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Recently we kicked off the “Right from the Start” blog series highlighting the apps and services of Windows 8.1. We have talked about Xbox Music, Bing apps, Reading List, the Mail app, and IE11. Today, we are excited to talk about new and improved apps for creative expression: Photos, Camera, Movie Moments, and Fresh Paint. All these apps are available later this week with Windows 8.1, which is a free update for Windows 8 consumers starting on Oct. 18th.
Your Creations – Just the Way You Want Them
As a society, we’re snapping more pictures and taking more videos than ever before. It’s been said that more pictures are taken every 2 minutes than were taken in the entire 19th century! With so many pictures and videos, we have all felt the pain of missing the perfect shot or taken photos where the lighting or quality was a little off.
With Windows 8.1 comes an exciting set of new and improved apps – apps that allow you to go from capturing images to making brilliant edits to sharing within a matter of moments. These apps make the images, memories, and creations you care about easy to capture, simple to edit, and seamless to share.
In addition to the apps that help you capture the beautiful images around you; the new version of Fresh Paint will also help you unleash your inner creativity, further pushing the boundaries of creating art.
From Camera to Photos: Never miss a moment, even when the moment surrounds you
If you prefer photography to express your creative side, there is a great range of Windows 8.1 devices with great cameras built-in. Every step from capturing to sharing is a delightful, fast, and easy experience – and you have all the great editing capabilities of the photo app built right into the camera app:
Photos: Edit and organize, beautifully and quickly
With the Photos app in Windows 8.1, you can edit photos both stored on your computer as well as photos stored in SkyDrive through one seamless experience. The Windows 8.1 Photos app gives you beautiful full screen photo viewing and editing across all your Windows apps and the desktop. The one-tap edits not only let you quickly and easily pick from a set of auto-fixes that make your photo stunning but also provides the ability to edit and enhance your photos like a professional by removing blemishes and having fine control over brightness, hue, saturation, and more. If you want to get even more creative, try color enhance, a new feature that gives you the ability to pick a color you would like to make brighter and instantly change the depth and richness of your photo. To see how easy it is to make amazing enhancements, see this video.
Right from the Start: Two amazing apps in the Windows Store
Two apps for creative expression that are available in the Windows Store for Window 8.1 are Fresh Paint and Movie Moments.
Real life moments can be unpredictable, so when taking videos we often take a bunch of extra footage. Sometimes these videos sit dormant on our devices – when just a few edits would make the video instantly shareable! Movie Moments is a simple app that helps tell the story of the interesting moment in your video. Within moments, trim the video, add short captions, and put in some music and now you’ll have a short clip that you’ll want to share!
See these examples here of some Movie Moments:
After getting the Windows 8.1 update later this week, be sure to visit the Windows Store and download Movie Moments!
Add your own style to your short video:
It’s easy to create whatever you can imagine in Fresh Paint. Whether you are an artist who wants to make a masterpiece from scratch, or someone who wants to make a painting from a photo in just a few seconds, Fresh Paint is the canvas for your big ideas.
Fresh Paint is getting a major update for Windows 8.1.
The new version of the app not only includes the oil and other mediums in the original version; it also includes new features and tools like watercolors, a new graphite pencil set, a new clean, modern user interface, new brushes and more. You can now print your paintings to canvas in just a few steps through a partnership with CanvasPop—a company that produces canvas prints using the best materials and craftsmanship. We’ve also added a new Inspire Me feature to help you find inspirational images to get started, and we’ve added new image filters, custom palettes, and the ability to start a painting on your Windows Phone and finish it on your PC by importing it with SkyDrive.
No matter whether you are creating snapshots or short videos, you can use Camera, Photos, Fresh Paint or Movie Moments to express yourself just the way you want to. These new apps will be available later this week. In the meantime, here’s what is being said:
“New to Windows 8.1 is a Movie Moments app that lets you edit your personal videos—the videos you’ve taken with your Windows device’s camera, a smart phone, or other camera—into short, fun creations you can then enjoy and share.” – Paul Thurrott“Fresh Paint is the most realistic painting app ever.” – WinSource“When Microsoft released Fresh Paint with Windows 8, the app was justifiably lauded as one of the best experiences on the new OS.” – PC World“There's no better demonstration of the cool types of things you can do with multitouch than Fresh Paint.” – PC Mag
“New to Windows 8.1 is a Movie Moments app that lets you edit your personal videos—the videos you’ve taken with your Windows device’s camera, a smart phone, or other camera—into short, fun creations you can then enjoy and share.” – Paul Thurrott
“Fresh Paint is the most realistic painting app ever.” – WinSource
“When Microsoft released Fresh Paint with Windows 8, the app was justifiably lauded as one of the best experiences on the new OS.” – PC World
“There's no better demonstration of the cool types of things you can do with multitouch than Fresh Paint.” – PC Mag
Whether you update your Windows 8 device or buy a device with Windows 8.1, I can’t wait for everyone to be able to try these new apps. You’ll be able to do this starting later this week - October 18th!
Ryan GavinGeneral ManagerMicrosoft Apps & Services
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Today I've update my WinRT tab to Win8.1 RT, but Camera app does not have menu or buttons about the 'panorama feature'.
Is it not applicable for Win8.1 RT?
thanks for your Posts!
I have an question, when Microsoft would embed our country name (Republic islamic of Iran) in it's installations apps country lists? :( Because we could not use Xbox, Map, Mail, Store, and so many else apps. we even couldn't update our windows, it said (sorry we couldn't support your religion!
when i was 16 i loved bill gates and Microsoft, even now. but when i grow up and understand our country not supported by Microsoft, my opinions changed about the biggest company, i think no cost make for Microsoft to embed our country name!
all this things are good, after releasing beta 8.1 on Oct 18th, it would change again?? how long it would continue this changes? Microsoft your changing every thing so fast it make your consumers confuse try change every things in their updates
This is great but the hidden menus and user-friendliness in windows 8 still need work. It is not intuitive.
I can't believe you guys are actually removing Facebook integration. It's one if my favorite features on Windows Phone and one of very few positive differential features on Windows 8. One place to view all your pictures from everywhere. And for what, to add basic editing features??
Will this reduced functionality app at least now allow users to swipe through images when opened from desktop folders?
I assume that the Photos App will continue to corrupt camera Makernotes in the Exif metadata as it has done in the past? Despite Microsoft acknowledging this issue over two years ago in Windows Photo Gallery, it was still present in the Windows 8 version of the Photos App last time I looked.
See gcoupe.wordpress.com/.../photo-metadata-tools-the-saga-continues for the details.