Pictures Lab goes international in version 4 update

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Pictures Labs one of the best photos effects / editor applications for the Windows Phone platform has now been upgraded to version 4.0. The new version adds the ability to 'stack' effects, adds a number of seasonal borders and fixes a few minor bugs and the app is now available in 9 languages: English, German, Japanese, Russian, Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.

Pictures Labs is an app that allows you to tweak your photos by applying effects or filters to them (in the style popularised by Instagram on the iPhone). These effects include vintage and hipster-like filters, Tilt Shift (miniature faking), HDR, Lomo, Soften, Auto Adjust, Sharpen, Comic, Bulge, B&W, Sepia and more.

After applying an effect you can also, optionally, add a border to a photo. Once you have finished tweaking your chosen photo you can save it to your phone or share it via a social network (Facebook and Twitter).

The most significant functional upgrade in the bnew version is the ability to stack effects. This means that you can apply more than effect to a photo, thus combing multiple effects together, allowing for extra creativity.

Pictures Lab can be downloaded from the Marketplace. A free trial is available (save and share functions disabled), with the full app costing £0.79 / $0.99 / $0.99.

We'll publish a full review of the latest version later this week.


The app comes with almost 30 controllable, easy-to-use, but advanced effects like different vintage and hipster-like filters, Tilt Shift (miniature faking), HDR, Lomo, Soften, Auto Adjust, Sharpen, Comic, Bulge, B&W, Sepia and many more. Dynamic previews of the effects are shown in a list, making it possible to easily pick the right one. The high quality borders are also presented in a nice preview list and can be combined with any filter and any aspect ratio. Multiple effects can also be combined.

It is also possible to crop, rotate and flip images. An enhanced picture and the EXIF data can be saved to the phone’s pictures hub or shared directly on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. The app performs the image processing on the original picture in its original resolution, thus making it also possible to print the image or use it as desktop wallpaper. 

Full Pictures Hub Apps integration and support for landscape and portrait orientation.


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