Tiny Planets Pro, taking your Windows Phone images into orbit

Tiny Planets Pro is a fantastic photography app for Windows Phone 8. The app turns your panoramic or landscape images into tiny little planets by wrapping the image into a sphere that often resembles a planet spinning around the solar system. And it's not just useful for landscapes. Tiny Planets Pro can also put a creative twist to images other than the scenic variety.

Tiny Planets Pro does not take long to transform your images and once you have things just right, the final image can be saved and shared with other Windows Phone apps. There is not much to Tiny Planets Pro but if you are looking for a creative photo tool for your images, it’s definitely worth a try.

The Layout

Tiny Planet Pro will let you launch your Windows Phone camera to customize a newly captured image or pull up an existing image from your Windows Phone Pictures Hub to customize. These options are available from the first two control buttons that sit at the bottom of the app’s main page.

Whichever course you choose, Tiny Planet Pro will convert your image into a 360-degree panoramic that often resembles a tiny planet.

Slider controls are present to allow you to adjust the image rotation and scale (zoom in/out), along with an option to turn on/off linear projection. I would not mind having the ability to reposition the image within the crop after you enlarge it. Sometimes the “planet” becomes off-centered after up scaling it.

Once you have edited an image to your satisfaction, you can use the last two control buttons to save your image to the Saved Image folder of your Pictures Hub or share the image (email, SMS, send the image to a photo app, etc.).

Images are cropped square and saved at a resolution of 2048 x 2048 pixels at 96dpi, which is well suited for sharing.

Overall Impression

I really liked Tiny Planets Pro. It spins a new perspective on your landscape images and can offer a new perspective on non-landscape images as well. It is definitely a Windows Phone 8 photography app that lends itself to your creative spirit and experimentation.

You will need a little sky above your subject to get that “planet” look. Otherwise, the trees or buildings will extend to the edge of your frame. It makes for an interesting effect but you lose that planetary feel. Images of sunsets and overcast days seem to give the planet’s atmosphere a gaseous appearance.

The layout and editing tools for Tiny Planets Pro is simple but effective. Transformation and fine-tuning can be done in a matter of seconds. While the controls work, I wouldn't mind seeing the ability to reposition your "planet" within the picture frame and creative filters might not be a bad touch either. Then again, you can always send the image to another Windows Phone photography app for such (e.g. Nokia Creative Studio, Fhotoroom, etc.)

Tiny Planets Pro is one of those Windows Phone apps that invites you to see how creative you can be with your photos with the end result being some rather neat images. The square cropping makes the images Instagram ready and the resolution of the saved image isn’t too shabby. All in all, if you want a fun photography app for your Windows Phone 8 camera, give Tiny Planets Pro a whirl.

There is a free trial version available (won’t let you save images) with the full version of Tiny Planets Pro running $1.49. The app is available for Windows Phone 8 and you can find your copy of Tiny Planets Pro here in the Windows Phone Store.

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George Ponder

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.

  • First! And neato! Might give this app a spin...
  • You seem faster
  • I AM faster! :D
  • Bought it based on the review here. Played with a few of my vacation pictures. This is a pretty nifty app. I hope the dev got some points on DVLUP. ;)
  • Trial can save pics, but it cant share them..
  • But can't we share "saved" pics?
  • Yeah you can.
  • Trial is just a farce, its almost full, you save the pic, and then go to saved pictures, and open the pic and share :). The only limit is that you cant share directly from the app :-P quite funny :-P
  • the limitation is just so that someone will appreciate the app and tip the developer ;-)
  • I've tried it. It's fun but didn't justify the 1.49 asked for it so I skipped it.
  • Thanks for featuring! The app is also available in iOS.
  • Installed. Fun app for outside photos only :)
  • When I first read "Tiny Planet" for a second I thought it was a game! :p
  • Yeah me too!   I really want that game now.
  • Something for the photographically talented folk among us. 
  • It's more likely that the "photographically talented folk" are already using Photoshop's polar co-ordinate filter to do a much better job: have a look at all the photos on Flickr which are tagged "polar co-ordinate", they are a million miles past what Tiny Planets can do.
  • http://www.windowsphone.com/en-in/store/app/candy-crush-saga/dee79c09-37...
  • Tipped this two weeks ago.
  • That no parking sign looks awesome. Bought the app a week ago, took me few days to realize that it works best with landscape picture. Never thought of taking a sign though, will try tomorrow.
  • This is super cool! I've been looking for an app like this for a while. Here's one I did with a panorama from a few days ago: http://alexlincon.com/index.php?/content/tinyplanets-jpg/
  • Excellent Job. All it really need is the ability to re-center the photo and to alter the scale when doing a linear projection. Hope the Dev adds those features to what is an excellent little App!
  • Agreed, and maybe make the rotation a bit less sensitive? When you have one building really sticking out, it's hard to position it so it sticks into the corner of the photo!
  • Hi fellows, I have updated the App (v1.1) with Live Preview capturing. Upgrade now! ;) http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/tiny-planets-pro/d9b9043d-23...