One of our favorite universal photo editing apps has gotten a pretty major update. Now, Snapseed supports the new iPad’s Retina display as well as iOS 5.1. If you love Instagram (and you’re still on board after the Facebook takeover), then you’ll love how Snapseed has integrated even further with it. They’ve improved the square cropping function and added support for direct Instagram sharing, as you can see in my pictures below. Additionally, they’ve beefed up the Black and White and Center Focus filters. Here is the complete list of what’s new in version 1.4:
• Support for the iPad 3rd Gen Retina display
• iOS 5.1 support
• Share even further—Open your Snapseed-enhanced images into Instagram and send them on their way! It’s never been easier to show off to your friends on Instagram or even to open images into your other favorite iOS photography apps
• Square is the new square—Speaking of Instagram, we squashed the bug that caused some odd lines appearing in images cropped as 1:1. Square images will be truly square now, we promise!
• Beefed up Black & White—We love monochrome a lot, having developed the world’s leading professional black and white software in Silver Efex Pro. Snapseed gets even more of that mojo with new algorithms and color filters for superior enhancements and control. Plus, presets will help you get started faster
• Center Focus magic—Taking a cue from our professional filters product, Color Efex Pro, we’ve improved Center Focus to make it even more powerful. You can now draw attention to the subject of your photo by adjusting the brightness of the inside or outside of your image. You can enhance the overall effect by blurring, or turn it completely off to create vignette effects with ease. Oh, and did we mention that we’ve added presets to give you a starting point and save time?
• More crop fun—The Crop tool now includes 7:5 aspect ratio for all of you 5×7 printers out there
• Salam to all of our friends in Arabic speaking countries, we now support Arabic!
• Olá to everyone in Brazil, Snapseed is now in Brazilian Portuguese
Since I am one of those people that will continue to use Instagram until I see some evidence that Facebook has messed it up, I welcome Snapseed’s new Instagram integration. How about you—does it make you Instahappy? Or is it Instacrappy? Even if you fall into the latter camp, the other new features may entice you to pick up Snapseed if you haven’t already.