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Many aren't happy with Google's latest Snapseed app update

Many aren't happy with Google's latest Snapseed app update

April 14, 2015

It took Google over a year to update the company’s photo editing app Snapseed. Version 2.0 is a major update and includes a number of new features and filters. Unfortunately, users have been most vocal about what has been removed from the software with the update.

Snapseed’s grunge filter has been removed with the latest app update. This isn’t sitting well with some users, many who have taken to Google’s Product Forums to voice their displeasure.

Grunge - Snapseed Help

Grunge filter


Chris Sallquist notes, “Grunge is a MAJOR component of my work flow. My art is highly influenced by the effects it produces.” Janetbr95 explains, “Don’t make we artists wIt for the fix. Bring back grunge right away.”

Robert Rocke, like many others, hates the entire update, concluding:

I was heartbroken when I opened Snapseed yesterday and saw the new app. Snapseed has been my go-to iOS photo editing app for years! I am so disappointed and frustrated that I have to now learn a totally new user interface. Yes, there seems to be some cool new features (brushes, spot repair, etc.) but why totally change the UI?

Google has yet to address these concerns, except to tell Forum readers that “these discussions help us develop Snapseed for future updates.”

First introduced earlier this month, Snapseed 2.0 includes:

  • Stacks allow you to re-edit any image
  • Copy your edits from one image to another
  • 5 new filters including Lens Blur, Tonal Contrast and Glamour Glow, previously a premium feature
  • Lens blur that’s adjustable in all directions
  • Brush tools to apply effects to sections of an image
  • Spot Repair for detailed editing, healing, and retouching
  • Transform adjusts perspective across vertical and horizontal axes, then fills in empty areas after rotations

We’ll continue to follow this story and let you know when Google no doubt corrects this issue with a future app update. In the meantime, you can download the free Snapseed app on the App Store.

We thanks Sallquist for bringing this to our attention.

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