AMITIAE - Wednesday 13 August 2014
Tonality - A New Mac Photography Application for Sophisticated Monochrome Output (Bangkok Post, Life)
By Graham K. Rogers
As I have so much invested in Aperture, I will hold off on such a move for the time being. I want to see how Apple's new Photo works first. When it arrives next year, it will replace iPhone and Aperture: with basic controls available by default, but with more sophisticated ones (such as sliders) available for those who want them. In the meantime, I am hunting for other software to help me in editing images.
Recently, a new application appeared that produces excellent monochrome output from images: Tonality. It is available as a Pro application at $69.99 (2251 baht), but the developers also have a version "for hobbyists and enthusiasts" normally at $39.99 but currently on offer for $19.99 (643 baht). There is a free trial version from the developer, Macphun.
The image appears in the main panel with versions below. The default set of versions is "Basic". There are 9 more, each with its own set of output variations. Users may also save a favourite, or create style templates by adding adjustments to the sets available.
Above the main image are icons for saving, sharing and viewing as well as tools for adjustments. A Crop tool works like the one in iPhoto, placing an adjustable grid over the image. Also shown are some metadata, including ISO, lens used, aperture setting and time.
As it is, the user has an unusually wide set of sliders and other selectors to make really fine adjustments to photographs. An Undo button gives the insurance that any changes can be reversed and allows experimentation.
Export and Sharing are available with a number of options, including a basic, "Export to Image." This allows several formats (JPEG, PNG, GIF, JPEG 2000, TIFF, Photoshop, PDF, Microsoft BMP and others, depending on the computer used), showing how flexible Tonality is.
When saving, other options are available depending on the format selected. Sharing is available for a number of popular social networking sites.
Users may also open images in other applications, depending on what is installed. I already have MacPhun's Focus 2 installed, so that was listed, as were iPhoto, Aperture, Mail and Messages.
It was surprising to find a new application like Tonality with such a rich set of tools and options available just for monochrome output. The basic version, which I looked at, is available from MacPhun or from the MacApp Store at $19.99.
The upgrade to the Pro version was not simply a question of unlocking features with a passcode. I linked to an Upgrade download of almost 100 MB that took a while to appear on my Mac. When installed and activated, the Pro version was alongside the standard version.
Most users would be quite happy with the various options that the standard version allows and at the current price it is really good value.
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