Posts tagged ‘photo’

Instaz Enhances Photos With a Single Swipe

Whatever Apps announces Instaz, “swipe only” photo editor for iOS. The app makes editing images as simple as a swipe of a finger. The app’s built-in artificial intelligence analyzes each photo and performs complex edits. It improves colors, composition and adds popular Instagram effects, such as frames, collages, dust, stickers and many others.

 

 

Instaz does away with the need to come up with a design and then apply photo effects one-by-one using several apps.  Instead, a single swipe automatically performs creative edits.

 

“Like Tinder has changed the industry of dating apps, we want to change the process of creating eye-catching stories and photos for social media,” says Whatever Apps CEO Ivan Abramov. ‘Just swipe, we will do the rest’ – that is the app’s approach.”

 

This app eliminates the problem facing non-designers spending long minutes on editing, only to come up with a result that is worse than the initial photo itself. Current editors require time consuming effort for a single Instagram post or stories.

 

“The app protects your privacy by performing all photo analyzing algorithms on the device. The app never sends the photos or any associated data back to us, we never see your photos,” continues Ivan. “The more you use the app, the better the artificial intelligence understands your photo editing preferences, suggesting the best photo designs customized for you.”

 

Instaz is free and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photo and Video category. Unlimited edit saves are available upon subscription purchase. Subscriptions are available as a convenient in-app purchase of $2.99 per month or $22 per year (A yearly subscription saves $14.00 USD).

Pixelmator Photo Update Includes iPadOS Trackpad and Mouse Support

The Pixelmator Team releases Pixelmator Photo 1.2, an update to the powerful photo editor designed exclusively for iPad. This update introduces support for editing photos using a Magic Keyboard, trackpad, or mouse, lets you work in Pixelmator Photo and any other app side by side using Split View, adds a way to match the look and style of different photos using machine learning, and includes more.

 

 

“Support for editing photos using a Magic Keyboard, trackpad, or mouse brings an all-new and more precise way to work in Pixelmator Photo,” said Tomas Andrijauskas, the lead developer of Pixelmator Photo. “And we couldn’t be more excited about giving our users even more options for getting the best out of their photos on iPad.”

 

Magic Keyboard, trackpad, and mouse supports adds a way to get the best out of your photos using Pixelmator Photo on iPad. All new cursor allows you to edit your photos with even more precision than ever before. And the cursor elegantly adapts its shape when you’re hovering over buttons or using certain tools, turning into a brush when using the Repair tool or displaying resizing and panning arrows when using the Crop tool. So you have just the tool you need, just when you need it.

 

Support for Split View lets you use Pixelmator Photo and any other app side so you can be more productive as you edit your photos. Slide Over is also supported, so you can always keep Pixelmator Photo ready, whenever you want to start editing.

 

This version of Pixelmator Photo also adds the Core ML-powered ML Match Colors feature, which lets you instantly match the style of one photo to another. Using a machine learning algorithm trained on 20 million professional photos, ML Match Colors analyzes the contents of both the source and target photo to identify any objects, detects their colors and lighting, and applies a range of color adjustments to the target photo. 37 individual adjustments in total, such as Brightness, Shadows, Highlights, White Balance, and Selective Color, are used for color matching to deliver stunning results.

 

The update adds a number of additional features and improvements. The all-new Recents color adjustments collection contains the color adjustment settings from 5 of your most recently edited photos. An Intensity slider introduces a way to adjust the intensity of color adjustments and presets. And you can now copy and paste adjustments between different photos much more easily.

 

Pixelmator Photo 1.2 is available from the App Store as a free update for existing users or for $4.99 (USD) for new customers. Pixelmator Photo requires iOS 11 or later and a compatible iPad.

Apparent Software Relaunches Socialite Frames & Borders

Apparent Software announces the relaunch of Socialite | Frames & Borders in the Apple App Store with Version 2.0 including the ability to customize displayed content  with even more stickers (Eyes! Mouths! Stay Home, Stay Healthy!) and optional subscriptions.

 

Says Apparent Software designer Braden Froese, “As a designer of Socialite’s stickers and frames, I have an absolute blast illustrating each pack. I am especially excited for the latest release because the Eyes and Mouths stickers can make any photo look hilarious. I know that our team is extremely happy with version 2.0 and we look forward to seeing the designs that our users create with Socialite!”

