Two popular Windows Phone photography apps are in the process of being updated. Fhotoroom is a Windows Phone app that combines a photo editor, photo-sharing network and camera app under one roof. Fhotolens, from the same developer, is a camera app for Windows Phone 8 that is fitted with a virtual 10-24mm lens to offer a fish-eyed perspective on things.
The developer, Thomas Lock, is constantly working to improve these two apps and has released updates for both the Windows Phone 8 and 7.x versions of Fhotoroom. The version 1.8 update for Fhotolens had to be pulled to address a few bugs and should be rolling out in a few days (submitted for certification this past Friday).
The Fhotoroom updates come in two flavors. The Windows Phone 8 version of Fhotoroom has been updated to version 10.3 and mainly deals with bug fixes to the new Film Style filters.
Fhotoroom Windows Phone 7.x Screens
The Windows Phone 7.x version of Fhotoroom goes a little further by updating the app to version 4.0, which adds:
- New user interface changes in-line with the Windows 8 version
- New Filters (Vibe, Musk, Portrait, and Faint)
- New Frames (Round White, Round Black)
- Updated Ansel and LowDef filters
- Added the ability to block confirmation pop-up windows
- Customary performance tweaks and minor bug fixes
Fhotoroom is a fantastic photography app for our Windows Phones and with each update, the app gets a little better. Fhotoroom is a free app that is available for both Windows Phone 8 and 7.x devices.
You can find your copy of Fhotoroom here in the Windows Phone Store.
The Fhotolens update hasn’t gone live just yet but we expect it to start rolling out any day now. The update was due to be released along with the Fhotoroom updates but at the last minute, the developer noticed a bug that effected stability and withdrew the update. The stability issues have been fixed and the update was re-submitted for certification. The update should be rolling out in the next few days.
Fhotolens HDR Settings
The update will take Fhotolens to version 1.8 and will include address several camera issues with the five exposure bracketing in the HDR filter. Along with those bug fixes, an Advanced Tone Mapping option will be added to the HDR settings which will improve the dynamic range/quality of the HDR images. This option does add to the overall processing times and will have fast, low, mid and high settings that can be used to minimized the processing time increases.
Fhotolens 10mm Wide Angle Macro Sample
Along with adding more meat to the HDR capture function, the version 1.8 update will address a handful of bugs, such as the one affecting the flash, and a few overall performance tweaks.
Fhotolens may not appeal to everyone but if you’re looking for a creative tool for your camera, it’s worth checking out. There is a free trial for Fhotolens with the full version running $1.49. Fhotolens is available for Windows Phone 8 and you can find your copy of Fhotolens here in the Windows Phone Store. Look for the version 1.8 update to roll out in the next day or two.
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