Here’s how the world works. Sometimes you have an image or photo which needs to be shared with others or published online, but said image or photo contains specific details or sections you don’t want others to see. What can you do?
The method of hiding sensitive information in images or documents is called redacting. Lawyers do the same kind of thing to documents whereby words, lines, sentences, or entire paragraphs may be redacted– hidden from view– before being published; often just blocked out with a marker. Now you can do the same thing quickly and easily to images and photos on your Mac.
Redacting The Obvious
The Mac app Redacted gained a bit of notoriety a few years ago for being both successful and not successful at the same time. Let me explain. Redacted became popular on the Mac App Store and hit the top 10 list in its category. But sales were nothing to brag about. That says more about the status of the Mac App Store than it does about Redacted which is an app you want to use if you have photos, images, or documents that need to be, well, redacted.
Regardless, if you have an image or photo that needs a little of the official style of redacting you’ve seen on television and movies, this app does the deed quickly and simply. Here’s an example.
Redacted’s developer published his driver’s license online. Big mistake, right?
Except the valuable information was, well, redacted– covered up by blur, black bar, and pixelation. The redacted information cannot be seen in the image. Open an image in Redacted, apply the redaction to blur or hide sensitive information, copy the modified image and do with it what you will.
Redacted couldn’t be much easier to use.
Redacted is quick, simple, and affordable.
What I would like to see and am willing to pay for is an option to redact text documents or PDFs the same way, perhaps with more redaction features (beyond pixelate, blur, and black bar which are standard in Redacted). Most decent word processors have options to redact text– words, phrases, sentences, paragraphs– but having a single app that would do both text and graphics would be a plus.
This is a good app which gets very good ratings and the price tag is about right.