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Photogene for iOS gets a complete overhaul

There are tons of photo-editing apps in the iTunes App Store, but a recent update to an old favorite might be one of the best yet. It's called Photogene 2 and it offers so many tools that it's almost like it does the job of multiple apps.

Photogene 2 (99 cents until November 17) is the successor of a favorite photo-editing app of ours on iOS, and this completely rebuilt version is definitely worth checking out. To start off, a... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows software , photos , images , image , photo , editing , edit

Experience Vimeo.com on your iPhone

Popular video enthusiast site Vimeo.com does not have the same level of viewership as YouTube, but it's definitely a great place to find interesting user-made videos. Today, Vimeo released a free iPhone app that lets you bring the video site with you on the go, but it lacks one very important feature.

Vimeo for iPhone (free) lets you join up with the site or log in within the app so you can upload, edit, and view videos on your... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , iOS , video , streaming , audio , edit

Rescue photos and engage in cartoon battles: iPhone apps of the week

The big Apple news this week was the announcement that The Beatles music collection is finally available at the iTunes App Store, but that wasn't the only news to come out of Cupertino, Calif. iOS 4.2 for iPhone and iPad is extremely close to release, and we put together a slideshow of some of the new features across both devices. Check out our hands-on look at the iOS 4.2 Gold Master and the slideshows for each device here.

This... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: iPhone , Apple , iPod , iPhoneappsweek , Touch , Windows software , image , photo , app , editing , edit , rpg , defense

First Look video: Picasa 3

Google's recent release of Picasa 3 (review) introduced a dozen changes to the already popular photo organizer.

A few are small, overdue bridges between the desktop app and Web Albums that greatly impact your work flow, and some are much more ambitious features that substantially extend Picasa's abilities. Almost all of them hit the mark (there is one exception.)

This First Look video takes you on a tour of some of the more salient features of this terrific desktop app... Read More »

Tags: photo , Picasa , edit , digital photography

First Look video: Picoli for iPhone

Until Apple blesses the iPhone with a camera worth talking about, you're just going to have to improve photos by transferring them to your desktop to edit.

Not so fast, slick. Picoli for iPhone ($4.99) is a handy little photo editor that does a great job touching up entire photos--you can color-correct images by using a slider, flip the image, and apply a few effects, including converting to sepia tones.

Watch our First Look video to see how Picoli works... Read More »

Tags: iPhone , photo , edit

Choose wisely when resizing

Image resizing should be a simple problem to solve, except that it seems like everybody and their dog--sorry, cat-lovers--has a lightweight, freeware image editor out there. For example, there's Image Resizer. The name is simple, the installer weighs in at a rail-thin 357 KB, and it's free. Can't argue with that, right?

Except that it barely works, at least when I tested it. The interface would be fine, back when Windows 3.1 was new. It's nothing less than a... Read More »

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Featured Freeware: Avidemux

Making simple crop edits to videos of all formats shouldn't be tricky business, but most tools out there either do way too much or are so belabored with ads that no one knows what evil lurks within their code.

Open source on the GNU license, Avidemux for Windows and Mac is a breath of fresh air. Cropping a video is as simple as highlighting a section to remove and then hitting the Delete key. Re-encoding a video is equally painless: select... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: freeware , open-source , Windows software , edit

Avidemux cuts out video editing stress

Making simple edits to videos of all formats shouldn't be tricky business, but most tools out there either do way too much or are so belabored with ads that who knows what evil lurks within their code.

Originally written by a French programmer known as Mean, and gloriously open-source on the GNU license, Avidemux is a breath of fresh air and available for both Windows and Mac. Cropping a video is as simple as selecting the section you want to remove... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: freeware , open-source , Windows software , edit

Capture NX 2 takes aim at Adobe

There are a lot of image editors out there, but few of them are designed with professional photographers in mind, and even fewer are designed by photographers themselves. Capture NX 2 for Windows and Mac is one of those rare editors designed by professionals but is easy enough for hobbyists to use, and Nikon has just given it a major overhaul.

Available for purchase at $179.95 or upgrade at $109.95, the program introduces a revamped interface, closer integration with other Nikon... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows software , photography , image , edit

Featured Freeware: FastStone Image Viewer

The FastStone Image Viewer is a good find for a multipurpose image tool. Although the main interface looks too cluttered with buttons at first glance, the three main windows are intuitive enough once get your bearings and several included skins make it easy on the eyes.

Clicking a thumbnail puts a larger view of the shot in the lower-left pane, and you zoom in simply by dragging the mouse around. You can resize, crop, remove red-eye, and adjust color, brightness,... Read More »

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