Fhotoroom: Windows App Review

There a plenty of photo editing options available for your Windows Phone. One such option is Fhotoroom. Fhotoroom is a nicely featured photo editor that has recently migrated from our Windows Phone Store to the Windows Store on your Microsoft Surface and Windows 8 PC.

We took the Windows RT version of Fhotoroom out for a test drive recently and found Fhotoroom to be a capable photo editor with potential but with some room for improvement.

Fhotoroom delivers over seventy six editing tools to Windows RT that covers your basic editing operations (crop, rotate, exposure, etc.), a wide range of filters/effects, and a collection of framing options.

Images can be pulled up from your Pictures Library on your device or from your Skydrive. Editing tools line up across the bottom of the screen with your image taking center stage.

Editing tools include crop, exposure, saturation, image rotate, sharpen, flip, mirror, black and white conversion and an edit brush. The edit brush allows you to selective apply effects such as brightness, darken areas, saturation, and softness.

Fhotoroom includes forty-two filters and effects ranging from light leaks to haze. The downside to the filters and effects with Fhotoroom is that while you have a nice selection, they can only be applied in one fashion. Fhotoroom lacks the ability to moderate how the filter is applied. You can stack filters but if you only want to apply the Hazelnut filter 50% you can't.

Along with the filters and effects, you can add one of twenty two frames that includes Polaroid, line, film, and grunge frames. Once you complete your edits, images are saved to your devices Pictures Library in either .jpg or .png formats.

Fhotoroom isn't too shabby of a photo editor for the Microsoft Surface. You have a nice collection of filters/effects and core editing tools to give your photos a little zip. While Fhotoroom has potential, I think it needs to improvements.

First, it needs the ability to regulate how much of a filter you apply. You may only want to apply a slight amount of Haze or a lot. Second, and this one is a must, there is no way to zoom into your image. Having the ability to zoom into an area of your photo helps tremendously when you're using the editing brush. You can adjust the size of the brush's area but for those tricky edits, be able to zoom in can be the difference between a great photo and a decent one.

While there is room for improvement, Fhotoroom is worth a try. The nice thing about it is that Fhotoroom is a free app for your Windows RT and Windows 8 devices. There is a full version of Fhotoroom without ads and with a few more filters/effects that is running $1.49 and is purchased from within the free version. You can find it all in your (opens in new tab) Windows Store app.

QR: Fhotoroom for Windows 8

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • There's no upload share option like windows phone. That's the best part which is missing from windows rt version.
  • I don't have a Windows 8 device, but isn't shareing something from the charms menu? Can you not go to your saved photo in the photo hub and share to other services from the charms bar there?
  • I've always used this app as the windows phone version of Instagram. The community is pretty decent with creative pics
  • Shouldn't this be free for those who already purchased it on wp ? Sounds stupid to say but we should at least get a discount or something since we technically already have a license on wp.
  • I agree.. Write to the developer!
  • it is $1.49? and it is a pretty good app.  there are other for free or (banner paid), that you can try.  I think 1.49 for an app is a pretty decent price.//vp
  • ^this. It's like everyone has forgotten that once upon a time the average consumer program went for anywhere between $20-$40. Just because it's called an app doesn't mean it don't take time, effort, and funds to make.
  • Since the 2 stores are still seperate (they are in the process of merging them) this would be very hard for us as we cannot varify this information in Windows8./RT and we rely on the store to do all of this for us. Please email us your account information and we will see if we are able to create a solution. This is not a prefect answer but we hope you at least understand our limitations.
  • That would be nice, but it's not really fair to you guys.  I know I'm in the minority but I'll throw the extra cash to you guys for make a good app, twice and charging a fair amount. 
  • Is there fantasia painter for surface? I'd like to see that app.
  • Thank you guys so much for writing this review. As of yesterday a new update was just available for download which makes working on the ARM Surface and x64 bit systems much faster, in the order of +5x faster with images larger than 2000x2000 pixels.
    Since launch we have already submitted 3 updates so we are working to add the option to control the strength of the styles as well as many features we were never able to add to the phone. We hope to have most of the features fully rolled out in the next week or 2.
    The key reason we didn't have the social sharing aspect in our initial release is that we wanted to ensure that ppl would be able to create beautiful photos easily first. Once that was in place we were going to add the social, which will also use our new API in testing.
  • Support like this...I am impressed.
  • The support of Fhotoroom on Windows Phone has been amazing and it is one of my most used and favorite apps on my phone. I have Windows 8 on my laptop and Fhotoroom is installed, but I haven't used it much. I follow @Fhotoroom on Twitter to keep up with all of their developments. The updates really do come at an amazing pace, so expect to see the little issues just vanish.
  • Needs red eye reduction option.