VFX Studio For iPhone: Add Realistic Explosions, Blood Splatters, Bullet Impacts & More To Photos

Photo editing has really been made easy by the apps that are available to iOS users, as tinkering with images in a touch-based environment is far more convenient than editing with a mouse. A few apps go for thoroughness and comprehensiveness, while others favor ease of use. VFX Studio is an iPhone app that is closer to the second category, and most of its filters and effects can be applied to an image with a single touch. The app specializes in visual effects, and you can add smoke, blood or any of the available clip art to the images on your device. Not only that, VFX Studio has a decent number of editing options as well, which can be used with the added effects or the original image. Read More

Instagrille For Pokki: A Compact, Elegant Instagram Viewer For Windows

These days, photo sharing seems to be the craze. The ability to instantly share photos with each other has been a major reason for the success of a number of applications and web services. However, the image sharing and hosting applications are not the only ones to share this success; a lot of apps for modifying and enhancing the images have also popped up on the scene. Instragram, recently acquired by Facebook, is one of the most famous apps available for capturing images with a mobile, applying different effect filters on them and sharing them with your friends and other people. Instagrille is, in essence, a desktop client for photo-sharing giant Instagram. It is an app for Pokki that provides users with a quick way to view their Instagram feeds directly from within Windows, without having to open a browser and navigate to an online viewer. For those who are yet unfamiliar with Pokki, it is (as explained in a previous article) an application built on the Chromium framework, which enables developers to build web applications that can be pinned and executed from the Windows taskbar. The application lets you sign in with your account and view popular Instagram images from all around the world, as well as those uploaded by you or your friends. The application supports both Grid and List views for feeds, and allows you to add photos to favorites and comment on them. More on the app after the break. Read More

645 PRO: Professional-Grade Camera App That Lets You Save Photos As Lossless JPEG & dRAW

iPhone camera apps are numerous, owing mostly to the awesome quality of photos that Apple’s hardware (the iPhone 4S, in particular) can offer. You can edit your photos, snap them in any way you want, but ultimately, it is the quality of the device's camera that has the most profound effect on the result. 645 PRO is a camera replacement app for iOS that brings the best out of the device's camera, producing results with quality that is on par with that of digital cams. It is, as the developer claims, the first app of its kind that allows you to capture dRAW (TIFF) and lossless JPEG images. Results aside, the interface itself provides the look and feel of a professional-grade camera, making the app an excellent substitute to the stock camera app for photography enthusiasts. Details regarding the apps many features after the break. Read More

Extragram Updated With New UI, Discovery Section & Full-Size Instagram Images [Web]

Last year when Instagram decided to open their API to third party developers, we came across a number of web apps that allowed users to finally interact with their instagram network outside their phones. One such web app that we covered was Extragram that provided users with a slick UI, some great design and intuitive navigation. Over time, Extragram has updated its interface with several new and improved features, making Instagram, which lacks its own web app, much easier to use even on a dekstop. Granted that you cannot still post photos, the service otherwise now offers you full-size images and a new way to comment on photos. You will be able to follow celebrities/brands, quickly view photo statistics and share individual photos on other social networks, without having to login to the website. Moreover, a Discovery tab has been added to the interface, which lets you explore unique and interesting images and Instagram users. You may also turn off public pages and browse photos with a visually more appealing interface. Read More

Photo Timeline Displays Your WP7 Photos On A Map & Calendar

Apparently, the term “timeline” is a favorite among everyone these days. There used to be just a Twitter timeline previously, until Facebook adopted the idea as well. To be honest, arranging your online life in a chronological order does give things a more ordered and neat look, and maybe that’s why the idea has caught on with considerable success. Photo Timeline is an app for Windows Phone 7 that brings essentially the same concept to a much more basic level. The app arranges all the photos in the camera roll of your WP7 device according to the time they were snapped on. In Photo Timeline, each active day has its own slot, with all its photos stacked against it. The app also has menus to let you view your photos on its calendar, or on a map integrated within the app. Read More

PicMonkey: Online Photo Editor With Skin Retouching, Customizable Filters & Blur Effects

Desktop image editors or online ones aren’t hard to find, but online image editors are usually limited in the number of features they offer. They usually allow you to perform only conventional functions like cloning a part of the image, cropping and resizing it, and adding frames or a few filters. PicMonkey is a web app that does all of this, and more. In addition to the wide range of filters it allows you to add to images, you can also edit the filters and change their intensity. The app has basic editing options, color effects, skin retouching effects, text and shape effects, frames and patterns that can be applied to an image. You can apply more than one effect at the same time as well. The app is in beta just now, and hence, all effects can be used for free. Once the beta is over, access to some effects will be restricted and will require you pay to use them. Read More

iPhone & iPad Photography App ‘Fotopedia National Parks’ Free For Earth Day

Fotopedia is a trusted and extensive source of photos shot (mostly in natural settings) by professional photographers. A few months ago, we reviewed Wild Friends, a Fotopedia iOS app that aggregates photos of wildlife taken by the pros. Now, with Earth Day just around the corner, Fotopedia has updated 9 of its apps for the retina display of the new iPad, including Fotopedia National Parks, which is available for free until Earth Day. If you haven’t already used the app, you are in for a (free) treat. The app contains masterpieces shot by famous photographer QT Luongin in 59 national parks all over the United States. These aren't just pleasing to the eyes, they serve as excellent wallpapers as well. Not only that, you can use the app to get information relevant to any national park in the country, and read interesting stories about them. Read More

