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It wasn't easy, but Camera Awesome for Android is here

It wasn't easy, but Camera Awesome for Android is here | Photo Editing Software and Applications |

The $3 SmugMug photo app's options for focus, exposure, editing, and sharing are now on Google's mobile OS. But Android's awkwardness means only the most popular phones are supported.

The company began developing the two versions at the same time, but the Android version took 20 months longer to build because its first two development efforts faltered.

Chief Executive Don MacAskill blamed early Android shortcomings -- since fixed -- and persistent fragmentation of the Android market into devices with varying screen sizes, processor capabilities, memory resources, and OS versions.

"It turned out to be so much more difficult than iOS," MacAskill said. "The plethora of devices is a real pain. Earlier versions of Android had some serious issues around memory management, so taking and editing photos was basically the thing you couldn't do without jumping through all kinds of hoops."

But MacAskill had plenty of favorable things to say about Android, too, besides that Google has buttoned up the memory problems. He likes its "intents" system, where a program can easily call upon another -- for example, the Twitter app invoking Camera Awesome to take a photo or Camera Awesome invoking the Facebook app to post a photo. And he likes the privileges that Android extends to third-party apps, for example letting people set Camera Awesome as the default camera app, even from a phone's lock screen.

Kitty Fisher's insight:

Camera Awesome is here. But as all great things come along, it took some work for this app to come to fruition. This app took more time to develop than the iOS app, which is saying something. It was mainly around memory management that had the most problems. But now since Android took 20 months to work out the kinks and had two versions being built at the same time...this still may have some glitches, but well worth it.

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Weye Feye connects your DSLR and smartphone

Weye Feye connects your DSLR and smartphone | Photo Editing Software and Applications |

"The Weye Feye from French accessory manufacturer XSories is a compact device that connects Nikon and Canon DSLRs without built-in Wi-Fi capabilities to a smartphone for remote controlling and image transfer.

To use the device you need to plug into the camera's USB port and install a dedicated app on your Android or iOS device. You can then control your camera from a distance of up to 80m. In Live View mode you can change settings such as ISO, white balance or aperture, switch between still and video modes, focus manually or with the AF and of course trigger an exposure.  In Gallery mode you can view, select and share images on your smartphone or tablet."

Kitty Fisher's insight:

Being able to control your camera from a distance, is now accessible while using your Android. Basically your phone will act as the LCD screen to the back of your camera. This small Weye Feye device is portable and can easily be strapped to a tripod. I feel that this would be best for videos or a photo shoot that has a wide range area.

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Chirp Lets You Send Photos from Device to Device Using Sound

Chirp Lets You Send Photos from Device to Device Using Sound | Photo Editing Software and Applications |

The thinking behind the new Android and iOS app Chirp is that if animals in nature communicate through sound, machines should too. And so, the four person Animal Systems team created an app that does just that: no bluetooth, no email, no 'bumping' - images and other files are sent using only 2-second sound clips.

As you can see, the concept is extremely simple. Once you’ve selected a photo to share, all you have to do is hit the yellow button and any phone within earshot (or is it micshot?) that has the Chirp app open will receive the photo.

Since Chirp works exclusively through sound, there is no security, but the app has to be on and in the foreground in order to hear your chirp. On the up side, that means that sending a photo to tens of people at once is super easy. On the down side, any unwanted eavesdroppers will receive the file as well.

Basically, specific sound frequencies are assigned a number or letter by the app. When you take a photo or select a file, it’s assigned an alphanumeric code that is then encoded as sound in the “chirp.” When you press the button, the “chirp” broadcasts that code, which others running the app decode into a link and, ultimately, your photo. All of this happens in real time.

Kitty Fisher's insight:

This cool 'Chirp' app has to be clearly a new movement towards 'sound' messages. Or at least sending messages via sound system technology. Yes, you have the problem with the security features but the app's creators are more than likely going to add in what would be considered more of a 'messing app.' So this would be a cool app but just as long as you know who is around you.

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MORE Best Photo Editing Apps for Instagram-Worthy Snaps

MORE Best Photo Editing Apps for Instagram-Worthy Snaps | Photo Editing Software and Applications |

Since we've been playing with (Female Mag Photo A Day), we've been looking for new ways to amp up our shots. And since we're always eyeing the 'Top Free' lists in the App Store/Google Play, we figured that we might as well share some of them with you! Sharing is caring, right? Once again, don't worry, we've made sure they're F-R-E-E and, Android and iPhone-friendly!

Kitty Fisher's insight:

The apps you should be introduced to via Instagram. Coming out of Korea, Japan and China. These filters can satisfy the most abundant bunch of photos, that you want to share with the world.

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