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QuickPic – So Quick With Pics It’s Sick

QuickPic

Having rooted my phone and switched over to other roms on my HTC Desire (I’m currently rocking the latest stable rom by Cyanogen, it’s rather nice) I’ve had to rely on the standard Android gallery app as my default photo browser. As much as I liked the flashy interface I was always annoyed by how long it would take to load. Even worse was the fact that it would display EVERY single folder on my phone that would happen to have a jpeg stored inside. Actually getting to the photos I wanted to view was a chore.
In the end I decided to dump it and search for something that was less concerned about being flash and more focused on simply being quicker to use. I found QuickPic and it does the job nicely.
Simplicity is the keyword in QuickPic. You’re given a choice of two ‘easy-on-the-eye’ gallery views and from here everything is clearly laid out. Picture folders load up quickly, flicking through photos is swift and painless and yet there are still all the options (delete, rotate, share, zoom etc) that the standard Android gallery app offers. One of the best features is the ability to select an unwanted folder and instruct QuickPic to ignore it giving you full control on what photo folders will appear within the app.
You’re not limited to photos either, you can also browse your videos and have them played back in the video app of your choice.
That’s pretty much all there is to QuickPic but then again that’s what makes it so good. There’s
minimal faffing about, it just gets you straight to where you want to go.

ABOUT THIS APP – CURRENT VERSION : 0.9.9
REQUIRES ANDROID : 2.0 and up , CATEGORY : Photography , SIZE : 185k , PRICE : Free

Links : Android Marketplace, Install via AppBrain

Bottom Line : Quick and simple to use yet still loaded with enough features to make it a must-have app.

Stop Motion Lite – STOP!… Hammer Time!

Stop-Motion – Lite

Just when you’re thinking there couldn’t be any more unexpected tricks that your Android phone could perform up pops another odd function to take you by surprise. Just last week we uncovered the genius idea of using your phone as a document scanner by using ‘CamScanner‘ and now there’s a new addition to the ever growing list of ‘mad things you never expected your phone to do‘, Ladies and Gentlemen, I have three words for you…. Stop. Motion. Camera.
It’s kind of crude in operation but yes, your Android phone can operate as a camera that can create stopmotion videos, animations or claymations and once you’ve made your video you can save it as a file to watch on your phone or your computer.
It’s a very simple looking program but it’s also very easy to use. Simply set up your shot, tap the screen to shoot a frame and repeat. When you are done click ‘save’ and the app with string all the shots together to make a .mov file that you can watch on your phone or PC or upload them to Dropbox or wherever you want to share them. The lite version limits you to a 176×144 resolution however higher sizes are available if you pay up for the full version. For some reason I couldn’t get the built-in share function to work with Dropbox, every upload would result in a fail. In the end I had to resort to ‘Astro file explorer’ to find my movie and use that to share the file to Dropbox. Here’s what I managed to throw together in 5 minutes armed with just a piece of paper and a biro.

Obviously it’s a very crude looking video, if you look closely you can see my aborted first attempt (I forgot to restart the filming) and my hand pops up in the middle. Classy stuff.

Stop Motion Lite is a unique way to spend time using your Android handset (if you have kids, break out play-doh and get animating) and the results are good enough for a free app.

Link : Install via AppBrain

Bottom Line : A unique and fun app that unlocks a new side of creativity for everyone.

CamScanner – Phone to Scanner – So Good Your Head May Explode

CamScanner – Phone To Scanner

 

Let’s have a quick look at what handy functions my Android phone fulfills…

Phone, CHECK. Texts & emails, CHECK. Twitter/Facebook, CHECK. MP3 Player, CHECK. Camera, CHECK. Sat Nav, CHECK. Portable Scanner, CHECK. Wait what? A scanner. Yes that’s right, your Android phone is now a portable document scanner.

The crop selection screen is ace. There's even a zoom for where your finger is.

Using CamScanner you can scan and manage your documents simply by taking pictures of them with the camera on your phone. The app boasts a smart image cropping and enhancement algorithm to ensure the scanned images are clear and recognizable. The app comes with a PDF based tutorial that you can view in the app itself, this is worth a quick look so you can get to grips with how everything works. The app seems slightly daunting at first but after a small amount of use it soon becomes second nature.
Cam Scanner can be used with pictures taken on your camera or any pictures you already have saved in your gallery. The camera scanning side of things is very impressive, the cropping tools are intuitive and helpful so you’ll always get the exact image that you want. The built-in image enhancer does an excellent job of beefing up your scanned pictures so they look their best when viewed on a PC. Once your images are taken you can arrange what order they need to go in and then combine them into a PDF file that you can share with Dropbox, Gmail, Evernote, Google Docs or any other client that will support it. Just a quick heads up on the free version, it’s described as “limited docs/pages for trial version” but there’s nothing specific in just how limited it is.
Cam Scanner is a genius idea that works really well on a mobile phone. It may not be a tool that everyone needs but it does what it does very well.

