Hot on the heels of a big update to the Obscura 3 camera app, another popular and powerful photo app is seeing major changes this week. This time it’s the Halide MK II app for iPhone and iPad, from Lux Optics, which also does the Specter app for creating long exposures.

Important updates to the Halide app include the addition of Batch Actions – so you can finally work with multiple photos at once – and an improved “Image Rescue” feature.

Halide MK II: Added Batch Photo Actions, Improved “Image Rescue” and More

cult of mac last wrote about Halide in October 2021, when it improved its macro shooting feature. Halide 2.5 added “Neural Macro”, a feature designed to improve the appearance of close-up photos after they are taken.

Batch photo actions and interface upgrades

With the latest update, as described in the Halide 2.7 release notes, the app now offers batch actions. The feature lets you interact with multiple photos at once. For example, you can select two or more photos to delete or share with someone. This was not possible in the app until now.

Additionally, in the Grid view of the app, you can now find a heart icon on photos you mark as favorites. This makes it easier to find them in the app. Even better, when you tap and hold a photo in Grid view, the app now shows a preview and a menu with options to add, delete, share, or open the photo in a supported editor.

Another change to the interface involves gestures that make it easier to move around the app. For example, when viewing a photo in full screen, you can now swipe up to return to Grid view or swipe down to open the camera.

Improvements to ‘Image Rescue’

The update also brings improvements to Image Rescue. The feature, introduced in 2020, creates a backup of every photo taken with the app to prevent file loss in the event of a crash. The app developers said the feature is now more reliable. And, they added, it can address an iOS bug that sometimes prevented the app from saving photos to a user’s photo library.

As the release notes describe:

When iOS refuses to save photos, Halide stores a copy in the app, so you can continue taking photos. Of course, we’ll show you a notification that something is going on, but you can ignore the problem until later. When you’re ready to get your photos out of Halide, just open our photo editor. You’ll notice a large banner at the top explaining that we’ve saved your photos. Tap it and we’ll show you the photos we’ve saved. From there, you can either try saving them again (because sometimes this iOS bug fixes itself) or you can tap the action button in the top right to share them to your phone once. another way, like AirDropping on your Mac.

Price: free try; license is $2.99 ​​per month, $11.99 per year, or a one-time purchase of a $49.99 lifetime license.

Where to download: App store