Apple just recently launched the new iPad, the third generation iPad that features a whopping 2048-by-1536 pixel HD Retina display. Apple calls it “Resolutionary” as it makes everything crisper and more lifelike. One of the ways to take advantage of this new and amazing feature is through viewing and editing photos straight from your iPad. And along with this launch, Apple also released an iOS version of it’s OS X photo viewing and editing tool, the iPhoto. For a competitive offer of $4.99, you get to instantly edit photos from your device, do quick enhancements, post-processing and share them rightaway via the popular social networks.
iPhoto supports the iDevices’ multi-gestures feature for a an easier and more interactive user experience. I did a thorough test on the iPhoto and I’ve got a few simple words to describe it: Simple. Fast. User-friendly. Unlike any other photo editing apps that I’ve tried, iPhoto is so easy to use that you’ll get used to it the first time you get a touch of it. The user interface is so plain and clean and it let’s you maximize your workspace with the fullscreen option for better editing. The app launches fast and switching from one tab feature to another is effortless. Sharing photos to your network is unbelievably no sweat as well- you can quickly print it, export it to your iPhoto journal, camera roll, iTunes, e-mail and to social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.
One cool feature is Journals. Bloggers especially those who love to travel and save/share their fun memories I’m sure will love this feature. Import photos from your cameral roll and make it as a journal, packed with user-customizable options like resizing and reorganizing the collage and even add notes, calendar and a weather widget to better narrate your story.
I have been using SnapSeed for quite a while now and I admit that I love using it to edit and enhance my photos either from my iPhone 4S or from my iPad 2. Both iPhoto and SnapSeed have unique and amazing features. However, when it comes to photo enhancements and post-processing, I’d still prefer SnapSeed. I like iPhoto in the fun/sharing facet, especially the Journals feature and the one-click sharing option that offers a lot of pre-included services and tools. What I like also about the iPhoto is its user-experience- all those moving, swiping and multi-touch features will make you enjoy using it.
Overall, I will give a rating of 3.5/5 stars to iPhoto. My SnapSeed rating is 4/5 stars, by the way. It’s up to you to decide which one you will feel comfortable and satisfied with, depending on your preference.