 

With Socialite:

  • Frame photos fast with dozens of original frame looks
  • Square crop, share, sit back & enjoy the love
  • Choose from hundreds of original stickers, including location packs, holiday packs, occasion packs and more
  • Add color filters, layers, and captions, all from a straightforward interface that’s ideal for casual users
  • Socialite’s huge Comic Stickers set contains a full alphabet plus speech bubbles, everything needed to turn digital art or photos into single-panel comics right on an iPhone
  • Every sticker in Socialite can also be sent in Messages, instantly upping one’s texting game

 

Says Jacob Gorban, veteran Mac developer and CEO of Apparent Software, “I’m proud of the combined effort of our small team, which made Socialite easier to use with the multitude of stickers already included in the app, and those planned for future releases.”

 

Because Socialite’s frame & sticker collection grew so big, users needed a way to easily find their favorites. Socialite 2.0 offers a new Settings gear at the end of the sticker and frames drawer. In Settings, users can hide packs they don’t want to use right now, and reorder the packs so their favorites come first in a drawer.

 

Users who want to never miss a pack can now choose to subscribe to Socialite. Subscriptions cost $1.99 USD a month or $14.99 USD a year, and unlock all content, including every new pack, during that time. Users can still choose to buy premium content pack by pack, and the Socialite team will continue to release occasional free packs. New content in this release includes: Eyes Stickers (in-app purchase or free to subscribers), Mouth Stickers (in-app purchase or free to subscribers), and the Stay Home, Stay Healthy pack, commemorating this strange time we struggle through together.

 

Krystian Kozerawski, our programming lead on Socialite, agrees, “I am glad and proud of how the Socialite app developed in the last year. We provide more and more fun content and finally we have implemented subscriptions that let our users try all the stickers and frames, with the price of a monthly subscription equal to the price of a single premium sticker or frame pack. And you still can buy and download individual packs. With this release, we also provide you our free “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” pack. Don’t hesitate to try it out!”

 

Socialite | Frames & Borders 2.0.3 is Free (With In-App Purchases) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photo & Video category. Socialite is made with love by Apparent Software, an independent Mac & iOS software development company based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Apparent Software also makes Trickster, ImageFramer, and Cashculator, all for macOS.

iMazing 2.11 Adds New Way to Manage iOS Photo Library

DigiDNA announces the release of iMazing 2.11 for macOS. iMazing allows transferring of messages, music, files, and other types of data from any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device. iMazing is the tool for iOS devices, allowing users to create local backups, transfer photos, music and any files between their device and Macs or Windows PCs, print text messages, and so much more. This version brings a new way to manage and transfer photos from an iOS or iPadOS device.

 

 

iMazing 2.11 debuts a new way for users to manage and transfer iPhone and iPad photos from their Mac. After connecting their iOS device and their computer via USB or Wi-FI, the entire photo library becomes available within seconds, streamed straight from the device. The new feature enables previewing high resolution images before actually importing them. Users can view all photo metadata, including location, detailed camera settings, number of views, last shared date and more.

 

“Photographers will appreciate the attention to detail and raw power on display,” says DigiDNA’s Gregorio Zanon. “More casual snappers will enjoy being able to browse their library seamlessly and export just the photos they need.”

 

Additional information is also listed for each photo. That information includes original versions of edited photos, both the video and image elements of Live Photos, and pre-bokeh effect versions of photos taken using the device’s Portrait Camera app feature.

 

Features Include:

 

Browsing & Filtering:

  • 3 different views: Moments, Grid and List
  • Browse by media type, album or smart album
  • All available metadata displayed
  • Browse hidden assets like originals of edited photos
  • Full screen mode (just double click the image, hit esc to exit)
  • Open location in Google Maps (double-click the map)
  • Date filters, text search, sort by any field

 

Export Options:

  • Include pre-portrait effect versions of Portrait mode photos
  • Include all frames of bursts
  • Include originals of edited items
  • Include video component of Live Photos
  • Automatically organize exports in a folder hierarchy, by moment and media type
  • Recover photos from albums synced with iTunes or the Finder
  • HEIC to JPEG conversion, adjustable quality

 

Mac Import Options:

  • Create From my Mac albums on iPhone or iPad
  • Add photos to albums via drag and drop (no sync)

 

Delete Options:

  • Bulk delete photos from the Camera Roll (not available if iCloud Photo Library is enabled)
  • Remove photos or entire albums from synced albums

 

Backup Options:

  • Browse and recover from any iMazing backup snapshot
  • Browse and recover from iTunes or Finder backups
  • Encrypted backups are fully supported, if backup password is known

 

When used in combination with iMazing’s Time Machine-like automatic iOS backups, the new Photos tool enables users to recover deleted photos, even if they’ve been fully removed from both the device and from iCloud. The entire Photo library of any Apple mobile touch device can be archived, making it always browsable in high resolution at blazingly fast speeds.

