TIPA, the Technical Imaging Press Association, has released its best mobile photo app award for 2012. It goes to Snapseed, the photo app for ipad edited by Nik Software, the Photoshop and Lightroom plug-in editor based in Hamburg, Germany. How could that have turne up differently ? I like Snapseed on my New iPad. It is also to me the best photo software for my ipad for a reason : Snapseed gets the most out of the multitouch sreen of the iPad offering a near perfect user interface that makes it simple to edit and retouch your images. You can easily crop them, enhance the details, apply already made filters (like vintage filters that Instagram users love), turn it to black and white, frame the photos, apply a tilt shift effect, tune the image as you want (manual adjustments), enhance the photo through an automatic process and… (at last but not least) use the U-Point selection tool to apply some selective adjustment on your images. That is neat.
Note that in spite of the huge success encountered by Instagram which has been sold to Facebook for $1,000,000,000 last week, the jury of TIPA 2012, composed of photography magazine journalists, have decided to give the TIPA award to Snapspeed rather than the iphone social photo app, certainly tired of its vintage and grunge look filters and also because Snapspeed is way more powerful a photo app that Instagram, which is more social than a photographer’s app.
Snapseed has been adapted from its iPad version to a Mac and Windows version. I tried it. But to me, you loose the magic, touch and feel as well as the ease of use of Snapspeed on an iPad.