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If you check out the photography section on the iPhone or iPad App Store, you might be shocked at how many applications exist which allow all forms of photograph editing features. Some of the applications are very useful and have an amazing array of options to make photographs look beautiful, but some of them are dreadful and offer no functionality that can’t be found through the new editing section of the photos application within iOS 5.

Snapseed

One application which transcends the above has to be the beautiful Snapseed application by Nik Software. The application has been around for a while but has been gaining some serious traction and press recently due to it being named iPad Application of the year for 2011 and being offered free of charge during the fruit companies annual twelve days of Christmas promotion. Snapseed is designed to give users the ability to make any photograph extraordinary by providing editing functions and filters right at the users fingertips. Not everyone can be a professional photographer, but with this applications everyone can at least produce beautiful and engaging images.

It is immediately evident how popular this application is with over 1000 user ratings via iTunes giving a nearly five star average rating. Those users, and people who have been waiting for a more powerful Snapseed experience can now rest easy, as Nik Software have pushed the button and made the app available on the Mac App Store. This release brings a double helping of good news for those who are already fans, first of all the Mac OS version looks as beautiful and well crafted as its baby brothers, and secondly all of the powerful editing tools are still present on the desktop version. Users can import photographs directly into Snapseed for Mac to give the following creative enhancements:

SnapseedMac

  • Get a classic black and white look with a darkroom type filter.
  • Choose to make their photograph look like a vintage color movie from eras gone by.
  • Add style to the images with a custom effect.
  • Apply a unique, hip and dingy look to images.
  • Give the image a sense of depth with the tilt and shift filters.
  • Apply center focus to draw attention to a specific aspect of the image, blurring the outer edges.
  • Organic frames which add style to the image.

Obviously the usual options of saving the finalized image and then sending it out across Facebook, email, Flickr and Twitter still exists in the Mac version, after all what’s the point of creating these masterpieces if we don’t share them without social circle?

Snapseed for Mac is available for download now via the Mac App Store at a cost of $19.99, is compatible with Mac OS 10.6.8 and 10.7.2 and supports JPEG, TIFF (in RGB color mode) and RAW file formats.

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