As many of you know, we launched Snapheal Pro last week. Our latest app is loaded with new features and enhanced technologies that will make your life better. However, with the frenetic pace of a launch, we forgot to provide you with a detailed comparison of the Standard and Pro versions.
The Heart of a Flower 15x zoom
Nice day at Cottesloe Beach, Perth Western Australia
I want to know, what is your most used, or favourite piece of Photography Software that you use and why ? I was mucking around the other day and doing some Post Processing, and yet again i used a Plugin that erases anything you want from a photo and make it look like there was nothing there. And i thought without this App/Plugin some of my images just wouldn’t look as they do now, and i wouldn’t of been happy with them what so ever.
That Plugin was Snapheal Pro.
Snapheal Pro is made by one of my favourite companies that makes Photography Apps for iOS and Mac OS X. They make the likes of Colour Strokes, FX Photo Studio/Pro, SnapHeal/Pro and there latest creation Intensify and the Pro version. I have to admit I’m a big fan of the Macphun stuff as i have all there Apps on my Mac and iPhone and iPad Mini because there UI is so simple to use and navigate around, yet so very powerful under the hood.
I have used the Latter Intensify Pro as a Plugin to Aperture for Post Processing for the last 2 weeks, and haven’t touched my NIK Suite at all.
But this is about Snapheal Pro.
I used Snapheal when it first came out and fell in love with it. I went through a lot of images and got rid of those little things that niggle us in a image and you wish you could get rid of it. That is where Snapheal or more so now the Pro version comes in. I bought the Pro version when i found out that they had re-written it as in a new algorithm for enhanced colour control and image editing, and they had done something they haven’t done before and made it as either a stand alone App or as a Plugin for Aperture, Adobe LR, Photoshop Elements and Photoshop, and as most know, i have recently bought Aperture so this to me was a bonus.
Snapheal Pro works well in Aperture as a Plugin as it has a better UI than the non pro version for a better workflow for the Professional. With this is in mind you have a brush to brush the area you want erased, a eraser to fine tune the area and erase the brushed area, or you can use the Lasso tool in Polygonal or Free to use as your selection tool.
Now to the App itself, all you have to do, is colour in the area you want removed and then you have 3 choices to choose from for the erasing part of it, and they are Global, Dynamic, Local. If you select the Global mode, you want to erase larger objects on the image, Dynamic, if you want to erase perfections on the skin and small objects, and lastly Local, if you want to erase small objects, but more in nature that is the sky, clouds, sand ocean, fields. As well you have Normal, high and Highest precision and this makes it take longer to do what it does and the better the result is. I usually am on the Highest as i have time to burn lol
You can also zoom in to really fine tune it, and in one image 4000x6000 i could zoom in to 567% and still the Pixels where small.
In the Snapheal Pro window you have the choice for viewing side by side or you can click the eye and it shows the before shot, release and it shows the erased shot.
What gets me about this App, and i dont want to bore you too much more, but apart from the Erasing of objects, you also have a clone tool, that works amazingly good and that is determined by the brush size, you can retouch your images with Mask retouch with all the Temp, Tint, Saturation, Shadows, Clarity and so on and a Blurring Brush too.
Or you can just retouch the image, just like you can in Photoshop, iPhoto, Aperture and all those other Photography Apps.
I have to admit, until i started to write about Snapheal Pro, being it at the top as my Favourite App, and even though i have used the other features in the past when it was just Snapheal, it didn’t really hit home that it could do sooooo much. That comes down to having Aperture now for my retouching and all those things you do to a image to make it the best it can be.
Snapheal Pro as a Plugin is just brilliant, and i use it all the time to get rid of those little imperfections that you just dont want in a photo.
Before i would of said that Aperture is my Favourite App, and it still is, but this comes in a close 2nd, to NIK Suite and then the new Intensify Pro that Macphun has just bought out as well. I used the trial for the last 2 weeks and im thinking of getting that too, as you just cant have too many tools to help you reach your potential in the Photography world lol
PS I just noticed they are having a promotion on Snapheal Pro and Intensify ATM if interested . . I am in no way affiliated with this company, i just love their products and want to share :)
Katanning Speedway had a Show and Shine type of day, and there was some nice cars there, including these replica Cobras… Hope people like.
Well as we all know, OS X Mavericks 10.9 is coming out just around the corner, and one of the features Craig Federighi was selling all us was Finder and is finally getting tabs.
WOW Tabs about bloody time.
