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March 2015

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Best iPad Image Editing Apps for 2015

March 16, 2015

Whether you're in photojournalism, interior design or graphic artistry, the power of mobile technology has brought some exciting new tools to image editing. Gone are the days of manual image manipulation or being chained to a computer to perform time-consuming rendering procedures. Operations that used to take hours now can be performed in minutes with these apps and a powerful iPad. Here are your best iPad image editing apps for 2015:



The introduction of the iPad Air 2 gives users professional-grade cameras that allow click, edit and publish functions. Although the quality is state-of-the-art, the photos can be as retro or nostalgic as the user envisions, depending on the texture or feel the artist has in mind for his or her work. The classic Hipstamatic app can help with that vision because it lets you change the digital lens features to get a classic feel for your pictures. With a swipe of your finger, you can change the film, lens or flash types to get a nostalgic quality for your photographs.


Adobe’s Photoshop is the industry standard in image editing, so it only makes sense that its app is just as impressive as its desktop software. Instead of having one memory-sucking program, Adobe has taken its award-winning suite and divided it between several mobile applications that are function specific. Photoshop Mix lets you do most of your transformational edits like recoloring and sharpening. Photoshop Sketch offers the drawing tools, and Photoshop Express is a scaled-down snap and edit version specifically for mobile tech. The edits are nondestructive to the original photo, and all of these apps are interactive with the huge family of Adobe products.


Another offering from Adobe, Brush is the perfect tool for graphic designers. With this app, the user can select from colors, paint types and brush styles to create masterpieces. The interactive functionality also lets users paint on existing photos, use a digital pen and get live previews of their work. Additionally, it has cloud connectivity so that users can store large data file images outside of their iPads.


Adobe’s Creative Cloud allows users to sync all of their Adobe projects across devices. This makes Lightroom a must have app for photo editing. With this app, you can pull your existing images from the cloud and edit them in real time. Lightroom has all of the functions you would expect in a photo editor including lighting adjustment, shadow modification and exposure tuning. Because it is cloud-based, the app syncs anywhere that has Internet access and is designed to make gallery sharing easy, which is an important function for professional image artists trying to communicate with clients.


In our world of digital technology, photographers also need to understand computer programming. Now, part of the job requires data labeling, high definition adjustments and icon linkage. This is what Aviary is all about. Aviary handles the high-end functions associated with imaging in the digital age. It places your images on the Internet for people to see and offers functions like tagging, pixel cropping and HTML color adjustment in addition to common photo editing features like red-eye adjustment.


And there you have it, the best iPad image editing apps for 2015.

Cool Stuff, Python

Have you tried out Spyder-IDE for Python Dev?

March 12, 2015

Personally, I am not much on an IDE person. I love a good plain text editor and a command  line tool. However, Spyder is not that bad. You can download it from the Spyder bit bucket repository. Give it a try. It works right out of the box. There are 3 main sub windows, a color coded text editor, a variable table and a console output. The first time you open it you should see something like this:


Let's run a sample program, something like this:

#trial run Spyder IDE

x = input("Enter a number: ")
y = raw_input("Enter another number: ")

    z = x*y
    print "ERROR! Incompatible types"

print z

print x*int(y)

Now when we hit the run button magic is going to happen. We are going to have to enter user input in the console area. After that magic! our variable, values and data type, show up on the variable panel. This saves a ton of time and effort when it comes to development and debugging. Here is how this all looks:


Personally, I love this little app. It is great! Now is it enough to make me transitions from my old ways? Maybe. I am not fully convinced. I am going to need to play around with some more. I can see great potentials in this app. New IDEs are coming out everyday now, this is one of the best. It is the only one I would consider giving a fair chance.