TouchLook HD: iPad Written App Review
Do you like editing photos on your iPad? Do you wish there were a slightly more intuitive way to do it than having to mess with complicated sliders and never-ending small adjustments? How would you like to simply drag and drop a few points around your photo to change colors, gamma settings, saturation, lighting, and a million other things? If you answered yes to that last question, then pony up, Cowboy! TouchLook HD by developer Colortive offers a unique and innovative way to professionally edit photos from your iPad without any complicated procedures. For our full thoughts on this graphically-oriented photo manipulation tool for the iPad, check below beyond the break!
Concept and Functionality
As stated, TouchLook HD offers a new and innovative way to edit your photos from your iPad using nothing but your fingers and a few sliding points. We’ve seen a lot of this sort of simplification within the realm of music creation tools for the iPad, but this is the first we’ve seen or heard of it within the realm of photography. Essentially, here’s the procedure: You load or shoot a photo with your iPad. Then, you select the appropriate tool from the listings below. This includes such items as gamma reduction, saturation, contrast, lighting, and of course, color correction. TouchLook HD then plops down a few sliding grid points onto the photo. It’s then your job to slide these bits around until the live preview looks exactly as you would like to be. Once that’s been accomplished, you simply dump the photo to your Photo Gallery for use later. It’s quick, intuitive, and believe it or not, really quite professional.
We were impressed with the level of detail we could eek out of TouchLook HD. Considering we spend so much time in Photoshop, we found TouchLook HD just as useful as the $600 powerhouse. It takes some getting used to, but TouchLook HD offers a viable, visual alternative.
Design and Layout
Above all else, the real boon behind TouchLook HD is its simplicity. It takes only a few minutes to visually edit and enhance a photo from your iPad, making the app an incredibly simple too for the photo professional. Even the interface is streamlined, offering a cool, black box look that keeps the emphasis on the photos, rather than on the app itself. Overall, we haven’t got any complaints with the app’s layout or design: They’re both rock-solid, and offer a world of possibilities.
The interface style may not be for everyone, but the two dollar price tag certainly will be. For the amount of power the app is offering, we feel two dollars is a bargain bin price to ask for, and if you’re in the business, we have a feeling you’ll be using the app on more than one morning commute to the office.
TouchLook HD requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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