 

“Users can also create and manage iOS Photo albums by dropping photos in iMazing, and delete items from the Camera Roll in bulk,” continues Gregorio. “The new Photos tool is currently available only in the macOS version of iMazing. The Windows PC version is scheduled for release this Summer.”

 

iMazing 2.11 for macOS is free to download and available through the iMazing website. Browsing photos and data is entirely free. Premium features require the purchase of a license. A Single License (1 computer) is $44.99 USD, Universal license (2 computers) is $49.99, Family license (5 computers) is $69.99. The 2.11 (macOS) update is free for all iMazing 2 license owners.

HoudahGeo Updated – Photo geotagging for JPEG, RAW and Apple Photos 

Houdah Software announces HoudahGeo 6.0, a major upgrade to the photo geotagging tool for Mac. This app tags photos with location coordinates, names, and related metadata. It’s been 4 years since the release of HoudahGeo 5.0.

 

These 4 years allowed for many ideas and feature requests to pile up. It took almost a year to turn these ideas into HoudahGeo 6.0. At the end of the process, an exceptionally large upgrade has emerged. HoudahGeo 6.0 brings several major new features and countless enhancements that streamline many tasks in the geocoding workflow.

 

Customers will be glad to see HoudahGeo 6.0 support JPEG RAW pairs. Many digital cameras can save two versions of the same image. One JPEG file and one RAW file. HoudahGeo recognizes such pairs and handles them as a single photo. HoudahGeo will write the same metadata to both files.

 

Our number onfeature request was to allow specifying the timezone used to write dates and times to EXIF/XMP metadata. Many forget to set their camera clock when traveling across time zones. As a result, photo metadata can show times that appear to be hours off. Users can now have HoudahGeo write dates and times using a time zone that will make times appear more natural or correct.

 

HoudahGeo 6.0 can help with migrating away from Apple Aperture and generally future-proof location metadata. It now imports more location data from the recesses of media libraries. It can then write that metadata to EXIF/XMP tags where it remains permanently bonded to image files. That metadata can be read by whichever photo catalog you migrate to after Aperture.

 

We have improved the built-in maps to show more information, be more interactive and make assigning and correcting location information even easier. Map pins can now reveal photo thumbnails. This allows for quick checks. Track logs can be clicked to find out at what time a point on the route was visited. HoudahGeo can now be asked to match a photo to such a point. It will then infer camera clock settings so it can geocode the remaining photos.

 

The reworked “Places” feature and the new “Lift & Stamp” tool adds, copies, and paste common location information and other metadata. For example, a place named “home” may be set up to add location names to photos without altering their exact coordinates. Similarly one can copy information such as description and keywords from one photo to other photos taken at the same location.

 

HoudahGeo 6.0 also adds support for weather and depth below water metadata tags. This information can be read from Kestrel weather log files and fromUDDF SCUBA dive logs.

 

HoudahGeo is used by travelers and professionals alike. Some use location information to organize and find photos. Some like to see and show photos “pinned” to map locations. Others need to add GPS coordinates to photos in order to assess roadwork damages, to record wildlife sightings, or to document environmental damages.

 

HoudahGeo makes it easy to geotag digital photos with GPS location information. It writes future-proof EXIF, XMP, and IPTC tags to JPEG and RAW image files. HoudahGeo works with JPEG RAW pairs and fulls supports XMP sidecar files.

 

HoudahGeo can load photos from Apple Photos, iPhoto, Aperture, and Adobe Lightroom Classic catalogs. HoudahGeo can then tag original image files and add location information to photos in Apple Photos, iPhoto, and Aperture libraries. This gives the users of Apple’s photo cataloging tools access to the many photo geocoding options HoudahGeo has to offer:

 

The map in HoudahGeo makes geocoding large batches of photos surprisingly easy. One just needs to make incremental adjustments between photos to account for the distance traveled. It takes but a nudge to the map and a click for each photo.

