Edit, filter, and share photos with YoCam

This new universal iOS app is cheap and easy, but it lacks any compelling tools that would help it stand out from the photo-editing pack.

There is a new entry in the crowded iOS photo-editing app field. Dubbed YoCam, this universal app costs 99 cents and provides a great degree of control, though there are a few drawbacks. Let's have a look.

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Launch YoCam and you'll be given the option of snapping a shot with the app or loading a photo from your library. Once you have loaded a photo, you're given a menu of editing tools at the bottom of the screen. The second button from the left provides six editing tools that let you make fine adjustments to the brightness, contrast, saturation, exposure, vignette effect, and sharpness. For each, you are given a slider to adjust the intensity of the effect.

Don't let the color-wheel button mislead you; it doesn't let you adjust the color of your photo. Instead, it lets you apply an Instagram-like filter. There is a large number of filters available, but many of them are similar to one another and few offer compelling results. Also, the filters aren't labeled, making it difficult to keep track of which ones you've sampled when browsing. Unlike with Instagram, however, YoCam provides a slider for each filter, letting you adjust its intensity.

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The film-roll button lets you add light-leak effects. Again, you are given a slider for fine control of the each effect, and you are given three buttons to rotate and change the look of the leak to some degree.

The last two edit buttons let you crop, flip, rotate, and frame your photo. Tap the left-most button to erase all of your changes and revert to the original image. Unfortunately, this button is all or nothing. It would be far more useful to be able to undo only the last edit you made.

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When you are done tweaking your photo, tap the Done button and you can save the image in one of three resolutions and share it via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail.

(Via AppAdvice)

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About the author

Matt Elliott, a technology writer for more than a decade, is a PC tester, Mac user, and amateur photographer based in New Hampshire.



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