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A lot of people talk about image editing on iPad, but I’m not sure it’s quite there yet. Until it handles RAW, I’m going to be continually disappointed by some of the controls these apps offer. But some of them are so promising that it’s hard not to be tantalized by them, not to think that they offer a real glimpse of the photo editing future.

Some people have said things like that about iPhoto. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a fine app, but it’s never going to replace some of the finer tools we’re used to on our desktops. Other people have said similar things about Snapseed, an app I really admire for what it’s doing on an iPad. But at the same time, Snapseed feels like it’s a little non-intuitive. It takes me a long time to really “get” what it’s about. That’s not the case with Photoristic HD though. Photoristic is an iPad photo editor’s dreamland: it’s fast, powerful, and a lot of fun. Read on to find out what makes this a must-have image editor.

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Flickr has enjoyed something of a resurgence ever since Marissa Mayer took over as Yahoo!’s CEO. With their excellent Flickr iPhone app and storage limits being increased to a whopping 1TB, the popular photo sharing site is back with a vengeance.

Unfortunately, the experience of using the Flickr website on the iPad, for both browsing photos and making edits to metadata, has always been something of a mixed bag and is usually not a pleasant experience. Flickr Studio aims to bridge the divide between Flickr’s extensive service and your photos, letting you make all sorts of changes to both photo and metadata in an app that really pushes the envelope when it comes to Flickr’s API.

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When Apple announced the release of iPhoto for iPad last year, many people, including myself, ditched their current image editing app in favor of the newcomer, simply because of the prestigious reputation of the software itself. But, the question is, how does iPhoto for iPad compare to the likes of Photogene, an application that has been an App Store favorite for over half a decade? Read on to find out!

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As any photographer will know, regardless of what equipment they possess, or the quality of their technique, camera-derived art is as much based on post-capture processing, as it is on the pressing of a shutter button and all that leads up to it. The iPhone was one of the first devices truly to combine these two halves of image-making into one package, and as a result, iOS is blessed with both good variety and good quality in the image editing department.

Sadly, many of these fine apps don’t make it onto the iPad, or at least not in a format optimized for the larger screen. This is, of course, because few iPad owners use their tablets for anything other than posterity snaps. But as a keen photographer myself, I’m often left wishing that I could utilize that large ten-inch expanse for some editing; let us not forget that Apple, themselves, manufacture a Camera Connection Kit to facilitate the uploading of externally-taken images.

So imagine my joy when I discovered recently that Afterlight (formerly Afterglow), the iPhone editor of the discerning applier of filters, had been updated to version 1.9, and optimized for iPad in the process. How well has it made the transition, and can it set a new benchmark for photo fiddling on the biggest brother of the iOS family? I set about finding out…

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Are you a fan of A Beautiful Mess? No, I am not referring to that time your toddler decided to transform your living room wall into a Crayola mural when you turned your back for five minutes. I am talking about the oh-so-popular lifestyle blog written by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman.

Fan or not, A Beautiful Mess has recently launched an app of the same name, designed to beautify your photographs without having to spend hours post-processing. Click “more” to read on.

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Touching up images is fast becoming a favourite past time. After reaching a peak with the launch of Instagram, image manipulation isn’t a rage anymore, but it is clear that it isn’t a fad either. In the app, image manipulation apps that offer you a ton of creative ways to play with your images are still on the rise.

In the recent past, I had the opportunity to review a few such apps. In my experience, I found the image manipulation apps to be fabulous examples of the power of the iOS ecosystem. The newest edition of the popular Halftone 2 app is the latest to join the list. Turning photographs to professional looking comic pages sounds like a lot of fun. Isn’t it?

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Meddling with photographs is fast becoming a favourite pastime. Photos are supposed to say something subtle and profound to a viewer. These days people ensure that they convey the message literally by doing all kinds of stuff on the images they have shot.

Image manipulation apps are available in all types and sizes with Instagram leading the pack. Recently, I discovered Over and was surprised by the niche they have chosen to focus — the app offers a ton of ways to add text to your photographs. It’s a far cry from the apps that let you add filters or doodle on images. Want to know how? Do read on!
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Haven’t you spent hours looking for a picture on your online photo storage and social networks with no success? Don’t you find it annoying to have to browse pictures your friends post on various social networks from different apps? We’ve got the perfect application for you: Cooliris – a great piece of software to view photos from multiple sources — all with an outstanding user experience.
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Let’s face it – whether or not we own an iPhone, most of us are aware of its proficient picture-taking ability and the abundance of apps to support it. The popularity of iPhoneography has driven developers to produce apps of the highest quality, and to fill numerous photographic niches.

The iPad, however, isn’t known for its camera, yet plenty of iPad owners can be seen at concerts and events, taking pictures and video. It seems bizarre that these folks haven’t had a quality iPad-specific photography app to work with.

It comes as a relief, then, that this void in the App Store’s catalogue has started to be filled. The new arrival is Blux Camera, the latest in a series of photo- and videographic apps by Blux Touch, which have been hugely popular on iPhone. But can this app turn your iPad into a truly usable, if rather overgrown, photographic companion?

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It was at the launch of the iPad 2 that Steve Jobs predicted we would soon be ushered into a new era. One in which the predominance of PCs would fade away and our reliance on them to get work done would be greatly reduced. Fast-forward a couple of years and thanks to better hardware and a steady release of increasingly powerful apps we inch closer to that reality day upon day.

A perfect example of this is writing. I love the freedom and mobility the iPad affords me. I can write up a review or blog post from pretty much anywhere. The only piece missing for a streamlined workflow was the ability to resize images. While there are many capable image editing apps, most are overkill for this simple task, but fortunately Reduce came along to solve that small friction point.

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