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Snapseed 2.9 update adds new editing tools and RAW support for iOS

The Snapseed 2.9 update continues to improve Google's user friendly photo editing app, and gives RAW support love to iOS users.

Published onAugust 31, 2016

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It wasn’t too long ago that Google’s own photo editing app, Snapseed, saw a revision that added welcomed text customization and image resizing features. The software still isn’t the most robust mobile image editor, but we can’t deny that Snapseed’s nifty interface and ease of use is pleasurable for light tweaks. Developers aren’t done expanding the app’s capabilities, and today, we have another incremental update to version 2.9.

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A handful of enhancements are added. A brand new Face tool lets the user close in on faces and enrich the quality of skin or eyes. Another new one, called Perspective, can straighten lines to correct for perspective effect in the original image. And White Balance gives fine color balance adjustment using an eye dropper tool. You’ll also now be able to set a JPG compression rate preference and save lossless (PNG) when exporting.

One other highlight in the revision is full support for the RAW format on iOS. Mind you, the Android version of Snapseed has had this support since last year; that would naturally be the case. So if you have an iOS device and are a Snapseed user, you’ll now be able to bring your RAW files in (which the app detects automatically) and utilize tools like Details, Brush, Healing, HDR, Text, and the many others in the toolset. RAW tweaks include Structure, Tint, Shadow, Exposure (-4.0 to 4.0 f-stops), and Temperature (1.700°K to over 8.000°K).

The 2.9 update of course also takes care of a few UI improvements and bug fixes. How do you feel about Snapseed’s progress? Do you use it as your go-to photo editing app?

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