App news for photographers: Lytro, Koloid, Aviary, Vine and more
Lytro app gives social sharing platform to interactive photos
When the Lytro camera was made commercially available last year, one of the biggest critiques of the light field device was that sharing photos was not a streamlined process. Since then, Lytro has introduced Facebook and Twitter sharing. Now, it has created its own social networking app.
The Lytro app for iOS allows users to upload their Lytro images, browse and refocus others' photos, as well as like and share the interactive images.
From the app, users can share Lytro images on Twitter and Facebook, send a link to the Lytro viewing site or save the interactive images as an animated GIF.
Facetune for iOS provides advanced facial editing
Ever wanted to look just like your favorite over-airbrushed celebrity? Well, now you can give your smartphone selfies the star treatment with Facetune. Facetune has been around for a while but came to our attention when The Huffington Post did a write up on it.
Not only will Facetune smooth out any unwanted blemishes, but it will also let you morph your face so your eyes can look bigger and your nose will look smaller (or vice versa, whatever). Facetune also has some filter features and allows for cropping.
I took Facetune for a spin, taking a self-portrait on my roof. (Yet another sign to my neighbors that my stay-at-home job is a little unusual.) The editing tools were easy to use and after only a few simple taps, my face was more or less unrecognizable.
If you are in the witness protection program and you don't want anyone to recognize you or if you just want to smooth out those pesky wrinkles, Facetune will help you out. (And for $2.99 in the iOS App Store, it's a heck of a lot cheaper than surgery.)
Everpix gets a redesign in version 2.0
Image organizer and file host Everpix just got a major update to its iOS app. The photo storage service offers users unlimited space and image syncing from mobile devices and computers as well as social networking sites like Flickr, Facebook and Instagram.
The latest version of Everpix has a brand new user interface as well as a highlights and flashback features for better browsing. Download Everpix for iOS in the App Store for free.
Koloid for iOS follows user suggestions in latest update
Aviary 3.0 comes to Android
Android photographers saw a huge update to Aviary photo editor. Aviary — a popular stand alone app that got its start lending its editing tools to other applications like Flickr — is now in version 3.0.
With a fresh interface, the main editor toolbar scrolls instead of using pages, and the whole app has gotten a little darker to better highlight users' photos. The "Enhance" tool has a few added features: Hi-Def for sharpening and contrast adjustments, Illuminate for (you guessed it) lighting correction, and Color Fix for automatic color correction. The focus tool on Aviary can now perform more dramatic background blurring and iOS's Woodland Effects Pack has made its way over to Android with the update. Check out the rest of the updates from Aviary's blog.
Snapjoy shuts down after Dropbox acquisition
Image host Snapjoy marketed itself as the "smart photo library in the cloud." The service had a somewhat popular iOS app that we gave a quick review last year. Since Dropbox bought Snapjoy late last year, the app had remained in the App Store. Now, it is no longer available for download and current users cannot upload any more images to the service. While we are hopeful that Dropbox will employ some of Snapjoy's technology in its own mobile apps, some bloggers worry that this once-awesome app will disappear forever. Users who have images in Snapjoy's cloud have until July 24th to download them from Snapjoy's website before they are deleted forever.
Dropbox now allows multiple photo sharing
The latest update to Dropbox's iOS app is pretty neat. To start, users can now share multiple images in one go. Just tap the Photos icon at the bottom of the screen to view all the images in your Dropbox account, tap the Share icon, then tap each image to select it. These image sets can be shared via email, text, Facebook message or post, Twitter or copied as a link to your clipboard.
Vine adds front-facing camera support
Version 1.2.0 of Vine's Android app may having you posting more 6-second selfies onto Twitter's social video sharing network. In its second update this week, Vine seems eager to stay on top of competition from Instagram's new video feature. The latest version also adds a new upload manager for unsubmitted posts, improvements to camera loading time and support for more devices. See what else is new with Vine for Android.
Linea adds Dropbox access, auto photo organization
With version 3.3 of the Linea mobile photo browsing app, photos can now be imported from Dropbox. This update expands the number of import sources to four, including Facebook, Photostream and the iOS device's camera roll.
Once images are downloaded to an iOS device, the app analyzes the images and automatically arranges the pictures in a mosaic. Various criteria, including subject matter and image quality, are used to determine size and placement within the mosaic in order to better tell a visual story.
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