We say these kinds of things a thousands times. Competition is good. Survival of the fittest. Let the market decide. Then, we ask Apple to stop being so darn Big Brotherish (it’s not a real word; I made it up; it’s got red squiggly lines underneath on my spell check) and let us make decisions on our own.
Then, along comes a truly one-trick-pony app that costs real money and nobody at Apple had the common sense to say, Whoa! That little unicycle needs to go back to manufacturing to get a wheel. Why? Because the monkey smells.
I Hate To Say Worthless, But…
Honestly, we don’t like to rag on Mac apps. Most of what we review are apps we like, apps we use, or apps we think others will like or use.
After all, if we recommend an app to a neighbor, there’s a certain amount of implied customer support that comes along.
So, we have to be choosey. Choosey. As in, choose wisely.
Since the Mac App Store opened in January, we’ve been treated to thousands of decent Mac apps that do this or that, many priced low and worthy of some consideration.
Then, late at night while I wasn’t looking, distracted by a bubble bath, a glass of wine, and the thought of my Fabio-like spouse sprawled across the sofa waiting for the tub to drain, along comes Dreamy Days. Not Happy Days. Not Those Were The Days. Dreamy Days.
It’s a Mac app that puts a haze over your photos to make them look all dreamy like. That’s it. Alright, judgement call. Truly, this one is not worth a pony trick, or a penny.
It should make you want to fire up iPhoto so you can put the haze on all your significant other photos just to prove you really do have a romantic bone, despite evidence to the contrary, despite what in laws say, despite the fact the actual romantic bone was found at the bottom of a box of Kibbles ‘n Bits.
Dreamy Days does have a feature or two.
There are two layers of adjustable color tones. There’s an option to apply a soft focus effect. Out of focus is all the rage this year.
Another option adds a lens flare. Paying money for Dream Days caused my nostrils to flare.
Otherwise, all that’s happening is a simple haze is being dropped on top of a photo. For that, your credit card gets charged in the Mac App Store, your credit rating goes down, and neighborhood dogs will bark at you.
Apple has no shame. Or, they simply don’t curate apps on weekends.
The developers who made Dream Days might be very nice folks. They might have children to feed, or political candidates to support, or some kind of disfiguring disease that needs an operation because their HMO calls ugliness a pre-existing condition; so you could consider the purchase as a donation.
It did receive a four star rating (out of five) on MAS, so loyal relatives do come in handy. If you want really cool effects and filters, try 5 Reasons To Use This Mac App For Funtastic Photos.