App of the Month : iPhoto for iPad
Yep, we’ll admit it, we were counting the days until the new iPad was released. The thought of all that Retina display graphic goodness in our hands made us giddy. We’re tech nerds.
Shortly after announcing the new iPad, Apple introduced a new app, iPhoto for iPad. For Macheads, iPhoto is quite familiar. It has long been Apple’s key software for managing and editing photos. With the new iPhoto for iPad app, much of the functionality of the iPhoto software has been brought to the iPad, making it a highly portable, highly powerful photo editing tool.
Launch the app, and a scrollable thumbnail grid lets you breeze through pictures in portrait or landscape. You can also compare multiple pictures side by side, select favorites, and hide so-so shots in one fell swipe. Once you select a photo, you have many options to choose.
You can also choose from dozens of beautifully designed photo effects to give pictures an extra touch. Use the swatch book to change the look and feel of each photo. Then pinch, zoom, or slide to adjust an effect.
Apple added brushes where you use your finger to paint adjustments onto an image. Just swipe over an area to make it lighter or darker. Zoom in to brush away blemishes with the powerful Repair tool. Select the Sharpen brush to bring out the fine details or use the Soften brush to smooth hard lines and edges. All this makes editing your photos easy and fast.
With iPhoto for iPad, there’s more than one way to share a photo. Post pictures directly to Facebook, Flickr, or Twitter. Play an impromptu slideshow on your iPad or iPhone. Or stream photos to your television. Sharing is one area will Apple shines by making it simple and easy.
What Apple has managed to do with this new app is allow one to upload, edit and publish images without a computer. It’s all done from the convenience of your iPad, making it a very practical and innovative way to manage images. Check it out yourself.