Fresh Paint for Windows Phone 8 updated with pencil mode, Bing integration, and SkyDrive sync

Fresh Paint for Windows Phone 8 updated with pencil mode, Bing integration, and SkyDrive sync

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The unveiling of the next Windows Phone 8 update wasn’t the only exciting update news today. Microsoft’s free and innovative Fresh Paint app for Windows Phone 8 also received the refresh we first blogged about last week. (Haven’t tried it? You can download Fresh Paint here.)

The update adds a new pencil mode—actually, the same, highly realistic graphite pencil found in Fresh Paint for Windows 8.1. A new “Inspire Me” option, meanwhile, helps you search Bing for images to incorporate into your creations. You’ll see new photo filters and a revamped user interface that makes the look of Fresh Paint more consistent across phone and PC.

Perhaps best of all, with the help of SkyDrive you can now start painting on your phone and finish on your PC, picking up right where you left off. Just tap the “Save To” icon in the app and import it into your Fresh Paint gallery on Windows 8.

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  • My comment seems OT, so a short explanation:

    Michael Stroh writes "Perhaps best of all, with the help of SkyDrive you can now start painting on your phone and finish on your PC, picking up right where you left off. Just tap the “Save To” icon in the app and import it into your Fresh Paint gallery on Windows 8. "

    Well, a cool feature, but my comment above includes things which I merely claim to be more important than the support of artists which paint on the phone.

  • Cool things, no doubt.

    Some thoughts:

    Joe Belfiore lamented that the app developer are too slow and do not bring their apps as quick (or at all) to WP. True.

    But maybe there is a reason behind the slow chathing-up of WP. One example:

    Nokia made a big advertisement about how good WP is for business. They say that MS Office is perfectly integrated in WP, and mentions _Outlook_.

    Well, yes, .....not quite integrated.

    In truth, it is a huge pain to use the calendar and mail in WP8.

    Where is a calendar that

    - has a week view? Outlook has it

    - has a month view wich uses the resolution and the big area of modern phone displays in a manner which makes real sense?

    - is searchable?

    - shows more than one month old appointments?

    Where is a mail client that

    - allows to forward an attachment while deleting the original message?

    - allows to attach more than one document from skydrive in one mail, using the paper clip icon (as outlook allows for _decades_

    When will the WP Team and the team who designs MS Outlook sit together and exchange about what business people require?

    I'm just speechless about how slow things proceed. These problems exist since the first days of WP....3 years ago.

    Will the above points be adressed in upcoming updates? Is MS even aware that there is a huge gap between WP and eg the new BB10 business functionality?

  • onnorh
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    The differences in Windows Phone GDR3 from WP7 do not justify 3 years. The UI is old and stagnant. What's holding you guys back? Installed GD3 and I can probably only count 3 new items. SMH. It's not coincidence that iOS and Android are ahead...no coincidence. Keep shooting yourself in the foot. I'm not sure if you guys are trying to wait for some big mobile conference to announce something, but customer need stuff NOW. You guys need to speed up your release cycle.

  • vieya
    44 Posts

    Why is there still no Nokia phone at Sprint? Bring a Nokia to Sprint please.