Simply because it is the weekend, not dare think for any second it's completely quiet. We have got a bit of application updates for you personally. Netflix joins Nokia's Application Folder and 1Shot within this weekend's roundup of application updates. Go by the break to determine what's new within the latest releases.
Netflix is a well-liked on-demand service that's available too on Home windows Phone. Regrettably, the application is not quite up to date with choices on competitor platforms and misses features like profiles support. What's new in 3.5..16? We are much less sure. Nothing has sprung out when using the latest release, so we are presuming you will find only bug fixes.
You are able to grab Netflix in the Home windows Phone Store free of charge.
Application Folder 1..9.5
Nokia's most widely known because of not just the superb hardware the organization pumps from its industrial facilities, however the software that follows a release. Including App Folder, the most recent offering in the Finnish company. The application, if you are unfamiliar with the title, allows you to definitely group application tiles into folders in your Start screen.
The most recent version is just a minor update, but we are unsure of what's incorporated. We is possibly searching at fixes implemented for issues customers happen to be going through, including the rise in random starts over. Tell us within the comments in the event you place anything we have skipped.
Download Application Folder from the Nokia Collection around the Home windows Phone Store free of charge.
If you are someone to take numerous shots together with your Home windows Phone, 1Shot is really a sweet little application to possess inside your toolbox. Here's what's new within the new edition:
- Changed slider mobile phones for user selectable choices for ISO, Shutter Speed and Whitened Balance
- Set to fireplace auto-focus (on capture button tap) if mode selected is auto-focus and user has not drawn on on viewfinder to concentrate.
You can download 1Shot from the Home windows Phone Store free of charge.
Last we Nokia shared the Lumia Black update had begun the entire process of moving to various mobile phone models around the world. The Nokia Lumia 925 and Lumia 1020 were the very first products to get it, along with other products obtaining the update within the coming days. A support page was setup enabling you to look into the status from the rollout upon your country and company. We’re to not get tips that various unlocked (and locked) Lumia 820’s and 920’s are actually getting Lumia Black.
Lumia Black, as you need to know right now, is really a firmware update for Nokia mobile phone models. It brings additional features towards the mix like Nokia Glance Screen 2. and support for Bluetooth LE. It is also needed to operate newer and more effective and up-to-date Nokia applications like Refocus, Beamer, Storyteller and Camera.
The guidelines we’re receiving claim that Lumia 920’s which are unlocked in India are some of the places obtaining the update. In Italia, customers will also be apparently finding the Lumia Black firmware update on their own Lumia 820 and Lumia 920 products. If put forth the Nokia Support page you will see that a few of these regions continue to be listed as “coming soon”, meaning page is most likely just a little behind the bend. If you notice your company and region listed as not far off, you may be getting that update today.
Abby just checked his Lumia 920 and truly does possess the Lumia Black update open to him in India, his Lumia 920 is unlocked.
Possess a Lumia 820 or Lumia 920? You might like to get into your phone configurations and scroll lower towards the “phone update” section and appearance for those who have an update waiting. If you discover Lumia Black, make sure to list your phone, company, and country below within the comments. Remember to look at Nokia’s software update page to determine the status in your situation.
Best of luck and thanks for visiting Lumia Black.
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Nokia has launched DNG colour profiles for Adobe Lightroom to create your photography workload simpler to deal with. Whether you are simply an enthusiast or perhaps a professional digital photographer and possess a Lumia 1520 or Lumia 1020, there's a high probability you are shooting in raw DNG format (using the Lumia Black update, obviously).
Although this format gives you the way to edit photos after taking them without compression (together with a default colour profile), Nokia has treated us with profiles for particular light sources in order to save a while and energy.
Colour profiles basically provide more particulars concerning the image under consideration (beyond camera information, exposure configurations, date, etc). Within the situation of Adobe Lightroom, the profiles tell the program suite how you can convert colours of the raw image file. The default profile can be used as a myriad of lighting, but Nokia provides three profiles for expensive, fluorescent and daylight-halogen.
