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5 new must-have photo editing apps

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While Hipstamatic's Oggl started as a social network, it has evolved into one of the best photo editing tools for Windows Phone 8.

Apps come and go, but every once in a while, a newcomer will jump on the scene and make you shake up your mobile photography routine. Over the past few weeks, a number of photo editing apps have emerged on every mobile platform and a few have the potential to change our mobile photography workflow.

1. Diptic PDQ for iOS; $0.99

Diptic PDQ has officially replaced its predecessor on my iPhone.

Now that Apple lets you put a ton of apps in one folder, I rank my photography apps based on which page they are on in that folder. While it started on page 4, Diptic PDQ quickly climbed the ranks and it is now on page #1. Way easier to use than the original Diptic, Diptic PDQ is a quick way to create collages and apply adjustable filters all from the same application.

2. Oggl for Windows Phone 8; free

Hipstamatic's filters and lenses make Oggl one of the best editing apps for Windows Phone 8.

Oggl has been around for a while. Launched on Windows Phone 8 in July, it has finally hit its stride for a lot of users after a series of updates fixed the bugs that were crippling the app on some devices. Now, Windows Phone 8 photographers can enjoy all of the "lenses" and "films" that iPhone photographers have loved for years. And, as an added bonus, its sharing feature offers Instagram uploading even though Instagram still doesn't have an official Windows Phone 8 application. The app is also available for iPhone.

3. Repix for Android; free

Repix for Android offers basic photo editing tools like brightness control as well as a huge selection of brushes for more detailed editing.

While it may have originated on iOS, Repix seems to have hit its stride on Android. Repix utilizes the Samsung S Pen to provide pressure-sensitive brushes for extremely detailed editing with its 30 different brushes. Even if you don't use a Galaxy Note, Repix offers other cool features to lure you away from Photoshop Touch. It's got the basics, like brightness, contrast and color temperature control, but its brushes really set it apart from other free Android apps. 

4. LazyLens for Windows Phone 8; free

LazyLens lets you pick from multiple filters as well as apply brightness adjustments and tilt-shift effects.

Sometimes, you just want to make yourself a White Russian, put on your favorite robe and take a photo of the rug that ties the whole room together. For those moments, there is a new app for Windows Phone 8: LazyLens. The app does exactly what you need from a free one-stop smartphone photography app and nothing more. You can add filters, perform basic lighting adjustments and if you want to get crazy, you can even apply a tilt shift effect. In just a couple weeks, LazyLens has earned a near perfect score from its over 1,700 Windows Phone 8 Store customers. But that's just like, their opinion, man.

Vintique for Android; Free

Vintique for Android has 54 adjustable filters.

If you're like me, you're getting sick of Snapseed's filter package. I keep moving from different apps to try to find a fresh look for my photos while still maintaining control. And while Vintique doesn't have the extremely detailed exposure control that Snapseed offers, it does a pretty good job with the filters. You can adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation and tint of your photos as well as choose from 54 different customizable filters. And while the Vintique team may still be working out a few kinks, this app is one of the easier and more professional customizable filter apps for Android.

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Total comments: 99
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shuvosri

Make your image look creative in seconds through effection app... i just love this app...

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srijan01

i love instaglass app to edit my photos......it works wonderfully.....

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hemanti

Check it out Instafusion.
An amazing photography app that allows you to record your world through smart Blender camera app that helps you to blend 2 photos and create stunning image collage creations.

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William beckett

absolutely Brilliant post! Lauren. I am always on the lookout for awesome Photo Editing Software. I have came across your blog. Thanks for your Informative post.

http://easyphotoedits.com

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skytripper

Cute, but calling these apps "must have" is taking things too far.

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David Stephen

What!?!? No love for the best photo app. ??? VSCOcam for iPhone.

1 upvote
madmaxmedia

If I could only have 1 photo app on my iPhone, it would be VSCO...

0 upvotes
NYC Russ

If I could have only one photo editing app on my iPhone, it would be Leonardo.

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hiro_pro

i am always surprised at the negativity in the comments section of these reviews. i am guessing that no one here post processes their DSLR images? really?

these are quick and dirty cheap tools for cheap cameras (cell phones). they allow us to take a picture, adjust it to capture the feeling of the scene and post it without having to go home and down load the image to our computer.

to those of you who think this stuff looks like cr*p you should go back and scan some of your old film images. you will be a little humbler about how far cellphone photography has come.