 

Geotagging photos serves two main purposes:

  • Archival: The EXIF and XMP geotags written by HoudahGeo create a permanent record of where a photo was taken. Photo management software like Apple Photos can then organize and find photos by location
  • Viewing and publishing: Location information adds to the “story” of a photo. See a bird’s-eye view of where you took your photos; the path taken to get to the location and from there to the next; the adventures between; the sights hidden from view

 

Geotagging writes location information to metadata tags within the original image files. This creates a permanent bond between a photo and the location where it was taken. HoudahGeo writes the same industry-standard EXIF and XMP as GPS-enabled cameras. Such geotags can be used by Apple Photos as well as other photo cataloging or publishing tools. Location information added in Apple Photos exists only within the library database. The original images remain unaltered. Only exported versions of the photo can be set to include geotags.

 

New in 6.0:

  • JPEG + RAW pairs: HoudahGeo treats JPEG + RAW pairs as a single photo
  • Time zone for EXIF / XMP export: Specify how dates and times should appear in image metadata
  • Media library import: HoudahGeo now imports much more location data from the recesses of media libraries
  • Aperture migration: Write imported metadata to image files for future-proof storage and to prepare migration
  •  XMP sidecar writing: Use, ignore, create; Set separate strategies for handling sidecars to JPEG and RAW files
  • Images needing export: Flags images where coordinates have changed or fail to match media library information
  • “Automagic” camera clock setup: HoudahGeo can infer camera clock setup from a photo placed on a track log
  • Enhanced “Places” feature: Configure individual places to apply only a subset of their properties to photos
  • Lift & stamp metadata: Grab coordinates and metadata from one image; Apply to other images
  • Support for weather data: Add weather information to your photos. HoudahGeo reads KESTREL weather log files
  • Support for SCUBA dive logs: Add “depth below water” information to your photos; HoudahGeo reads UDDF log files
  • Enhanced grid view: HoudahGeo can now show timestamps and coordinates along with image previews
  • Easy import from Apple Photos: Grab and import the current selection from the Photos application

 

HoudahGeo is available in English and German language versions. A full-featured trial version is available from the Houdah Software web site. HoudahGeo 6.0 is priced at $39 (USD) for a single-user license. A family license is available for $59. Upgrades are priced $24 and $36 respectively. HoudahGeo licenses purchased on or after August 1, 2019 qualify for a free upgrade. Licenses can be purchased from the Houdah Software store. Upgrade pricing is offer upon loading a previous license.

Avalanche for Mac brings Aperture and Lightroom Photo Libraries 

CYME team announces the release of Avalanche 1.0, the new photo migration software for macOS. Avalanche is designed to convert catalogs of photographs from one application to another while keeping the organisational structures intact, ensuring all metadata flows without losses and image adjustments are replicated with the best possible results.

 

 

The first version of Avalanche focused on providing a solution for photographers with photos stuck in Apple Aperture that isn’t supported anymore by Apple. Since the release of Catalina, Aperture users can’t rely on launching Aperture anymore to access their photo libraries. Avalanche allows a smooth transfer of the libraries towards other applications : today towards Lightroom or folders and soon towards other applications like Luminar, CaptureOne and others.

 

“We designed Avalanche because we were not satisfied by the existing solutions – when they existed – to migrate our many photo catalogs out of Aperture.” says Matthieu Kopp, CYME co founder and CTO. “We realized that being able to switch our preferred cataloging/app was important as many great photo edition apps exist in this space. Being able to move all our images with metadata, organisation structure and some edits was opening new perspectives and giving us a much wanted freedom of choice.”

 

But Avalanche does not stop here. “We wanted to ensure that everything that was present in the source catalog was converted even if it looked hard or impossible. Therefore Avalanche converts Faces and recreates them, not as keywords like other solutions do, but as real face detections in the destination catalog. Avalanche not only does a great job at opening and converting those catalogs, but we added some unique Machine Learning capabilities to transfer a number of adjustments. And when Avalanche estimates that a picture has adjustments that are too complex to migrate, it places the image in a dedicated album for the user to review after conversion.”

