Having a cell phone camera has proved useful on many occasions. Things have gotten even better lately, as we’ve gotten 3.2 and even 5 megapixel cameras on devices. The pictures still aren’t great, but they’re much better than what we were used to when using those old VGA cameras. One thing I always wished I could do is edit an image right on my BlackBerry. There are times when I want to crop or resize an image, and there’s nothing natively on the device that lets you do that. That sent me on the hunt for image editing applications. I’ve found two that I’d like to share with you.
I came across this one when browsing App World. I’m sure there are others, but this one stood out for the simplicity and price. With imgEdit you can take care of the basic image editing functions: resize, crop, rotate, zoom, mirror, add effects, and add text. That usually takes care of my immediate image needs. Anything more intricate and I’ll wait until I’m home to fire up Photoshop. But if I just want to crop out something in a picture or resize it for whatever need, I can do that right on my device. imgEdit works with all BlackBerry devices, but it is optimized for BlackBerry 5.0. It supports BMP, GIF, JPG, and PNG files. You can get imgEdit for $3.99.
Like imgEdit, MiniPaint takes care of all your basic image editing functions. There’s not much to add, really, because image editing is image editing, especially when it it’s on a mobile device. MiniPaint does add something, though. If you want to pretty up your pictures before you send them to friends and family you can take advantage of the clipart library. As you can see in the screenshot, this allows you to add cute little effects to your images. Not everyone needs this, of course, but it’s just a neat feature. MiniPaint supports only JPEG and PNG files, and always outputs in JPEG format. Thankfully, it always saves your edits as a copy, so it makes no alterations to the original image. You can get MiniPaint for $4.99.