Since I’m using a BlackBerry phone (9780 to be exact), I thought I should make it a habit to blog short reviews regarding the phone. You see, a smartphone such as a BlackBerry is an ever evolving phone because of it’s ability to add and update software and applications.
As you know, some apps need to be purchased and others are trial versions which will expire in its given time. The reviews written by other BB users via app world are not too convincing in my opinion therefore, I shall give my honest and unbiased review as well as do my best to provide samples on the apps I use.
That’s it for the introduction.
In this blog post, I’m going to introduce you to 2 photo editor applications for your BlackBerry: a FREE app and a PAID app.
We’ll begin with the free app, PIX TRIX by Inline Marmalade ltd. ↓
↑ Image in its raw state
PixTrix is a simple app that enables you to apply photographic filters on your photos as well as adjusting the Hue/Saturation and Brightness/Contrast. The app is very user-friendly and takes up as little as 507KB of your memory space.
There are as many as 12 filters to enhance your photos, most of which are yellowish and vintage-like. There is no Black and White effect however half-sepia is available.
You can save the edited photos in 4 sizes:
- Original size of the photo
- 1000 x 750 pixels
- 720 x 540 pixels
- 479 x 360 pixels
In addition, you can connect your PixTrix to your Facebook and you will be able to upload your edited photos to your Facebook right away.
↑ Afterimage: Rose Tint effect
PhotoEditor by Pepper.pk has a Free Trial version and a Paid Version. You can test drive the Free Trial version by downloading from here. But if you are wondering whether the full version is worth your *US$1.99 (RM3.15), then please allow me to give you an insight on this paid app.
The free trial version (on version 1.0.1, 1410KB) is rather simple and has very basic functions; Crop, Add Brightness/Contrast, Resize and Rotate. These functions may be sufficient to some users.
However, the Paid Version (file size of 853KB) offers much more.
↑ Image in its raw state
You have the standard Editing tools here; Rotate, Resize, Crop and Brightness/Contrast.
The Resize image resolutions (in pixels) available are:
- Large → 1024 x 768
- Medium → 818 x 614
- Small → 614 x 460
- Tiny → 408 x 306
Photo Editor 2.0.0 allows you to customize your photos much more than 1.0.1 does.
You have 3 different filters as shown above. ↑
↑ Pop filter
Plus, you get to adjust the RGB of your photos in any shades you like.
There’s a Paint mode whereby you can fill in certain parts with a paint color, add shapes and draw lines.
↑ Available shapes. (Why no heart shape!?)
↑ Available colors on your Palette.
You can also add Frames to your photos. On the top right indicates the color that you have chosen in your Palette for your brush, pen and text mode.
Brush and Pen mode is a bit difficult to use for Bold users. I think those are more appropriate for Torch users as they have touch screen features which makes doodling easier for them.
Then there is the Text mode.
The size and font is according to your phone setting. If you’re using size 6 BBJapanese, then your text will be that.
All in all, I’d say these 2 photo editing apps are my favorite. I have not tried other photo apps simply because — I don’t need to. These 2 are good enough for me.
When I first got PhotoEditor version 1.0.1, I had to purchase it at US$1.99. And on updating to version 2, I read that I have to pay another fee of US$1.99 for the application. I took the chance and luckily, it is worth while. I’m given more features and capabilities over my photos.
So that said, do expect a price tag each time PhotoEditor prompts you for an update. You however, DO NOT have to oblige to update your app version if you are satisfied with the way it is.
PixTrix on the other hand, is cool to have especially if you are a fan of vintage and dreamy image feeling.
Both apps run quite smoothly. The speed is rather average and it takes less than half a minute to load and process, depending on the resolution of the image. The smaller the resolution, the faster it processes.
At the moment, this is my report on PixTrix and PhotoEditor!
Thank you for taking your time to read this!
I hope this helps you decide on choosing which photo app to go for~!
* Currently, there’s a 70% discount on PhotoEditor. Not sure how long this promotion will last and how much is the full price in time to come.