ios soft­ware

Pow­er­ful im­age edit­ing for iOS

Mac Format - - APPLE CHOICE - DA VE  STEVEN­SON

Make dig­i­tal pho­tos look bet­ter, and scan in old printed ones

£2.99 FROM Xiaodong Wang, maxcurve.net Made for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

This is a tempt­ing al­ter­na­tive to the com­plex­ity of Pho­to­shop.

Curves give you the abil­ity to al­ter bright­ness and sat­u­ra­tion in an im­age’s range of tones and bright­ness. Nor­mally the pre­serve of high-end apps like Light­room Mo­bile or Pho­to­shop on the desk­top, MaxCurve gives you the abil­ity to edit im­ages us­ing curves for a mere three quid.

It packs some sur­pris­ingly big punches. You can con­nect to Re­mote Con­nec­tions in Pho­to­shop and open raw files on iOS over a net­work. The tools on of­fer are grat­i­fy­ingly high-end – you won’t find In­sta­gram-style fil­ters here, just the abil­ity to change an im­age’s tone curves to al­ter its tone, sat­u­ra­tion and hue, among other things.

MaxCurve pro­vides you with com­plete and pre­cise con­trol over how your im­age looks – to a far greater de­gree than most apps. You can also cre­ate pre­sets once you’ve found a look that works. Im­ages can be ex­ported to your de­vice’s Cam­era Roll, to Pho­to­shop, or sent straight to Face­book, In­sta­gram or Twit­ter. Built-in tu­to­ri­als would be ap­pre­ci­ated: if you don’t know what a lu­mi­nos­ity curve is, MaxCurve doesn’t en­lighten you.

MaxCurve is ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing the kind of re­fined re­sults that you'd ex­pect from Pho­to­shop. As such, its low price makes it a real steal.

Tone curves are use­ful for pulling de­tail out of im­ages that have dark shad­ows.

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