Google acquired Nik Software and didn’t waste much time updating Snapseed for iOS and also coming out with an Android version. Snapseed has always been one of my favorite image editing apps on iOS and although it has been offered for Free from time to time by Nik, now it’s free for all. One of the biggest features in this update is the ability to share images to (wait for it……..) Google+. Shocking I know, but yes Google has added Google+ sharing to their new image editing App. It seems that Google has been on a roll lately with updates for their iOS Apps. They updated the YouTube App to be iPad native, revamped the Gmail App and people are loving it and now a new Snapseed App. We can only hope that a new Google Maps App is in the not too distant future. I think Apple Maps is “OK”, but most of the things I search for never seem to be there. It’s for that reason and that reason alone that I miss Google Maps.
One of the things that Apple pulled from iOS 6 was the built-in YouTube App. This brought both pain and joy to different users. The pain was losing a familiar App, the joy was getting a new, better App that would be updated more frequently. Google shipped the stand-alone YouTube app right on time for it to be ready for the iOS 6 update, but there was one major thing missing. There was no iPad native version. That changed yesterday when Google updated the YouTube App to be a Universal App not only with iPad support, but also built-in AirPlay support as well. Very cool! This new update works well. I was able to log into my account and gain immediate access to my videos, subscriptions, playlists, etc. If you have an iOS device running iOS 6 or higher, you should get this App!
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A friend of mine asked me was there an App that would allow her to get prints from the photos on her iPhone? She doesn’t have a printer at home and basically just wanted to be able to upload the pics she took and go pick up the physical prints somewhere. Of course the answer is yes, there’s an app for that. Actually there are a few Apps for that and here are my 3 choices.
The CVS App keeps getting better. They recently updated it to the iPhone 5 display size and streamlined the interface. You can log into your account and even display your CVS card at checkout with it. It of course has the ability to upload your iPhone pics and then pick them up at a CVS of your choice. CVS also seemed to have the lowest 4×6 Print price!
Like the CVS App, Walgreens offers the same features, but in addition to allowing you to display your Rewards card in the App, they also support Passbook and you can add your Rewards card to Passbook too. (CVS not sure why you haven’t done this yet?). However, the Walgreens App has not been updated to the iPhone 5 display size yet. Go figure. The Walgreens app will also let your grab photos from Facebook to print.
Mpix Tap to print
The pros use Mpix.com and while you can’t walk into an “MPIX” and pick up your prints, you can use their App to order prints and have them sent to you. If you’re looking for a bit of added quality and paper options, then MPIX is going to be your App.
The Bottom Line
If you’re looking to snap, edit and print right from your iPhone the Apps above will deliver. This holiday season this could be useful as many of you will be traveling and away from your traditional printers. Enjoy!