We tried Snapseed, the image editor for iOS that comes to Mac

Snapseed has arrived at Mac. One of the best image editors for iOS is landing in a big way, standing up to established applications and maintaining the virtues that made it almost indispensable on portable devices, such as simplicity, multiple options, and quality.

Snapspeed is one of the most popular image editors for iOS and now finally makes its debut on the AppStore for Mac. Not for nothing was it chosen as the best iPad application of the past 2011 and this thanks to, among other things, the ability to edit photos easily and precisely. And nothing better to get rid of doubts than to make a small revision.

We tried Snapseed, the image editor for iOS that comes to Mac
We tried Snapseed, the image editor for iOS that comes to Mac

For those who are already familiar with the use of Snapseed, you will not find it strange to handle its bigger version, as it is very similar . For novice users, the learning curve will be affordable, as they have provided it with a clear and minimalist usage chart.

We have few new features as I say, just and perhaps the most remarkable, the inclusion of the use of RAW files generated by digital SLRs, which on the other hand handles perfectly The main aspect is the photo editing, for which a panel is generated on our left with all settings.

There are few buttons on the different menus, but let’s not be fooled by their minimalism, as there are many more options. The reason for showing only these options is not to overwhelm new users with complex combinations . So for example, pressing the space bar can zoom in on the image instantly. As we can see, simplicity .

Allows us to improve any image quickly by simply selecting one of the three pre-selected options and if we want more possibilities we just have to display the menu we have in view. For example, to apply effects to a single point, nothing better than the option Image Tune that allows us to select several points where to implement those effects, all from the menu generated on our left.

At these created points, represented by a white circle, we can either adjust the brightness, contrast and saturation, or change the size by simply clicking on the corresponding small button and sliding the cursor from right to left.

Once we have made all the basic settings we can add some effects to our liking and Snapseed offers seven options for this:

  • Black and White : convert the image to black and white and apply color filters to achieve different effects.
  • Central focus : it tries to focus our gaze on a certain place.
  • Theater : increase the intensity of the colors in the image.
  • Frames : present the image in the right way.
  • Grunge : textures to distort the photo.
  • Vintage : generates effects to resemble an old image.
  • Tilt-Shift : change perspective by adding depth.

At the time I had tried Snapseed on the iPad and although it was on time, I must admit that something sounded familiar when it was time to start using it. Thus Snapseed for Mac allows something similar by using basic commands not so different from the handling that he did on the iPad with two fingers, and what to say if you use a Magic Trackpad , which will resemble our experiences.

In summary, we can say that is a very good adaptation to the system of this application and that although, like everything else, it is not free of errors, we can say that they are not remarkable. It is clear, simple, its use is easy, offers multiple options within which we do not speak of a more complex program like Photoshop or Pixelmator, but nevertheless has considerably more options than iPhoto, the default application for Mac.we can find it in the AppStore at a price of 15.99.

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