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apply: levels, brightness, contrast, exposure, and
color saturation. After selecting the adjustment
you want, you can use sliders to edit the picture
Of course, if you’re looking for novelty, PicSay
Pro doesn’t disappoint. We snapped a photo of our
friend’s face and went wild with goofy swirls, bulges,
and silly captions. We could even apply the effects
on particular areas of the photo using the app’s
masking mode. One thing we didn’t like, however,
was the app’s rather clunky tools for editing text.
When you’re done with your adjustments, you can
export images via Bluetooth, email, or Picasa.
PicSay Pro is both a capable editing tool and
a fun way to jazz up your otherwise ordinary
pictures Lab (Windows phone 7) $2.99
Pictures Lab gives
fans a slick and
feature-rich app for
taking and tweaking
photos. It includes
and offers fast per-
You can choose
from 29 effects,
including black and
white, sepia, HDR,
and lomo. Currently,
there are 13 border options, such as film, grunge,
burnt, and Christmas. We appreciated how the app
let us preview these borders and effects via a handy
thumbnail view. And as with most photo apps, you
get integration with Facebook and Twitter.
Unfortunately, the app doesn’t offer some fea-
tures available with more-powerful image editors
on other platforms. Pictures Lab doesn’t support
layers, curves, and masking, for instance. We also
didn’t like the app’s home screen, which opened
a How to Use page every time we started the app
(and it couldn’t be set to bypass).
However, Pictures Lab does put more than 300
different photo tweaks at your fingertips. Even better,
phones running Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) get
features such as face detection, autofocus, steady
mode, and more, when snapping photos.
If Windows Phone is your smartphone OS of
choice, make sure you have the best photo app
on the platform—Pictures Lab—as part of your
postagram (android, iOS) $0.99 per
Suffering from platform envy because of the iOS-only
Cards app, or just looking for a cheaper option?
Postagram is your alternative, letting you send
real-life versions of your digital pics as postcards
anywhere in the
a picture from
pose a short
note; and enter
mailing address. The image is printed out on thick,
glossy photo paper at 300 dpi resolution, and pops
out of the card as a 3 x 3-inch print.
Unfortunately, you’re limited to sending square-
shaped photos, which you have to crop yourself
within the app. But Postagram is still a fun and
easy way to give that run-of-the-mill postcard a
more personal touch.
Each Postagram costs only 99 cents to send,
which is cheaper than the built-in Cards app baked
into iOS 5. (It’s $2.99 for domestic delivery and
$4.99 for international delivery with Apple.) Even
better, this completely free app is available for
both iOS and Android phones.
Timelapse pro (iOS)
You’ve seen neat timelapses of flowers blooming
and a butterfly emerging from a cocoon—all in
slow motion, showing each detailed frame. You’ve
also probably dismissed them as showpieces that
only folks with pro equipment can create. But
Timelapse Pro, an iOS app, lets you create similar
videos with your iPhone’s camera.
All we had to do was create a new project and
select Add Images. We set the amount of time between
shots and the number of pictures we wanted to take.
Then we waited patiently as Timelapse Pro put it
all together for
us. We like that
the app can lock
so we didn’t
have any ac-
leaks in our
video. The app
alsolet us select
songs from our
iPod library as
music, and we
could apply a video effect from one of the in-app
A convenient sharing tab revealed that we
could quickly upload our videos to DailyMotion,
Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, or simply email
our completed timelapse.
But be forewarned: Timelapses take a lot of time,
so your iPhone may run out of juice before your
project is complete. In our experience, system alerts
(20% Battery Remaining) stopped the timelapse
from filming. We realized that it was best to rig our
phone with an external battery before starting to
You don’t need to be a cinephile with an expen-
sive camera to create an enviable timelapse of the
sunset from your window. Just use this $2 app.
360 panorama (android, iOS) $0.99
Ever wish you
could beam a
friend over to
see a stun-
ning vista that
you just can’t
capture in a
lets you share
in a fully
photo of that
twinkling city skyline, august mountainside view,
or roaring sports stadium.
All we had to do was stand in one spot and
sweep our phone around. The app automagically
stitched together a panoramic view and created
one connected image—no tripod needed. You’re
also able to choose from two modes after you’ve
taken the picture: 360 View and Stereographic. 360
lets you tap on a spherical icon in the bottom-left
corner to activate your device’s gyroscope, then
you simply wave your phone around to look at the
view. Stereographic laid out the panoramic image
on a plane with a globe-like effect.
We liked that the app is social network-friendly.
We could upload our images to Facebook and
Twitter directly with a few quick taps. However,
we noticed that the app had some difficulty pro-
cessing pictures of a scene where the ends met
in precise lines—we don’t recommend this app
for your bedroom or the office, unless you have
inhumanly steady hands.
While there’s some room for improvement, 360
Panorama works as advertised. Capturing sweeping
views with this app is simple and fun.
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