The word ‘super’ is so overused it has no meaning. From Superman to SuperCalc to superstar to superhero, super just doesn’t mean what it used to mean.
super |ˈso͞opər| adjective
1 very good or pleasant; excellent:
2 (of a manufactured product) superfine:
How can something be ‘very good’ or simply ‘pleasant’ and still be described as ‘super?’ What would you expect of a Mac photo app named SuperPhoto?
You would probably expect it to be loaded with features, and in the case of SuperPhoto it is. It comes with dozens of filters, frames, textures, patterns, and effects.
SuperPhoto for the Mac is relatively simple to setup and use. Click buttons to see effects and click to apply to your photo.
SuperPhoto is also free and includes over 200 of the aforementioned filters, frames, textures, patterns, effects, and more.
SuperPhoto also takes advantage of a disturbing trend among newer apps in the Mac App Store. Basic features are free, but in-app purchases unlock additional functionality. For a price.
SuperPhoto has eight additional packages which can be unlocked for $1.99 each. These include Filters, Combos, 3D Effects, Frames, Patterns, Backgrounds, Brushes, and Textures. A super total of over 1,300 functions not found in the free version.
That makes the in-app purchases more super than the free SuperPhoto app. Interestingly, neither version– free or in-app purchase options– can handle photos larger than 1,280 x 1,280 pixels. Worse, the SuperPhoto free version has advertisements, ostensibly to help keep the price low. Ads are removed with an in-app purchase upgrade.
SuperPhoto, even at free is decent, but it’s another example of where super just doesn’t mean what it used to.