Being a non-iPhone user, I've always been a bit envious of those Instagram users having all the fun, with their oh-so-easy and instant photo filters, converting otherwise boring images into captivating snapshots to showcase via Facebook and Twitter. What if you could have that sort of one-button transformative power, but with the photos you've taken with your digital camera once you've transferred your digital roll to your computer? CameraBag 2 Desktop sets out to offer this very solution. I've been playing around with a beta version for the last week, and I've been duly impressed with the instant photo effects produced by CameraBag 2's bevy of filters. No, it's not Photoshop, but for an everyday user the simple contrast and exposure adjustments, vignetting options, color correction, and curve editing provide are intuitive and really fun to play around with (100+ fully-adjustable filters and 25+ image controls).
In many ways, CameraBag 2 is what iPhoto should be, a consumer application which makes "editing" images less work and more explorative play, and it's a lot faster and easier to work with, an ideal sidekick to whatever photo management download/archiving application you already use.