InFrame Cut: Create Collages, Edit Individual Photos & Apply Filters [iOS]

We have covered many iOS apps that let users create collages out of their photos, but the genre is so popular among users that more and more good apps keep popping up in the App Store. This is what has compelled us to review InFrame Cut today (coupled with the fact that it recently went free for a limited time). The app’s best feature is its ease of use, and that it comes with an impressive array of photo effects which can be applied to each photo in the collage individually. There are some more nice features in the app as well, and you can find out everything about them by reading on. Read More

Kidfolio For iPhone: A Social Network For Parents & Scrapbook For Baby Photos

If you use Facebook, or any other social network for that matter, you must have noticed that people, in general, are fond of sharing and looking at photos of babies. Mostly, the people interested in such shares are themselves parents, so it seems like a reasonable idea to provide parents with a social network of their own, which is exactly the thing Kidfolio has done. This newly released iOS app acts both as a scrapbook for baby photos, and a social network where you can share said scrapbook with anyone you want. The app also provides its users with useful parenting tips, and a place where you can meet other parents to discuss your problems. An impressive Aviary-powered photo editor within the app provides all the essential editing and styling features that one may require. Read More

Photo Wall For iPhone: Collage Creator With Loads Of Backgrounds & Graffiti

Photo Wall is a simple app that specializes in just one thing, and that is creating collages out of your photos. This might not sound too remarkable, as the App Store is full to the brim with photo editors, many of which have built-in collage creators. The uniqueness of Photo Wall lies in the fact that it has a vast collection of collage backgrounds and graffiti, where the latter includes stickers, clip arts and stylized text fonts. The app has a few handy editing options as well that let users thoroughly tweak their images manually. More about these, and other features of the app, after the break. Read More

Create Your Own Photo Filters & Effects Using Snapster For iPhone

There were many popular photography apps that offered photo effects before Instagram, but the photo sharing network made photo editing so easy and mainstream that now anyone with an iOS device can make his or her photo look like a work of art. However, when you look closely, the number of camera filters available in Instagram aren’t a lot. There are other iPhone apps which have a lot more editing options, but even those can’t compete against Snapster, the app which not only has a pretty nice collection of filters, but also lets you define effects of your own. In addition to that, the app has an assortment of picture frames and textures which can be applied to any photo with a single touch. Read More

HoneyGram: Honeycomb & ICS Instagram Browser With A Built-In Collage Creator [Android]

The official Android client of popular photo editing and sharing app, Instagram, was released in the Google Play Store last week where it managed to amass a record 1 million downloads within just 24 hours of release. Clearly, an overwhelming response that has to be attributed to the app’s gorgeous retro filters, easy image sharing, and an extremely active community, all of which was initially available to iOS users only. If, however, you’re an avid Instagram fan looking for alternate ways of exploring all the network, then you must consider trying HoneyGram – a free Instagram explorer that sports several different ways to browse the network's public images and a built-in editor that allows you to create photo collages from your favorite Instagram albums. Read More

PhotoBox!: View, Batch Download/Upload & Untag Yourself From Facebook Photos [Android, iOS]

All the usual gripes of Android users regarding the annoyingly slow official Facebook app aside, the app is currently missing the option to un-tag yourself from any photo. Enter PhotoBox! – a comprehensive Facebook photos explorer for Android and iOS devices that claims to be the very first solution to the problem. Initially exclusive to the iTunes App Store, PhotoBox! for Android is now available in the Google Play Store. Using the app, you can browse through, like and comment on your Facebook photos uploaded by friends and pages that you've liked, upload and download photos in bulk, and apply filters to them. The app also lets you search across the network for photos by album or friend name. Read More

Shoot, View & Share Panoramic Photos With DMD Panorama For iPhone

Jailbroken iOS users get the awesome option of enabling the panorama mode within the stock Camera app in iPhone, iPad and iPod touch (as covered here). It is cool to be able to shoot photos in panorama mode without having to install any third-party app, but if you don’t have access to the Cydia store, you have to rely on apps to snap panoramas. There are many apps available in the App Store which let you do that, but DMD Panorama has a certain advantage over them, as not only is it a camera replacement app, but also has a network of its own, where you can discover beautiful panorama images and share them over your social network. The app has other really handy sharing options as well, and you can know all about them by reading on. Read More

Pixable: Browse Facebook Photos In iPhone-Like Interface [Chrome]

