Developer Nullriver has created a simple, yet effective image-editing app that’s perfect for people who want to get going on new projects with fewer distractions. The app doesn’t get bogged down with too many features, and feels very intuitive for new users. The app works with RAW files, so you know you’ll get the best quality when you use it.
I wish I had found Imagemagick a few years earlier. I was looking to create my first web and mobile apps. Instead, I wasted a bunch of time with PhotoShop and Photoshop, and I wasn’t sure what to do with my new knowledge. But Imagemagick is a much better fit for what I’m doing now. I either process images with the command line or with the Imagemagick library. The library is for working with images on the command line, and it’s where the bulk of my edits are done.
Photoshop has come a long way from when I first tested Photoshop on the Mac a decade ago. Version 4.0 was the last time that Photoshop had a major overhaul, and it’s been a long time since they last added major new features. Since then, most of the major additions to Adobe’s flagship photo application have been quality-of-life improvements.
I was a bit nervous when I first started examining this app. I’m typically picky about what I use for review purposes, because I don’t want to endorse something I find troublesome or confusing. But Photoshop Elements 11.0.1 has a huge set of powerful customization and manipulation features, and it’s one of the better beginner-friendly photo-editing apps on the market. 933d7f57e6
It’s been a ridiculously long time since I reviewed a Pentax DSLR. I have a lot of love for Pentax, so I decided to try one out. The first thing you may notice is that a Pentax camera from 2012 looks pretty dang old. It’s not anything I would compare to the 2006 cameras that I used to shoot with. They had no web browser and every photo would take several seconds to start firing. It was also not as easy to use a back viewfinder, a rear one was definitely preferred. Most importantly, it was not very good at low light indoors. I almost had to force myself to take photos in lower light.
It took a long time to come to this point though. Pentax was slow to make inroads in the U.S. market, and its D-SLRs were marketed towards the European, mostly English speaking markets. This was understandable since Pentax hoped that it could continue selling its excellent optics and lenses to those markets.
The K-5 II I am reviewing here is a good example. I actually have two of these cameras. I bought the K-5 II four years ago, and sold it a year after that. It was still going strong at the time, but the K-5 II’s hold on me had passed. I began to regret selling it.
Back then, the K-5 II had an image stabilization system called the Super Resolution Columnar Image Stabilization (SRC-IS) that was actually very effective in some situations. But it was not available on my K-5 II, so I ended up not using it.
Based on the Hungarian design startup Ghost, it’s one of the first apps to spend a lot of time with intelligence. In fact, I’d argue it’s one of the best. AI Paintbrush is easy to use, and its advanced coloring system makes it easy to learn. But where it really shines is providing advanced color corrections and making simple gradients and text look amazing. I like to think of AI Paintbrush as one further step in the evolution of gradient and image-making software, like Photoshop’s Gradient tool and Puppet Warp.