Now im writing this for others to make up their own mind, and as well, because I was given a copy to review by BinaryAge, but at the end of the day, its for the consumer to have a choice of something like TotalFinder and having more than just Tabs in Finder.
BinaryAge have written a App called TotalFinder, and on the outside it looks like its just a Finder with Tabs App. How very wrong you are. TotalFinder is a App with tabs and so much more. First off, it isnt a standalone App, its a plug-in that connects itself to the Mac OS finder App, in a way that can or will make you workflow a lot smoother.I had a couple of weeks now to play around with TotalFinder and it is a nice App (ill call it that for the sake of the review) and works quite well.
As I said, its a plug-in to Finder and has its own presence in the Finder Preferences giving you options like, Menus and under menus you have options for Cut/Paste buttons and Path copying in the contextual menus. Next it takes us down to Visor Feature. This is a System Wide window sliding up from the bottom, in any Desktop, and slides up from the bottom. You have the options to hide it on Esc or to Pin it and the amount of time it takes for the sliding animation takes to Slide and Fade. I find myself using this quite a bit, because its a cool animation and I can control it from my right hand with my thumb and forefinger Keyboard shortcut.
Now have you ever gone into your documents, or any folder to be honest and found that it just looks like shite ?? Folders, and files everywhere ?? Well now you dont have to worry. I love this option. Under File Browsers, you have the option to show folders on top, in every single folder. Like my Applications Folder, I have made some folder’s for Development, Photography and some of my Apps came with their own folder, as well as all the Adobe App. My Applications folder, now looks organized and thats having it sorted under Name. No matter how you have you Folders sorted, it will alway bring the folders to the front. We also have the option to show System Files (Hidden Files) so away with Desktop Utility for me and no need to go into Terminal to show them anymore.
Sidebar is next and its simply if you want to show the Sidebar icons in colored or the default dull color. Another Terminal command I dont need to do on every re-install now. And lastly we come to Tabs. This is where I think it gets interesting and has it all over the Tabs feature in Mavericks
Under Tabs we have the options to Narrow Tabs, which doesnt really give you much more screen real estate. Its 1 feature that I think doesnt really need to be in there as its quite useless to be honest. Freelance Windows is by default TotalFinder forces all new Finder windows to be opened as new tabs of the last active TotalFinder window. Please note that new Finder windows can be opened as a result of some event. For example clicking on a dmg file opens a new Finder window. This is a good feature too and works very well.
We are getting there and too the best bits too. Always Maximize Checking this returns the green button’s behavior to the Finder standard.Typically the green “Maximize” button makes the Finder window as large as possible. TotalFinder improves upon Maximize. I find in this, is when you hit the green Finder button it will enlarge to the size of the screen, but its more so if you have it checked will help out when your in Dual Mode which ill be
bringing soon. Then there is Open Tabs in Previous location. So if your in Pictures and you open a new Tab, it will too open in Pictures.
Now Dual Mode, This is what gels all of the options in TotalFinder together, and to me, makes it still a valuable tool to have even when Mavericks comes out. You can open Dual Mode with yet another Shortcut. Opening Finder you can then shortcut and it will bring up another window opposite and in Documents. Both windows are as a Tab and they both have a Sidebar, left windows on the left, right windows on the right (see screen cap). The beauty of this, is you can drag and drop easily from one window to another OR a quicker option it to Copy a file/folder by ⌘C and then ⌘P it into the other window beside you. This is just brilliant, and so very quick, all done with the key board.
All in all I do very much like TotalFinder and have used it as much as I could putting it through its paces. Is it worth having it, now Mavericks is coming out with Tabs ?? I believe yes, especially if you do a lot of file/folder moving in your everyday workflow. It is also compatible with Mavericks now as I write this.
I do have 2 gripes, and 1 is, every now and then, I open Finder and I cant click on anything in the Sidebar, so I need to ⌘W and reopen it and its fine, and the second thing is, it kets a bit laggy if you try moving it too fast or something ?? Im yet to work out what is causing this, but with activity Monitor and some more fault finding ill see if its a RAM thing, or just a glitch that needs ironing out.
What I like about TotalFinder then Apps like Forklift, PathFinder or DiskOrder is you dont need to learn anything new, its all here. It Finder with some tweaks to make life a little easier for us than trying to resize windows or working and having a App like Better Touch Tool open to achieve the same thing. Its all bundled into a little Plug-in called … … . TotalFinder