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Review: Photo Sense – An Easy-To-Use Batch Photo Editor For Mac

Rating: 4/5

Posted in Apps, OS X, Reviews on 20/07/2013 by John Manners

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As you might imagine, when someone thinks about photo editing on Mac, the first few applications that might come to mind include Photoshop, Apple’s native photo editing apps Aperture or iPhoto, and more of a popular choice being that it’s free, GIMP. Thanks to the Mac App Store, there are a number of other great photo editors, which have gained more popularity and caught the eye of a lot of users.

VeprIT’s Photo Sense ($33.99, Direct Link) looks to add other features, which aren’t standard in most photo editing apps, such as automatic photo enhancement, editing a group of photos at once with batch editing and image setting synchronization.

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Overview

Even though one of Photo Sense’s main features is batch editing, you can just as easily edit photos individually. Photo Sense isn’t meant to replace more intuitive or detailed image editors like Photoshop or Aperture for the more professional photographer. What Photo Sense aims to accomplish is more of a basic and faster way to get that certain color saturation or expose that you’re expecting from a group of photos. There are a few different ways to go about editing photos in Photo Sense.

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You can just drag a number of photos into the app and it will automatically adjust certain aspects of the photo like exposure, saturation, and brightness. If you aren’t satisfied with the outcome of a certain photo, you can manually adjust the settings of that particular picture by showing the Image Processing panel and the Manual Adjustment panel for more precise changes. After you’re finished editing your photos, you can preview the changes side-by-side or by moving the cursor over your photo, which will show the original image. If you have photos or events in iPhoto, you can drag those directly into Photo Sense and start editing just as you would if you were to drag them in from a Finder window.

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Another key feature that Photo Sense offers is the ability to add image effects to photos, which are like adding filters. These can be added by clicking the effects button on the toolbar, which will open a panel. Different effects that can be added include Mystic Glow, Antique, and Pencil. From the effects panel you can also choose monochrome over color, which has effects such as black & white, sepia, and cyan. Under these effects, there are also options to add textures, vignetting, and noise to your photos.

Since Photo Sense is more for the amateur photographer, of course a great user interface always helps. Photo Sense is no exception in this case. VeprIT made the app very easy to navigate to effortlessly achieve the result you’re looking for in your photos. The app offers a ton of features and effects from simple one-click filters to more manual options, which let you fine-tune your photo to make it even better and precise.

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Overall

The most interesting part of Photo Sense, the automatic enhancing, has some unique technology behind it, called the Lab color space. What this does is separate the chroma from the luminance. This enables the photos to have a great result when you automatically import them into Photo Sense. I would have like to see the application offer a bit more in terms of options and features for the price. It may be a bit on the expensive side for an amateur photography app, but it does exactly what it intends to do and the outcome is near perfect.

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Price: $33.99, [DIRECT LINK] - Also available in the Mac App Store [DIRECT LINK]

Rating: 4/5
Rating: 4/5

Pros:

  • Automatically enhances photos
  • Great interface
  • Nice variety of effect and adjustment options

Cons:

  • Price may be a little high if you’re looking for a more in-depth photo editor
  • Not able to handle a larger amount of images (over 100 photos is not recommended for batch editing)

* The above review was commissioned by the developer in accordance with our app review policy, and has been written in an objective, unbiased fashion.



John Manners

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John Manners

Hello all, my name is John. I live in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. I mostly review Mac games here on Mactrast. Besides working for Mactrast, I work as an in-house graphic designer. I love Apple products. I play Mac and ios games often. I also play console games. In my free time I like to work on art and listen to music. ever since the original iPod, I've been a fan of Apple. I currently get my Apple fix through a new Macbook Pro which I bought this past March, an iMac which I've had about a year and a few months, a 3rd gen iPod, and an iPhone 4. Also, various accessories such as a magic mouse which I use pretty often.