Photogene2 [iPhone - $0.99] and Photogene [iPad - $2.99] are photo-editing apps designed for on-the-go photo-editing and sharing. I started using the iPad version on my first generation iPad to edit photos I imported from my camera and found it both easy and impressive. I can straighten, crop and adjust images quickly, then, when I have an Intenet connection, send them on their way to my Flickr account for safe-keeping. This was especially handy on our family trip to Hawaii last spring.
Those very useful features just scratch the surface of Photogene’s possibilities. This video demonstration provides a more complete. view.
Originally, the iPhone version was much the same as the iPad one, but the developers recently released an entirely new app - Photogene2 - which provides both a new interface and additional features. It does all the editing and sharing things the iPad version does, but it also has a group of creative effects and filters to turn your photos into works of art. And, there is a camera module to help while you’re taking photos. My tool of choice is the stabilizer which saves a lot of my photos from the delete button. I also like the ability to choose the point of focus. The in-app purchases for the Photogene2 provides additional frame designs and collage templates. Here’s a video demonstration of this app.
There’s a very nice in-app tutorial for each app. Click on the information button at the top of the Photogene2 screen. On the iPad, you’ll find the information icon in the app’s title also at the top of the screen. Both take you to the app’s information page where you’ll find a prominently displayed link to the tutorial page.
I have yet to take advantage of any of the additional features available through in-app purchase. I’m more than happy with the built-in features. And, while it did take some time to adjust to the tool wheel on the iPhone app, once I became familiar with where my favorite tools resided on the wheel, I was able to quickly move from one tool to the next.
If you are an iPhone photographer or using your iPad to process photos from your digital camera, you will find these Photogene apps are useful tools to include in your digital camera bag.