PHO­TO­SHOP TOUCH IPHOTO

WITH THE IPAD TAK­ING OVER OUR LIVES, IT’S TIME TO PUT TWO PHOTO EDIT­ING SOFT­WARE FOR THE TABLET IN THE RING AND SEE WHO COMES OUT VIC­TOR.

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COMPUTING - BY TUSHAR KAN­WAR

“The ipad is not for con­tent cre­ation”. If you’d made this state­ment in early 2010, you’d have found a lot of PC afi­ciona­dos and tablet naysay­ers back­ing you up. Those voices have grown aw­fully quiet come 2012, with the launch of the new ipad with a stun­ning Retina dis­play and a wide ar­ray of tools ide­ally suited for mul­ti­me­dia work—im­age edit­ing in par­tic­u­lar. And two very fa­mil­iar names from the desk­top space—ap­ple iphoto and Adobe Pho­to­shop—are lead­ing the pack. The ques­tion is: which one is the best mo­bile im­age-edit­ing tool for you? We pit the two against each other to find out.

PHO­TO­SHOP TOUCH FOR IOS

If you’ve played around with the Pho­to­shop Touch launched on An­droid tablets in late 2011, you’re al­ready fa­mil­iar with what to ex­pect from the app on the IOS plat­form. Pulling in pho­tos from your ipad plus Adobe’s Creative Cloud and Face­book, Pho­to­shop Touch packs in many of the same tools and par­a­digms as the desk­top ver­sion of the soft­ware, such as lay­ers, fil­ters, ad­just­ments and se­lec­tion tools. How­ever, they have been re­vamped to work well with fin­gers. Stan­dard caveat for first-time Pho­to­shop­pers: the in­ter­face can be daunt­ing if you haven’t used Pho­to­shop pre­vi­ously, so take your time with the in­cluded tu­to­ri­als to un­der­stand how to tame this beast.

Once you’re done edit­ing the im­age, Pho­to­shop Touch lets you save the im­age back to Adobe’s Creative Cloud web stor­age in a new PSDX file for­mat, or share images via email or Face­book.

Com­pat­i­bil­ity and pric­ing: Pho­to­shop Touch ($9.99) runs only on the new ipad/ipad 2 and re­quires IOS 5.0 or later (also avail­able for An­droid tablets run­ning 3.1 (Hon­ey­comb) or later).

IPHOTO FOR IOS

Launched with new ipad, iphoto is the miss­ing piece in the ilife puz­zle on the ipad along with Garageband and imovie. Once loaded into the app, iphoto lets you ap­ply sev­eral ef­fects to images, such as crop, hori­zon ad­just, bright­ness and sat­u­ra­tion. Plus it ships with a num­ber of brushes to ad­dress com­mon needs such as sharpen/soften, lighten/darken spe­cific ar­eas. You can even choose pop­u­lar ef­fects such as vin­tage or artis­tic, but bear in mind you can only ap­ply these ef­fects one at a time. Users of In­sta­gram will love these fil­ters, more so since iphoto packs in a lot more ad­justa­bil­ity into the fil­ters.

Pos­si­bly the best iphoto non-edit­ing fea­ture is its Jour­nals ca­pa­bil­ity, which lets you pull to­gether a dig­i­tal scrap­book—pho­tos, cap­tions, maps, weather in­for­ma­tion, all laid out on a dig­i­tal page—and then share this web page with friends and fam­ily. Face­book, Flickr and Twit­ter are also on the shar­ing list, and you can even beam pho­tos to other IOS de­vices run­ning iphoto over a Wi-fi or Blue­tooth con­nec­tion.

Com­pat­i­bil­ity and Pric­ing: iphoto ($4.99) runs on the new ipad/ipad 2 (not the orig­i­nal ipad) and re­quires IOS 5.1 (it will also run on the iphone 4 or 4S).

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