2 upvotes
JaFO

the only difference between these filters and the ones used in Photoshop is that the latter cost more.
So obviously those must be better, right ? ;)

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larrytusaz

Other than the occasional sepia effect, which itself can get very old & overdone, I'm just not feeling this "vintage" trend of making shots look like they were taken with a Fisher Price camera. What's wrong with a "straight up" shot with just a tinge of color added? This trend is just a silly fad, just like other ones like the family portrait shots of the family walking away from the camera holding hands at a railroad track, & the baby shots having 80,000 "props" in the photo. They're "click a preset" gimmicks for those who just too lazy to do things like getting the white balance correct and the eyelashes in focus etc, a "quickie" for making a so-called "boring" shot suddenly look new.

But I must give DPreview credit for one thing here--at least this article didn't have the usual "next, next, next, next, next" layout which I completely despise, they have everything on 1 single page once again, as they ought to. That's MUCH better.

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hiro_pro

with my d600 i have a ton of options for getting the photo i want that best illustrates the scene as i see it. my iphone doenst have most of those options. instead i have to do more post processing to capture the feeling of the scene. it is a cheap tool for a cheap camera.

put another way it is still a heck of a lot better than my old polaroid.

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larrytusaz

Well to each his or her own, but if I owned a D600, I sure as heck wouldn't be using an iPhone or any other phone camera for anything other than the most mundane of shots, like to show the plumber what my current busted up pipe looks like if I cant' describe it to him, etc. I'd at least be taking a Sony RX100 or NEX-3 series around with me.

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halc

Vintique:
- draw over other apps
- Read my phone status & identity
- Retrieve running apps

= NO THANKS.

It's a PHOTO editor.

Should not be "SPY on you and read everything you do" app.

2 upvotes
love_them_all

A quick look at google play one can see some of these apps got a lot of 1 star rating because they spam users with ads! BTW Vintique app doesn't seem like free. May be it differs country to country?

1 upvote
Holger Drallmeyer

urghhh... what garbage now. All utterly useless! Creativity for the uncreative and unable.

6 upvotes
ChrisKramer1

Filter apps are ok - it is much easier than using the clunky old "Actions" on Photoshop. Saying that, you only really need Pixlr Express and Snapseed.

Art Studio and ProCreate are two exceptionally good apps. LensFlare and Repix offer some great effects - the likes of which you cannot get easily on Photoshop. I like Photoshop Touch also (the ability to send an image from phone to tablet is really good). Filterstorm is powerful but I need practice with the interface. Point is, there is still an opening for a REALLY comprehensive photo manipulation package on tablets. And Apple really should start offering some sophisticated digital pen support.

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jkokich

Now, Windows Phone 8 photographers can enjoy all the "lenses and "filters" iPhone photographers have loved for years.
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA,

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rdscibilia

It is not about "retro," it is about changing the emotional coloration of the image.

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TheDman

Names like "Vintique" would disagree with you.

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franco montana

it is the retro / nostalgic memory of old analogue prints which gives people "delight" in transforming their sharp and colour accurate files into sun-dated chemically decomposing effects. Emotion preferences come from nostalgic memories. Fantasy atmospheres as well.

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rfsIII

Brilliant point. You've nailed it. These filters are an easy way for people to share their emotions about a person, place, or thing. After all, the only true measure of a photo is how it makes the viewer feel.

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Bearsdenoboe

Who cares?

6 upvotes
Pentax_Prime

Posting articles like this on your main news page is destroying your credibility as an actual photography site. There is nothing 'must have' about any of this junk.

12 upvotes
xMichaelx

And yet you are here, rather than at some other site that hasn't yet destroyed its credibility.

4 upvotes
frank200

@ xMichaelx and yet he has 7 or more likes and you have 1

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franco montana

world-class agency photographers have used similar aps and phones to produce published work. the 35mm format in the 1920's relative to large format cameras was equivalent to above phone app relative to 35mm full frame digital today. It's not about the resolution, it's about the expression and composition and subject matter.

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larrytusaz

Well if resolution is irrelevant, then I guess I should ditch my Sony NEX-C3 and Nikon D3100 and go back to using the 2mp Nikon Coolpix 775 I purchased 10 years ago? I say "no," I say resolution & quality MATTER, and in fact they matter perhaps more than anything else. That's why pros who care about quality have always used tools that deliver it, because quality composition & subject matter by virtue demand it.