Default colour profile (left) versus expensive profile - Lumia 1520
So why wouldn't you begin using these colour profiles? When editing photos such suites, work is needed to regulate colours in raw conversion to attain preferred results. Utilising profiles removes this workload and replaces it having a simple selection. It's not necessary to make use of the profiles either (or any you develop and/or download her), they are just there to create things simpler.
Should you shoot several photos every now and then, using Instagram or any other social networking applications to see buddies, you most likely will not go near software for example Adobe's Lightroom. However for fanatics and energy customers available who make the most of Nokia Lumia camera abilities, browse the links below to seize the color profiles.
It's suggested that you simply save and backup your colour profiles, in addition to raw images to safe locations just just in case of storage failures. Tell us the way you start the profiles within the comments.
Source: Nokia Conversations
4Blend is really a new Home windows Phone 8 photography application made to create HDR (High Dynamic Range) images. The application uses Nokia’s Imaging SDK along with a multi-layer HDR formula to construct the HDR images. The fundamental HDR effect may be used to improve low-light photos and a number of effects filters may be used to give a little creativeness for your HDR images.
Add voice triggered shutter control, front camera support and manual camera configurations and 4Blend constitutes a nice first impression.
Together with the fundamental HDR filter, 4Blend includes a pleasant assortment of 16 effects filters which includes color boost, cartoon, sketch, lomo, sepia and much more.
Manual controls include activating/from the voice instructions, setting the gamma levels, manual focus, and setting the ISO, shutter speed and exposure compensation for each one of the three images accustomed to construct your HDR image.
The application will require three images of the identical scene at various exposure levels then mix them into one image which should possess a greater dynamic range. A stable hands is needed and that will help you minimize camera movement triggered by pressing the shutter button, 4Blend includes a voice command setting which will initiate the photo sequence.
4Blend HDR Sample
The elements isn’t being too cooperative right now to let's take 4Blend out for any proper try out however in just trying out the Home windows Phone 8 application throughout the house, it can make a pleasant first impression. When the clouds re-locate and also the rain clears up, we'll take 4Blend out and obtain an evaluation on the website.
4Blend is really a free application that's readily available for Home windows Phone 8 (including 512MB products like the Lumia 520). You are able to get your copy of 4Blend within the Home windows Phone Store.
Did you a get a new Windows Phone in your stocking above the fireplace or in a box under the Christmas tree? If you did, odds are it might have been a Nokia Lumia 520. Why’s that? It’s only the most popular Windows Phone ever. Last we checked, over one in four Windows Phone devices around the world are the Lumia 520. Which isn’t all that surprising. You have a smartphone that can easily be had for under $100 off-contract around the world, it’s selling like hot cakes.
Which is why we’re going to look at the 10 best apps for the Lumia 520. We’ll be focusing on apps (and games tomorrow) that run well on devices with 512MB of RAM. Which means this list also apples to devices like the Lumia 521, Lumia 620, Lumia 720 and others with just 512MB of RAM.
Facebook Beta – Best app for connecting with family and friends
Yeah, I’m putting Facebook Beta ahead of the legit version of Facebook. Live life on the edge and use the beta version of Facebook for newer features and faster updates. Whether you like it or not, Facebook is a juggernaut of a social network. It has over one billion users, which means something like one in seven people on the entire planet have a Facebook account. It’s an important app and works well on the Lumia 520. Get that Facebook Beta in the Windows Phone Store (or grab the vanilla version, aka non-beta Facebook).
Bing Weather –Best app for checking the weather
There are a plethora of weather apps in the Windows Phone Store. You really can’t go wrong with any of them. However, we like Bing and recommend it as a great weather app to download right away. It’s free, has no ads and a clean interface. What more could you want in a weather app? Grab it in the Windows Phone Store.
WhatsApp – Best app for communicating
Right now, WhatsApp has over 400 million monthly active users. Those users send 16 billion messages and 500 million images per day on WhatsApp. Those figures are astonishing, which is why WhatsApp is a must-have app for your Lumia 520. Odds are, someone you know prefers using the platform to contact you. The app for Windows Phone has had a flurry of updates in the past few weeks, adding both stability and features. Grab it in the Windows Phone Store.
