like iCloud Photo Library and other storage services: automatic back ups, integration with compatible apps, quick editing and sharing tools, and the ability to sort by various metrics. But there a few features that set Photos apart. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 18, 2015
Google researchers teamed up with scientists from the University of Washington on a unique project which taps into a rich poll of public photos on Yahoo’s Flickr, as well as on its own Picasa and Google+ services and other places, to automate the creation of amazing time-lapse videos of popular tourists landmarks, Engadget reported Monday.
Leveraging sophisticated algorithms, the project clusters a whopping 86 million photos and stitches them together into landmarks and popular viewpoints. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on May 14, 2015
As you might imagine, I take tons of screenshots on a weekly basis for work. Instead of connecting my iPhone to my Mac and importing screenshots manually, or instead of using AirDrop, I simply use Photo Stream to do the grunt work.
Photo Stream allows me to access any photo taken with my iPhone, including screenshots, directly from the Photos app on my Mac. Just a few seconds after taking a picture with my iPhone, the photo appears on my Mac. This is great for quickly grabbing iPhone screenshots, and it even allows you to easily access screenshots taken on the Apple Watch.
In this post, I’ll show you how I set up a simple Smart Album to separate screenshots—Apple Watch screenshots included—from regular photos. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 14, 2015
Pictures play an important part in putting together a compelling business presentation, a detailed school report and what not. As much as I like Google’s Docs, Slides and Sheets mobile productivity apps, their non-existent support for adding images to documents directly from an iOS device has been something of a deal breaker for me.
But not anymore. As announced on the official Google Docs blog, users of Google Docs and Slides application can now add images directly from their iPhone or iPad, here’s how. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 11, 2015
Sharing a bunch of selfies on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is so yesterday. What you need is a system that will motivate you to create meme-worthy selfies, award your best work and connect you to like-minded selfie takers.
Enter Selfiest, a new selfie challenge app for your iPhone by Snob Technologies that lets you discover and follow selfie takers around your current location, check out new selfies your friends post to the service and more. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on May 4, 2015
PhotoSize is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to quickly calculate the size of photos, videos, and screenshots selected in the stock Photos app. The tweak is capable of calculating the size of a single photo, video or screenshot, and it’s also capable of calculating the size of multiple items as well. Have a look at our video walkthrough to see PhotoSize in action. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 10, 2015
Creating separate libraries. It’s one of the best ways to go about organizing photos with the new Photos app in OS X Yosemite. I find that using multiple libraries to separate things like work and personal life is a good strategy. Fortunately, it’s extremely simple to create new libraries and to switch between those libraries on the fly. Read More
By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 9, 2015
Now that OS X Yosemite has been officially released, it’s time to think about migrating your old iPhoto library to the new Photos app. Migrating over is extremely easy, as there are multiple ways to do so. In this post, we highlight one of the easiest and most straightforward ways to migrate an iPhoto Library over to a new Photos app install. Read More
By Cody Lee on Apr 9, 2015
Apple on Thursday morning released a new version of iTunes, bringing the media manager to version 12.1.2. The update is a minor one, but important for those who have updated their Macs to the new OS X 10.10.3 software that was seeded yesterday.
More specifically, iTunes 12.1.2 brings about enhanced support for the new Photos app in 10.10.3. The app, which essentially replaces both iPhoto and Aperture, features a new, lighter design and deep integration with Apple’s new iCloud Photo Library. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2015
As promised earlier this morning, Apple has now released the OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite software update for public consumption. It comes with the long-expected Photos app replacing iPhoto as the default consumer photo-management solution on Macs.
Other new features in the 1.52-gigabyte update include 300 new emoji with racially diverse designs, improvements to Wi-Fi networking, bug fixes, performance improvements and more. The software is available via the Mac App Store’s Updates tab. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2015
Get your Macs ready for a major software refresh as Apple gears up to release the OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 software update with the long-awaited Photos for Mac app and other improvements.
Associated Press, which ran a review of Photos for Mac earlier this morning and first reported that the software update is due today, praised the software’s professional-level and advanced fine-tuning tools such as granular color correction.
“Apple’s new Photos app for Mac computers, available Wednesday as a free software update, makes it easy to organize and edit your pictures,” the news organization wrote. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 31, 2015
The search giant Google announced yesterday it is adding support for Google+ Photos to the Drive app on iOS, Android and the web. “Starting today, the photos and videos you keep in Google+ Photos will also be available in Google Drive,” said the company.
In addition to storing your photos and files together in Drive, the refreshed Google Drive for iOS app has introduced a new Auto Backup feature to ensure that your Camera Roll photos and videos are safely backed up in the Google cloud. Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Mar 26, 2015
Amazon has just upped the ante in the cloud-storage arena by announcing Thursday a pair of disruptive cloud storage plans, with a new Unlimited Everything tier available to store as many photographs, video clips and documents as you possibly have, for a flat fee of sixty bucks per year, a massive price reduction over previous prices.
Another, lower-priced tier called Unlimited Photos will keep an unlimited number of photos backed up in the Amazon cloud, and up to five gigabytes of videos and files, in exchange for twelve bucks per year, or just 99 cents per month.
Both new plans store your files securely on Amazon’s Cloud Drive services and are available now on the web. Read More