9 apps that enhance iOS 8's camera

iOS 8 gave the iPhone's camera app a major upgrade: automatic straightening and cropping, one-touch light and color adjustments, built-in filters and editing tools, time-lapse videos, and the iCloud Photo Library, among other improvements. But for iPhotographers who want more manual control over their photos, sharing options, and storage, here are our nine picks for photo apps that play well with iOS 8.

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When you're out and about, you don't want miss an important shot because you're searching through a cluttered app. VSCO Cam has a streamlined, minimal interface … Read more

Get Ashampoo Photo Commander for half off

Few photo editors can fulfill most users' needs. Editing software is often either too limited even for beginners or an overwhelming set of tools that would intimidate most pros. Ashampoo rises above the rest by offering something for everyone in one convenient application. Get this highly rated universal toolkit for half off the regular price -- at only $24.99.

If Paint.Net and Adobe Lightroom created a product, it would aspire to be as cool as Photo Commander. With Ashampoo, you'll be able to edit, add effects, perform automated fixes, and share all of your photos and images … Read more

Acorn for Mac review

A powerful image editing application, Acorn for Mac can serve as an inexpensive but decent replacement for Adobe Photoshop, if you don't need highly advanced tools and features.


Has the basics of Photoshop: While at $50 you can't expect Acorn to rival Photoshop, it does support layers, masks, and gradients. It also features vector, text, drawing, erasing, and shape tools, level and curve adjustments, midtone or gamma tweaking, and custom brushes, as well as a built-in brush designer.

Versatile user interface: Similar to Photoshop and, the UI can be rearranged and resized to suit your … Read more

InstaFrame Photo Collage Maker review

InstaFrame Photo Collage Maker creates well-executed photo collages right on your Android phone and then shares them online with a few taps. This free but ad-supported app's layout templates made it easy to set up collages. We could add attractive frames, stickers, text, and more. We tried InstaFrame Photo Collage Maker in a Samsung Galaxy SIII running Android 4.3.


Layouts: InstaFrame offers a wide range of blank layouts in five different ratios: 1:1, 2:3, 3:2, 4:3, and 2:1.

Stickers: We could jazz up our collages with a variety of stickers, including regularly … Read more

Photo4Tune review

Photo4Tune is a photo app that combines a number of different social features into one unique tool. It's a little bit Snapchat, a little bit Facebook, and a lot of fun -- at least potentially.


Get social: Photo4Tune provides a lot of ways for users to interact with one another, including commenting on images, chatting, and even inviting people to events. Photo4Tune will let you see which of your contacts are already using the app; none of our friends were, but it's easy enough to invite people to use it.

Multiple ways to share -- or not: … Read more

Wondershare DVD Slideshow Builder Deluxe review

Wondershare DVD Slideshow Builder Deluxe takes your photos, videos, and audio tracks and transforms them into DVD presentations. It offers hundreds of transitions, effects, and clipart graphics with which you can create a compelling slideshow that you can then turn into a DVD or export as a file or YouTube video format.


Ideal for inexperienced users: Wondershare DVD Slideshow Builder Deluxe does not require any intensive user input, just the basic importing of photos, videos, and audio. The application guides you all the way to DVD burning and file exporting.

Wide personalization options: The personalization stage is the application'… Read more

Flickr review

Flickr on Android seems like a perfect match, doesn't it? Millions of people have been uploading, storing and sharing their digital snapshots, scans, and other images on Yahoo's Flickr site for years. Android devices, chiefly phones, have eclipsed digital cameras as primary snapshooters, and more photos than ever are being uploaded to Flickr. Flickr's free Android app makes the whole process much, much easier.


Soul mates: Think about it: Your phone is where Flickr needs to be. It's almost like Flickr has been waiting all along for Android.

Too easy: From the Get Started screen … Read more

Serif PhotoPlus Starter Edition

Serif's PhotoPlus Starter Edition is a freeware image editing and photo enhancement suite that competes with Photoshop and similar tools. Although PhotoPlus Starter Edition lacks some of the dedicated tools of the pro version, it still does a lot, including adjusting, resizing, retouching, and modifying digital photos and other images.


A lot for freeware: PhotoPlus Starter Edition has most of the pro tool's main features, such as layers, histogram, effects, and a full tool palette.

Help is there: Perhaps more importantly, the freeware has nearly all the onscreen and background help, tips, instructions, and examples as the … Read more

PhotoDesk for Mac review

PhotoDesk for Mac gives you access to your Instagram account right from your computer, and lets you manage your images and more. Through this app's intuitive interface, you can see photos grouped in multiple different ways, and you can like or comment on both your images and those other users have added.


Clear navigation: When you open this app, you'll see photos displayed in the main large window of the interface, and a Navigation Bar along the left-hand side that lets you move between different categories of photos. For instance, you can view your Feed, see what'… Read more

Photo Editor by Aviary review

Photo Editor by Aviary gives you access to tons of tools you can use to turn your photos into works of art to perfectly commemorate any occasion. Tinker with your image until you're satisfied, and then share it with family and friends via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more.


Direct sharing and prints: This app makes sharing and preserving your photos easier than ever. Not only can you share directly to the sites mentioned above, but your photos are automatically saved to your camera roll, and you can even order prints from Walgreens straight from the app.

Tons of … Read more