What’s more fun than a click to enhance a photo on your Mac? Grab a photo, drop it in an app, click on the effects, save the results.
Photo Effects Lite is a free Mac app that does just that. And not much more. Drag a photo into Photo Effects Lite. Select the photo effects. Adjust the effects as needed with slider bars or numeric input. Click to save.
Simple, right? And it’s priced right. So, what’s wrong? 42 effects sounds like plenty, but it’s really not. As effects go, a few hundred is better than a few dozen, otherwise you end up using the same effects over and over.
The effects available in the Lite version are decent. More effects costs money. Photo Effects, the non-Lite version, comes with over 400 photo effects and a price tag.
What do you get for your money? More effects. The developer’s web site doesn’t have a list or examples of the effects, either the Lite version or the regular version. How handy would it be to evaluate an upgrade that has a price tag than with a demo version or some screen shots or a list of the effects details?
Is that too much to ask? If the app is free, it’s the same as a demo. Try it out. If you don’t like it, fine. But if you’re asked to pay money up front for more features and functionality, then it’s perfectly acceptable to ask for more information.
On the Mac App Store, 80-percent of the reviews for Photo Effects Lite are four or five stars. The version with the price tag has mostly one star reviews. What does that say?