Despite having some of the best cameras, Windows Phone devices have always been plagued by the lack of good photography apps to go with the hardware. While the official Instagram or even 500px apps might not have arrived for WP8 just yet, the WP Store now has some really good third-party clients for such services. Shoopix is a 500px client that is just about perfect for casual users of the photography website. The app lets you browse through the most popular sections of 500px in a really neat interface, and even lets you download photos to your camera roll. In addition to all this, if you like the dynamic lock screen feature of Windows Phone 8, Shoopix just might prove to be the app that you have always been looking for.
It is not necessary (or even possible) to sign in to your 500px account in order to use Shoopix. The app is ready to go as soon as you launch it. The bar at the top of the screen lets you change the feed that is loaded by Shoopix, with ‘popular’, ‘upcoming’, ‘editor’s choice’ and ‘fresh’ as the available options. You can also search for images pertaining to a particular keyword. When it comes to viewing images, simply swipe across an image to view the adjacent photo, or tap the thumbnails shown in the strip at the bottom of the screen.
The info icon in the bottom-right corner of a photo takes you its dedicated page. From there, it is possible to view the associated stats and user feedback for the image. The options to share or download a picture are presented in this menu as well.
Shoopix comes with live tile support. You can configure the app to display photos from any feed by heading to the settings menu. The same screen houses the option for selecting the feed you want to set up as the source of your dynamic lock screen.
Shoopix is a free app, and comes with a very nice interface. The images are in full quality, and the downloads proceed quite smoothly. It s possible to zoom into photos by double-tapping the screen – a feature rarely found in other 500px apps for Windows Phone. As you might have guessed from the dynamic lock screen feature, Shoopix is available only for WP8 users, who can grab it by heading to the following link.