Good news, fellow photo dorks! Snapseed, Apple’s choice for iPad App of the Year, is now available for OS X from the Mac App Store for $19.99 USD. Instead of trying to take the Photoshop-clone route, Snapseed has gone a completely different direction. You won’t be looking for the kitchen sink when you launch this app — it’s simple and streamlined.
The goal, put simply, is to make your photos pop. Add filters, adjust depth-of-field, add snazzy borders, and tweak the settings all in the modern, iOS-inspired interface. It’s an app that is as beautiful as it is useful. It’s quite clear that the photography market is being taken away from apps like Aperture and Lightroom. High-quality and easy to use apps from companies like Nik Software are catching on quickly.
If you want to run Snapseed on your Mac, you’ll need to be running at least Mac OS 10.6.8 and have at least 2 GB of RAM. It supports GPU acceleration with some graphics cards, but you’ll need to double check to see if your card is supported. Don’t worry about settling for JPEG, guys. Both TIFF and RAW formats are supported by Snapseed, and there are no size restrictions.
Of course, you can easily send your works of art to Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter. Once you’ve come up with your masterpiece, we’d love to see it. Please post your Snapseed photos on our Facebook page so we all can see the finished product.