Nokia MixRadio – Best app for your next dance party
There are a lot of music apps available for Windows Phone. We’re big fans of Xbox Music, Songza, Pandora and others. Unfortunately, because of local laws and music licensing, those apps aren’t necessarily available in all regions that the Lumia 520 is. No music service is perfect when it comes to availability around the globe, but Nokia MixRadio comes pretty close and seems to be available in most places. Availability aside, it’s just a great music platform. We’re big fans of the mixes that are created by real human beings and not some computer algorithm. The app is a mix of free features and an affordable subscription ($4.99 per month). Grab it in the Windows Phone Store.
HERE Maps – Best app to never get lost
Smartphones are wonderful devices, mostly because they combine the features and functions of multiple devices into one. You can leave your GPS navigator at home thanks to HERE Maps on Windows Phone. Odds are you already have HERE Maps loaded up on your Lumia 520, but it’s always worth highlighting because it’s so good and it’s free. HERE Maps lets you save on data by downloading maps for offline use. You’ll never get lost as long as you’ve got HERE Maps on your Lumia 520. Grab it in the Windows Phone Store.
myTube – Best app for watching YouTube
The “official” YouTube app on Windows Phone sucks. There’s the whole tussle between Google and Microsoft on the issue, but that doesn’t matter so much since we have myTube on Windows Phone. It’s the best way to use YouTube on Windows Phone and works great on the Lumia 520. Sign in with your account and you’ll get access to your subscriptions, favorites and more. The UI is pretty snazzy and there are tons of features that make this a great YouTube app. Grab myTube from the Windows Phone Store.
Wikipedia – Best app to quench your thirst for knowledge
You probably hit up Wikipedia a few times a day if you’re anything like us. Thankfully, we have a stellar Wikipedia app on Windows Phone from Rudy Huyn. It’s called, wait for it, Wikipedia and has the blessings of the Wikimedia Foundation (organization behind Wikipedia). The app by Rudy shows of the Windows Phone design language with aplomb and performance is solid. It’s the best way to get Wikipedia on your Windows Phone. Which is why you should get it for you Lumia 520 from the Windows Phone Store.
Weave – Best app to be the king of news
Outside of tech you probably have a few other hobbies and interests right? There’s no better way to stay on top of your favorite news sites and blogs than with Weave for Windows Phone. The app was just updated to take advantage of their in-house Weave Cloud Services that allows your feeds, favorites and more to sync across Weave on Windows Phone and Windows 8. There’s also a web version of Weave coming, so you’ll never be without your news. Weave is available for free on Windows Phone, but you can also pony up and get the ad-free version for $9.99. Grab the Weave for free in the Windows Phone Store.
Nokia Camera Beta – Best app for photography
The Lumia 520 isn’t known for producing stellar photographs. Mostly because it has a relatively ho-hum sensor, it is a budget friendly phone after all. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t push the limits of what is possible with it. To do that, you’ll want Nokia Camera Beta. The app is more or less like the regular version of Nokia Camera, except not limited to high-end Lumia’s with PureView technology. To get the same features and fine level of control over your camera on the Lumia 520 make sure you grab Nokia Camera beta in the Windows Phone Store.
6tag – Best way to Instagram
Sure, there’s finally an official Instagram client for Windows Phone, but it doesn’t come close to the performance and features found in 6tag. The app was recently updated to version 3.0 and brings support for the newest feature on the photo social network, Instagram Direct. That’s a feature you can’t even get in the official version on Windows Phone. It’s free and available in the Windows Phone Store.
(Bonus) WPCentral – Best way to get learn about more apps for your Lumia 520
OK, time for a shameless plug. You should probably get our app (WPCentral) for Windows Phone to easily learn, discover, and download new apps for your Lumia 520. We constantly highlight new apps, big updates, and more. Our app for Windows Phone is easily the best portal for staying abreast on all the news and happenings on the platform. It’s free, but you can pay to unlock some extra features. There’s also a new update out right now where Jay really outdid himself with new features and bug fixes. Pick it up in the Windows Phone Store.
