Google’s photo editing app for iOS, Snapseed, has been updated to version 2.9 with support for RAW photos editing, a new face tool, JPEG/PNG export settings and various bug fixes.
Exclusively for iOS, Google’s Snapseed update version 2.9 offers comprehensive support for RAW files for 144 camera models. Users will be able to brighten shadows, recover lost highlights and apply fine white balance adjustments to work with native and non-destructive RAW images. The app will also allow users to add structure and details to accentuate the subject of the original RAW files. Snapseed reads full sensor data from the RAW file to convert the data from CCD (charge-coupled device) or CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) digital camera chips to create high-resolution images.
The new ‘photogenic’ face tool brings clarity to faces in images by giving them a smooth look and adding clarity to eyes.
Snapseed does not compromise on the quality of photos when exporting to iOS Photos app anymore. Users can set the desired JPG compression rate or save their output as lossless PNG when saving images.
Other changes include under-the-hood bug fixes and performance improvements.
While the app is much better than your average run-of-the-mill photo editing apps, it cannot compete against the likes of Pixelmator for iOS which allows users to use complex selection and modification tools for image editing.
Snapseed is available in the App Store for free and requires iOS 8.0 and later. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The app is a good choice to get started on photo editing. The wide variety of selection tools, support for RAW photo editing and photogenic tools make the latest Snapseed update a must have for iPhone photographers.