When we browse through our Facebook newsfeed, we come across a massive collection of all kinds of photos, uploaded by our friends and family. To see all these images we need a lot of time, and with all the effort, it is still possible that we might miss out on the ones that actually matter to us. This is where Pixable, a Chrome extension, comes in handy. This smart tool organizes photos in a gorgeous way and lets you see all of them in one slick pop-up. The extension is fully customizable, and after you’ve connected your Facebook account with Pixable, it instantly pulls photos from Facebook feed and creates a photo stream that you can view right in the pop-up. Additionally, Pixable ranks and sorts your friends’ photos based on popularity and your connections, giving you a more personal viewing experience. With it, you can flip through feeds like New Cover Photos, My Likes & Comments, Top of the Day, New Profile Pics, Most Recent Photos and others. The extension makes sure that you enjoy your friends' photos by following them, and receive notifications when they upload or when they are tagged in photos. Read More

Photo Enhancer: Hide Photos In Any iOS Album & Reorder Camera Roll [Cydia]

Apple maintains a pretty tight control over almost all areas of iOS, specially if you don’t have access to the Cydia store. One thing which has always bugged a lot of users about iPhone is the way it handles photos. In very old versions of iOS, it was not even possible to delete albums without using iTunes, and then there were all those Photo Stream horror stories. When you look closely, however, it is evident that the problems encountered by the Photos app in iPhone, iPad and iPod touch can be resolved with only a few minor changes, and those changes are just the thing Photo Enhancer brings to jailbroken iDevices. Using this fresh tweak, you will be able to do two things; first, Photo Enhancer gives users complete control over the way albums appear in the stock Photos app, and you can even change the position of Camera Roll. The second, and more important feature the tweak brings to the Photos app, is the Hide button, which will let you hide all the photos in all the albums. Read More

PlayGram: Browse Personal, Popular & Nearby Instagram Photos On Android

With its registration phase already underway, the official Android variant of the popular photo editing and sharing iOS app, Instagram, seems to be inching closer to being released in the Google Play Store. We still have no final word on the release date, however, what we do have in the Google Play Store is PlayGram – a comprehensive Instagram photo explorer for Android. Using the app, you can log in to your personal Instagram account to view your Instagram followers' and your own recent uploads and activities on the network. The app provides separate sections for viewing public photos uploaded to Instagram from near your location (much like the iOS app InstaBAM) and popular public photos from all across the globe, lets you browse photos by tags, like and comment on photos or share them over the web. Read More

30 Day Challenge: Vote On & Share Photos Based On A Daily Topic [WP7]

Photo sharing is not a new concept by any means, even for a relatively-infant platform like Windows Phone 7, so it is always nice to see apps which bring something new to this rather crowded genre. 30 Day Challenge is one such app, which brings an amazingly new flavor to photo sharing. Much like writer’s block, we all tend to ignore the cameras in our smartphones for long stretches of time, undecided which photo you want to snap and share. This app provides a solution for that, and presents users with an exclusive topic each day, requiring you to post photos related to that topic. Other people using 30 Day Challenge get three votes daily, and the photo with most votes ends up featured for all to see. Read More

Flickr my Wallpaper: Android Live Wallpaper That Cycles Between Random Flickr Images [Android]

Flickr is a great online photo sharing platform with thousands of high quality images uploaded by both casual users and professional photographers from all over the world. If you start browsing the extensive photo repository of the service, you’d probably find plenty of images good enough to be used as your computer or mobile device’s wallpaper. Well, if you own an Android device, you can actually automate the process of setting Flickr images as wallpapers with the brand new live wallpaper called Flickr my Wallpaper. The app saves you from the hassle of manually downloading your favorite images one-by-one from Flickr to set them as your device’s wallpaper. It automatically fetches random Flickr images after regular intervals of time and sets them as your home screen background. That’s not all; you can specify a photo tag to have the live wallpaper display relevant Flickr photos. Flickr my Wallpaper is an ideal solution for all those Android users who are greatly impressed by the quality and variety of photos that Flickr has to offer. Read More

Flickr Earth: Explore, Save & Share Geo-Tagged Flickr Photos [Android]

The insanely popular and one of the most feverishly accessed photo sharing web services, Flickr by Yahoo!, needs no long introduction. Apart from the official Android client of the service, you are likely to bump into numerous third-party Flickr clients in the Google Play Store, each boasting some additional features of its own, like the previously reviewed Fixplorer. Adding to this list of rather useful but unofficial Flickr clients for Android is XDA member, yunusual’s Flickr Earth – a free app that lets users explore, download and share geo-tagged photos from the Flickr service via their Android devices. Using the app, you can start exploring all the photos shared on Flickr from your current location or from any particular region of the world. In this regard, you can navigate anywhere on map to find interesting photos from Flickr, browse the service’s extensive photo repository by region/continent/country, search for Flickr photos by tags, enjoy high quality photos in full-screen, and explore detailed information pertaining to each shared photo on the go. Read More