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New app updates

So back in February we did major updates to all of our apps on the Google Play store.  In fact, Pic Paint was rebuilt from the ground up with a ton more features.  We hope you are all enjoying the apps!

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Front Facing Camera support & Macro

For those of you with new fancy phones with two cameras, our apps now support front facing cameras!  Also if your phone supports macro focus, you now have a new option to cycle through on the focus button.

It’s taken us a while to get these new features into your hands, but enjoy!

Droid X & Droid 3 focus issues

Our great users on Droid X & Droid 3 phones have been telling us about focus problems.  It seems our friends at Motorola have treat focusing different on these phones and we are not sure why!

A fix to the problem is to leave your focus mode on infinity – a white AF symbol.  This will allow your camera to always be focused on the subject between 2 and 1000 ft away.  If closer than 2 ft, use the macro focus setting.  Yellow AF on these phones doesn’t work.

 

AF and autofocus on our camera app

We recently got the following question from one of our users:
“I recently purchased this app from the Android Market. Im noticing that each time I press on the focus icon, the screen on my phone disappears for a second. Is there a way to turn this off?”

This was a recent change we had to make to ensure the app is stable.  It is actually resetting the camera for that split second.
If you hit AF and it is yellow – it is active.  All pictures from then on will cycle the focus and it will be properly focused.
Basically leave it on AF yellow/active and you don’t have to hit it again.  You can even set Autofocus to always be yellow/active in the preferences so each time the app starts it is always active.
AF off/gray is for no focus. This means that the camera snaps pictures quicker because there is no autofocus cycle, however they will always be focused “at infinity”.  Basically anything over 10 ft away will be focused correctly, but less than 10 ft away it could be blurry.

Cyanogen, rooted ROMs and the challenges

Developing a camera app for all Android phones isn’t easy.  Each manufacturer tends to slightly tweak the camera, the gallery and their parameters ever so slightly.  We test our apps against many different phones models but there is only so much testing we can do.

Recently our app updates have given even more features to our users – this is good!  However these updates have made it much harder to support phones running ROMs.  We have had a few cases of our app crashing repeatedly on rooted ROM phones like Cyanogen.  We will try to support these ROMS as best we can, but we cannot be perfect.  These ROMs add ALOT of complexity when trying to test and support them – basically they are NON-standard Android.
In short, if your are running a ROM and our apps behave badly, email us and let us know.  We will try our best to support ROMs but our focus it on the main standard Android users (Cupcake, Froyo, Gingerbread, etc).

If you are a ROM developer – follow Android standards for your camera parameters – please!

Update: We just tested our app running Cyanogenmod 6.0 on a Dream phone and it worked well!  Email us if your hard core Android ROM folks have any problems with our apps.

Pic Paint Taking over Camera

UPDATE: This has been fixed in the latest update of Pic Paint v1.99 on July 13

In our last app update we made a mistake.  Your Pic Paint app will “take over” your camera if your phone has a hardware camera button on the side.  This means that by pressing your camera button, our Pic Paint app will start up rather than your phone’s normal camera app.

Here is a fix:  In the preferences for Pic Paint select “Default Camera app”.  It will now be checked.  Go back to Pic Paint, leaving preferences.  Then go back to the preferences and deselect “Default Camera App”, unchecked.  This will fix the issue.

Our next app update will fix this issue for good.

Sorry!

Speed Improvement Coming

Since our last app update many of you have told us that the time to save a picture is taking too long.  We have heard you and are actively working on a fix.

The change in saving time is related to our apps now storing EXIF data within the picture data.  Your pictures now have geotag, date and other information embedded into them with EXIF, but that results in slower saving of pictures.

Bear with us – we will get this improved soon!