And there you have it. The best apps for your Lumia 520 (or any 512 MB device really). Of course your opinions on what apps are a must-have for your Lumia 520 might differ from ours, which is where the comments below come in. Rocking a Lumia 520? Sound off below with some of your favorite apps. Don’t worry about games, since we’ll cover those tomorrow. For now, this is all about apps.
Here is a neat little trick to obtain your moving toward personalising your Start screen with Nokia's Application Folders solution. The application was lately released towards the Home windows Phone Store just like you can with contacts, you are in a position to copy emoticons in the SMS text box to Application Folder game titles to include some personality. Assembling a games folder, why don't you give a controller?
It is a super awesome effect and just takes seconds to complete. The only real factor worth recalling is you are not needed to become running the Lumia Black update to possess Application Folders installed in the store. Below shows a fast illustration of the way it all works. Around the left you will find the insides of the folder with applications listed, during the best you will find the folder tile itself (spot the emoticon on screens?).
In the event that were not enough that you should be stoked for that application, take a look at our Mike giving a fast demo from the application itself:
You are able to grab Application Folder in the Home windows Phone Store. Also, make sure to tell us a few of the symbols you've employed for folders in your Start screen within the comments below.
Thanks, Roy, for that manages!
One of the more interesting features of the Nokia Black update is the ability to capture photographs in RAW or DNG format. DSLR and high-end compact cameras have been using the RAW/DNG format for years and this is the first time a smartphone has had this ability.
The DNG format allows Lumia 1020 and 1520 camera users more control over their images. It is a feature that matches up well with the optical stabilization, low-light performance and larger imaging sensors already in place.
However, DNG may not be for everyone. If you detest post-processing (photo editing) and prefer a “straight from the camera” photography experience, you may want to stick with JPEG.
What is DNG?
DNG is a universal RAW image format and is short for Digital Negative Image File. In many respects, a RAW image file is comparable to film negatives. Where JPEG image files are processed in-camera (exposure, white balance, contrast, etc.) and compressed, DNG files are not. They leave the camera as a raw, un-adjusted image file. This allows you to adjust the image as you see fit and minimizes any image degradation that such adjustments may cause.
You can fine-tune JPEG images with post-processing but the more you adjust and tweak exposure, color adjustments, sharpness, contrast, etc. your image quality begins to suffer.
Think of it this way. If you draw a picture on a piece of paper and have to erase portions of the drawing to improve the appearance the paper will begin to show wear from being erased. The more you post-edit a JPEG image, the stronger the chance the image will begin to show wear through noise, artifacts or other abnormalities.
One of the downsides to DNG files is that without any adjustments or compression, the file itself is huge. A compressed 38MP JPEG file runs in the neighborhood of 9MB while an uncompressed 38MP DNG file runs in the neighborhood of 48MB.
Image sizes of the two file formats breaks down as follows. The 38MP JPEG image is 7136 x 5360 pixels at 72dpi. The 38MP DNG image is 7152 x 5360 pixels at 240dpi. I am not exactly sure where the extra pixel width comes from but I have found the higher, native dpi lends for better print quality.
Accessing your DNG files
To set your Lumia 1020 or 1520 to shoot DNG format, go to your camera settings. You will have capture mode options that will include JPEG (5MP), JPEG (5MP +38MP) and JPEG (5MP + DNG (38MP). Keep in mind the high end of the image resolution is dependent on your aspect ratio. An aspect ratio of 4:3 will give you the 38MP resolution and an aspect ratio of 16:9 will yield you a 34MP resolution on the high end.
The 5MP image is built off the larger JPEG or DNG image file and is easier to share from your Windows Phone. The larger image file can be used with the “zoom later” feature of Nokia Camera to modify the appearance of the 5MP image. Shooting in DNG format will act just like shooting with the 5MP+34/38MP option.
If your photography never strays from your Windows Phone screen, you will not see the difference between shooting DNG and JPEG formats (save the storage needed for the larger DNG file). The advantages of the DNG format come into play if you take the images offsite to a photo-editing app on computer.
Asides from being a much larger file, another downside to DNG or RAW image files is that it takes more time to edit your photos. With JPEG images, you get a finished product straight from the camera that often requires no post-editing. With DNG files, you are guaranteed time with photo editing software.
