Pinworthy: 5 essential photo apps for Windows Phone

Pinworthy: 5 essential photo apps for Windows Phone

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It seemed only natural to follow up today’s post on photo-related changes coming in Windows Phone 7.5—aka Mango—with one about some of the fantastic photo apps available right now in Marketplace.

From Facebook to Flickr, smartphones are quickly becoming the primary way people capture and share pictures. So it’s probably no surprise that an explosion of photo apps has followed—apps which make it possible to bypass your PC and do most fixing and fussing directly on your Windows Phone.

Here are some of my own favorite tools in Marketplace for phone-based touch-ups. (For fun, I also polled some of the designers and engineers who work on the Pictures Hub to get their take.)  Since Mango hands app makers a bunch of juicy new programming options—including for the first time direct access to the camera—I’m expecting even more creative photography apps to arrive in the months ahead.

Thumba Photo Editor

Thumba Photo EditorThumba Photo Editor

You’ll be hard-pressed to find another app tricked out with more image editing tools—and all for just 99 cents. Packed with more than 70 tools and tweaks, Thumba Photo Editor lets you resize, crop, rotate, flip, remove red eye, and sharpen your photos. You can edit embedded GPS info and add protective watermarks. There’s also impressive selection of filters and special effects. Several shutterbugs here swear by it. “It’s like having a mini-Photoshop on the phone,” one says.  A worthy competitor is Pictures Lab ($1.99), another full-featured photo editing app with an enthusiastic fan base.

Download Thumba Photo Editor | Download Pictures Lab

PhotoFunia

PhotoFuniaPhotoFunia

Generally speaking, I’m not a fan of gimmicky photo-morphing apps. But PhotoFunia is in a class by itself. This entertaining app boasts more than 225 effects. Sure there are the standard ones that let you turn your face shot into a charcoal sketch or watercolor. But there’s also unexpected options to put your face on a billboard, a stamp, or the wall of the Louvre. The end result is often shockingly believable, like it was professionally doctored. PhotoFunia is also just plain fun. As one fan here said: “Who doesn’t want to see their face as the billboard on Times Square?” Free.

Download PhotoFunia

PhotoSafe

PhotoSafePhotoSafe

PhotoSafe serves as a password-protected virtual vault for any photos on your phone that you want to keep hidden from prying eyes. It’s also a handy way to prevent Angry Birds-addicted kids from accidentally deleting important shots while messing with your phone. The app is straightforward: Pick a password, then just copy over images from the Pictures Hub into protected folders (or snap photos directly with the camera). Images sequestered in PhotoSafe won’t be transferred automatically to your PC when you sync with the Zune software, either. $1.99 + free trial

Download PhotoSafe

Fantasia Painter Free

Fantasia Painter FreeFantasia Painter Free

If finger painting is your thing, Fantasia Painter Free provides 12 brushes and bunch of cool effects to add Van Gogh-like flourishes to your shots. My kids love this app. But it should also appeal to artists and anybody with kid-like tendencies. Free

Download Fantasia Painter Free

Ztitch

Ztitch

When I’m walking around Seattle, I often have the urge to capture the sweeping Space Needle-pointed skyline. But creating panoramas is notoriously tricky, and my previous attempts looked like they were assembled by Dr. Frankenstein. Then I discovered Ztitch. What’s cool about Ztitch isn’t just that it brings drag-and-drop simplicity to the pano-making process. But it goes a step further, creating full 360º panoramas that provide the uncanny you-are-there illusion. Free

Download Ztitch

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  • karenna
    2 Posts

    What? I’m curious why PonyPhoto is not on the list—the must-have photo editing app for Windows Phone 7. It’s just amazing.

    Only two days left! Now or never! PonyPhoto is now giving a special offer that it’s $0!

    I saw this amazing news on the officaial site of Windows Phone 7 MarketPlace and here I want to share that with yall. I have got that FOR FREE and it turns out wonderful. Now’s your turn to enjoy the great fun! Go and get it!

    www.windowsphone.com/.../4c17dffa-eaac-4e88-8ca9-8718d5ec3432

  • karenna
    2 Posts

    What? I’m curious why PonyPhoto is not on the list—the must-have photo editing app for Windows Phone 7. It’s just amazing.

    Only two days left! Now or never! PonyPhoto is now giving a special offer that it’s $0! I saw this amazing news on the officaial site of Windows Phone 7 MarketPlace and here I want to share that with yall. I have got that FOR FREE and it turns out wonderful. Now’s your turn to enjoy the great fun! Go and get it!

    www.windowsphone.com/.../4c17dffa-eaac-4e88-8ca9-8718d5ec3432

  • gnux
    1 Posts

    We've created a new WP7 photo enhancement app called Photo Perfectioner, using a new algorithm to improve light and color, if you would like to check it out - please visit the links below. Cheers!

    Windows Marketplace download:

    www.windowsphone.com/.../439a3e87-e2cb-4465-894c-1088733595ae

    Product Site:

    www.photoperfectioner.com

  • jabtano
    4 Posts

    Zitich was one of the first cam apps for WP7 it's been update a few times and when you get the hang of it ,it works rather well.

  • muveewp
    1 Posts

    I was just browsing MarketPlace and found another nice app to privately save your photos with multiple photo import named PrivatePhoto.

    Got this link from the share:

    windowsphone.com/s

  • looner
    1 Posts

    @OndraSter - When you "download" a windows phone app from Zune marketplace on your computer, the app automatically begins downloading on your phone. The app is not stored on your computer at all. Therefore, you can use the links provided to "download" the app from Zune on your computer, but it will actually download directly to your phone.

  • BliTz7
    6 Posts

    @Michael : A date for Mango release ? Please !

  • Don't forget flick+share so you can quickly share your photos with anyone around you using just a flick of your finger!  No texting charges, no phone numbers to remember or exchange, and no logins!  You can also check out the cool photos people have shared near your location wherever you go - a fun way to pass the time on trips!

    It's free and on WP7, plus it's coming soon for Android so you can share with your Googling friends as well!

    http://flick.cloud8studios.com

  • @Bernard Angustia: No, they're not. The doors just opened the other for developers to submit Mango-fied apps. Look for a list of Pinworthy Mango apps in the weeks ahead....

    @OndraSter: Thanks for the suggestion. I'll see what I can do for future posts!

  • Can you please add QR or MS Tag links? My wired cable is somewhere gone right now :).

  • @Krush You :  With Ztitch you manually put the photos together. I haven't seen MS Photosynth on Mango yet, but you just need to upload to your PC from you phone to use it. I will be using Photosynth if/when it does show itself in the Marketplace, I don't like Ztitch.

  • Mister Stroh, are these Mango-optimized apps?

  • jader3rd
    24 Posts

    Call me when it gets Photosynth.

  • Krush You
    94 Posts

    Isn't Ztitch the same as Microsoft Photosynth? Which should now work with windows phone after the mango update...