Photo editing apps number about 548 in the Windows Phone Marketplace, while a lot of them only do one thing, and others are more of a search engine for images, there are a few that offer a good toolbox for turning camera snaps into art. With the smartphone becoming peoples go to point and shoot camera, it’s essential to be able to get those on the go images looking there best and shared, without having to get to a PC. I recently mentioned a heap of photo tools that I thought were great, and while Pony Photo replicates many of the features in those it offers a couple of extras I thought made it worth a mention.
Firstly, custom collages. Pony Photo offers a set of pre defined templates, that are layered, so you can place images in the fore and backgrounds. From there, like in the image above you can go on add frames and effects over the collage as well.
Collages are fairly self explanatory, the interface is really user friendly, it’s all a matter of tapping a space in the template, tapping the image you want in that space and you’re done. The other surprise is the ability to create animated gifs right from the phone.
You can stich up to nine images of any size together in to an animation like the ones above, and the results will be generated and run on the phone. The images are editable on the phone, through the app, but I can’t find where they are stored on the phone otherwise. As far as sharing, you can send them to Twitpic, Flickr and Facebook, they are generated into small images to minimise data use. You can also vary the speed of the transitions between images, so you can have a fast or slow rotation.
Again, there’s no way I can find to save the gifs to the phone, only upload them, so I hope that would change in the future. For now I can see myself making a neat avatar with it. The rest of the app, the photo effects, framing etc are rock solid, and it’s on par with Thumba Photo Editor, and Pictures Lab. Pony Photo sells for 99 cents, with a free trial, for that price it’s well worth the investment.