Instagram Adds Zoom Feature

Instagram Adds Zoom Feature

Sep 8, 2016

Everyone’s favorite image filtering social app Instagram is getting an update which brings a new feature.

​Announcing zoom on Instagram. Pinch to zoom on photos and videos in feed, on profiles and on Explore.

It remains free on Google Play.

Adobe Revel Editing App Now Available For Android

Adobe Revel Editing App Now Available For Android

Mar 11, 2014

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Adobe Revel,an app that is less a photo editor and more of an organizer, is now available on Android. It can crop and filter photos and videos, but its main use is synchronization between different devices and users that lets them share photos, or make them private, using a handy interface. It’s available for free from here: Adobe Revel on Google Play.

Clean Up Your Photo Gallery With Tidy – Photo Album

Clean Up Your Photo Gallery With Tidy – Photo Album

Jan 31, 2014

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This gallery app can help organize and clean the photo directory in a matter of minutes. It’s a nifty little app with great design that allows grouping of photos and ease of scrolling through them. You can try it out for free here: Tidy – Photo Album on Google Play.

Instagram Begins Signups for Android App

Instagram Begins Signups for Android App

Mar 26, 2012

Instagram, the popular iOS filtered photo service and social network, has taken one more step toward its next big step: Android. Teased at various intervals, now a registration page to be alerted when the app goes live is up on the Instagram website.

This may be the most-demanded app from Android users, and the concern from Instagram with launching may be if their servers can handle a massive expansion of users, because they do host the images themselves. There is an API available to access Instgram images, but this appears to be view-only; actually posting to Instagram requires deeper hooks that may only be available on a limited basis. One of the few known 3rd party Instagram apps is Hipstamatic, which is still on iOS. That’s not helping Android users out. Until then, users can use apps like InstaRoid for phones or HoneyGram for Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich tablets, or even Google TV.

But until that day when Instagram for Android is loosed upon the world, we’ll just have to put up with third-party photo filtering solutions like Lightbox. Sigh.

Dropbox Introduces Background Photo and Video Uploading to Android App

Dropbox Introduces Background Photo and Video Uploading to Android App

Feb 24, 2012

Dropbox has released an update to their Android app to automatically allow photos and videos to be uploaded to a Dropbox folder for easy access from the cloud storage service.

This is a similar functionality to what Google+ has, although it offers video uploading as well. When a photo or video is captured, it uploads invisibly in the background to Dropbox, making it available anywhere Dropbox is available, including computers and other phones. The upload can be configured to only upload on wifi or on mobile networks if so desired. The process is entirely invisible, there are no notifications that background uploads are in process or finished unless or until the “Camera Uploads” folder is checked. Users are given an extra 500MB after the first photo or video upload as a bonus for using the service. Still, high-resolution photos and videos will take up a lot of space, so this may help spur sales of higher-capacity Dropbox storage plans. The update to Dropbox is available from the Android Market now, and is a manual update due to new permissions required.

Pho.to Lab Offers Hundreds of Fun Effects to Modify Photos With

Pho.to Lab Offers Hundreds of Fun Effects to Modify Photos With

Jan 20, 2012

Pho.to Lab is a photography app designed around having fun with photographs, not necessarily as a serious photo editor. Photos can be applied with a wide variety of effects. Actually, I think “wide variety” is an understatement, as there are literally hundreds of effects to use here. Want to see a person’s face on money? That is possible! Add a photo to a hot air balloon? That’s possible! There are even animated effects that can be saved, such as a photo in a picture frame with a flickering candle next to it. Some of the effects use facial recognition in order to utilize their effects, and it only detects natural skin tones. My dream of ever seeing the Blue Man Group and/or Tobias Fünke on money is dead. The free version comes with the vast majority of effects, with new ones added for free regularly, but adds a watermark to some of the photos along with ads, which the full version doesn’t have. Pho.to Lab is available now.

Freaky Friday – Golf Photo Taker

Freaky Friday – Golf Photo Taker

Jun 3, 2011

The thing with hobbies, is that once you get deep enough into them, you just can’t help yourself. You have to buy the right shoes, the right hats, the right equipment, otherwise your hobby engaging friends will laugh at you and call you names. Nowadays, that list includes having the right apps too.

Of course, it’s all a con. Merchandisers slap names and logos on any old tat and, because you’re desperate to keep up with the trends, you buy them. And yes, Golf Photo Taker, I am very definitely looking at you when I say that. For shame.

Golf Photo Taker does exactly what you’d expect an app called Golf Photo Taker to do. It takes photos of people playing golf. Well, actually, it doesn’t take photos, you do, it just adds a frame. A golfing related frame. And that’s it.

Except, that’s not it. The app also sends you text messages, from yourself, recommending other golfing, picture taking and entirely unrelated apps. Which is so annoying that it resulted, in my case at least, in an instant uninstall.

Golf Photo Taker is a stupid app, with no redeeming features. It makes it onto our driving range of despair because it’s hideous, pointless, and for some reason has a picture of someone’s Facebook profile as one of its screenshots on the Android Market.

The sad fact is, people are going to buy Golf Photo Taker. About a hundred people already have. Someone has even given it a five star review. Five stars for what is, to all intents and purposes, a digital version of holding a bit of cardboard in front of your camera.

Don’t buy Golf Photo Taker, don’t even think about buying Golf Photo Taker. If you want to take photos of yourself or other people playing golf, then by all means, do so. There’s a camera on your phone that will do a lovely job. Or buy a camera. Just avoid this creepy, intrusive, utterly useless sham of an app.

Golf Photo Taker is available now from the Android Market.