Based upon how quickly I’m running through my iTunes Store gift cards this is going to be a long year. Short on money and long on Mac photo enhancement apps. This week I found another one that is quite good, has a heftier than normal price tag (you’ll spend less on lunch), comes with plenty of filters and effects, and has three little secrets that I didn’t find out about until I bought it.
The photo app is Sprout FX and it’s representative of the new generation of Mac photo apps. The upfront price is nominal, and it features filters, effects, textures, and frames.
What could be easier? Select an effect, frame, or texture and apply it to your photo.
The basic Sprout FX package comes with over 30 effects, more than 15 filters, and over 20 frames. Each has a slider control for adjustments, which are applied to the photo in real time.
Sprout FX lets you combine effects, frames, and texture to create an almost endless number of enhancements. The app handles RAW photo files, and shares using Mail, Facebook, and Twitter.
What’s not to like?
Here’s the catch. Sprout FX is good and worth a try, but suffers from not having a trial version. It gets better when you add the available in-app options– Color Effects, Textures, Frames, for $1.99 each.
That means you try out the app for $14.99 and if you like it, get more functionality for another $5.97, for a total price of $20.96. In effect, you’re paying for the trial version, and that’s a trend I don’t like. It’s a decent app but not worth that much without having a trial version.