PhotoPal for iPad Review
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PhotoPal for iPad Review

Our Review by Chris Nitz on December 30th, 2010
Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIMPLY POWERFUL
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Powerful photo editing for just about everyone.

Developer: MacPhun LLC
Price: $0.99
Version: 2.0
App Reviewed on: iPad

iPad Integration Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Re-use Value Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

The iPad is quickly becoming one of the most powerful tools in the world of portable computing. Everything from music creation to fine works of art is now coming from creative minds and this amazing device. One of the areas benefiting the most is photography. The ability to quickly and easily adjust photos while on the go is easily becoming a shinning beacon of awesomeness. PhotoPal is looking to take that greatness, streamline it, and make it easier than ever for anyone to turn their photos into gallery worthy works of art.

Do not be confused by the cutesy interface, this is a powerful photo manipulation app. Start off by loading up a photo from your library, or even just copy and paste a photo right into the app. Once the photo is loaded, the real magic happens. The basic items of crop, rotation, exposure correction, and even red eye reduction are included in this app.

Where things really shine are in the more complex adjustments. You can adjust bright and dark levels with an easy to understand slider. Sharpen and remove grain from photos with easy to comprehend sliders. Before and after images give you great insight into how the changes are affecting your photos. You can even the overall temperature of the photo with a simple hot and cold slider. One of the smallest, yet nicest, features is that your resolution displays when you are cropping. The small touches like this really set this app apart from the abundance of similar apps.

The app does not stop with the abundance of photo tools either. You can slap eight different effects onto your photos as well. Turn a photo into a vintage picture, complete with vignette. Once you have a great photo created, you can save it right to your iPad. Those of you with Flickr/Twitter/Facebook accounts can share your work right within the app as well. Quite possibly one of the coolest features is PhotoPal Docs. This allows you to save images right to your computer if you have your iPad connected via USB. Yeah, this feature detracts from portability, but it helps keep your iPad clean from extraneous files.

PhotoPal is great for those quick edits on the go. What this app will not do is allow you to apply effects in targeted areas. You will not be turning down the exposure for a blown out sky, while keeping the rest of the photo exposure correct. In addition, metadata is not going to make an appearance here. This app is strictly for basic edits.

PhotoPal is easy to use, simple to understand, and provides a great interface to help anyone make fantastic photo corrections. This app not only takes all the headaches out of photo corrections, it makes if fun and enjoyable as well. If you do any sort of photo manipulating, this app deserves a spot on your iPad.


iPad Screenshots

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