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rfsIII

Definitely!...Go back and give that old Coolpix a try. You will be amazed at how good the photos still look, especially if you use current software for adjusting sharpness, color, and noise. The tools are so much better now--it's like having a new camera.

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Pentax_Prime

Editing camera phone pictures is like putting new tires on a POS car ... it's a waste of time. The real advantage of editing is to make a great image even better ... not to save some junk cell-phone pictures and post them on Instagram.

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MikeFairbanks

There are better photography apps than the standard filter, frame stuff that everyone else has.

Artstudio is a wonderful app that can do a lot. It has layers, clone and healing brush (that are real, not automated), adjustments for colors, and much more. It's extremely functional.

I think most people forget about the art apps because they don't think of them as photography apps, but they work great.

Artstudio is the closest I've gotten to Photoshop. Those other photography apps are really more about filters. Their algoritms are simple compared to real art apps.

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Plastek

Filterstorm is another great app that got way more than just basic filters, while at the same time offering brilliant touch interface.

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xMichaelx

On Android, Pixlr is pretty amazing as far as image editing, but Camera FV-5 is great at actually taking pics and offering easily configurable options without a million menus. It also offers lossless PNG files, which is a BIG step up from JPG if you do post-processing in Photoshop.

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wansai

i just recent was out without my win8 pro tablet and client called to resize and reframe their logo. i tried everything from these mobile apps and realised i couldnt do such a simple thing.

create a square, fill it with black, drop a logo in, resize logo to fit. as basic as u can get. i was really annoyed it was so difficult.

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Plastek

If you got win 8 pro tablet than you should have just installed photoshop. If you got Windows RT tablet than... well... it was dumb decision to buy it from the start.

1 upvote
wansai

RT was for my wife as she uses it for meetings and spreadsheets; also she hot desks as she manages two shopping malls. She told me it's invaluable to her. I don't particularly use her RT unless just to surf.

I do have photoshop on my win 8 pro tablet but like I said; the one day I decide to leave it at home....

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KatManDEW

"If you're like me, you're getting sick of Snapseed's filter package"

I was sick of lame filters by the time I saw the second one.

2 upvotes
Joseph Mama

Seriously? Brand new apps with crappy scene filters. Totally new and different! Who are all these people that are doing "serious photography" on their iphones?

4 upvotes
sdribetahi

Why is every photo app just a series of crappy scene filters to make your picture look like it's from various terrible cameras from 1970?

8 upvotes
rfsIII

Because some of us were there in 1970 and it was a really great year. Everyone let their emotional defenses down and there was a real feeling that we might be on the verge of a world where peace and love would replace greed and fear, that we'd all lay down our guns and stop killing each other, that creativity would become more valuable than gold, and Dektol would flow like water through the darkrooms of our soul, developing us all into fine-grained, beautifully-shouldered versions of our selves.

1 upvote
Bruce W Roeser

How 'bout iPhoto?

1 upvote
GMart

Something wrong with Snapseed?

1 upvote
David M Warwick

I love Snapseed, I first used it on iOS which I paid for at that time.

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Fixx

3 is enough. Lightroom, Photomatix, Photoshop.

1 upvote
Sordid

Photomatix?
HDR is as dead as hipsterrific filters are.

3 upvotes
Plastek

Ever did landscape photography? Or you just prefer to stay ignorant?

1 upvote
Fixx

Architectural photography. HDR is needed for managing the dynamic range.

1 upvote
Johannes Zander

must have .... must have
It's lunch time over here!
Have nice day everyone!

1 upvote
Sordid

This retrohipstercrap is really getting old.

13 upvotes
Juan M Molina

Maybe doesn't fit the same class, but I should consider Pixlr Express as the best alternative for Android. It has a HUGE library of filters, canvas and effects, and also sports a very useful array of "more classic' editing options.

There is a simpler version called Pixlr-o-matic, that may better fit in your list.

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Sordid

Pixlr is nice although I prefer Snapseed over Pixlr.
Especially in the non-hipster department where real basic editing takes place, it offers a lot more in my opinion.

Yet the actual point is the article's caption: It's about NEW apps.

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TheDman

You know what we need? An app to make your photos look retro. Why doesn't anyone come out with that?

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Michael Ma

I wonder if this retro style photography is a fad or it's just what people have been wanting to shoot since cameras have been invented.

3 upvotes
larrytusaz

That's easy. It's a fad, and a silly one at that, which most fads tend to be.

