Pictomaphone is my very first Windows Phone 7 application – and I just submitted it to Microsoft this morning for Certification. Hopefully in a day or so it will be available to the world.
So, what is it and why the silly name?
Pictomaphone is a basic image editing application for the phone. It lets you open an image from your device (or take one using the built in Camera app) and make changes to it.
The silly name comes from the fact that it is very difficult to come up with a name for a photo app, that has photo or picture as part of the name, that isn’t already being used by someone else. I literally went through 100′s of name ideas. Last night, the day before I submitted it, I finally landed on Pictomaphone… a play on Picture and Homer Simpson’s “Saxomaphone.” I liked the phone part since it is a phone app. If I decide to port it to Windows 8, I may keep the same name, though, because Pictomapad doesn’t have the same ring to it.
So, what are the features?
Well, the first feature is that it is FREE. I made it free, even though it took a lot of my time, because it didn’t have all the features I wanted and some things weren’t quite as polished as I would have liked. That being said, there will be updates… and at some point it won’t be free anymore.
It has a File/Edit menu with “Take a Photo”, “Open a Photo”, “Save your Photo” and “Rotate.”
Other than that, it has the usual list of Photo Adjustments:
- Brightness / Contrast
- Channel Mixer
- Hue / Saturation
- Colored Filter
It also has some Effects:
- Blur (which is really slow)
- Dreamy Glow (which is also slow)
- Gritty Contrast (which is waaay better than normal constrast, IMHO)
- Vignette (for making it look like it came from an even crappier camera)
But, it also has a full-screen Preview mode – that lets you pinch to zoom and pan around the image. This is by far my favorite feature that was missing from other Photo apps.
In the future, I plan to add:
- Crop – I had to cut it from Version 1, but it is a must-have for any decent Photo Editing app.
- Levels – just like in Photoshop, cause it is a better way to fix brightness/contrast problems.
- Posturize and Solarize – even though I think both look crappy, I can add them, so why not.
- Borders – cause they can be nice
- Filters – a little like Instagram, because people seem to enjoy them.
- Sharing – even though it is built into the phone, it would be nice to have in app.