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Hands On: BlackCam 1.26 (iOS)

07/15, 11:32am

Feature-packed filter app gives your photographs visual interest

There's something about black and white photography that we really dig. It's timeless. It's dramatic. It makes even simple pictures look so much more striking. If you're looking to elevate your pictures to the next level, we've got an app for you to take a look at: BlackCam.


Hands On: Scanner Pro 6 (iOS)

07/03, 7:30am

Excellent scanning app adds almost brilliant feature

There is no iPhone scanning app that will get you the same results you have from a desktop scanner like a Fujitsu ScanSnap or a portable document one like a Doxie. However, even portable ones need carrying around, and desktop ones need a desktop, whereas your iPhone is with you all the time and everywhere. What Scanner Pro 6 does is let you photograph a document, and calls that a scan. There are alternatives, and there have been five previous versions of this one, but developer Readdle adds improvements and one potentially brilliant new feature.


Hands On: Pixelmator for iPhone 2.0.1

05/28, 7:20am

Now also an excellent iPhone app

Where was this yesterday? We were in our car –– properly and correctly in a car park, we would never edit photographs on the Interstate –– and needed to do a tiny bit of work on an image that we'd forgotten to do earlier. Sometimes it's very handy getting to hide behind the third person: we were daft forgetting to do that image, we were daft forgetting to bring our iPads. If this were just about 18 hours later, we could've used the new Pixelmator 2.0.1 on our iPhones.


Hands On: Photos 1.0 (OS X)

04/09, 7:43am

Apple's new photography app is superb

Ditch iPhoto, ditch Aperture, ditch Light -- okay, no, let's not go crazy here. You should probably keep Lightroom if you have it and definitely also Photoshop or Pixelmator. Hold on to those because Apple's new Photos app does not replace them -- but it is so very good that you'll find yourself using them less. You may also find yourself taking more photos. You just won't realize that the first time you open up Photos. This free app, included in the new OS X 10.10.3, is a very bald, white, minimalist application that initially takes some time to get going.


Hands On: PDFpen Scan+ 2.0 (iOS)

04/01, 8:33pm

Point and scan feature makes this app quick and convenient

From the makers of PDFpen for Mac and iOS comes the newly-updated PDFpen Scan+ which is a way to quickly photograph documents and turn the text into something you can then copy out, email, or reuse anywhere else. The new version now automatically crops photographs, so you don't end up with hundreds of shots of the edge of your desk. It also increases the speed of scanning thanks to new automated features.


Steve Jobs featured in new 'American Cool' gallery exhibit

02/10, 6:00pm

Part of the US tradition of 'inventor-heros,' captured in pre-Mac era

A rarely-seen picture of Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs is now hanging in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. The image, part of the "American Cool" exhibit, shows a bearded, long-haired Jobs from 1981, riding a motorcycle between meetings on Apple's campus. The photographer responsible for the image, Charles O'Rear, is also well-known for the iconic, digitally-generated "Rolling hills/Teletubbyland" background used for Microsoft's Windows XP.


Dropbox buys social photo aggregation service Snapjoy

12/19, 4:51pm

Second Dropbox acquisition in two-week period

Cloud-storage service Dropbox has acquired Snapjoy, a photograph aggregation site. Snapjoy collects together images captured on a camera or phone, as well as those posted on social sites such as Twitter, Instagram, and Flickr, and allowed users to view their entire collection through an app for iOS or the service's website.


Nikon gains patent for 'camera tossing', impact bracing

10/23, 7:40am

Method to detect perfect shot at apex of camera throw

Nikon has received a patent for a way to protect a device being used in "camera tossing." The Japanese patent details how a camera could detect the highest point in its trajectory in order to take a photograph, as well as to brace itself for impact as it falls back down by retracting and covering the lens.


Apple posts photo from 'celebration' of Jobs' life

10/19, 7:00pm

CEO Tim Cook addresses colleagues on campus

Apple has posted a photograph from today's remembrance of the company's co-founder, Steve Jobs, showing CEO Tim Cook addressing a large assembly of Apple employees at the company's main Cupertino campus. The title of the photograph refers to the gathering as a "celebration of Steve Jobs' life" and features large banners of the iconic chairman and former CEO of the company at various stages of his career.


Lightroom 3 offers improved noise reduction, photo uploading

12/01, 8:25pm

New architecture brings faster performance

Adobe has released a public beta of the upcoming Photoshop Lightroom 3 photography software. The utility has been revamped with new architecture claimed to bring improvements to overall performance, while the raw processing engine also received an overhaul. Import handling has been enhanced, with a focus on making the process more streamlined.


Microsoft Photosynth offers 3D photo compositing

08/21, 12:45am

Microsoft Photosynth

Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled a new technology for viewing and relating photographs called Photosynth, offering users a three-dimensional, 360-degree view of almost any environment. Microsoft claims the software provides users with the ability to share "the places and things [they] love using the cinematic quality of a movie, the control of a video game, and the mind-blowing detail of the real world."


First Look: Bling! It image enhancement

03/11, 12:00am

First Look: Bling! It

To sell items on auction sites like eBay, you need to show others what youre selling. Take a good picture of the most run-down item and it can still attract buyers. Take a lousy picture of the most valuable item and the picture alone can turn off potential buyers. To increase your chances of attracting buyers and making a sale, take the best pictures possible. If your pictures still look drab and dull, spice them up with Bling! It.



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