I always like to see what kind of non-Adobe tools there are out there for low-cost photo manipulation. This new tool I found today is quite clever ($20) called Photo Lemur.
It did a nice job on the Richard Serra sculpture (automagically) and also it brought out the sky in a fabulous way. Will I buy it? Unsure, but if I had to process a bunch of photos then I would definitely do so.
Other low-cost pixel-y tools that I have purchased myself (or have benefited from for “free”) are:
- Adapter for converting photos/audio/movies (free).
- ImageOptim to compress JPGs and PNGs without quality loss (free).
- ImageAlpha to compress PNGs (free).
- Pixelmator is quite nice for some tasks ($30).
But I understand that it’s gone bye-bye and the Pro version is $60.
- Affinity Photo is awesome ($50 and on sale for $40 until 2017 EOY).
- And of course there’s GIMP too (free).
For motion-y things I am a fan of:
- ScreenFlow is an amazing tool ($130 and $90 until 2017 EOY).
- Motion from Apple is a powerful tool ($50).
- Handbrake for video file magic (free).
For code-y things:
- Processing, of course, has to be my favorite (free).
- Drawbot is also v cool (free).
- Uh, there was this thing called Design By Numbers once.
If there are other tools that you think should go on this list, do let me know! —JM
PS My many years of, a-hem, know-how came together in mixing the campiest thing I’ve ever constructed. Enjoy!
Shotcut is free.
Videopad is free.