updated 09:05 pm EDT, Wed May 7, 2014
Well-regarded photo editing apps offer diversity of effects
Photo editing software house MacPhun is running Mother's Day sale on the Mac App Store, beginning today and running until Monday, May 12. The sales cuts prices on all of the companies consumer-friendly photo apps by around 30 percent, for example lowering the price of MacPhun's "magic erasing" program Snapheal to $15 (down from $20) and its refocusing app Focus 2 down to $7 from its usual $10 price.
MacNN recently reviewed the Pro version of Focus 2 (which is nearly identical to the non-pro apart from some minor differences and the ability to work as a Photoshop/Lightroom/Aperture plug-in as well as standalone), and found it to be "great for directing where viewers should (pardon the pun) focus their attention -- from adding some background blur and vignetting to make a portrait stand out, to making an off-center object or distant horizon the emphasis point of a photo."
The company's filter-centered FX Photo Studio and FX Photo Studio Pro are both included in the sale (now $7 and $15, respectively) as is Snapheal (now $15), Intensify ($18), Focus 2 ($7) and selective color app ColorStrokes (now $1). The company also recently launched a new utility called Lost Photos (free), which retrieves forgotten images from users' email accounts.
Additionally, users who wish to buy the four-app bundle Snap Pack (available from the MacPhun website only) can save 25 percent, obtaining Snapheal, Focus 2, ColorStrokes and FX Photo Studio for $34 -- slightly more than the Mac App Store sale prices if bought separately, but ideal for those who don't use the Mac App Store. The apps require OS X 10.7 or later.