Provides: Photo editing
Format: Digital download
Developer: Chengdu Everimaging Science and Technology Co.
Minimum System Requirements: OS X v10.6, 64-bit processor
Price: Free (limited time)
Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
Chengdu Everimaging Science and Technology Co. is offering its powerful new Fotor Photo Editor for OS X currently for free on the Mac App Store.
Fotor competes in a crowded field of OS X photo editor apps, but it’s actually quite good if your main objective is optimization, enhancement, resizing and such of your existing images. And the price is certainly right.
Fotor offers an array of tools to adjust exposure, brightness, contrast, white balance, and saturation, sharpen/blur, add a vignette, or crop, straighten, rotate, and so forth.
For those times when there isn’t time to adjust the settings on your camera when conditions change or are less than ideal, Fotor’s Scenes feature offers 13 different 1-tap-enhance options that are configured for specific photo capture lighting, background, and time-of-day conditions.
These features include:
- Effects & Borders – Fotor has an extensive palette of effects and borders. Designed with input from professional photographers and designers, Fotor comes loaded with over 60 effects, including Classic, Lomo, B&W, Art and Vignettes, and over 30 different styles of frames.
- Tilt-Shift – Fotor’s Tilt-Shift editor gives your images depth-of-field adjustment options using a mix of clear focus and selective blurring, typically available only on professional-grade DSLR cameras.
- Fully Optimized for Retina Displays – Fotor is fully optimized for Apple’s MacBook Pro Retina displays, allowing you to view and edit your images at the high-resolution these models offer.
- Image Formats Supported – Fotor supports importing and exporting a wide range of image formats, including TIFF, JPEG, and PNG, plus conversion functionality for RAW files.
- Save & Share – Fotor makes it easy to save and share your edited photos with only a couple of clicks. You can send your photos to Facebook and Twitter, all from within Fotor’s desktop workstation.
- 1-Tap Enhance – 1-Tap Enhance quickly transforms problem or mediocre photos with a pixel by pixel enhancement, all with only one touch. Analyzing brightness, contrast, saturation and exposure value, Fotor optimizes the source image.
- High Dynamic Range (HDR) – If you’ve ever wanted to try HDR photography without purchasing expensive software to do it, Fotor gives you the power to do it all in your browser. Take three photos, one normal-exposed, one under-exposed and another over-exposed, upload them to the Fotor cloud, and let their algorithms do their stuff. In seconds you’ll have a Tone-Mapped image that applies just the right exposure to every part of your photo, letting you recover detail lost in shadows or over-exposed light.
- Photo Collage – You can use Fotor’s collage maker to turn your album of photos into an organized collage and give them an extra spark of creativity. The collage maker includes template collage, montage (free-style collage), photo stitching and shape collage.
- Photo Cards – You can turn your photos into greeting cards using Fotor’s Photo Card Maker. Fotor provides a series of customizable greeting card templates like birthday photo cards, thank you cards, holiday cards and clip art to personalize your cards to really represent you and the people you share them with.
- Add Text – Input plain text or choose a stylish text template, personalize your photos by adding your own commentary, thoughts and messages for others to see, or just add notes to help you remember.
- Photo Editing – The heart and soul of Fotor is photo editing. Using Fotor photo editor, you can resize your photos, crop them, adjust the lighting curve, rotate them, adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, and sharpness, adjust the tone and colors, or just straighten a crooked shot, and that’s just in the basic edits module. You can also add a photo effect, photo frame, clip art, text, or use Fotor’s unique color splash, mosaic, and tilt shift tools
- Raw Converter – RAW converter with tone mapping supports over 100 camera RAW formats. Import the RAW files and fotor will take care of the rest.
A popup provides technical information about your image.
As I said, Fotor performs well at what it does. My main criticism is that it is app-oriented a la iOS (there is a $2.99 iOS version), rather than my preferred file or document-centric orientation. For example, if you dismiss the current image being viewed or worked on, the application quits—behaviour I find inconvenient and annoying. However, Fotor does start up with reasonable dispatch.
I’ll give it a 3 out of 5 rating for function, 4 out of 5 for value while it’s free.