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Waze now supports Siri Shortcuts; Pixelmator [Pro], Halide, Lightroom and Obscura 2 also gain news

We're back with the most important updates from relevant and / or popular App Store apps! Let's take a look at them.


Waze app icon - GPS & Live Traffic

One of the most popular navigation applications in the world has gained one of the most requested features by users: Siri Shortcuts.

Siri Shortcuts on Waze

With the new feature, users can configure commands through the wizard that will take them directly to actions within the app, such as ‚Äútake me home‚ÄĚ or ‚Äútake me to (favorite place)‚ÄĚ. Commands can be recorded by the user so that you can adapt them to your favorite phrases.


Pixelmator app icon

The iOS version of the popular image editor has been updated to support new iPads Pro 11 and 12.9 inches.

With the change, the app adapts perfectly to the screen resolutions of the new tablets and also supports the second generation Apple Pencil including its double-tap gesture, which follows the global behavior set by the user.

Pixelmator 2.4.4 also fixes some bugs from previous versions of the app, such as tweaks that didn't work in certain editing areas and a centering failure that didn't position content correctly on the screen.

Pixelmator Pro

Pixelmator Pro app icon

Meanwhile, Pixelmator Pro for Mac has also gained its fair share of new features. The main one: now, the software capable of importing photos taken in Portrait mode iPhones (running iOS 12 or higher) and isolate object and background in separate layers.

When importing a photo taken in Portrait Mode, the mask layer is disabled by default; Just right-click on it and click "Enable Mask" to work on it. This way you can edit or apply effects separately to the background and the object.

Also new to Pixelmator Pro 1.3.1 is a new behavior when opening new documents: now they open by default in new tabs instead of new windows. The update also brings new keyboard shortcuts for quick access to certain features.


Halide Camera app icon

Halide has already hit the spotlight with the Smart RAW feature (which we talked about here), and the latest photography app update brings an update of the machine learning tool that makes it even smarter even though developers have not specified it. in what way exactly.

Halide 1.12 also features a new color histogram on the capture screen, very useful for you to analyze which RGB values ‚Äč‚Äčare being more or less exposed in a photo.

Obscura 2

Obscura 2 app icon

Another very popular photography app, Obscura 2, has also added a histogram to your capture screen in its latest update and news doesn't stop there.

The image viewer has also received improvements, and now brings the information (metadata, edit history and more) into easily readable cards. On the iPad, new keyboard shortcuts help the user easily navigate the library and capture screen.

Lightroom CC

Finally, an update that is not in the App Store, but is worth commenting: Adobe added a lot of news on Lightroom CC, your bulk photo editing app. The main addition of a new tool called Enhance Details, which uses Sensei (the company's machine learning tool) to increase resolution and definition and a photo.

According to Adobe, the feature can improve photo definition by up to 30% as long as it is in RAW format. For now, the tool will only reach Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic for Mac and PC; iOS version should receive it soon. Remember that, because it requires resources from recent systems, the Enhance Details s only works on macOS 10.13 High Sierra or higher.

Enhance Details, new tool to increase resolution in Lightroom CC

Lightroom CC has also gained some features to date only present in Lightroom Classic: the ability to merge multiple photos into a single pan or HDR image, fine-tuning to a particular area of ‚Äč‚Äčthe photo and an indication of clipping ie areas of the image completely white or completely black.