Pictures Lab

Pictures Lab is a Windows Phone editor that offers a wide selection of editing tools such as effects filters, cropping tools, and exposure adjustments. The photography app is available for both Windows Phone 7.x and 8 devices and the Windows Phone 8 version was recently updated.

The version 5.4 brings Instagram sharing via our Instagraph Windows Phone app along with fixes for a few issues with the native Twitter integration and other minor bugs.

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We mentioned Microsoft's new Red Stripe Deal promotion earlier this month. It's not a special on Jamaican Beer but rather weekly discounts on Windows Phone apps and games. Every week Microsoft will highlight certain apps at a discounted price and you can pick them out of a crowd by the red stripe that surrounds their icon.

This week's deals includes the Xbox Live game Tiki Towers, the independent game Doodle Devil and the photography app Pictures Lab. All three Windows Phone apps have had their prices discounted from $2.99 to $.99.

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One of the first and the best photo editing apps for Windows Phone, Pictures Lab, is getting ready to be updated to version 5.0 to better support the latest version of the mobile operating system.

The developers have been consistent in delivering updates since its release and with the latest incarnation we grab some performance improvements and support for all the Windows Phone 8 screen resolutions. Read on past the break for more details on this impending update!

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Pictures Lab is a very nice photo editing app for your Windows Phone. The app offers a wide selection of editing tools that includes filters, borders, exposure adjustments and more. The app is in the top five photography apps on the Marketplace and has recently had it's price cropped. The original $1.99 price tag on Pictures Lab is dropped to $.99 making the app a steal of a deal.

Pictures Lab has Facebook and Twitter integration to make social sharing of your photos easier. Settings allow you to set the image quality on images you share and save. Plus you can add an artist name (e.g. copyright) to the image's EXIF file. plus you can set the image quality in the app's settings.

If you're not sure about Pictures Hub, there is a free trial version available to let you try before you buy. The full version is running $.99 and you can find Pictures Lab here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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Pictures Lab has been updated to version 4.0, two months after hitting 3.0 with the Mango refresh. Much like Thumba Photo Editor, Pictures Lab is a must have for those who wish to edit photos on-the-fly. Features including Pictures Hub integration and direct camera access make the app extremely useful with the introduction of more APIs in Windows Phone 7.5. Now, in 4.0 we have two new festive effects that can be applied to photos and a handful of translations for foreign markets. A full run through:

  • Added the "add another effect" functionality which allows to stack effects and borders on top of each other and therefore combine multiple effects.
  • Added two Christmas borders and one for New Year
  • Added Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian translations.
  • Fixed issues with Bulge and Tilt Shift effect.
  • Other minor bug fixes and many little tweaks.

You can download Pictures Lab from the Marketplace for $0.99 (£0.79).

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Pictures Lab is one of the top photo editors for a reason on Windows Phone. It's also one of the oldest, now coming up on its first birthday. As a celebration of that milestone and for hitting v3.2 in the last 24 hours, the app is on sale for $0.99, down from its original $1.99. The app went all Mango on us with v3.0 and you can see it in action here.

If that seems like a good deal or you just want to try the trial, head here to the Marketplace.

via @rschu

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Busy weekend for developers as they've been pushing out update after update lately--see Flickr, Lindy Comics and Mixtapes. A few more have slipped by and we figured we'd quickly run through 'em in case you were curious. Check out the video for a  fast run through of the apps in action.

  • GChat hit v1.2, bringing it with it some bug fixes and more importantly, contact picture support (for non-mobile contacts). The app looks a little nicer now with photos of your contacts, especially when you pin them to the start screen. The app is free and open source, which is pretty awesome, though we still find IM+ more reliable for now. Grab it here in the Marketplace.
  • 4th & Mayor jumped to v2.9 bringing with it rudimentary support for notifications--the structure is there but they're not working, yet. A few other bug fixes on board too and while the app is still not Mango-ready yet, it looks to be getting there. And it's still way faster than the official Foursquare app. Pick up the update here in the web Marketplace.
  • Forecast went to v2.0, getting a Mango make-over. The app now supports double-side Live Tiles, multiple live tiles for locations and of course fast-app resume. In addition, the app has some new features and customizations that we really dig. The app is free (ad-supported) or $1.99 for no ads. Overall a solid update for a solid weather program. Grab the update here in the web Marketplace.
  • Slacker Radio is finally Mango-ready for the masses. Bringing with it background-audio support and fast-app resume, the popular music streaming service (and nice alternative to Pandora) feels much more native to Windows Phone now that it can run in the background. In addition, you can pin individual stations to your start screen for quick access. Grab the update here in the web Marketplace.
  • Finally Pictures Lab, like Thumba, has received a Mango update. Now at v3.0, the popular photo editing app now supports direct-camera access, including touch-focus and gyroscope support for image stabilization. That custom camera app is also pinnable to the Start screen for quick access. In addition, you get fast-app switching, performance improvements and Pictures Hub integration returns. Grab the update here in the web Marketplace.

Thanks to all who sent in tips!

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Pictures Lab is headed to Windows Phone 7. Developed by Shulte Software Development, Pictures Lab is a photo effect editor. It allows you to manipulate, adjust and add special effects to your photos.

The feature list includes:

  • Twenty-one advanced effects including; Seven different vintage and hipster-like effects, Tilt shift, Lomo, Soften, Auto Adjust, Sharpen, Comic, Bulge, B&W Conversion, Sepia, Saturate, Edge Detection, Night Vision, Negative filter and Bitmap.
  • Editable effect parameters with ready to use default values.
  • Multi-touch manipulation for certain effects.
  • Images can be saved at full resolution to allow printing straight from your Windows Phone.
  • Supports landscape and portrait orientation.
  • Trial version includes complete functionality with only the save feature disabled.

Pictures Lab is available over at the Marketplace for $1.99. After the break, catch a video demo of this interesting photo effect application.

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