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EasyCrop for Mac review

EasyCrop for Mac lets you make basic image edits like cropping and rotating, and then use the resulting image without the need to save it. This premium application comes with a free trial and accepts graphics stored in a file as well as embedded in a Web site. A great feature is the destination drawer, which allows you to export your newly created image to up to five other apps.

The main interface for EasyCrop for Mac feels somewhat uninspired, but it's not hard to get around it; there are two main sections for the source and final image, … Read more

Review: BatchPhoto won't wow you with too many advanced features

BatchPhoto doesn't include any home run features, but its step-by-step walkthroughs make it great for beginners. It lets anyone crop, add borders, annotate, and apply filters and effects to multiple photos at once. If you're new to the photo-editing world, it might be the program you're looking for if you've got a little cash to spend.

You can use all of the features of this program without paying, but it will put a watermark on your photos. The program starts you off with a click-through tutorial, complete with videos, that can take some time to complete. … Read more

Review: Pixelmator for Mac is sure to give Photoshop a major run for its money

A full-featured image editor, Pixelmator for Mac stops short of some of Photoshop's more advanced functionality, but offers quite a lot in a clean, easy-to-use package.

Installation was the standard affair for a Mac app, easy and straightforward. When we first launched the application, we were immediately impressed with its clean interface, which mimics Photoshop in many ways. If you know how to use Photoshop, you'll be right at home with Pixelmator for Mac. We felt at home with its brush and tools pallet to the left, and layers on the right. There's also another pallet containing … Read more

Review: #NoCrop adjusts the size of images for Instagram to avoid cropping

#NoCrop solves a problem that millions of Instagram users cite on a regular basis as a major concern -- the inability to upload their images as they want. While the filters are amazing and the sharing functions extremely addictive, it's impossible to avoid cropping images to fit the square format required by the sharing tool. #NoCrop integrates with Instagram so you can shrink your images, add a white background, and upload them uncropped.

Installation requires linking your Instagram account to #NoCrop and allowing access to your images. Once you have done that, however, everything is very streamlined. You can … Read more

Review: Papelook is an effective photo editor, but lacks an extensive feature set

Papelook is designed to create collage-style images and actual collages with background wallpapers, snipping tools, stickers, and more, but rarely provides more than a very basic retinue of tools. The result is an app that is at times interesting to use, but will not replace other similar photo editing tools that are loaded with dozens more options. This doesn't make Papelook a bad app so much as one that fails to stand on its own two legs.

After installing Papelook, you can choose to create a new photo or a new album. The former option allows you to snap … Read more

Facebook Camera gives you direct photo access

Facebook is all about giving its users a one-stop-shop for all of their social needs, and Facebook Camera is another facet of that. The app lets you take pictures and immediately post them to your Facebook account. While it's not really necessary considering there are so many other ways to share photos on Facebook, it's fast and performed without a hitch.

Once you're logged in to Facebook Camera, all the photos in your News Feed from your Facebook friends appear on the screen. And just like any other status update or post, you can Like or add … Read more

The photo editor that's already a hit on Android has made its way to iPhone

PicsArt Photo Studio is a popular, feature-rich photo editor that was formerly for Android phones only, but it's now available for iPhone.

There are several apps that let you add effects and edit your photos, but PicsArt Photo Studio does those things and quite a lot more. In fact this app has so many features it can get a little overwhelming -- particularly with the number of interface elements on the screen.

Like most photo effects apps, you can snap a new picture or pull one from your photo library. With an image onscreen, you can use the buttons … Read more

Create multimedia photo collages with Microsoft Photo Story 3

Microsoft's Photo Story is a free Windows program that lets you create audiovisual presentations out of your photos and images. You can quickly crop, rotate, and edit your pictures; personalize them with captions and titles; and add sound effects, narration, and background music. Photo Story saves your presentations as WMV files you can play on your PC or convert using a third-party video converter. Finished files can be small enough to send by email, too. Many Windows users already have it; those who don't can download and install it or repair their current installation, if necessary. We looked … Read more

Instagram-Twitter feud fudges photos

Wednesday's CNET Update won't cut you off:

Instagram and Twitter aren't playing nice, and it's annoying users. As the two services compete in the photo-sharing space, Instagram stopped supporting a key Twitter feature that helps display media inside a tweet. The casual user won't notice anything different on the Twitter website. But on Twitter's mobile app, you will notice that Instagram photos are no longer properly formatted to fit.

Why would Instagram spoil the appearance of photos shared on Twitter? Because Facebook-owned Instagram is growing its website and wants you to stay on its … Read more

Manage, edit, and share your photos with ease using Picasa.

While there are numerous apps that help you edit, organize, and share your digital images, many of them cost a lot and are geared toward users with experience in image editing. Picasa is an app from Google that offers only the basics and it won't cost you a dime.

The app's gray interface is on the plain side, but all of the options are easily accessible and even less experienced users should be able to jump right in. If you do run into difficulties, you can visit the Help center to view tutorials from the publisher and from … Read more