Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Kindle Fire Tips: PicShop photo editor for Kindle Fire and Android is Free App of the Day, Tues, Aug 13, 2013. Filters, frames, overlays (and Caveats)

In reply to the blog entry about the HD Camera app (which is about how to use the front-facing camera to take photos of yourself or whatever is behind you), commenter David Silva once alerted us to another camera app he recommended for Kindle Fire HD owners.

  It's the PicShop Lite Photo Editor, by esDot Development Studio, and this "Lite" version is always free.

1.  For the always-free version, there are currently 337 customer reviews, with an average rating of 4.1 stars.

TODAY, the paid version of PicShop - Photo Editor (usually $4.99) is free, for just today -- August 13, 2013.

Product Features

(for both versions)
Full Editing Suite
Filters and Effects
Frames and Overlays
Sketch Mode w/ 8 different brushes
Meme Maker
Speech Bubbles
Text w/ Adjustable Font
Fun Stickers (Hats, Moustaches, Love etc)
Social Integration (Facebook, Twitter, Email)
Customize app with your own personal theme

The "Editing Suite" includes:
Color / Saturation; Brightness / Contrast; Sharpen / Blur; Tilt Shift
Depth of Field; Blemish Remover; RedEye Remover; Auto-Correction;
Crop; Rotate; Flip

2.   The usually $4.99 paid version also has an average 4-star rating, with 1,053 customer reviews currently showing on the actual customer-reviews page. There are a large number of dissatisfied users and a seeming lack of customer support for too many (and no identifiable vendor responses seen) but also over 600+ 5-star reviews.
  Image-quality-conscious photobugs should read the CAVEATS (in red) below also.

The app maker doesn't mention what the differences are, between free and paid versions, but one customer said the "full version" was needed to "unlock" something, another customer wishes she "didn't have to buy [the] full version" to get the rest of it, and one person said it seemed to "taunt" you with things available only in the paid version (although if one likes it, $5 is not a huge price and it has a sizeable number of people who chose it over the free one eventually).

*CAVEATS* - A review today pointed out that any image he saved (even if he made no changes) was badly compressed by the SAVE action and was no longer the clear artifact-free image that the original was.

  He doesn't mention what tablet or phone he was using or if he tried it with another device, but the probability is that it's the method of Saving the image (and maybe a setting somewhere to choose the quality of the saved image but I haven't tried the newest version yet).

  Since it's free today, it's probably worth trying to see if this happens to your images.  You would Save (the changes) AS [another filename], giving the saved-changes file a different name.  Never "Save" an original photo or image by overwriting an existing image but save it with a new name or make sure you have a backup copy.

  There are now many reviews from today's downloads, and many users cannot save changed images to their devices, while others are highly enthusiastic about what it does.  It seems to work well with the Kindle Fire but not with some other devices.  What is disturbing is that the appmaker offers this for free today but doesn't respond to problems voiced over the last half year and should be responding today too.

  I'd like to hear what blog readers here experience happening to their test image when saving changes and what device you are using, if people don't mind reporting on that.

The Product Description from the product page:

PicShop - Photo Editor
Photo editing on your Android device
"Full-Featured Photo Editor for Android
PicShop - Photo Editor features a beautiful design combined with tons of editing options and dozens of filters. With support for HD images up to 8MP, PicShop is great for serious photographers as well as casual.  Post your perfected photos to Facebook, Twitter or e-mail with a single click.
The UI Layer for PicShop is fully GPU accelerated, which translates into extremely low battery consumption, and a beautifully smooth 60hz interface. This app is a joy to use.
Photo Editing Controls
This photo-editing Suite includes Color/Saturation, Brightness/Contrast, Sharpen/Blur, Tilt Shift, Depth of Field, Blemish Remover, RedEye Remover, Auto-Correction, Crop, Rotate, and Flip."

This editor can of course be used with photos that you transfer to the Kindle Fire HD or to whatever Android device you're using, either via a USB connection to a computer or via the WiFi File Explorer "over the air."

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1 comment:

  1. I like this application. It is very easy to use and also provide text and bubble function.
    Many Thanks.


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