Emul­sion

Could this be the app Aper­ture lovers have been hold­ing out for?

Mac Format - - RATED -

£39.99 De­vel­oper The Es­ca­pers, emul­sion­app.com

Re­quire­ments OS X 10.10 or higher

This Light­room-a-like or­gan­ises and non­de­struc­tively ed­its your pho­tos. Im­ages can be im­ported into Cat­a­logs, which you switch be­tween in the File menu, but it’s sim­pler to drag fold­ers onto the bar at the left; the app watches for new items to save you man­u­ally im­port­ing them. Aper­ture and iPhoto li­brary im­port is still in beta.

For me­ta­data ad­dicts, a lot of the ba­sic EXIF data is editable, and you can build a list of your equip­ment to pop­u­late it in scanned film im­ages.

The Ad­just­ments pal­ette en­ables im­age edit­ing, al­though not un­til you’ve cre­ated a version. Sen­si­bly, edit­ing is re­stricted to a copy, pre­serv­ing the mas­ter, al­though this surely could have been achieved in the back­ground with­out prompt­ing you for a name ev­ery time.

Ed­its con­sist of the usual fare, with ex­po­sure, colour con­trols and noise re­duc­tion. We found the Sharpen Lu­mi­nance slider very ef­fec­tive at bring­ing out de­tail in im­ages. There’s also an auto-en­hance op­tion, and a pal­ette of one-shot fil­ters.

The app’s down­side is slow­ness, cer­tainly com­pared to Light­room when build­ing pre­views of 20MP raw files on a Core i7 Mac, with plenty of pauses be­tween ad­just­ing a slider and the ef­fect ap­pear­ing. It taxed our MacBook’s CPU too, caus­ing the fans to kick in when pro­cess­ing raw files. Ian Even­den A good choice as an Aper­ture re­place­ment if Light­room doesn’t set off your flash.

Im­port­ing pho­tos is easy

Great at sharp­en­ing im­ages

Sup­ports masses of me­ta­data

Rather slow

Ad­just­ment Sets en­able you to ap­ply a va­ri­ety of use­ful tweaks to an im­age.

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