My Favorite Photo Apps

These days, the final photo or video is only as good as the editing app or software used to produce the final image. Following is a review to select My Favorite photo editing software-apps.

Android Photo Apps

Some Photo Editing Apps currently popular in 2020 for Android are:

  • Prisma: The strangest thing is, Prisma was not originally designed for photo editing. But it can help develop stunning customized images. It can access a wide range of stylish filters, graphic artworks and bright algorithms that can execute each editing job surprisingly well. It has more than 800 modern art filters, unbelievable photo effects and can turn photos into art. It can develop artistic images. But it is not a true editing platform and the finer tools of editing are missing. It is free or prepaid.
  • Pixlr: This app has over two million combinations of free effects, overlays and filters. It can stylize images to give looks that resemble an ink sketch, a poster and even a pencil drawing. It can not only stylize external images, but can make selfies beautiful. It comes with both free and paid versions. But it is difficult to learn and use for beginners, who will need training to use it.
  • Facetune: This app is particularly suited for Portrait and Selfie editing. It can be used for iPhone as well as Android, and is very popular over Instagram, Flickr and many more. It can replace Photoshop for Selfies, and do whatever Photoshop does on Portraits and Selfies. These include adding natural makeup, removing blemishes, re-shaping faces, blurring backgrounds, and adding textures. It can even brighten teeth. This is an advanced editing tool, but the subscription is quite expensive. It is not suitable for business applications. The basic package is free.
  • Aviary: Here is a very user-friendly photo editing app. Manual adjustments, such as, color temperatures, brightness, contrasts and saturation, are available on Touch Control (‘One Tap Auto Enhance’). It contains a lot of add-on cosmetic tools, stickers and advanced filters, for editing. Both free and paid versions are available, but the free version restricts customization.
  • Photomate R3: This is solely Android-compatible software that is coveted by Professional Photographers, but is very costly. JPEG images can be easily processed, along with raw data. Raw files like cr2, net, arw, rw2 can be decoded and edited. Clarity, Vibrancy, Lens-based adjustments are easily controlled, along with the standard Contrast, Exposure, Lights and Shadows.

iOS Photo Apps

The following Photo Editing Apps are especially suitable for iOS:

  • Photoshop Express: This is a wonderful app from the world famous Adobe Group, known for its classic interfaces and advanced editing tools. It can upload photos from Google Photos, Adobe CC, Dropbox, Facebook or suitable device. Color correction, Image Resize, Blemish removal, contrast, exposure and white balance can all be done by One Touch adjustments. Photos or collages created by this app are of studio caliber.
  • Adobe Lightroom: Photo Editing with this app is a pleasure, and it is equally comfortable on iOS and Android Platforms. Even more, it is available for free. It is an advanced Mobile Editing Tool that offers powerful advanced adjustments and corrections. It supports Photo sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Instagram. It can save photos on Adobe Creative Cloud. But it is quite complicated for beginners.
  • PicsArt Photo Studio: This has awesome fonts, stickers and text, and can even edit videos. It can give professional eye-catching results, and can create ‘Animated GIFs’ to impress friends on social media. With a lot of pre-set filters, drawing tools, photo and video editors, it also has a collage maker that is almost professional in standard. It is free.
  • Enlight: This app gives control on geometric adjustments and localized image editing. It can blend effects seamlessly, and can create photo montages instantly.
  • VSCO: This is the best app for professional photographers, but is extremely costly and needs specialized training to use. Quick editing tools can create professional photos instantly.
  • FilterStorm Neue: Advanced settings are possible here for all editing tasks. Sharpening, watermarking, noise reduction and clarity effects come with this tool.

My #1 Favorite Photo App

Google Snapseed: This extraordinary software can be used equally on Android and iOS. Its versatility is legendary. It is powerful, yet easy to use. Its features include accurate control of Color, Exposure, Light, Focus, Depth of Field, and so on. Editing tools like Cropping, Rotating, and Straightening are just a touch away. Healing and Brushing are easy to achieve, as are Structure, Perspective and HDR. Media file formats are processed extremely fast. Though some beginners may find the interface a little awkward to start with, it is totally logical, and once mastered, almost intuitive to use. Finally, this software/app comes as completely FREE of any charge or cost. This MUST be My Favorite photo editing software-apps.… Read the rest

My Fav Music Sites/Apps

Music websites now play more than just music. They play news, podcasts, speeches and radio shows. Music websites stream more than 5 billion hours of music every year. While many prefer specialized, premium music websites for peaceful listening, the rest of the world still listens to music from free sources. Here are the best music websites in the world.

Pandora

Pandora plays millions of pieces of music every year, entertaining people from all over the world. It analyses a person’s preference from thumps ups and thumbs down. The evaluation gained a lot of music listeners to visit the website often. It is known to have 8 billion likes for all the existing songs in Pandora right now. Every second, millions are listening through the website from different countries.

