Like the title says, the new Snapseed has a problem.

A big problem.

As mentioned previously, Google updated their Snapseed app not long ago. It’s a big update to a good app, but it has a fatal flaw.

As it’s readily available from the lock screen, I most often shoot with the iPhone’s built-in camera app. This means that I tend to import photos into apps and edit them, rather than shoot from the app itself.

Also, I’ve recently-ish been playing with editing film camera photos on the iPhone. These have been fledgling attempts and I’ve only shared one thusfar, but more are in the pipeline, perhaps.

If I want to use Snapseed for this—and why not? it’s a decent editing app—I’ve got a problem:

Here’s the picture I imported to Snapseed:Snapseed Fail|1|©JamesECockroft-20150409It was shot down in the Hill Country back in December with the Nikon FG and 50mm f/1.8 E Series on Agfa Vista Plus 200 film.

I exported an edited photo from Lightroom to a sync folder, and put it on the phone via iTunes.

I opened this in Snapseed 2.0 and gave it an edit. I was happy with the results and saved my work. Later that day, I imported the edited photo into Lightroom, or thought I did.

The edits weren’t there, so opened up Snapseed and saved the photo again. Here’s what that looked like in the iPhone’s Camera Roll:Snapseed Fail|4|©JamesECockroft-20150416Two edited photos? Wha?

Here’s what that looks like in Lightroom:

Why can’t Lightroom see the edits?

I tried with Image Capture…Image Capture Import Screen|©JamesECockroft-20150415No edits there either.

How can I get this from the phone to my computer? Well, like most apps, Snapseed will let you export to other apps, including email…email to self works|©JamesECockroft-20150415So email to self works, but you lose any exif data Snapseed might save in the process.

Today at work, during a few 3-5 minute breaks, I checked quite a few other apps to see what other options I have. Because emailing is kindof a PITA.

So Enlight can see edits and use them as a starting point for a new image.

And VSCO cam can see edits and use them as a starting point for a new image.

Even Diana app can see edits and use them as a starting point for a new image.

And all of the pictures created by these apps are easily seen by Lightroom.

Then I wondered about EXIF-fi, and EXIF editing app. It too can see edits and add EXIF data to them (though you have to save a copy to save the edited EXIF).

This is a real pain, though, since to get a photo from Snapseed onto the computer requires either an email or a trip through another app.

Can you say ‘broken?’

(IF Google acknowledges this, I wonder if it will be recognized as a bug, or a feature?)

After work, I had a thought… maybe if I shoot with the Snapseed camera…

I’ll save you the suspense: it didn’t work.

Luckily, Google released a bug-fix release today. Here in a few minutes, or maybe an hour or two, I’ll post my findings with that.

In the meantime, make dua for a better outcome.

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