Fortunately, my Mac is also home to my personal choice of utilities, tools, and apps which do what Microsoft, Adobe, and Apple don’t do, and do what they do for less. Nowhere is that more obvious than photo enhancement apps for the Mac. If you have photos here is one you’ll enjoy.
Reformat? Or, Just Format?
I won’t devote much effort to quibbling over an apps name, especially if it does what I want and does it the way I want. Reformator formats, or, rather, enhances photos on a Mac; one-by-one or by the hundreds at a time.
Considering the nominal price tag, Reformator delivers a total package that is greater than the sum of the parts.
First of all, it’s a photo browser, so if iPhoto is limiting, then you’ll appreciate the multiple views– image info, groups, search criteria– in Reformator. Photos, one-by-one, or collectively in batch mode, can be converted from one file format to another.
That means you can go from or to BMP, GIF, JPEG, JPEG 2000, PDF, PNG, and TIFF (I’d really like to see PSD in the group) and between color models and color depth (RGB, Grayscale, CMYK and 8/16/32 as needed).
Batch converting photos wouldn’t be much without the options to rename by the dozens or hundreds, resize photos, add a watermark to a folder of photos, and even modify metadata. Reformatory does all that.
Resizing and renaming photos in batch mode– by the hundreds– is one thing, but adding watermarks is another. Reformator has built-in watermark tools that can also drop in text from photo metadata, and the font used in the watermark can be resized– automatically– based upon the photo’s dimensions (size) so the watermark is fixed or resized as needed.
I’ve never found batch color adjustments to be worth my effort unless there was a problem with the originals that needed to be improved and that happens less and less these days. Still, the color options and filters in batch mode are there– auto contrast, auto white balance, gamma, contrast, exposure, sharpness, grayscale, sepia, colorize, temperature, HSL channels (Hue/Saturation/Lightness), HSV channels (Hue/Saturation/Value,Brightness), RGB channels, curves.
All the tools you need show up on one screen– browsing, filters with controls, actions, even the watermark. I don’t know of another Mac photo enhancement app that delivers so many useful controls, plus options to batch changes, for such a low price. Highly worthy of all the five star reviews, but the developer has a try-before-you-buy option, too.