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Photo Editor - Review

There are a handful of photo editor apps for your Windows Phone. They range from the basic to the artistic to the full editing packages. We turn our sites on Photo Editor to see how it measures up against the other options available in the Marketplace.

Photo Editor has a nice selection of editing tools ranging from cropping to filters to adding clip art to your images. The interface is nice and Photo Editor does have Facebook integration to allow you to share your photos.

To see how well Photo Editor hits the mark, slide on past the break.

App Layout

When you first launch Photo Editor, you are given the option to edit an existing photo from your photo gallery or launch the camera to capture a new photo to edit.

From there your photo is sent to the editing screens. Along the top of the editing view you'll find a listing of editing processes and below are button controls for each.

The processes include:

  • Edit: crop, re-size, flip/rotate, adjust colors
  • Effects: filters, brightness, red-eye, adjust hue
  • Paint: add lines, shapes, fill colors, and text
  • Doodle: doodle (free draw), frame your picture, add clip art images to your photo, add greetings

When you move to apply each process an Accept and Cancel button will appear to apply or reject your edits.

From the three-dot menu, that runs consistent throughout the app, you can save the image, undo the last edit process, and share the image via Facebook.

Performance

The tool set for Photo Editor falls into the mid-range of the photo editing apps for your Windows Phone. The collection of editing processes are nice but the most noticeable hang-up with Photo Editor is the interface.

While the listing of the processes should be swipeable, more times than not I had to double tap each category to move around the app. In the Doodle and Paint categories, there is a colored dot just below the image where you can select the color of your text, lines or fill. I'm guessing in tapping the dot you should pull up a color palette. I'm guessing because the dot was non-responsive to the touch.

The only way I could find to change the color was to use the Fill Button from the Paint Category. When you tap the Fill Button, you'll get the palette. The color palette needs to be universally available.

While the tools are nice because of the difficulty in maneuvering around Photo Editor and manipulating the tools, performance was sub-par.

Overall Impressions

Photo Editor has potential but as long as the interface is buggy, I'd look at CleverPhoto as an alternative. If the developers can improve the interface, things may be different.

Photo Editor isn't a bad app, it just felt more like a work in progress than a finished product. There is a trial version available and the full version of Photo Editor is running $.99. I'd give the trial a shot first.

You can find Photo Editor here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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Comments

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danielgr says:

Hope you don't take it bad, but next time you want to review an app publicly I think you should spend some time to learn how to use it before...1) From the video you took it seems to me you can easily swap through editing options by sliding over the photo. I really don't understand why do you insist in doing it over the text menus up there... All WP7 interfaces work by swiping from the main screen area, never over the top texts...2) Obviously the app interface is made so that you have to apply changes on something you write before being able to change the colour. They could sure do better, but I don't think it's such a short-coming, nor a bug.Again, looking at your review it seems this was the second time you used the app...

Daniel...I produced the same results swiping over the picture as I did by swiping over the text menu of processes. And not all WP7 interfaces work by swiping from the main screen area. From the Weather Channel App to Thumba to Activity Roulette all navigate by swiping the top texts.

Jazmac says:

Agree with George on this point big time. I downloaded the trial and the same thing happens for me on my HTC Arrive. It will scroll using the text for a few swipes until it decides to no longer do it. It's buggy, unfinished and should be pulled from the market. The only place I disagree with George is the 4 rating. It deserves no more than a 2.

suoko says:

dId you try fantasia painter free?And what about a touch retouch app, did anyone find a similar app for wp7?