Paint FX: Written Android App Review
As a photographer, one of the things I love the most about my Nexus 7 is the ability to edit photos on the go. Lugging around a huge laptop is tedious beyond words, and there are some pretty cool apps out there that let you spiff up your photos in ways you never imagined.
Concept and Functionality:
One of the first things I look at in a photo editing app is how easy it is to learn and use. The last thing you want is an app that demands a wealth of knowledge before you can use it. Paint FX includes a handy tutorial that guides you around the app when you open it for the first time. While I wouldn’t say it touches on every detail, it does help you get a feel for how the app works.
To start, you can choose to experiment on the included photo of London’s Big Ben or upload your own photo from your device’s gallery, Dropbox, or Facebook. Feeling lost? There’s an “Ideas” button which takes you directly to Paint FX’s Facebook page, where there are plenty of inspirational posts.
To edit photos, all you have to do is choose from the impressive selection of filters and effects. You can either apply these effects to your photos using your finger, or you can apply it to the entire photo at once. If you decide to use the touch method, there’s even the ability to change the brush size, along with other characteristics.
For users who are looking for utmost perfection, you can zoom in and out of your photo. This definitely helps with getting your photo “just right”, and it adds an extra level of control over editing. You can also add layers to your photos, allowing you to combine different effects and filters for ultimate creativity.
If you happen to make a mistake, all isn’t lost! There’s are handy undo/redo buttons which will quickly revert your last edits. Lastly, it’s extremely easy to share your finished photos with the rest of the world. You can save your masterpiece to your photo album, post it to Facebook, or send it to someone via email.
The sheer number of available filters and effects is truly impressive, definitely rivaling anything I’ve seen on other Android photo editing apps. This reason alone makes Paint FX a viable option for anyone who is looking for a capable photo app.
The only thing that really bothers me about Paint FX is the fact that the menu bars disappear when you start editing your photo. As someone who likes to work quickly once I know what I want to do, I found myself becoming increasingly frustrated with having to tap the top of the screen and wait for the menu to reappear. I can see how this would be helpful for devices with smaller screens, but tablets like my Nexus 7 have enough screen real estate to keep the menus visible.
Seeing as Paint FX is also available on iOS devices, I decided to download the free version on my iPhone 4 just for the sake of curiosity. I was surprised to find that the iPhone version has a couple of useful features which the Android version is missing. I won’t go into great detail, but I will say that I do hope the developers will include the same features on the Android version of Paint FX.
While the $1.99 Android version of Paint FX is still in its infancy, I believe it can definitely use some improvements. I would wait for an update which adds cool iOS features (such as masking, Flickr importing, and sharing services). It’s still a decent photo app, though, and hopefully it’ll become just as successful and popular as the iOS version.
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