Any Video Converter Review

Back at the times when I was a Windows user, I always had a problem with video converter applications. There are numerous occasions when you need to convert a video so you can send it to someone, or in case you’d like to watch in on your iPhone, iPad, PlayStation Portable and similar devices. Problem with most of video converters for Windows is that they are a synonym for malware, so in most cases you will end up with a worm or some type of spyware. Of course, you can always purchase a license for a professional software, but tends to be quite pricey, and frankly, you will only need it once in a while.

Once I switched to Mac OS X, which was also a long time ago, I didn’t have a problem with video converters, since most of this converting would happen in Apple designed iLife. Since I mostly convert videos to watch them on my iPad, all I need to do is to import them into iTunes and everything else will be completely automatic and in the background. Still, you will surely need a converter which could deal with some of the unusual video formats, and this is when you will need to find a suitable application. Luckily, you don’t have to worry about malware since you find one at the Mac App Store.

The application which we will review in this article is called Any Video Converter, which is created by AnvSoft. There is a free version, but in case you plan on using this application on a daily basis, you can purchase a license which will unlock a Pro version.

Any Video Converter is able to effortlessly convert formats like ASF, AVI, MPEG1/2/4, WMV, MOV, MP3 and 3GP, for example. You can also export it as any of the previously mentioned formats, and you can also fine-tune all of the settings associated with that particular video format.

This application doesn’t only convert videos, since you can also use it to convert audio files as well as to automatically download YouTube videos and transform them into viewable format. Just like with video files, you can fine-tune output settings, so you can make sure that you’ll get the best possible quality. In case you don’t want to mess around with these important settings and parameters, you can use one of the preloaded profiles by selecting a device you want to use to view those files. This is how you can select iPad, iPhone, PSP, Windows Phone or any other popular device, and Any Video Converter will automatically adjust resolution and all other settings.

Any Video Converter comes with an interface which is quite similar to any other video converters. This means that it can be a bit difficult for a complete newbie, but you will eventually find your way around. Still, this is a free application which does somewhat complication operation, so it’s important to keep that in mind.

Snapseed for Mac Review

Ever since the original iOS App Store appeared, photo editing applications became hugely popular and successful. First simple photo editors became available for iPhone, but this trend became mainstream once iPad was introduced. iPad is a perfect device for this type of applications, since it gives you very intuitive ways to control your image and apply effects, which is something that we haven’t witnessed before. Once Apple introduced Mac App Store, many of these applications were rewritten so they can work on Mac OS X, and many of them proved to be a huge success.

Most of these applications offer basic and somewhat advanced photo editing capabilities, which makes them user-friendly and much more approachable than some other popular photo editing applications, like Photoshop. What’s different between these applications and Photoshop, is that these applications are aimed to be used by an average user who doesn’t have a knowledge of working in a complex application like Photoshop actually is.

In this article we are bringing you a review of one of the most interesting photo editing applications for Mac OS X, called Snapseed. You’re most likely somewhat familiar with this app, since it was first developed for iOS devices and it was a huge success for Nik software, a developer company who stands behind this creation.

Snapseed for Mac OS X offers familiar interface which is not much different than the one in iOS versions. In order to get started, all you need to do is to drag-and-drop a photo onto the open Snapseed window. This will open its main window where you will see a set of icons on the left side, which are symbols of different types of adjustments and effects that you can apply. Few icons on the top are basic adjustments like color enhancements, the ability to crop and straighten your image as well as to adjust some other details. The rest of them could be referred to as creative adjustments, and this is something that makes Snapseed unique.

These creative adjustments let you create Black & White photo, center focus of your image, add drama effect (change various color moods), insert a tilt-shift feature, and finally add some frames. There are also some other mood-enhancing features like Vintage and Grunge, all of which you can fine-tune up to their smallest bits. All of these features are applied the same way as with iOS edition, where you drag up-and-down or left-to-right to apply effect and then increase/decrease its intensity.

Snapseed is unique and so popular because it is not a classic photo editor. It easily gives your photos a certain shine or a mood which is hard to explain. And the best thing is that it’s so fun to use it, and you don’t have to have any previous knowledge.

Snapseed could be purchased through Mac App Store for $19.99.

Photoshop Elements Editor Review

PS Elements 1

PS Elements 1Photoshop is certainly one of the most important tools in digital publishing, web design, photography, and graphic design. Of course, there are numerous other professions which are using this tool on a daily basis. Since it’s considered a professional software, it’s priced quite high, especially if you’re buying bundled pack called Creative Suite which is also a necessity in today’s digital world.

During the last couple of years, Adobe – the creator of Photoshop and Creative Suite pack, tried to offer less expensive version of Photoshop, which is created for home users. Even though this version doesn’t offer tools as powerful as those in the original, these tools are more than enough for an average basic user who would like to edit photos and prepare them for print or online publishing. This version of Photoshop is called Photoshop Elements Editor and you can purchase it through Mac App Store for $79.99. This means that it’s still a little bit pricey, but remember that PS Elements is not created only to crop a photo or to color it, since this is still a powerful software and you’ll need to take some time to learn its features in order to get the most out of it.

At first, PS Elements is quite similar to original Photoshop, but it’s obvious that it’s more user-friendly. You’ll have a set of standard tools in the vertical toolbar on the left side, while right side is reserved for various tools which could be turned on or off through a Window command in the menu.

PS Elements 2One of the biggest changes, comparing it to the original PS is the set of tabs located on the right side, in this order: Edit, Create, and Share. This is where you’ll find a lot of great features, which are all put together. Edit tab will let you automatically adjust your photos in many different ways. There are also a lot of preloaded effects which you directly apply to you photos and you can also use features to fine-tune you image. All these editing features are located within Edit tab. Finally, there’s one more very helpful thing and that’s the Guided option which explains each of the editing feature. This is perfect for new users as well as for anyone who would like to fully utilize each of the tools PS Elements offers.

You can also create many different pre-formatted photo files like photo books, greeting cards, collages and more, by using Create tab. Finally, there’s also a Share tab which lets you easily share a photo through one of most popular online services like Flickr and Facebook, but you can use create online photo album, attach a photo to an email on burn you gallery to a DVD media.

In overall, this is certainly the best and the most comprehensive photo editing solution available, for an average consumer. It’s priced at $79.99, and it is well worth it.