Windows File Explorer Listing DNG Files
To edit the un-compressed, un-adjusted, raw DNG file you will first need to remove it from your Windows Phone to a computer. You can do this by connecting your Windows Phone up to your computer and using the file explorer look for the file with the “Raw_highres.dng” extension or the DNG File Type in the Camera Roll sub-folder of the Pictures folder.
Once on your computer, you will need to open it from Photoshop Elements, Lightroom or other photo editor. When you do so, you will need to run the DNG file through a conversion application. Most photo editors have this built in and the conversion process pulls up automatically.
Adobe Photoshop Elements RAW Conversion
The conversion app lets you apply your editing adjustment to the DNG files appearance. Adjustments include exposure, color temperature, color tint, shadows, contrast, brightness, black levels, saturation and more. The number of adjustments varies depending on the photo editing software manufacturer.
Once you get your adjustments just right, the DNG file will be converted to JPEG format and the adjustments will be applied. From there you can crop, re-size and/or make additional edits to your image before saving.
As the development of our Windows Phone cameras continue, hopefully we will see a Windows Phone photo-editing app that will allow us to convert and edit DNG files straight from the Windows Phone. The Lumia 1520’s six-inch screen is just screaming for such an editor.
I have been shooting RAW format from a DSLR for years and find the format gives me more control in editing photos, helps me save marginal images from being tossed, and provides overall better image quality. The JPEG image format is equally capable of producing quality images but can be more sensitive to post-processing.
Note: Sample images were shot with the Nokia Lumia 1020. JPEG images were taken straight from the camera and resized for publication. DNG images were converted, then resized for publication.
JPEG (left) and DNG (right) Samples
The adjustment controls with processing DNG files makes it easier to pull details out of the shadows, accurately adjust an image’s white balance (tint and temperature), and overall gives you more creative control over your images. When lighting conditions aren't that great, I have found that shooting RAW gives you a little more forgiveness than JPEG.
Straight from the Camera JPEG Sample Image
In shooting images with both formats, I am very impressed with how well the Lumia 1020 handles in-camera processing. Image quality was very close with the two image formats but I found getting the image to look as desired was easier in shooting with the DNG format. Granted this could be based on being more accustomed to processing RAW image files.
DNG File Sample Image
In defense of the JPEG image, you can fine-tune the image file with Fhotoroom, Nokia's Creative Studio, or other Windows Phone/computer photo editors to improve the "straight from the camera" image. Just keep in mind, the more you adjust a JPEG image the chance of image degradation increases.
Hopefully we will see a Windows Phone photo editor that will be capable of opening and converting the DNG files and reduce the dependency on a computer to make the most of these files. The 'zoom later' feature of Nokia Camera will work on DNG files but the image is automatically converted and re-sampled to the 5MP version. It would be nice to have an internal conversion app to let you adjust the DNG file manually then edit the image accordingly.
DNG or JPEG?
If the majority of your photos will reside on your Windows Phone, the JPEG file format will serve you well. Even if you venture beyond your Windows Phone, shooting JPEG images can produce fantastic images.
If you like to dabble with photo editing and are looking for more control with your images, then shoot DNG. It will require a little more time with photo editing software but in the end you may find it time well spent.
For me, the introduction of the RAW/DNG file format to our Windows Phones makes the camera a more serious contender. It gives you the ability to shoot a photo, share the 5MP JPEG immediately and later edit/fine-tune the DNG for print or digital publication. This ability has been in place with many professional DSLRs for years and it is nice to see it landing with our Windows Phones.
JPEG (Bottom) and DNG (Top) Sample Images
If you have shot RAW before with your DSLR or advanced Point and Shoot camera, you will feel right at home with the Lumia’s DNG format. If you are curious about photo editing, the DNG will give you the opportunity to dive into more intense post-processing. If you could care less about RAW image files and like the convenience of the JPEG format, the Lumia 1020 and 1520 has you covered as well.
There really is no right or wrong whichever way you choose.
If you have given the new DNG format a spin, let us know what you think of it in the comments below.