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Adobe Photoshop Express 1.5: Retina support, multitasking, and image capture

Some minor but worthwhile upgrades put a cherry on top of Adobe's already solid image-editing app. Best of all, it's still a freebie.

Adobe Photoshop Express now lets you snap photos--fast--right inside the app.
Adobe Photoshop Express now lets you snap photos--fast--right inside the app.

It's been well over a year since Adobe first rolled out Photoshop Express, an iPhone app with basic image-editing and online storage features.

Yesterday, the company took the wraps off Photoshop Express 1.5, bringing a couple of much-needed features to the app and a couple of minor improvements.

For starters, Photoshop Express now lets you capture photos right within the app. And it supports rapid-fire shooting, saving snaps almost as quickly as you can tap the shutter button. As with the stock Camera app, you spot-focus by tapping on the screen.

Another long-overdue amenity: multitasking. When you hop out of Photoshop Express to do something else, then run it again, the app returns you to whatever you were doing. Likewise, it offers background uploading of photos to your Facebook or account.

Finally, Photoshop Express now supports Retina displays, so everything looks extra-sharp on the iPhone 4 and fourth-gen iPod Touch. (It works on the iPad, too, but obviously without the camera functions--yet.)

Of course, it's the supersimple editing and enhancement tools that make this app a worthy addition to your device. With just a few taps you can crop or rotate a photo, adjust the exposure and saturation, and apply various borders and special effects. All the new stuff is just icing on the cake.

And what's better than cake that doesn't cost anything? As before, Photoshop Express is free.

Is there a photo-editing app you like better? If so, hit the comments and tell us about it!