1 upvote
unknown member
By (unknown member) (Oct 14, 2013)

Wow, thought this was digital photography review. Clicked on this expecting to read about applications to edit photographs, not apps on a camera phone. Kind of BS.

12 upvotes
3DSimmon

Wow really?, you should check out analog photography review instead

2 upvotes
Michael Ma

This is digital photography isn't it? It sure isn't film. dpreview used to be a site that probably was mostly about P&S cameras, and also catered to a niche DSLR market. Now the market has shifted a lot. It is about DSLRs, compact DSLR-like cameras, and smartphones. The P&S camera market has almost completely been replaced by smartphones. That is why dpreview created connect.dpreview.com, which is a subsite of dpreview.com which focuses on a lot on smartphones and photography with it.

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CameraLabTester

Yep.

Totally agree.

The comments are more fun reading, than the articles...

.

8 upvotes
Tan68

For the people that like to respond with a sarcastic 'don't look at the article' if you don't like it, I actually don't look at articles in the Connect panel if I don't like them. However, I clicked through a link in the 'Latest News' panel on DPR.

The link was not in the Connect panel. I don't think the Connect panel has a link to this article.

If they want to mix Connect news with DPR news, a little icon indicating which is which would be appreciated. I can develop the habit of checking the link location before clicking. But the icon would be nice.

Since the panel is on DPR, I also expected the article to be about editing applications. This article is not. Many of these things would be called plug-ins in the world of image editing. These things just don't require a host.

I don't imagine DPR will take any steps to more clearly identify their content. Afterall, they 'made me look' and got a click.

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Simon Joinson

well, we use the bright blue Connect tag for one thing. The other is that if you use the news filter you can permanently remove all connect content from the DPR news stream.

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PicOne

There's a disconnect here. DPR (and other members) thinks we all see the news headlines and go to the links from their home page. My DPR bookmark starts in the forums. I check the "News" by going to the News subhead and looking at the dropdown items, where there is NO mention of "CONNECT".

Also, FWIW, on the forums page, there is a "Connect" section on the right showcasing news items. However, the first item (at the time of me writing this) is about the DXO Mobile Mark thing; this "applications" writeup isn't even mentioned there?

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Tan68

Yes, PicOne is correct. I am talking about access via forum pages. I was wondering where this blue tag could be found! Thanks for gluing the two together for me.

Since links to articles are listed in the panels, I never really saw the reason to hop back to the home page....

Thanks for not deleting the comment. Otherwise, I wouldn't have learned that content is segregated on the homepage.

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uniball

@Simon. Thanks. Took a bit to find the filter but no Connect articles is now my default.

There's a place for Connect but I'm pleased DPR let's me decide if I want to be in that place.

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vadims

DPReview, you should have titled it "5 new must-have *mobile* photo editing apps", so that those not interested in it could skip it easier. Thank you.

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Eric Hensel

How can you miss the blue 'connect' banner --id'ing it as outside the normal DPR stream...I'm 60 years old and knew going in they were phone apps.

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Purple House Photography

A whole lot of grumpiness on this thread... Filters are a fun way to jazz up casual snapshots, what's wrong with that?

5 upvotes
larrytusaz

Maybe because it's a silly trend many of us are sick of seeing. What's wrong with a "straight" shot, maybe with just a slight amount of color or such added to it? Instead anymore everyone is jacking saturation & such up to 70 and making everything look totally fake, taking away resolution & quality & calling it an "effect." No thank you.

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bogdescu

Most of these applications serve their purpose perfectly: they make everyone's pictures look "vintage". So great.
I hear that newspapers started firing their photographers and replacing them by iPhotographers, now these brave new iProfessionals have more tools. Go vintage!

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Bob Meyer

Gee, when I saw an article referring to photo editing apps I thought this was going to be about real post processing, gimmicky apps designed to let you ruin photos on tiny cell phone screens.

I wish you guys would f'ing leave cell phone articles on your cell phone site, and use the space here for stuff real photographers might care about.

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gusda9

Why are you so nervous just leave it alone its not that serious I enjoyed it

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gusda9

Lmao Real photographer are you serious everybody's a real photographer

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AlexClickButan

REAL PHOTOGRAPHERS, like Bob, don't use cell phones. Because REAL PHOTOGRAPHERS, like Bob, are a homogenous group without discrete preferences, interests or toolsets.

