The Light-weight Photo Retoucher for Mac
Snapheal is a compact image editing app for Mac that has some very useful features. Let me preface this by saying Snapheal is not an alternative to Photoshop but at the same time it isn’t trying to be one. At the price of $9.99 Snapheal pushes the upper limit of what I am willing to pay for any non-essential apps, especially photo editors. That’s more a reflection on my personal preferences than on the apps quality or features. Snapheal’s features seem to be along the lines of a more refined version of iPhoto, and that’s not a bad thing.
This Not A Photoshop Replacer
Snapheal is a lightweight app which provides quality graphics tuning option. It is not a Photoshop-like app or a Photoshop replacer, but at the same time, Snapheal isn’t trying to masquerade as one. Even the name Snapheal has the feel of a light touch editor vs a name like Photoshop or Pixelmator. It fills a useful app niche because it provides services that many users want without any of the extras that can confuse them. This app is for anyone who wants to retouch your photos nicely before putting them on Facebook while avoiding any confusing or unnecessarily complicated option. For people in need of a graphics editor for web elements or something more complicated, you will obviously need to look elsewhere.
More Apple-y than Apple
I found that when I was using Snapheal, the editing features were greatly simplified yet enhanced vs. using iPhoto. Let’s be honest, iPhoto is not Apple’s bread and butter, and it has steadily lost relevance to the OS X package with each iteration. Part of the reason for this has been the rise of the Apple App Store and the apps, like Snapheal, which are offered within it. Essentially, what I am trying to say politely is that iPhoto has not “aged gracefully”. That being the case, Snapheal fills that void very nicely. It has a much cleaner as well as streamlined feel to it, and so in many ways it feels more Apple-y than Apple’s native photo retoucher.
I Can See Clearly Now
Snapheal has several cool features for quickly touching up your photos elegantly. This includes the standards like photo temperature, color saturation and hue as well as a nifty feature called Clarity. This feature is something new that I haven’t come across in any other photo retouchers so far (although in all fairness, I don’t really use them too often). The Clarity tool does exactly what it says it will do which is different from a focus or sharpen feature. The result is that it just makes the image a lot clearer. If aren’t sure what I am getting at, you will need to try Snapheal to find out.
Great App, Bit Pricey
As I said earlier, I’m a bit iffy on the price. Before I get into the price, for full disclosure, I was provided a free test copy of Snapheal by the developers on which I based this review. You should note that this is not a sponsored review and everything in it is my genuine opinion. At $9.99 Snapheal comes uncomfortably close to price ceiling for what I am willing to pay for an app that is non-professional. Still there is no denying that Snapheal elegantly fills a void that has been left by Apple’s lax development with iPhoto. If you have the money to spend, and you need something between Photoshop and iPhoto, then Snapheal is a great way to go. You can buy Snapheal from the Apple App Store or get it directly from the developer on their website. I always recommend getting your apps from the Apple App Store because of the extra convenience that it provides. If you get Snapheal from the developer’s website you can download a free trial of it to decide whether you want to spend the money.