Link : Install via AppBrain

Bottom Line : The excellent picture cropping and enhancement features make this scanning app a great tool for sharing or archiving documents.

Camera360 Lite – Is This Camera App An ‘All-Rounder’?

Camera360 Lite

"Art In Your Hand" the app boasts. Not bloody likely if I'm using it.

Even though it weighs in at 5 Megapixels, the camera on the HTC Desire isn’t the best that I’ve come across on a handset in fact the results can sometimes leave a lot to be ‘Desired’ (sorry). This means that those of us looking to snap the perfect picture on our Android handsets will turn to apps in order to help get the job done. For the last few weeks Camera 360 has been fulfiling that role so well that it’s become the app I now go to for taking a picture.
Camera 360 comes in both free and paid flavours but the free version comes packed with enough effects and tools to keep the average user busy, at least initially. From the main view screen you can choose from a normal shot or one of five effects types (funny, scenery, etc) each of which have their own variants of styles and settings. There’s plenty to get through and top of my list so far are the tilt-shift mode and the pointless but fun ‘surrealistic colour painting effect’. Once you’ve taken a picture you can tap the screen to show how your picture looked before and after the effect process, very useful. There’s also an anti-vibration function which will check for a solid shot before snapping the pic, it’s a welcome addition and something that I really could’ve done with to fix those countless blurry posed group photos, sigh! As well as the flashier effects there’s also the standard photography options such as resolution, white balance, delay exposure and even some geo-tagging thrown in for good measure.

There's a good range of effects, complete with descriptions for the non-photography savvy user, i.e. me.

Despite all the effects and processing that goes on the app runs efficiently and without hangup although there have been complaints from other users of memory issues leading to the app crashing but I have yet to experience this myself. Camera 360 also takes advantage of Android’s sharing functionality so photos can be uploaded directly from the app to wherever your phone allows, however this method sends a smaller version of your photo, to upload the full size version it’s best to share via the gallery function on your handset.
Camera 360 doesn’t overcome all the shortcomings of the standard HTC camera (if anything a decent lens would help, at least that was one thing Nokia got right), but it should help you get better results than the standard camera app would allow. Worth a look.

Link : Install via Appbrain

Bottom Line : For a free app it comes pretty nicely stacked with effects and functions that should help make taking pictures on your Android handset a bit more successful. Good stuff.

PhotoFunia – With ‘Special Guest’ Kanye West

PhotoFunia

PhotoFunia is the Android version of the online photo editing tool www.photofunia.com, in their words “You upload any photo and just wait to see the magic. Our proprietary technology automatically identifies the face in the photo and let’s you add cool photo effects and create funny face photo montages”. PR bumph aside it’s true that with a few simple steps you can add an image to a large selection of templates and have your pictures transformed with great results.

 

So many choices, so little time.

 

Opening the app takes you directly into a list of photo effects to use, straight away you’ll notice the large number of effects on offer, I counted roughly 150. The menu is simply laid out and clearly displays how your finished photo will look. Unfortunately the effects don’t seem to be listed in any order and there’s no way to sort them or filter out a particular effect style.

Once you pick an effect you are give the option to take a picture or process an already existing photo, you’re then given some simple crop / rotation options and once you press ‘OK’ your picture is uploaded to be modified. Here’s where the catch comes into play, in order to use the app you must have a data connection as all the photo processing is done online. If you have no wi-fi access or no network signal you won’t be able to use the app. Considering the small install size this seems to be a fair trade off and things seem to upload / download quick enough, even on 3G. Once your photo is done you can save it or share it directly to Twitter, Facebook or whatever sharing platforms you have installed on your handset.

In general the results are very good, on a phone they look great, on your computer they can sometimes look pixelated. On occasion the face sensitive effects don’t quite work as you’d expect but for a simple ‘does it all’ app such as this it’s to be expected.

Of course to demonstrate the effectiveness of all this photo-trickery we need a solid test subject. So let’s bring in our special guest, Kanye West.

 

What up homies. It is I, The Kanye West

 

 

Hooray! Yeezy just saved a goal. Kanye wins the world cup!

 

 

Mirror mirror, in my hand, who's the best rapper in all the land?

 

 

Check it y'all! My favourite mug for when I have tea & biscuits.

 

Thanks Kanye. As you can see, the effects are very much spot on and are good fun to mess about with.

Bottom Line : A nicely presented free app that offers all kinds of easy-to-do photoshop style fun. Recommended.

Links : Official Page, Install via AppBrain

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