AMITIAE - Wednesday 10 February 2016
More Free Apps for Editing Images on the iPhone and Other News (Bangkok Post, Life)
By Graham K. Rogers
The home button is part of the fingerprint-controlled TouchID security. Changing the button is just the sort of thing that could be used to circumvent the ID on a stolen phone. Even iFixit (Kyle Wiens), which favors inexpensive repairs had a tempered response to this with some useful advice.
Everyone is uptight about security but when a limiting feature is introduced as a form of protection that is somehow wrong. Some outlets are complaining about Error 53 this week, yet at the same time warning about low-quality, 3rd-party USB-C cables (Benson Leung) which could cause a fried computer. You cannot have it both ways.
There are ways to deal with the problem. If you have had the component replaced, don't update iOS (at least for now). All iPhone 6s models are currently under warranty. The iPhone 6 may not be (depending on when it was bought) and there is no extended AppleCare in Thailand.
If the home button fails take the hit and have it replaced by an Apple agent when you can. In the meantime, use Assistive Touch in Accessibility settings.
A point of clarification from last week. iWatermark Pro is the watermarking app I use on the Mac. There are a number of iOS apps from Plum Amazing. The one I was looking at was actually iWatermark+.
Images are imported from the Photos library or the iPhone camera. The opening screen also has a "Recent" icon: the last shot taken. Instead of editing immediately, an opening panel displays tools for crop, straighten, mirror, rotate, so an image can be optimised first. These same tools are also available as part of the extensive selection in Editing.
Filters and effects are well-chosen for subtle changes: nothing drastic here. All filters and effects, as well as some tools, are adjusted using sliders, allowing good levels of control. An update released on Monday night added another 6 free filters in a "Good Vibes" pack. These are downloaded separately.
Output was slightly smaller than the original image, except when I exported with Mail. All metadata (including GPS) is stripped from the image. Even in its free state, this is a good choice for users who want an app with a wide range of editing tools, but it cannot be accessed within Photos.
The filters - color and monochrome - have nice-sounding titles, like Argyll, Parker Lane, Reed. Each filter has three options: normal, faded and high. Nine presets are available initially. Several more sets are available as in-app purchases for $0.99 each.
I bought another set using the TouchID while writing this, giving me now a total of 45 filters. Like A Color Story, each filter can be adjusted using a slider.
There is also a reasonable selection of tools: exposure, contrast, vibrance, temperature, vignette, highlights, shadows and sharpen. There are also tools for crop, straighten and rotate.
Within the Photos app, all of the filters from the standalone version of Litely may be accessed, but not the tools. This is similar to Tadaa: filters but not tools; but then Photos already has a selection of editing tools so this would be partly redundant.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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