Food & Drink
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It probably doesn’t matter how much we mock people for taking pictures of their food (or wonder about their mental health). Images of raspberry tarts will still pop up on Tumblr, French bread pizzas will make their way onto Facebook and tacos will appear on Twitter.
Evernote is at least trying to make sure that these food photos look as tasty as possible by announcing some image updates to its popular Evernote Food app. The tools, which are part of the latest update (version 2.3) can be found within the app’s My Meals section. There are two features of note: a collection of image filters, à la the ubiquitous Instagram, and a low-light camera setting designed to photograph meals in dim lighting conditions.
The image filters run the usual gamut (Brighter, Darker, Boost, Vibrancy) and can be applied even after you’ve created a note for the meal. Once you’ve taken a photo using the camera function in My Meal, just tap on the image to select from a number of filters. Images can now also be rotated from the same screen.
The Food Light, as it is being called, helps to avoid the use of flash photography when capturing images in dark atmospheres – which can often create images that are washed out, grainy or overly bright. The Food Light uses a beam of light to help highlight your meals and produce attractive photos. It’s also accessed in the My Meals section of the app, and appears as a light bulb icon at the top of the screen. Touching this icon will toggle between a flash/no flash preview of your image, so you can view what it looks like either way. (You can also apply the aforementioned image filters from this screen to further enhance the photo).
While the two above tools are currently only available for iOS users, the update has additional features that are available on the Android version of Evernote Food as well – namely, a Seasonal Recipe Feature that highlights seasonal recipes culled from individual blogs and sites, and an updated design for meal and restaurant notes.
by Amber Bouman, TechHive