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Snapseed Photo Editing App Is Making Its Way To The Mac After Becoming A Hit On iOS

Snapseed on iPad

Snapseed has become one of the most popular photo editing applications on iOS since it hit the App Store in June of last year, recently picking up Apple’siPad App of the Year’ award for 2011. And it’ll soon be available on your Mac, with its developers Nik Software announcing at CES that it is currently making its way to the Mac App Store.

Snapseed offers all sorts of fancy features to iOS users, allowing them to edit and manipulate the images they snap on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch while they’re on the go. What’s great about Snapseed is that you don’t need to be a professional photographer to enjoy it — anyone can pick up the app and transform their photos using its simple user interface.

And it’s that user interface that should make it a success on the Mac, too. Cult of Mac reports that Snapseed will look almost identical on the Mac to its iOS counterpart, making it just as easy to use with all of the features Snapseed users have grown to love. Its long list of key features includes:

  • Tune Image—Quickly correct photos shot in difficult lighting situations, create depth and vibrancy with Ambience, or adjust White Balance, Saturation, Contrast and more
  • Auto Correct—Automatically analyzes your photo and adjusts color and exposure, or you can use the sliders to add or reduce the enhancements
  • Control Points—Make precise selections and enhancements in seconds with Nik Software’s revolutionary U Point technology
  • Tilt-Shift—Creates a narrow in-focus area designed to simulate depth of field, common in a Miniature Scene look
  • Details—Enhances details with traditional sharpening as well as Nik Software’s unique Structure control found in the professional Nik Software product line
  • Crop & Straighten—Rotate or straighten with simple slider controls and select from a variety of standard aspect ratios while cropping
  • Grunge—Explore styles and textures without limits and give photos a totally unique look
  • Drama—Add custom effects to a photo which range from subtle enhancements of textures to wildly creative and artistic effects
  • Vintage—Nine unique nostalgic films, plus controls like saturation, textures and vignettes make any photo look like a vintage color film photo from the 50’s, 60’s or 70’s
  • Frames—Add unique borders to photos by choosing styles and textures
  • Black and White—Give photos a classic look with this darkroom-inspired filter. Select styles, grain, vignettes, and more for a perfectly nostalgic look
  • Sharing—Share photos on Facebook and Flickr, email photos, and print them using your home printer

The application has already been submitted to Apple for approval, so it could make its Mac App Store debut any day now, and when it does it’ll sport a price tag of $19.99. Of course, it’s never going to replace the likes of Photoshop for you professionals, but for casual photographers wishing to spruce up their snaps, it works wonders.

Have you been using Snapseed on iOS, and will you be purchasing it for your Mac?

[via Cult of Mac]


Killian Bell

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