When Google bought Snapseed back in September, many feared for its future. This was, after all, one of the best photo editing apps on the App Store. It won countless awards for its simplicity and powerful editing features. Would Google butcher it, strip it for parts, and just integrate it into Google+? Apparently not.
Today, Google relaunched the app with a few minor updates, and one major update – it is now free! This is great news for educators and those that use iOS devices in the classroom, because we finally have a full featured photo editor for our favorite price of free. Yes, there is Adobe’s Photoshop Express (free with in-app purchases) and a few others, but there are really no free apps that come close to the quality of the new Snapseed.
Snapseed allows you to edit JPEG, TIFF or RAW images. You can use pictures already on the device, or import images from the camera connector kit. There is a maximum image size of up to 20.25Mb on new iOS devices before resampling. All your basic adjustments like cropping, straightening, brightness and saturation adjustments are included, but so are a host of other interesting options like image filters, tilt and shift, center focus, and frames. It even has a selective adjustment tool that lets you change the brightness, contrast and saturation in just one part of your image.
I have both iPhoto and Snapseed, but I have to admit that I intuitively go to Snapseed by default. I like iPhoto, and maybe prefer it for some things, but Snapseed is a really great app, and to have it for free now, is something that will be great for schools. You can find a full list of features and support here, or download the app in the App Store and/or Google Play Store.