The Samsung Galaxy S III is supposed to ship bundled with a default photo editor app called Photo Editor but for reason it’s omitted from shipments bound for Brunei and some parts of the world. I’ve had the phone for over a month and since trialled about half a dozen similar free apps on Google Play. Among those I consider worth keeping are AfterFocus and Aviary Photo Editor while most others are just too Instagram-ish for my liking. While I do use Instagram occasionally I don’t use any of its filters. The photo editing tools I require are what every seasoned photographer know as basic exposure control tools and I’m glad I found Samsung’s own photo editing app to fulfil my needs. Best part is its Gallery integration for easy and convenient editing.
Once the Photo Editor app installed, it becomes an integrated part of the Gallery where you can now use the Edit function to conveniently process your photos.
The beauty of the Android operating system is you can opt to download OTA or on a Windows PC then drag the file over to the external micro SD card. Touch to install and life’s good. Once you’re done editing, Save the image and you’ll get a menu that lets you do a number of things including social media sharing.
A sample photo of Fratini Restaurant’s delicious Caesar salad captured using the S III.
Ever since I installed Snapseed on my iPad 2 I’ve been hooked on its simplicity to enhance my photographs quickly and easily sharing them on Facebook, Twitter or Email. I bought a license when Snapseed was released on Windows but just as quickly turned disappointment when performance was less than thrilling. Whether it was a small image or a full res one, the experience was dismal — lag sprang to mind when describing the experience with each effect I tried applying.
I contacted Snapseed Support with my observation to which I received the following recommendation that fixed the laggy performance.
Thank you for contacting Nik Software. It sounds like you could be encountering a problem with how your graphics card unit (GPU) is working in conjunction with Snapseed.
In order to resolve this, the first measure would be to update the Display Adapters or GPU driver. Locate the manufacturer of the GPU as well as the model number.Once this is determined, it is then recommended to go directly to the GPU manufacturer’s website (best option) or if that is not possible to go to the computer manufacturer’s website (secondary option) to obtain an updated video card driver. It is NOT recommended to use Windows Update as in general we have found that these drivers are not updated as frequently. To identify which video card you have please do the following:
Click on Start >Control Panel>System & Security >System >Device Manager and then click on the plus next to Display Adapter, this should display the make and model information.
Windows XP users: Click on Start >Control Panel>Performance & Maintenance >System then click on the “Hardware” tab followed by the “Device Manager” button. Locate “Display Adapter” in the list and click on the plus next to it, this should display the make and model number of the GPU.
Go to the manufacturer’s website (you may need to search for it via Google) such as Nvidea.com and with the model number you should be able to search for the latest driver. If you are unable to locate the driver you may need to contact the manufacturer of your computer to obtain an updated driver.
Once the latest GPU driver is located,download and install the new driver.