Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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Offering fast yet limited photo editing capabilities, Photoristic HD is a convenient app but one that's a little too expensive for comfort given the features it offers.
Primarily focused on color adjustments and filter application, Photoristic HD is certainly handy for getting things done fast. Unlike other apps, it takes hardly any time at all for the effects to be seen. Users can adjust hue, saturation, temperature, balance, and luminance as well as opt to switch their photographs to black and white. The latter proves to be quite comprehensive, too, with sliders enabling more control than simply switching to black and white. Such sliders prove quite convenient throughout, leaving users to simply drag a finger across the screen in order to apply the relevant look.
Besides such color adjustments, a series of preset filters are available. While they're not exactly revolutionary, they do the job suitably well despite there being relatively few of them. Plus, sliding up or down changes which filter is applied, saving users the time of delving into menus.
Problems arise, however, when it comes to wanting to do more with images. It's not possible to make changes to specific areas of a photograph, for instance, only the entire image at once. Manipulation options are lacking, presumably relying upon users to do so via the stock options available through iOS. Most importantly, it's not possible to undo individual steps throughout the process.
Given the rather expensive asking price of $4.99, that's a few too many omissions for comfort. It's not so much that Photoristic HD is a bad app. It's just an app that feels a little sparse for the price. It's certainly speedy but it'll need more to squeeze ahead of the hefty competition already out there.