Sony’s Picture Rater Enhances Picture Manager Functionality

Sony’s Picture Rater Enhances Picture Manager Functionality

Jan 25, 2012

Sony Digital Network Applications has released today a supplemental application to their Picture Manager app, called Picture Rater. This is designed to help users rate the photos in their libraries. Two photos are displayed, and users tap the photo they prefer, which rates one photo higher and lowers the ranking on one photo. A photo can be rapidly tapped on to increase its rating to 5 stars instantaneously. The photo ratings then sync up with Picture Manager‘s ratings filters, so clicking the 4-star rating in Picture Manager will show pictures rated that score from the Picture Rater process.

Picture Rater does require Picture Manager to run, which is disappointing because this is an interesting way to see pictures on one’s Android phone; I discovered a bunch of photos I didn’t even realize that I still had. Also, I was reminded how annoying apps that install data to the SD card can be when their media shows up in other apps. Picture Rater is available for free on the Android Market.

Sony Digital Network Applications Launches New Photo Gallery App

Sony Digital Network Applications Launches New Photo Gallery App

Oct 26, 2011

Sony Digital Network Applications has unveiled their latest app to interact with media on Android. While their previous works were designed around editing photos and videos, their newest app is designed around finding ways to organize the media users have created.

Picture Manager is designed as a complement and replacement to the Gallery app on users’ phones. A 2-pane view is used: on the left, users can choose the types of media they want to view, and on the right, thumbnails of the media appear. The app makes it easy to select multiple items at a time and apply labels and ratings to media for easier filtering. When trying to clean out photos and videos that are to be deleted, the multiple selection options make this a breeze, and there are also inverse checkmarking options, like if a certain number of items in a folder need to be labeled one way, and the rest a different way.

Media can be filtered and viewed by several criteria. The standard folder-by-folder view from the standard Gallery app is here, though this makes it easier to view subfolders that may contain images and videos. media can be viewed by labels that can be applied to it, so filtering vacation photos is possible, for example. They can also be filtered by rating, when one only wants to view the best shots they’ve taken! However, possibly the most useful filter is by date, so seeing photos taken at a particular time is easier than ever. It also serves as a great trip down memory lane at those photos I forgot I had taken!

Sony Digital Network Applications is launching more media management apps in the near future, including Video Connector, Photo Editor, and Photo Movie Creator HD. These will be coming in the next couple of months, so users looking to interact with their media in different ways have more options to look forward to soon.