Todd’s Topp Apps

A monthly review of must have, worthy of looking or just plain interesting apps that are relevant to the design industry. Compiled by Todd Pearce, MBDAV.

Aurora HDR

With HDR being available for some time on smart phones of all descriptions, post production tools and software are essential to get exactly the look you’re chasing when tidying up images. Aurora HDR is available for both Mac and PC platforms – it has an impressive range of tools (too many to mention here) and is touted as one of the best HDR software packages available. It currently costs about $140 to purchase; however, they do offer a free trial period, so you can see what it offers and if it provides what you need or want in HDR photo editing.

Snap heal

Snapheal is another photo editing software app – with a specific mission. Remove unwanted items from your image. The sorts of things it claims to be able to do is remove people from street signs, power poles, bollards, boats and cars … the list goes on. From any image. So, if you’re working on a street montage or preparing some images to express a concept or idea and for an ideas board, could be the perfect tool to remove any unwanted visual clutter to help your ideas come through. It’s on offer for about $70 (although I did see it on a snap special for $28 – so might pay to search a little or wait for a deal if its stopped by the time you read this), so not too bad in the scheme of things if you get some use out of it.


If you use RAW photo files and are looking for an alternative photos editor, Luminar by Skylum could be worth a look. Offering the full suite of editing options from lens distortion correction (perfect if you don’t use a $3000+ lens), chromatic aberration and can even help you tile and rotate to re-align a shot if you had a tricky shooting angle. This version is apparently 200% faster than the previous one. Again, if you’re not sure – they offer a free trial version to test-drive it before you part with your hard earned. Gives you an opportunity to compare it whatever software you may use presently before committing.

If any other members use or know any new or interesting apps, please drop Todd a line to info@bdav.org.au and he’ll share with other members.