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Realmac's Analog 1.2 adds filters, round-tripping to iPhoto and Aperture

Realmac Software has released version 1.2 of its Mac photo effects app Analog (US$19.99), adding a number of features that improve on an already fun and useful app.

The new version allows photographers to move and scale images inside the borders to allow more control of cropping. For owners of Apple's newest MacBook Pro, Analog 1.2 now supports the Retina display. Performance of the app is improved over earlier versions, and there are four new filters -- Anchorage, Stereoscopic, Cairo and Odessa -- that supplement the variety that came with the original app.

Probably the most talked-about new feature, however, is the support for iPhoto and Aperture's external editor feature. In Preferences for either of those Apple photo apps, a photographer can set up editing photos in another editor. While working with a photo, images can be sent to Analog by right-clicking an image and choosing "Edit in External Editor."

Once effects have been applied and adjusted, a click on the Share button in Analog allows the image to be saved back to the original application. It's a simple and fast way to apply Instagram-type effects to your favorite photos on the Mac.

The upgrade is available to current users immediately on the Updates tab of the Mac App Store.