If you’re like us, you’ve sent and received hundreds of photos by email. Where are they now? “Lost Photos” is a free app for Mac or PC that can find them for you. Unfortunately, the free version will only uncover 100 photos. For $3, you can get all your photos. Not one of the first 100 photos we recovered were from friends. They were ads. So we spent the $3 to go the unlimited route. What turned up were 4,830 photos. The program has a nice photo carousel, making it easy to flip through them quickly. We saw old photos of relatives and friends we’d forgotten about, though we may not have the time to cruise through all 4,830. Lost […]
“YouCam Perfect,” is a free app for iPhone/Android, has been downloaded over 600,000 times. It improves “selfies,” those photos you take of yourself to post on Facebook and elsewhere, by removing wrinkles. We didn’t see much difference between the before and after, but heck, it’s free.
When you see an older celebrity pictured in a magazine and looking 20 years younger, you can’t help wondering if some trick is involved. Well it is, and we’ve discovered a way for anybody to do it. (No, it’s not botox.) It’s a $50 program called “Portrait Pro,” from PortraitPro.com. Take any photo in the computer and let the program work its magic for a few seconds. The results in Joy’s case were so stunning, she is reluctant to accept her old look. She will only walk outside now with the new “Portrait Pro” photo pasted on her face. (This has caused some comment.) You can see examples of before and after photos on their website. When you see it […]
“Multicolr Search Lab” fills your screen with similarly colored thumbnail pictures taken from ten million free-to-use photos on Flickr. All pinks and reds, for example. If you click on any of the tiny pictures (very tiny) it opens up. (By the way, Flickr gives you a terabyte of storage for your own photos.)
“Photofy” is a free app with lots of cool effects, frames for your photos and the ability to add captions. However, most of the design elements cost $3 per album, with each album having thousands of designs in it. Some of the sample graphics we saw were so good they could be used as ads.
“Camera Awesome” is a $3 app that is now available for Android, after 20 million downloads for iPhone. Use it instead of your phone’s camera app to take a panorama, a burst of action photos, or an image-stabilized picture. The editing mode improves your pictures with over 100 artistic effects, including an “Awesomize” button, and makes them easier to share.
AirCastLive lets you take a video or photo that shows up immediately on your friend’s TV. The catch: Both of you must be using either a Roku player or the Google TV set-top box. These devices are useful for watching Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon movies anaircastlived TV shows, so you may want one anyway. Roku streaming boxes are $50. This fall, Roku is coming out with its own TV set. It will connect to standard cable boxes, but won’t require a Roku player.
A lot of newspapers and magazines maintain public photo archives and nearly all of them are free. Recently, the Chicago Tribune” released its crime photo archive of “Gangsters and Grifters:” Al Capone and friends on the street and in the lineup. (They also spent a lot of time in Hot Springs, Ark.)