Before I get to this week’s app (AntiCrop by Adva-Soft) I want to update my previous post about Snapseed. In my previous review I commented on the new Frames module, updated when Google bought out Nik software and released Snapseed as a free app. While liking the addition of multiple frame styles, I complained that it was at the expense of these new styles coming in a static width – the user could no longer adjust the frames to be thin or thick.
Their new update changes that. With a simple pinch, the frames are now adjustable, as seen in the screenshots below. Thanks, Google! I can now say I influenced a megacorporation (even though that is in no way true).
Now on to this week’s app. I was prompted to review this because Adva-Soft has released a new app called Handy Photo. I have not yet purchased Handy Photo, because it incorporates the capabilities of AntiCrop and TouchRetouch (reviewed on January 16), along with some nice-looking filters and textures, but at the expense of app bloat. Handy Photo weighs in at a whopping 121 megabytes – almost three times the space that AntiCrop and TouchRetouch take up combined. I’ve got a 16GB iPad, and I’ve got to be careful what I load onto it, since I’m already working with the final GB of storage and so have to purge apps in order to make room for new ones. The capabilities of new apps have to outweigh the space needed to store the apps, and Handy Photo does not yet make the cut, since I already own both TouchRetouch and AntiCrop.
At the same time, I hope that Adva-Soft continues to develop the two smaller apps, and does not abandon them to solely work on Handy Photo. I find them so valuable that it would be a shame to lose them.
AntiCrop is one of those apps that does one thing and does it well. It extends the edges of your photos, using the photo itself to dictate what should go into the extended area.
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