Cupertino based Apple has released a new line of iLife applications created for the iPad. The suite includes a new app for photo editing called iPhoto.At the iPad press conference held in San Francisco, Apple’s senior VP Phil Schiller said that no one should let anyone tell them that you cannot create things on the iPad.
Apple reiterated their commitment to making your mobile device the only camera required when they announced the addition of a dedicated photo editing app. iPhoto will take advantage of the new iPad’s 5 MP camera and 2048 x 1536 pixel screen resolution Retina display. You will find that photos are stored in the app as their own albums on a shelf that is similar to a Newsstand. Here, you will use multi-touch gestures to help you look through specific photos, view all photos together, compare photos next to each other, or enter the editing interface by clicking on it.
These movements will also extend into the edit screen as well. You will be able to enhance brightness or color, rotate the image, and many more edits by simply using your fingers. These features are especially helpful for smaller details in pictures or lightening the color of a face. There are other editing tools available by clicking on set of brushes that are on the bottom of your screen.The company’s other classic effects known to all Mac users of both PhotoBooth and iPhoto are still there in a swatch-like pallet menu. Among these effects are sepia tone, antiquing, edge blurring, adding layers of white and black, and many more.
Another new feature included is that you can share pictures through iPhoto. This program now allows you to make collections of photos or picture journals that Apple hopes the iPad users will then share using the iCloud capabilities. Much like Dropbox, a link that is distributable will link your family and friends to your collections which is set to hold more content than just edited pictures. For example, when you add pictures to a journal, you can add the date, weather data, maps, notes, different image size, and even mark the right ones as favorites.
The inclusion of iPhoto in the iLife suite made sure that there was finally a complete collection of apps for the iPad. In addition, there are also updates to both iMovie and GarageBand with the suite. Company officials said that they will release “Jam Session” which is an app for GarageBand used for editing, recording, and playing music. This feature will be great for all music lovers to wirelessly connect through their iOS device to record and play music with others in remote locations. The iMovie app was also spruced up with a function that can be used to create Hollywood style movie trailers on the iPad.
Moreover, iWork got a small facelift that includes new charts meant to look even better on the all new Retina screen display, and for the landscape orientation pages on the iPod Touch and iPhone.They also announced iMovie and iPhoto are compatible only with the iPhone 4, iPad 2, and later models; while the iWork and GarageBand apps will work with all iPad and iPhone model 3GS and up.You are now able to purchase the iPhoto app in Apple’s App Store for a mere $4.99. The iWork applications are available for download and a bit pricier at $9.99 each.