 

Features:

  • A browser interface to easily find all catalogs on all connected volumes
  • User friendly conversion screen with detailed information about the content to be converted and detailed progress monitoring
  • Detailed reporting screen and a conversion log in the form of a CSV file to easily find out what errors were encountered (missing files, corrupted database situations, …)
  • Aperture Masters and Versions copies are fully converted into masters and virtual copies in Lightroom
  • Videos and video versions are fully converted into master videos and virtual copies in Lightroom
  • Albums: simple albums are recreated in the target catalog. Smart albums are not converted
  • Face definitions and face detections are fully converted in Lightroom
  • All customs annotations, flags, ratings, color labels are converted
  • Keywords are converted with full support for hierarchies
  • All IPTC and EXIF metadata is supported; Avalanche even harvests EXIF data from the master files to enrich the target catalog.
  • Projects, Folders, Stacks are recreated in Lightroom
  • AI powered adjustments: WB temperature and tint, exposure, contrast, vibrancy, saturation, black & white levels, highlights and shadows are converted using Machine Learning (ML)
  • Curves are converted
  • Images converted to black and white are properly migrated and ML is used to infer the proper color mix from color space to Black and White
  • Conversion options letting you decide how to handle referenced files, videos, etc.
  • The choice of folder hierarchy for the copied master files

 

Avalanche for Lightroom is $59 USD and is available exclusively through the developer store. Review codes are available to qualified journalists upon request.

Updated Pixelmator Photo Supports iPadOS 13, batch photo editing

The Pixelmator Team announces a major update to the powerful photo editor Pixelmator Photo 1.1, designed exclusively for iPad. This update adds support for the new iPadOS 13 and takes full advantage of improvements to the Files app, brings machine learning-enhanced batch photo editing, includes deeper integration with iCloud Photos, and more.

 

 

“The new iPadOS 13 makes iPad even more powerful and capable for creative pros and consumers alike,” said Saulius Dailide, one of the founders of the Pixelmator Team. “And, inspired by this, we’re adding powerful new capabilities to Pixelmator Photo with the new batch photo editing. So photographers – beginners and pros alike – can batch edit entire photoshoots using just their iPad.”

 

Pixelmator Photo 1.1 brings full compatibility with iPadOS. And, thanks to a Files-based design and editing workflow, it also takes full advantage of improvements to the Files app. So you can now use Pixelmator Photo to edit images in external locations – whether that’s an external drive, SD card, or USB drive – and even file servers.

 

The update also features powerful batch photo editing enhanced by machine learning. So users can now batch edit hundreds of photos with just a few taps, improving shots using machine learning algorithms trained on millions of professional photos. With a collection of readymade batch editing workflows created by the Pixelmator Team, it’s easy to jump in and start batch editing. What’s more, users can easily create their own batch workflows using custom color adjustment presets, as well as actions for cropping, straightening, exporting, and even resizing photos for a full-featured batch editing experience.

 

Pixelmator Photo 1.1 is $4.99 and can be downloaded from the App Store.

 

Prizmo Go 3 Update Includes Curved Text Recognition and iOS 13 Dark Mode

Creaceed released Prizmo Go 3.0, their photo-based text grabbing app for iOS. Prizmo Go 3.0 introduces a unique curved text recognition technique as well as a number of iOS 13 features such as Dark Mode, Apple OCR, Shortcuts Action, and Voice Control.

 

Prizmo Go allows the user to take a picture of printed or handwritten text and then recognizes it using optical character recognition (OCR) technology. The text can then be selected directly from the photo by swiping through it. Users can then interact with it or just copy and paste it to other apps or to the Mac.

 

Text can be edited within the application, or read aloud with built-in speech synthesis. Information detected in the text such as website URLs, phone numbers, email addresses, QR codes, or physical addresses can be specifically activated. Text translation into 59 languages is also available.

 

Version 3 upgrade brings specific handling of curved text. The curvature often degrades the accuracy of text recognition, and sentence or word order is typically lost in the resulting text. Prizmo Go 3 introduces a unique technique for specific processing of curved text that handle these issues, improving both text recognition accuracy and text layout interpretation.

 

New features:

  •  Curved text recognition
  • Apple OCR (English, iOS 13 required)
  • Dark Mode & user interface update (SF Symbols)
  • Shortcuts action for automation
  • Orientation detection with machine learning / Core ML (Latin alphabet languages)
  • New languages with on-device OCR: Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese
  • Voice Control accessibility feature to allow hands-free interaction

 

Prizmo Go 3.0 is free on the App Store, and is localized in 17 languages. Text recognition can be tried out, but access to result is limited. Text access can be unlocked by purchasing the Export Pack for $7.99.