VSCO Cam equips iPads for its style of mobile photo editing
VSCO Cam has been a popular choice for smartphone photo edits on iOS, and more recently Android, for quite some time. When the outfit sought to update its app for the latest version of Apple’s mobile OS, it went a step further: properly equipping the iPad to be a better editing option. As a VSCO Cam user, the most useful part of version 4.0 is the Preset Gallery that allows you to view multiple filters side-by-side before making a selection. It takes advantage of the increased screen real estate too, while letting you modify, undo and view all the tweaks in a handy Edit History. There’s also a new web uploader for getting your shots from a computer to a mobile device, and thanks to Sync, selected photos can be accessed across that mobile device fleet. Don’t worry about downsizing in the process either: the full-res files are transferred back and forth, even massive DSLR images from Nikon’s D800 and the like. Thanks to iOS 8, VSCO Cam lets you adjust manual focus, shutter speed, white balance and exposure when capturing images, similar to other photo apps for Apple devices.
Don’t worry Android users, that Sync feature will work on your gadgets, too. In fact, Android version 3.1 plays nice with the desktop tool, so you can get photos to your phone for easy editing. While all of the features for iPad aren’t yet available on Google’s mobile OS, VSCO says that some of the work has already been done (Sync, etc.). Continuing to bring the tablet experience on Android on par with releases for Apple slates is certainly priority, so hopefully that Preset Gallery makes an appearance soon. If you fancy HTC’s Duo Focus feature, support for it is included in this version of VSCO Cam, too.
While you won’t be using the free app to make edits for that professional project, the fact that the app now plays nice with iPads means you could make some tweaks to those vacation photos from the couch on a more comfy screen. In fact, that’s the sort of thing the folks at VSCO have in mind. And for more robust pro-style edits, there’s film packs for Lightroom, Photoshop and Adobe Camera Raw. The company’s community features got a boost as well. Grid and Journal are already a means of sharing photos and nabbing inspiration from other users, and now you can pair your snapshots with text for entires with that latter tool. Until now, Journal was only available in beta, but it’s available for all users to use VSCO Cam images to tell their stories with today’s release. Updates for both iOS and Android are now available via iTunes and Google Play.
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