Popular iOS Photo Editing App Snapseed Is Making Its Way To The Mac App Store Very Soon [CES 2012]



LAS VEGAS, CES 2012 — After recently winning Apple’s “App of the Year” award, the popular photo-editing app, Snapseed, is making its way to the Mac to provide the same amazing functionality for OS X that iPhone and iPad users have grown to love. We had a chance to meet up with Nik Software (developers of Snapseed) and see the app in action, and we have to say, we’re pretty stoked that the Mac is getting this awesome app.

Snapseed is a powerful suite of photo enhancing filters and tools that are easy enough for your technophobic mother to use, while still providing the amount of functionality that photographers of all ability levels will enjoy. The interface for the Mac version is almost identical to the versions used on iOS. The has been submitted to Apple for approval and should be available soon for $19.99. Snapseed doesn’t completely replace Photoshop for professionals, but it’s an advanced enough platform that it can definitely be used as a supplement for novice photographers, or people like me whose head gets dizzy with the confusing array of options inside Adobe’s Creative Suite.

Key features include:

  • Tune Image—Quickly correct photos shot in difficult lighting situations, create depth and vibrancy with Ambience, or adjust White Balance, Saturation, Contrast and more
  • Auto Correct—Automatically analyzes your photo and adjusts color and exposure, or you can use the sliders to add or reduce the enhancements
  • Control Points—Make precise selections and enhancements in seconds with Nik Software’s revolutionary U Point technology
  • Tilt-Shift—Creates a narrow in-focus area designed to simulate depth of field, common in a Miniature Scene look
  • Details—Enhances details with traditional sharpening as well as Nik Software’s unique Structure control found in the professional Nik Software product line
  • Crop & Straighten—Rotate or straighten with simple slider controls and select from a variety of standard aspect ratios while cropping
  • Grunge—Explore styles and textures without limits and give photos a totally unique look
  • Drama—Add custom effects to a photo which range from subtle enhancements of textures to wildly creative and artistic effects
  • Vintage—Nine unique nostalgic films, plus controls like saturation, textures and vignettes make any photo look like a vintage color film photo from the 50’s, 60’s or 70’s
  • Frames—Add unique borders to photos by choosing styles and textures
  • Black and White—Give photos a classic look with this darkroom-inspired filter. Select styles, grain, vignettes, and more for a perfectly nostalgic look
  • Sharing—Share photos on Facebook and Flickr, email photos, and print them using your home printer


  • snaab4

    Snapseed is a fantastic app on the iPad, and I look forward to having it on my Mac.  The only feature it doesn’t have and really needs is Watermarking.  Thanks for the article, but what exactly is a “subliment?”  Does anyone proofread these articles?

  • kenci59

    Snapseed is just such a great app. Looking forward to having it on Mac

  • prof_peabody

    It’s a good app, but “amazing functionality” is a bit over the top.  It’s a nicely designed photo filter app but there are many such apps and this one is nothing really new.  It’s a bit of a stretch to call it an “editor” also.  It’s a photo filter app.  

  • snaab4

    None of the others have Nik’s U-Point technology at this bargain-basement price.  Only $4.99 (or less when on sale) for universal iOS App and $19.99 for the Mac – Compare to Nik’s plugins for Aperture, Lightroom, Photoshop, et al, at 10 times the price!  Have you discovered U-point editing?

  • sarno

    It also needs to have the ability to save your series of edits so you can automate it and do the same to other photos, other than that, GREAT iPad app