Graphics / Design
I’m a fan of small, nimble, fast, and focused applications that just work, and Maxim Gapchenko’s Inpaint Pro qualifies on all counts. Inpaint is a program—a graphics utility really—designed to do just one thing: remove unwanted elements from your photos. Inpaint can be used to repair old photos, remove watermarks, remove unwanted objects, do digital facial retouching and erase wrinkles and skin blemishes, remove watermarks and date stamps, and so forth. It’s really straightforward and easy to use. Fun, even.
Adobe releases a new version of Photoshop Elements every year, and makes improvements to it each time. You might think they would run out of ideas to put into Elements, but the excellent editing features it has had since day one remain, and they’ve made improvements to make them even better in this latest version.
A quick fix, a crop on the sides, and a filter for the finishing touch—that’s what you get with Analog for OS X. Analog is straightforward photo editing software with filters and borders that you can apply in a few minutes. Direct, fast, and user friendly, you don’t need to be a pro to use it.
The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) image editing alternative to Photoshop’s open-ended monthly wallet-siphoning distribution mode is no longer a challenge to install for Mac users. However, the GIMP’s developers say that in the past few months they’ve received complaints about SourceForge, the site where the GIMP installers for the Microsoft Windows platforms are hosted.
Smith Micro’s Poser 10 takes 3D animation to a whole new level, offering extreme detail, accuracy, and an amazing set of tools to create 3D humans, animals and many other figures. Poser 10 gives digital artists and animators everything they need to create high resolution and full 3D animations of humans, animals and a number of cartoon figures. The software is powerful because of the magnitude of detail it provides when designing the 3D animations.
First of all, Comic Life 3 is not a stand up comic sim. That would be the most depressing and annoying game in the history of paid entertainment. Rather, it’s a powerful, fun set of tools that allows you to create your own photo comics. The developers, Plasq, have been listening to requests from their users, and have rolled many into the newly released Comic Life 3, which is now available at the sale price of $14.99.
Our friends at Global Delight have released v3.5 of Voila, their “all-in-one” screen capture solution for OS X. Voila allows you to capture, edit and share anything on your Mac’s screen, and you can do so for only $14.99 (50% off the normal price) if you buy it on sale by September 15th.
Adobe has announced updates to two of their popular photography applications: Lightroom and Camera Raw. The main changes include correcting issues in Lightroom 5.0 and Camera Raw 8.1, including the Spot Healing Brush, Local Adjustment Brush, and Noise Reduction tools. Raw support has also been added for a number of new cameras, including Canon EOS 70D, Fujifilm X-M1, and Sony DSC-RX1R.
ArcSoft, Inc.’s Photo+ is a photo viewer app for OS X that enables browsing of photo contents in any folder or drive without importing them to the application. The utility also includes handy built-in features like auto-rotation, arrow key and gesture navigation, support for over 35 image formats, zoom, crop/rotate/delete while browsing, sharing to Facebook, Twitter and Flickr, and fullscreen or slideshow viewing.
In a combined summer/Father’s Day discount, Adobe is offering $30 off its Elements software packages. Geared for the not-quite-pro but more-advanced-than-iPhoto/iMovie, Elements takes the most popular parts of the fuller-featured Photoshop and Premiere software and makes them simpler to use for non-professional users.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 is the latest update to Adobe’s photographer editing application. Lightroom 5 adds a number of powerful editing tools to create better images faster. New tools include the Advanced Healing Brush, Upright tool, Radial Gradients, Smart Previews, and more. Plus there are new ways to share images easily.
I find Toyviewer indispensable for quick and slick viewing, resizing, and converting images to different formats. No other app does those things better. And it’s free!