Posted by: glasskeys | 03/08/2012

Nine photo editor apps reviewed on an Android tablet – part 2 of 3.

Photo Editor Ultimate Free takes minimalistic design to a whole new level.

Photo Editor Ultimate Free

The “Welcome message” and first of many messages you will see whilst using Photo Editor Ultimate Free.
The first of many messages.

Photo Editor Ultimate Free and its spartan main menu. If you reminisce for the feel of X11, twm, or Motif then this application is for you:
The first of a multitude of messages.

Resizing a photo. The controls in Photo Editor Ultimate Free are clumsy and non-intutitive:
Resizing a photo.

Be prepared to tap the Don’t show again tick box over and over again. Information and “Choice” dialog windows appear to multiply like the heads of a Hydra:
Too many dialog boxes.

Enough – I cannot go on. This application feels like trying to use the Excel file of a smarmy office coworker whom proudly crows that his or her spreadsheet can do everything. Harsh reality sets in shortly after opening the “ultimate spreadsheet” because you find it really can’t be used for anything; it is so clumsy to use and linked to dozens of other documents found only on the braggarts’ local computer.

Verdict: If you feel up for a trip down memory lane you can get Photo Editor Ultimate Free – yes for free – on the Android Market here. Please remember to take your 386-DX2 with 16MB RAM and to configure XF86Config to match the refresh rate of your VGA monitor before departing.

Photoshop Express

Photoshop Express did not work on my Android tablet as nearly as well as is does on my iPad.

The Photoshop Express splash screen – try to enjoy it.
Photoshop Express splash screen.

Photoshop Express is unable to find any images on a tablet with hundreds of images in the gallery.
Photoshop Express unable to find images.

Unfortunately this was as far as I was able to progress using Photoshop express. If you wish to give it a go yourself you may find it on Google Market Play (or whatever it is called this week) here.

Photo Editor.

Explain this conundrum: Photo Editor works in portrait orientation only, unable to edit medium and large sized images, yet is better than the last two image editing apps combined.

Photo Editor

Photo Editor main menu. The application must be used in portrait mode. Images are easily retrieved via the Gallery function, or a new image may be taken with the Camera on the main menu.

Photo Editor forces a resize for large images (left image).
Photo Editor is great at resizing, cropping, and rotating images. (right image)
Resizing, cropping and image rotation.

Photo Editor is a decent application, obviously tailoured for use on mobiles with intuitive and easy manipulation of images. Get it for free on Google Play here.

This concludes the second of the three part series on image and photo editing apps for Android tablets. The next and final part of the series will exhibit features of two of the best applications.

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