Perfectly Clear updated. Now works with iPhone 4S

Athentech Perfectly Clear for iPhoneWhen I found out that the Awesomizer tool of the excellent Camera Awesome was built by Athentech, I was worried that spelled the end of life for one of my favorite photo apps, Perfectly Clear. The long lapse between update didn’t help much to dispel my fears.

The new 2.4 versions of Perfectly Clear for both iPhone and iPad have finally hit the App Store today. They are both loaded with a lot of goodness, including a sale price reduction and a lot of bug-fixes. Regardless of the iPhone or iPad you use, regardless of any other photo fixer you may have, Perfectly Clear is an app that should be in your iPhoneographer’s toolbox and should be a first step in any image processing.

The complete list of bug fixes is below. Here are the major highlights of this new version for the iPhone.

One of the big new fixes is that Perfectly Clear now finally supports the full 8MP resolution of the iPhone 4S. The new version now supports up to 3264×3264 pixel saves.

It’s faster. Processing times are noticeably quicker, even with the larger images of the iPhone 4S. The memory cap issue has also been fixed. Even with a few dozen apps “open” in the background, I experienced none of the quits or crashes of the previous version of the app.

The app now saves an images EXIF data, including geotags.

With this update, Perfectly Clear has addressed and fixed the issues which hampered its usefulness on the newer iPhones. I’m a big fan of Perfectly Clear. Even with the superior camera of the iPhone 4S, there’s still a need to prep your photos — tweak the color, get the white balance right, make the contrast and exposure look more natural. Even though there are plenty of other Dynamic Range Correction apps and “Fake Flash” apps, Perfectly Clear is the by far the best in its class. With little fuss, it makes photos look “right.” This update once again makes Perfectly Clear the standard to beat in iOS DRC apps.

To see how Perfectly Clear’s optional noise reduction compares to other NR apps, click here to read my review of Noise Master.

Perfectly Clear for iPhone is on sale now through May 18 for only $0.99. It’s normally $2.99. It’s rarely on sale and this is a great chance to get what I feel is an essential app. The iPad version is on sale for only $1.99 — down from $5.99.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 4.2 or later.

Perfectly Clear – Photo Correction (Automatic) - Athentech Imaging

Here’s the link to Perfectly Clear for iPad (Perfectly Clear for iPad – Photo Correction (Automatic) - Athentech Imaging )

What’s New in Version 2.4

– Fixed crashing bug from previous version
– Memory optimization to prevent running low on memory
– Optimized preview for faster loading
– Optimized correction speed by over 100%
– Updated save size to accommodate 8MP camera (4S)
– Optimized file size for faster workflow
– Made Tint correction more responsive
– Captures and preserves EXIF data when taking photo through Perfectly Clear
– Captures and preserves location data when taking photo through Perfectly Clear
– Preserves EXIF data when importing image
– Preserves location data when importing image
– Identifies Perfectly Clear corrected image in EXIF data
– Fixed image orientation data
– Improved share abilities with Facebook
– Improved share abilities with Twitter
– Improved share abilities with email
– Increased response from correction sliders
– Fixed unusual behavior of slide-out panel


About Marty Yawnick 1830 Articles
Marty is a self-employed graphic designer in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. He is an avid Rangers baseball, Chicago Cubs, Packers and Highbury Arsenal fan. In addition to capturing random moments with whatever camera is close by (usually his iPhone), his other interests include coffee, Pink Floyd, film, music, and traveling in seats 5E and 5F with his fiancé.
  • Is the noise reduction add-on worth getting?

    • Hi, Greg,

      I see you found my comparison shots on my Noise Master review. To answer your question, yes. Despite the lack of in-app zoom, Perfectly Clear's NR produces great results that I don't have to worry about.


  • Thanks for the tip! I'm going to try Perfectly Clear out!

  • Picked it up. For the price you really can't go wrong, especially since it's never been on sale before!!

  • Rob

    I'm curious about the noise reduction too. Is it worth it?

    • Marty did a review for "Noise Master" that compared a lot of NR tools including Perfectly Clear. It seemed to be a favorite back then. I don't see any way to zoom in Perfectly Clear. I'm not going to buy the NR add-on if I have to save the picture then open it in some other app to look at the details at full resolution.

      • Rob

        You're right! I'm not seeing a way to zoom in with the iPad app either.

      • Thanks, Greg.

        I've updated this post to add the link to the Noise Master review, for those who wish to check out comparison photos.


    • Hi, Rob,

      I think it's worth it. Despite the lack of in-app zoom, Perfectly Clear's NR produces great results that I don't have to worry about. I'll mention the lack of in-app zoom to Athentech, although I'm not sure if that feature is a priority for them at this time.


  • But I think the iPad version includes noise reduction by default?

  • AlanH


    Yes, the iPad version does include the noise reduction capability with it. It also provides the following over the iPhone version:

    1. Perfectly Smooth for skin correction.
    2. Skin Tone Correction which automatically removes the excess red in skin tones captured by many cameras.
    3. Additional presets–portrait, landscape, noise removal, and tint removal–plus the ability to create your own custom presets.

    IMO, definitely worth the $1.99! I've been waiting and waiting for them to fix the issues with both versions and…like I said…ya just can't beat the price! Get both!!

    Thanks, Marty, for the timely heads-up on these updates and great price.

  • Scott

    Thx for the review, one of my concerns is how big of image can it handle on the iPad version? My iPad is my goto at the moment for quick edits and my slr is over 20mp. Cheers

  • Marty, where have you been? We've been stumbling about in the wilderness without your guiding voice. There's no shortage of news and opinion, but we need your innate balance and sanity.

    Case in point: What do you think about 645 PRO?

  • Mike

    Thanks to your review I purchased both iPhone and iPad versions. The NR can easily go overboard if you’re not careful bit it does a great job. On the iPad version the skin smoothing feature alone is worth it. I have been using blurfx to try and smooth skin up to this point but it’s laborious and the results are nowhere near the quality I’m getting from perfectly clear. Great app that I have had in my notes for a while. On a different note 645pro is amazing and has become my default camera. I’m just wondering if it’s better than Mattebox??

  • This is one of those apps I purchased way back in my iPhone 3G days and never really used. I've had another look at it and I like it. Also dropped the cash for the NR add-on and it works great.

  • Lilian

    I was a little worried to buy it and not work the way I needed, but it worked really great!!! I'm really beggining in this world of edditing my photos so is kind difficult to me work with apps like filterstorm and the likes. This app is simply "perfect" for my needs. The noise removal gave life to a shot that I took with my mother, that come out really great, but was as was dark when I took it came really noisy…

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