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CameraBag 2 Review

Can this OS X image and photo editor live up to the hype and deliver the goods? We give it the full iCreate treatment and find out in our review.

Review - CameraBag 2 - Main

Review - CameraBag 2 - Details
If you’re fed up of iPhoto and want a new app to edit images with, the Mac App Store can provide you with a lot of choice. In fact, the photography category is, without doubt, the most overcrowded section of the Mac App Store. So what does CameraBag 2 have to offer that its competitors don’t? Well, quite a lot actually. Here’s a run down of some of the key features of an impressive editing app that’s, importantly, easy on the wallet.

According to its developers, Nevercenter, CameraBag 2 has been rebuilt from the ground up and it shows. The interface is slick and simple with three main areas: the preview pane (where the image you’re working on sits), the bottom tray (where effects you’ve applied can be individually adjusted) and the side panel (where you can choose from a variety of effects or filters to apply).

Getting photos into the app is as easy as dragging them into the preview pane and CameraBag will accept JPEG, TIFF and even RAW format files. It would have been nice to see a few more options on the list, but the three basic formats that are available will cover most bases.

Review - CameraBag 2 - Q and A
Where CameraBag really excels though is in the editing process itself. Hovering your mouse over any of the preset effect styles will display a live preview of what it would look like when applied. It’s certainly a step up from other apps, which display a tiny thumbnail or stock image. Clicking on the plus icon next to any style name will throw the app into full-screen mode for a great side-by-side comparison mode.

Editing in CameraBag doesn’t stop there either. Every style has a number of controllable parameters that appear in the form of sliders at the bottom of an image once it has been applied. The most useful here is the Remix slider which takes you through a variety of different variations
of the same style, and makes getting an individual feel for each photo easy.

Add to that the ability to apply and tweak multiple filters on the same image, batch process a whole folder of photos at the same time, advanced editing controls for colour correction and cropping, curve editing and a whole lot more, and you’ve got yourself an image editor that will surely find its way to the top of the Mac App Store charts in no time at all.

Review - CameraBag 2 - Verdict