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Lots of Horsepower Underneath Attractive, Innovative GUI - [Problems with 4.4 "KitKat" and/or Tegra2 systems?]
on July 21, 2014
There's a lot of power hiding under this app's innovative GUI.
For example, it has LAYERS! Yes, you read that right: a $1.99 app that has LAYERS. Another awesome tool is the SELECTION capabilities. Very interesting, and highly useful. Between the selection capabilities and the layers, this already has the big functions of a true photo editor which, by the way, can handle up to 24MP files as long as your device can handle it.
If that hasn't gotten your attention, though, check out the RETOUCH tool. It's not 100% perfect, but it is *stunning* in what it does, and is better than 'good enough' for most uses. Plus, if you don't like the result, simply UNDO it, and then reapply the Retouch. It uses a randomized algorithm to do its work. In my Customer Images photo, you'll see the original and the result of the Retouch tool. The first time it worked, the resulting image was okay, but clearly unnatural. The second time, though, was more than acceptable.
The first thing most people are going to do is to play with the filters. To be blunt, the default filter settings are, at best, mediocre, and some are downright awful. But other than that and the Flurry Analytics, this app has a lot of use for more advanced photo editing tasks. You'll have to play with it yourself, since I'd be writing a book to cover all of them. For the price, it's a bargain!
The GUI features circular menus of varying levels, and perhaps more interesting aspect of the GUI is the extensive and intelligent use of the device's touchscreen capabilities. Instead of sliders, buttons, and so forth, it makes generous use of the screen itself. Simply touching the screen to apply, or using horizontal or vertical swipes for different purposes, and so on. The amount of granular control is very impressive and perfectly suited for touchscreens.
It features a SERIES of Video Tutorials, which is terrific! (Just ignore some of the goofy dialog; the lessons are worth it.)
SUMMARY: Mind blown. Handy Photo came close to losing a star for the bad filters and the Flurry. But once I got into it, I saw that this isn't your run-of-the-mill editor, but a beast in disguise. And the price should shock you, really. If this isn't one of the best $1.99 apps I've seen, I'll hang up my reviewer cloak.
BOTTOM LINE: Get it. Especially if you do any sort of true photo editing. It isn't Photoshop, but it's very powerful, has an amazing assortment of features, and for the price I haven't seen anything that comes close.
1) 16-Megapixel files, not 16-Megabyte files.
2) 24MP, not 16MP. My phone can only handle 16MP processing, which is still staggering.