Flare logoFlare for Mac from Iconfactory is available from the Mac App Store for £5.99 and there is a 15-day free trial. It’s a photo-editor that comes with lots of features and built-in effects. Features available include:

Colour effects:

  • Exposure
  • Midtone brightness
  • Saturation, Brightness, Contrast
  • Tint
  • Duotone
  • Color filter
  • Color gradient
  • Black & white
  • Cross-processing
Flare effects

Editing an effect in Flare


Lens effects:

  • Gaussian blur
  • Motion blur
  • Zoom blur
  • Sharpen
  • Glow
  • Vignette

Creative effects:

  • Grain
  • Texture
  • Lightleak
  • Frame
  • Border
  • Rounded edges
  • Barrel distortion
  • Rotation
  • Scaling
  • Halftone
  • Pixellate
  • Scanlines

I have been using the trial for a few days now and on the whole the software has a lt going for it.

Negatives so far:

  1. Slow – I am using a MacBook Pro 2.26 GHz with 4GB 1067 DDR3 RAM so I expected it to be quicker when applying effects (using clear all effects option)
  2. Screen refresh – I don’t like how the whole screen refreshes when you switch between the different modes
  3. Also, the undo doesn’t seem to work (for presets) and its only accessible from the menu rather than an on-screen button (like in edit mode using
  4. No levels editing or curves


  1. Simple interface – even novices shouldn’t get lost!
  2. Nice set of presets with extra ones downloadable from the vendor’s site
  3. Ability to layer effects
  4. Snapshots feature – save at any point to create a snapshot that can be (re)applied later to the same or other images
  5. Ability to export to Flickr, your Mac or in an email
  6. Availability of textures which can be edited

Snapshots feature in Flare

So on the whole its an interesting piece of software and if you don’t have a basic photo-editor then I can recommend it. Hopefully the developers will sort out the minor bugs and improve the interface in those areas where its lacking somewhat.

Visit http://flareapp.com/ for more info.


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