New programs aid in brainstorming, photo editing
by Chris Pittman
cpittman@annistonstar.com
Mar 16, 2012 | 3730 views |  0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ConceptDraw Office 2.0; $499

My writing teachers always drove home the importance of brainstorming before starting a paper or project. If only I had access to ConceptDraw back in the day.

The program offers a three-headed approach to planning projects and presentations.

ConceptDraw PROJECT is the ideal beginner part of the suite. You’ll be given the proper tools needed to begin a presentation. The window looks similar to Microsoft Word and is very user-friendly overall.

PROJECT’s ability to put all of your data onto a single screen makes the planning process much easier. The data is always updating to reflect current actions and puts emphasis on areas that should be high on the adjustment priority list.

ConceptDraw MINDMAP uses brainstorming and document information you provide to turn data into a visually appealing presentation. MINDMAP can export into slideshows and checklists.

ConceptDraw PRO is the most impressive part of the software. It allows for custom drawing of schematics, flow charts and diagrams that can be tailored to fit a specific paper size when printed. Photoshop fans will feel right at home with the quality of the supplied tools. You can manipulate every aspect of your design.

One of the best features of the software is the ability to export your work to Microsoft Word and Excel. Thus people can open and view your work through the Microsoft Office tools even if they don’t have ConceptDraw on their computer.

ConceptDraw is phenomenal software for a business atmosphere. The quality of all three portions is stellar. PRO is one of the best ways to put visual data in the hands of coworkers and clients alike. The software is highly recommended for those wishing to take the clutter out of planning.

SnapHeal; $14.99

SnapHeal is one of the best values I’ve seen in a long time. This photo-editing software is easy to use and packs the punch of Adobe Photoshop for a fraction of the cost.

SnapHeal makes it easy to remove unwanted elements in photos. For example, you can quickly edit people in the background of a picture out of the photo in seconds. The process is intuitive and simply makes sense. The learning curve is short as well.

The program comes complete with many of the Photoshop aspects you’ve come to love. You can lighten or darken images with just a few clicks. More than 20 tools are available for photo editing in all.

SnapHeal has an import tool that pulls images from iPhoto. Once you’ve made the edits, a single click takes the photos back to the original spot. An option to push photos out to social networks such as Twitter and Facebook is available.

Many photographers simply cannot afford the massive price of Photoshop. At just $15, SnapHeal offers many of the same functions without breaking the bank. Now amateur photographers and college students can get the photo editing software they’ve always wanted.

SnapHeal is available on the Mac App Store and is worth every penny. Anyone who wants to get a little more out of his or her photos should download it immediately.
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