Being able to take some great pictures of loved ones and friends is really nice, and being able to edit them and add fun captions and pics are even sweeter. MiniPaint is one such application. It gives you the ability to tweak the pictures and it has a free trial too.
First off, MiniPaint is available in the BlackBerry Sync Store for $4.99, but is on sale for $3.99. The app does have a free trial as they do encourage you to try before you buy. Something not many apps do. The following features come with MiniPaint:
- Image rotation
- Image scaling
- Image cropping
- Clipart.- Early 100 images available, and many more will be added.
- Text.- several fonts, sizes, colors, bold & italic
- Image filters.- Sepia, Solarize, Invert, HSB, Gray Scale, Borders and others
- Only can be opened images in JPEG and PNG format.
- The images must have a minimun size of your device screen (ex. 320 or 480) and no larger that 1600×1200. If an image is larger that 1280×960 this will be automatically scaled for a max width of 1280.
- The image produced by MiniPaint will be always in JPEG format.
- This program uses a copy of your picture, there is no possibility of damaging their original pictures.
- The downloaded clipart are stored in your USB drives, not in device memory.
- The rotated images will be automatically scaled for a width/height of 1024 if they are so large.
I installed this app on my BlackBerry Bold 9650. The app installed easily. When you first go to the app you will see the page that has a link to the user guide. Now to use the MiniPaint app.
The first thing you do is go to the Media/Pictures and open the pic you want to edit. Click the menu button and choose Open with MiniPaint. You could also choose Rotate with MiniPaint. When you click Open with MiniPaint, the picture is framed with the bar showing the options of Bigger, Smaller, Clipart, Texts, Crop Image, and Filters. Bigger can enlarge the picture, and is also the one to choose to enlarge the clipart as well. There are 11 default clip art pics, but you can download 5 more with the free trial, and more with the full version. After getting the pic ready and the options are: Left Rotate, Right Rotate, Bigger, Smaller, Horizontal Flip, Clipart and Apply Changes. Click on the Clipart, select the first clipart you want to apply and move it to the section of the pic. If you need it bigger, after clicking where you want the pic, go to one of the rotate choices, or smaller or bigger. Then go to the checkmark that says Apply Changes and then you can add another pic, texts, so on and so forth.
Here’s something to keep in mind, all pictures saved with this app are all just copies. None of your pictures are touched or changed. You can share your pics by tweeting, facebooking, email, however you wish. And if you purchase the app, you have so many different cliparts available as well as seasonal types.
I love the way this app lets you apply more than one clipart. I also like how many more clipart pieces you can add. Easy, simple, and fun. Filters include Gaussian Blur, Hue/Saturation, Color Adjust, Maximum, Grey Scale, Invert, Minimum, Solarize, Edge Detection, and Sepia. So for OS 6, there’s a solution for some of those colors for pics.
As far as cons go for the app, I couldn’t find any. It works easily, and it takes some playing with to figure it out, but it’s easy to use and gives a different way to have fun.
Pros: The ability to add text and text bubbles, add fun hats, hair, sunglasses, mustaches, and extras to pics. Change the color of your pics, enhancing them. Be able to add the touches you were thinking the moment you took or received the picture. The app does just as it states, it edits and allows you to tweak the pics. For that I think it goes beyond, especially since OS 6 is missing some color features in the pic options. The fact that the app has a free trial to try before you buy allows you to not just take my word for it, try it out for yourself. You’ll be surprised what is waiting for you with this app.
Compatible with BlackBerry OS: 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 5.0, 6.0
Compatible with BlackBerry Devices: 83xx (Curve), 85xx (Curve), 87xx, 88xx World series, 89xx (Curve), 9000 (Bold), 93xx 3G (Curve), 9630 (Tour), 9650 (Bold), 9670 (Style), 97xx (Bold)