Snapseed Adds New Filters, Goes Free

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    After being named the 2011 App of the Year, popular iOS photo editing app Snapseed was acquired by Google when the company purchased Nik Software.

    Google today dropped the price of Snapseed, making the app free to download. Previously, the iOS version of Snapseed cost $4.99. The update also brings new filters, Google+ integration, and a new icon. From the App Store description:
    Aside from the filters, the free version of Snapseed appears to be the same as the previous paid version, but there is a new splash page which refers to the app as "Google+ Snapseed."

    The iOS version of Snapseed [App Store] is currently available in the App Store at no cost. The Mac version of the app [Mac App Store] has yet to be updated and is still a $19.99 download in the Mac App Store. Google also released an Android version of the app, which is available for free in the Google Play store.

    Article Link: Snapseed Adds New Filters, Goes Free
  2. jmthigpen macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2011
    Charleston, SC
  3. Razeus macrumors 601

    Jul 11, 2008
    I hope the Mac app store version goes free too. I paid $4.99 for the iOS long ago. :mad:
  4. Usehername macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2012
    Hmmm...does that mean there's ads now? I ain't update if so.
  5. musser macrumors member

    Dec 16, 2004
    'Free' from Google?

    I guarantee you... if it's from Google, it ain't free. Oh, you may not have to pay upfront for it, but you'll pay... SOMEthing...SOME way, eventually. I'm sure it's yet another scheme by Google to get your personal information. I'm staying clear of it like I do now from all things Google.
  6. sir1963nz macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2012

    $4.99 seems cheap to have Google NOT snoop on everything you do, NOT to feed you adverts, NOT to "accidentally" bypass your security/do not track settings and have then say sorry later for it.

    Google has become untrustworthy in my books, their motto should be changed to "Don't be caught being evil"
  7. iWe macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2012
    Same here.
  8. Erwin-Br macrumors 6502a


    Feb 6, 2008
    The Netherlands
    Bypass what security? The people who's network got accessed by Google didn't have their WPA security on and left the door wide open. Not saying that's an excuse, but I'm wondering why you're making things sound worse than they are.

    And please tell me which company doesn't track their users. Apple serves ads too.
  9. The Phazer macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK
    Snapseed is a really good app, so this is good news.

    I hope they don't keep that ugly new icon though.
  10. Sardonick007 macrumors regular


    May 18, 2011
    I really like this app. Glad it's free. I really like the G+ direct integration for uploading edited shots. It's fast, and the filters are nice and responsive. Not bad. Google or not, it's a nice app.
  11. qtx43 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2007
    What about Google's javascript malware which circumvented Safari's "do not track" option. They wanted official blessing from Apple via their maps app, but didn't get it. If they behave true to form, they'll be doing everything they can to circumvent iOS's security restrictions too.
  12. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    it's okay, google is watching you post on macrumors right now :D
  13. ViperDesign macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2007

    If you are that worried you might as well just get off the internet right now. Cut the cord and play outside, oh yeah, can't do that either because someone is watching you there as well.

    Your phones are tapped, your computer is tapped, your entire life is tapped.

    Welcome to the new world. And if you don't think every single communication is being watched, you haven't seen the HUGE facility the NSA is building here in Utah to do so even better than before
  14. glintoz macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2012

    Nothing from large corporates is ever free. I ain't giving them anything (well knowingly or willingly anyway).

    I equate Google to Skynet from Terminator 2... as long as it never goes sentient we are fine......
  15. DesterWallaboo macrumors 6502


    Sep 7, 2003
    Western USA
    I agree with everything you said here.


    It's called 'reducing your exposure'.... I won't willingly give them access to my information in exchange for some nifty app.
  16. ThunderSkunk macrumors 68020


    Dec 31, 2007
    Colorado & Ontario
    I love google.

    Keep your money
    Pay with your SOUL
  17. DesterWallaboo macrumors 6502


    Sep 7, 2003
    Western USA
    Apple doesn't sell your personal information, whereas that is Google's primary business.
  18. naveah macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2011
    This is fantastic. Slowly—but surely—Google is encroaching on Apple’s iOS turf. With all these app launches from Google in the past few weeks, I feel that a Google Maps app is imminent.

    I also wonder if the same (free) fate awaits the Sparrow app, purchased by Google a few months ago?
  19. haruhiko macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2009
    As long as it doesn't secretly upload all my photos to their server I'm fine with that. What can it steal provided that iOS 6 now asks me if it wants to access my contacts, calendar, etc. etc. Oh not to mention I use gmail... it's definitely the best free mail service on the planet.


    When Google Earth can zoom up to street level on a remote city in Central Asia, I'm sure many countries in the world can watch your every step just by flicking on a button. Not to mention online activities. If you think there is any privacy on the internet you're delusional. :p Apple's apps are sandboxed and what they can potentially do with an iOS app is minimal. With 75% of so called market share of Android phones, I'm sure Google is more interested in their data than ours.
  20. John.B, Dec 6, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2012

    John.B macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2008
    Holocene Epoch
    As a photographer, my concern isn't for Snapseed. I'm hoping Google doesn't kill off the excellent Nik software toolsets such as Viveza, Dfine, Sharpener Pro, etc. that it got in their acquisition of Snapseed.

    Nothing is off limits when a company lacks ethics:

    Google Circumvents Safari Privacy Protections - This is Why We Need Do Not Track
  21. CodeBreaker macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2010
    Sea of Tranquility
    Got excited, installed it, used it. It is a fine image editor. But as soon I learnt that it got Googled, I deleted it. Not sure why. Anyways, I use the default camera app on my phone to snap, and editing only happens on my Mac, if required.
  22. petsounds macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    I hate these app icons that introduce this kind of idiotic, tilted perspective. Who thought that was a good idea?

    Checked out the app. Nothing special. I find the interface confusing, and if you have to have a tutorial screen for every feature, you haven't made an intuitive interface. But I guess that fits right in with Google's products.
  23. taxiapple macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2009

    This app has been changing it's price back and forth between $4.99 & free
    since it was released.
    Since June of 2011 it has flip floped 14 times.....more than most politicians.
  24. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Yes, there are many privacy threats... but they are not all equal.

    The difference being that Google makes nearly ALL their money from tracking users. It’s what makes ads worth so much to buy. Subtracting Google from your privacy problems is no empty gesture: others may have some of your data... but Google won’t have it and won’t be renting it out (anonymized or otherwise). Same goes for Facebook. I’d rather have the NSA track me than NSA + Google + Facebook.

    Whereas other companies aren’t so focused on that—such as Apple, who makes nearly ALL their money by providing a good experience that keeps customers returning.

    That said, if Google does anything sneaky with Snapseed, they’ll get caught before too long, so I don’t feel the need to avoid the app. (I won’t sign in to Google with it, though.)
  25. olowott macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2011
    Dundee, UK
    so many app from the Google Team:confused:

    We just want Maps :p

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