4 upvotes
rdscibilia

So much anti-mobile snobbery.. Would love to see all the great "real" photography I am being denied.

3 upvotes
Yanko Kitanov

App developers should better pay for R&D and not for DPR advertisements. It is almost 2014 and cross-processing is worn out and absolutely tasteless.

Photo EDITING is by no means spoiling photos and making Everybody's images look exactly the same. Let's better leave such "editing" for budget pop videos.

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DRNottage

So tired of the "bad SX-70" look. Suppose it's new to generation Z, but I experienced it for real in the analog days- and hated it then! Also- now we have to put up with the same, cliched, desaturated/crossover look in many motion pictures too... ad nauseum. Sigh...

9 upvotes
AlexClickButan

Settle down Grampa, the war is over.

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OldDigiman

Blechh, tarting up cell phone snaps. As if there wasn't already enough drek on the internet

11 upvotes
mailman88

Photo apps for cellphones?....I don't think so.

0 upvotes
Jumpster

Is there anyone still alive that can take a simple ( straight out of the camera without effects) picture that can be appreciated without wondering how it was not? Never mind why it was done.

0 upvotes
DanielFjall

What? This again?

1 upvote
tko

So, where are the photo EDITING programs? These are just filters.

15 upvotes
chj

I've never used them but just from the snapshots it looks like Vintique and Repix both have editing features

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ConanFuji

Hello? What does dpreview.com have against Camera360? It has the best quality compression compared to the Native camera apps.

And it's free.

2 upvotes
swl40

You say, "I rank my photography apps based on which page they are on in that folder." Would you be willing to share your list by page with us readers? Please and thank you.

0 upvotes
ToolMan78

Interesting for people who use their phone as a camera, but I'd love to see an article on new/little known free software for photography enthusiasts. I can personally recommend GIMP, AutoStitch, Light Zone and IrfanView.

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Plastek

half of those you listed don't fall into a category of new/little known.

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DFPanno

Little known to folks new to photography I guess.

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Bob Meyer

Little known to people who care about photography, as opposed to messing around on tiny screens with gimmicky apps designed to make mediocre photos "hipster cool" and post them on facebook.

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drummercam

space romance as a filter name? That's like weathered barn as a paint color - i.e., silly.

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JWest

I don't know. The effect of the filter brings to mind Jane Fonda in Barbarella. :)

Besides, filter names, like names for shades of paint, are pretty inventive by necessity. You try coming up with names for filters or paints which make actual sense, without getting incredibly long-winded and/or tedious.

The "lighten-and-blur-slightly-then-vignette-and-oversaturate-by-sixteen-percent" filter? "Lightish bluey-grey purple with a hint of lilac" paint? I'll stick to Space Romance and Weathered Barn, thanks.

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Tan68

Silky Hamster is a good name for a material.

If Space Romance was the filter described below (or above, I guess; by JWest, anyway), then I agree it is a poor name. Space Romance should have a swirl of color. Somewhere. In the effect. The icon should be William Shattner.

As far as the 'burnt highlights surrounded by horrific vignetting' effect, names like Subway Tunnel, Remove Sunglasses, or Check Headlights makes more sense. Three new names. Easy peasy.

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tompabes2

I'm sick of vintage pictures, frankly speaking.

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huyzer

Real vintage photos, or current photos made to look vintage? ;)

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ryanshoots

Dammit! First food, water, shelter, clothing... just when I was getting a handle on that, then I find out I need these five apps as well.

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YiannisPP

Lol, exactly my thoughts. When I read the title I thought "I must have those, really must?" I'm getting tired of media telling people that they must have or do something completely non-essential for life. Although in DPR's case I recognise they do it at least half tongue-in-cheek. I hope so anyway.

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The Ron Guy

I agree. I thought the comment was hilarious. Are they telling me I also have to go buy a new phone, since mine only runs iOS?? As things stand, I can't run 4 of these Must Have apps. I feel I've missed the boat.

SIDE NOTE TO THE REVIEWER, who wrote, "If you're like me, you're getting sick of Snapseed's filter package"... No, we're not all like you.

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David Lal

Photo editing on a telephone?

Nah, you must be bonkers to try that. Photoshop or Paintshop Pro on a PC is the way to do it properly.

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Plastek

yea, only getting any of these effects done in photoshop takes you 10 times as much time, and... you know: teenagers these days don't have much time left between texting and facebooking (if that's a word).

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