Android App of the Day: Picturen Lite
So, on to our next installment which is December 22nd’s App of the day, without further ado I give you Picturen Lite.
This is essentially supposed to be a replacement for Android’s native “Gallery” app however it has a bit of a way to go before it can completely wipe out any use of Gallery. Let’s take a look at the basics and the little nooks and crannies of the app. To start off it displays albums in a vertical fashion instead of the Gallery’s horizontal way. With a slide scroll to go up and down through the albums. From here you can choose an album or can hit the options button and see a few more choices including: Share, Sort, Upload List, Accounts, and Settings.
Share: Allows you to share albums, this option isn’t available in the free version (and the full version isn’t out yet). With this option you’ll be able to share with your favorite application including a new one that comes with Picturen Lite called “Social Network Uploader”. This will essentially be an “All-in-one” uploader so to speak, that will be able to upload to all your favorite social networks at once. The only one preprogrammed is Picasa with no option to program any more at this moment (again I’m assuming it will come with the full version).
Sort: Allows you to sort your albums by “Latest to oldest”, “Oldest to Latest” and “alphabetically”.
Upload List: Shows the uploads you have at the moment
Accounts: Lets you set up your “Social Network Accounts” the only one available in this option right now is Picasa, with Flickr and Facebook available soon
Settings: Lets you adjust “default upload size”, “way to zoom” (which has a cool option to double tap and then drag to zoom in on pictures, also pinch to zoom or both), “albums default sorting” and “photos default sorting”
Once you click on an album the pictures begin to load fairly quick. The problem with this is its hard to scroll quickly to the end or middle of the pictures depending on how many you have in an album. For instance in the Gallery app you can use the scroll on the bottom to quickly slide to either right or left quickly but scrolling up and down is a bit more lengthy in this app.
Other than that the app seems to work perfectly. Once thing I really love about this app is when you go to “share” a box pops up that allows you to scroll up and down through your options of where to share to. On my Epic I know there’s been a lot of flack about when we go to share we can only see about 8 of our options and the top ones get cut off with no ability to scroll up to see them. We’re forced to delete apps so we’re able to see the options we want to share to. Luckily all my favorite share apps are at the bottom so I;m not one that has to delete apps but still this little option makes things a whole lot easier for us Epic users (and I think the rest of the Galaxy S series phone users as well).
I know a few months ago I was really searching all over to find a replacement for my Gallery app because it was being really choppy and not loading pictures (which for some reason it started to work better), but in any case I couldn’t find anything else worth using. Had this app been out at the time I would have easily settled for this. With a very nice ground work for an upcoming Gallery replacement and a lot of promises to improve I would definitely say this has done and will do exactly what it should now and in the future.