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Museums can offer up the history of the world underneath a simple glass showcase, but the issue arises when we remind ourselves that museums are fixed structures in the real world (you know, that thing outside your house). Luckily thanks to the internet and an application by Samantika LLC., you can know explore objects and collections from around the world from your favorite soft and fluffy couch with a Windows 8 PC.

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One of the advantages the touchscreen on our Microsoft Surface or other Windows 8 device is the artist uses it presents. You can basically turn your Windows 8 touchscreen into an art canvass.

The Sensu Brush is a tool that can help you draw with not only a stylus point but also mimic brush strokes. It's not your run of the mill Windows 8 accessory but it can come in handy if you like dabbling with art/sketch apps.

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One of our favorite "visual" apps for Windows Phone has been Roguecode's Ffffound, which pulls down the image feed from the site of the same name (ffffound.com). And much like his other apps, Ffffound does it with minimalism and flare making it one of the most eye catching creations around.   The app has now been updated for Windows Phone 8 and includes one of the useful functions for such a visually focused app: lockscreen support. Starting with version 1.4, users can now set the lockscreen to auto-update with either the latest Ffffound item or cycle through their Favorites. Either option is great and so far, we're really enjoying the look.  

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If you fancy drawing or just like to doodle out of boredom, Didlr is a fun and fairly simple, easy to use app that will appeal to you. Similar to Draw Something - minus the game aspect and frustration – once you publish your didl, it’ll appear on the stream where the rest of the Didlr community can replay your masterpiece, step by step.

Of course, you can always tap through to the finished product if you don’t want to sit through someone drawing a ridiculously detailed Batman for 15 minutes. 

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deviantART is a popular photography/art website and the deviantART app brings it all to your Windows Phone. It not only pulls in the 240 million plus photos and pieces of art from deviantART but also allow you manage your deviantART inbox, favorites, gallery and other deviantART account features from your Windows Phone.

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Windows Phone App Review: Tola

deviantART is a website dedicated to entertain, inspire, and empower the artist in all of us. Tola is a Windows Phone app that taps into all that artistic greatness and delivers it to your Windows Phone.

While not an "official" deviantART app, Tola is a nice app to surf around the photography and paintings that deviantART has to offer. You can browse through the various categories of art or take a gander at the daily Deviations which is a random collection of pieces from deviantART.

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We're always a fan of augmented reality apps even if we don't have a specific use for them. Augmented Colors by SimzzDev fits in that category as we're not designers or artists by any stretch. Still, that didn't prevent us from recognizing just how cool this is.

In short, the app uses your Windows Phone camera to dynamically label colors in the world by using their RGB values and HTML color codes (e.g. #FF0000 for red). When you find a color you like, you simply tap the on-screen color bar to "lock it" in. The app then hops to the share screen where you can post that color code to Twitter/Facebook/Live, email/SMS or pin-to-start for saving for later. You can even create solid wallpapers for your Lock screen based off the color for some added function.

We could see painters and graphic designers making great use of this app or even if you're just repainting a room and you're looking for that exact color for the paint store. The app works exceptionably well for what it is meant to do and for $0.99, we think it's a bargain. There's also a free-trial where you can test out the AR part (you just can't share results), so no reason to not give it a spin.

Pick up Augmented Colors here in the Marketplace.

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We like art, photography and images just like a lot of you. And sometimes we just want to find a photo on the internet. So we're pleased to present two great apps that we figure you'll want to know about:

Das Image - This app has been out for awhile already and it's garnered  4.5 stars out of nearly 500 reviews. There's a reason for that: the app is buttery smooth, has a gorgeous layout, allows you to save images and search to your heart's content. The app is very Bing-centered but also brings down Flickr, 500PX and other sites with just a tap. In addition it has predefined categories to help you get your browse-on.

The best part? This app is completely free and has zero ads. So why is it not on your phone already? Go get it here in the Marketplace.

Designspire - This app is also not new but it did just go to v2.0 with Mango features.  More importantly, it was completely re-written giving this app a much needed fresh start. This app is great for graphic designers our there, those who love imagery, art or just like to look at cool stuff. The app is very Metro, based on the Start screen design and features an intuitive and unique layout.

The app pulls images and articles from some of the top sites out there including Adaptive Path, Core 77, Cool Hunting , Colour Lovers, Design Critique, Frog Design’s blog, Design Shack, Dexigner, Design Observer, FFFFound, Ideo, IXDA and more. All of those sources are also pinnable which is a nice touch. Designspire goes for a modest $1.29 with a free trial and we're more than pleased with it. You can pick it up here in the Marketplace.

Overall, two outstanding apps in the Marketplace that will sure to keep your eyes and senses busy. QR codes after the break...

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