Why are there so many Mac photo editing apps these days? It’s because Apple builds in a bunch of the graphic functionality in Mac OS X. All a developer needs to do is build an attractive user interface in the app, and tap into what Apple has already built into OS X.
The latest photo enhancing app to cross my Mac’s screen is Amopic. This one is a photo editing suite, loaded with basic features you’ll find in many other Mac apps, and a few more special effects.
This isn’t a competitor to Photoshop, but it’s far more than iPhoto (more of a bunch of one-trick-pony apps strung together).
Amopic does the basic crop, resize, flip, rotate, and color adjustments. It does effects from pixelize to mosaic, red eye removal to emboss, from despeckle to blur.
To differentiate itself from the dozen other Mac photo editing and enhancement apps, Amopic moves the Toolbar to the bottom.
Standard Mac slider tools give you more granular controls over color enhancements and filters, including sepia, grayscale, posterize, and others. There are options for lighting effects, too (all built-in to Mac OS X, ready for a developer to pop into a Mac app).
Unlike many other Mac photo editors, Amopic includes a few useful drawing tools. There’s a paintbrush, pencil, and eraser.
You can drop in text of different sizes and colors, and fill shapes with color or gradients.
Amopic isn’t confusing to use. All the tools are visible in the bottom Toolbar and are easy to understand (though some could use a name with the icon).
What’s interesting here is Amopic’s simplicity relative to a true image editor like Pixelmator (which has many dozens of features and tools). They’re both priced the same.