Spotify

Spotify is a Swedish based company that got famous after its release in the US. Its popularity made people from all around the world use it in spite of its presence only in few countries. Hence, Spotify expanded its range to many developing countries. Everything from audiobooks to local music is available. The suggested music from Spotify is analyzed by the history of the user.

Google Play

Google Play is installed for Android users. Released in 2008, google play is used both online and offline. However, the in-app purchases made most of the users to use the offline app. The app is scanned daily for viruses due to consistent music downloads. Android is used all around the world in 190 countries, so is google play usage.

Yahoo Music

Yahoo music supposedly has millions of users play music every day on its website. Personalizing playlists and surfing new music is user-friendly in yahoo music. There are millions of people showing customer loyalty, interest in yahoo websites, where it is simpler and faster to browser comparatively.

SoundCloud

The Germany based company, SoundCloud is a platform which makes every user feel like a community. It allows people to upload and share music. This encourages thousands of unknown talented artists to showcase their songs. It also has paid services, increasing the chances for people who are willing to highlight their music. It is amazing, how listeners and music creators come together on one platform. There is no doubt in SoundCloud being the best music website. Sometimes I throw it one when I am getting some Tinder swipes in.

Honorable Mentions

Other music websites have purchases or monthly subscriptions. Websites like Radio.com, Last.FM, Tunein and Jango are few other websites often visited by users. Some best music apps have paid music, which is not something everyone is willing to use. There are a lot of illegal music downloads due to a lack of knowledge on free websites available. Being a music lover doesn’t have to ruin the artist’s work. Pandora is currently available only in the U.S and it is natural for people to use it with a VPN. As Pandora is an officially free website it can be used by anyone. Day Trotter, Hype Machine and NPR music are popular among music fanatics who are willing to explore music in different ways.

Now you have an idea of some music apps that I like to mess with. They are some of the apps you will find me using most often. I also use a lot of dating apps and have some opinions on the best hookup apps vs. the best ones for regular dating. You may see a post about my favorite dating apps coming soon so stay tuned. … Read the rest

Best Maps/Gps Apps

There is a wide array of maps that is being offered by Google in that you won’t need to look any further. In addition to the turn-by-turn directions it offers multiple view options with detailed route information as well as live traffic updates and everything else you would expect in a navigation App. Google maps does really offer almost everything that you need.

Incase you want to use the google map offline then you will need to download the area map that you greatly desire in advance. Incase you do that then you will not get those traffic updates in advance as they require more connection. Google maps have the ability to download multiple areas to your phone and in order to use Google maps one needs to use google maps in Wi – Fi mode only incase you have a spotty connection.

Many apps utilize the google maps API for their GPS and location needs as well. So technically you may be using google maps all the time indirectly without realizing it. Delivery apps use google maps API. Fuck book apps, dating and hookup apps all rely on this to connect people based on location.

Using google maps offline

Google maps also allow one to save your map on your external SD card. It comes in handy whenever you are not driving as it offers walking, cycling and public transport to your destinations. Data served explorers have more options to use Google maps than before due to the release of Google Maps Go which is basically a lighter version of the original map that allows one to conserve resources on your device. Even if it is offered for your smartphone one can still get it.

Waze

Waze is another popular application that features offline support. The popularity of Waze grew so rapidly that Google had to buy it. However, the two maps have been kept separately by big dogs at mountain view with some of the features starting to be passed on between the two services. Waze does offer built-in map downloading the same way google map does and you will still be able to get the job done without having internet connection.

All you need to do is open your Waze app and then press the search button that is located at the far bottom left corner of your screen. Tap settings that is located on the top right-hand corner and then display and map. Scroll down a little until you reach the data transfer and make sure that you download the traffic information. Whenever you are searching for a destination always make sure that destination or route data are stored so that you can use it when offline.

Sygic GPS Navigation and Maps

Sygic is one of the most popular offline navigation apps on Android and for a good reason. The app that is powered by Tom-Tom offers high-definition maps for most countries around the world and it is regularly updated to keep people up-to-date with the latest version of Android. It is very free to download and has a seven-day trial however if you desire to keep using it then you will need to either pay for premium features and traffic updates or simply pay for the features. Some of the features that you will find to be very useful include an offline navigation map, voice-activated GPS with route guidance, dynamic lane assistance, 3D mapping and imagery as well as the option to project your GPS navigation onto the windshield of your car.

CoPilot GPS

CoPilot GPS is an application that is meant just for drivers. It has all the features that you need as a driver. However, they are not for free. The fortunate thing is they have a 7-day trial period after which you will be required to pay for the premium services.

You also have the option of using offline mapping where you get turn-by-turn navigation for free but you will only get to view the 2D version of the map. Premium users get to access 3D mapping where in the full version of the app, you get to access sheer variety of customizable route as well as very impressive alert options.

The very thing that most people find appealing with the map is the breadth of full street-level maps. If you are traveling across countries then you will need to have a stand-alone map for each country. It can be expensive however it is cheaper compared to buying a stand-alone sat-nav unit.… Read the rest