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Looking for photo apps for your mobile device? Here are the best as determined by thousands of users across seven continents.
Instagram was founded by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. The two graduated from Stanford University where Kevin majored in Management Science & Engineering and Mike studied Symbolic Systems with a focus in Human-Computer Interaction. After working with companies such as Google and Twitter Kevin decided to do his own thing. Teaming up with Mike who was a software developer for Meebo they both created the number iTunes photo app as determined by users.
Instagram lets you take photos in an instant and share them in seconds with your friends on the Instagram network. Once shared your friends will see you are connected and send you a ping back which is equivalent to a “like”.
Pros: Shares photos instantly with friends and family. Send messages and ping back. Very sociable.
Cons: Not very good photo taking technology. Makes photos look a bit old.
Snapseed was created by Nik Software. The app was launched on the Apple iPad in June 2011 and is now integrated with Google. Founded in 2005 by Nils Kokemohr of Germany, the company later went on to design several apps before Snapseed. In 2005 they aligned themselves to Nikon Corporation in Japan and together presented a photo app which caught many people’s attention including Google.
Some of the features in Snapseed include photo adjust (grunge, black and white, vintage), image crop, tilt, sharpen, focus and a lot more.
Pros: Does not diminish the quality with multiple edits. Shares seamlessly to your favorite social network.
Cons: Google shows a large Google+ icon on your photo on the main screen.
3. Adobe Photoshop Express
Adobe Photoshop Express is just one of the many products designed by Adobe. This innovative company was founded in December 1982 by Charles Geschke and John Warnock and now employs over 11,000 people worldwide.
Photoshop express app functions similarly to both the online and personal versions. You have enhanced editing features plus sharing via email, Twitter, Facebook or other social networks. Take continuous photos anytime including nighttime. Timer allows you to set photo frame for your own portrait while auto review lest you see the photo before it snaps.
Pros: Adjust photos in real time. Use edit in full screen instead of thumbnail. The app is absolutely free.
Cons: Not compatible will all mobile devices. Could use more editing features. You must pay for noise reduction feature.
4. Picture Effects Magic
The Picture Effects Magic was developed by Lodestar Corporation, a company which specialized in software solutions specifically for gas and electricity companies. It was announced on April 24, 2007 that Lodestar was acquired by Oracle. Oracle is now responsible for the products previously developed by Lodestar including Picture Effects Magic which is one of the best photo apps on the market.
This app edits your photos whether they have been taken before the install or not. Photo effects include sepia, oil painting, black and white, swirl, rainbow, comic, sketch and wave. Other features include color adjust (RGB, HSL ,HSV ,YUV ,CMYK Color mode), social sharing, full screen and pixel view.
Pros: Many special effects and filters. Real-time preview of all effects. Take a photo instantly or edit one you already have.
Cons: Menus not easy to follow. Frequent pop-up which can be a bit annoying.
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5. Dash of Color – Free
As the name suggests, Dash of Color FREE, is a free photo app which you can download for your mobile device. You can get this app on iTunes and on Free The Apps. This app not only lets you edit your photos but gives an extra boost to color. Let your eye color stand out against a black and white background giving contrast. Undo up to the first edit, paint, erase, zoom, save to gallery, share with the public, email, tweet and Facebook share.
This very fun and easy to use app was designed by Thinking Drones LLC, Free The Apps developers. The company is managed by Quoc Bui, Richard Lee and Michael Moon, but registered under the name Philip Chang. Thinking Drones is a little over four years old.
Pros: Edit any photo like a professional. Adds extra color for contrast. Easy to use features.
Cons: Can detect user location and may send when you share.
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