Windows Phone 7 Connector 2.0 fro Mac; Pictures + Camera Enhancements for "Mango"; 5 Essential Photo Apps for WP

Windows Phone 7 Connector 2.0 released today, now makes it easy to sync media files from your Mac to your Windows Phone and vice versa. It's also how Mac users update their Windows Phone software.Full sync and import support for Apple Aperture softwareDrag and drop import of files from Browse DeviceRingtone transfer support (for phones […]

Windows Phone 7 Connector 2.0 released today, now makes it easy to sync media files from your Mac to your Windows Phone and vice versa. It's also how Mac users update their Windows Phone software.

  • Full sync and import support for Apple Aperture software
  • Drag and drop import of files from Browse Device
  • Ringtone transfer support (for phones running Windows Phone 7.5 or later)
  • Improved video conversion
  • Support for Windows Phone Marketplace (for phones running Windows Phone 7.5 or later)
  • Localization support for 13 additional languages
  • Improvements to backup and restore operations
  • Improved configuration for podcast sync and photo import
  • Improved iTunes import support in certain languages
  • Improved metadata support for videos

You can download from Windows Phone 7 Connector 2.0 Mac App Store.

In other Windows Phone 7 releated news:

First, on Windows Phone blog, a team member, Juliette Guilbert shared a feast of Pictures + Camera improvements and new features for Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango". Here is a quick list of what you get in "Mango" -- from Gulberts blog post:

Camera:

  • Autofix--Apply some common photographic fixes to a picture, on your phone, in one tap.
  • Touch focus and capture--Tap any spot on the screen to focus there and take the shot. (This varies according to hardware--some phones will have tap-to-capture but will still automatically center focus.)
  • Sticky settings--Save your custom camera settings for next time.
  • Ability to mute the shutter sound--Good for taking pictures at those school holiday pageants (not available in all countries and regions).
  • Review pictures above the lock--Snap a photo when your phone is locked, then take a peek at it above the lock. You'll only be able to get to photos you just took--better for security.
  • Changes for portrait orientation--Now, when you take a picture in portrait orientation, you'll see it in portrait orientation when you review it.

Pictures:

  • Video sharing--Send your vids in email or post them to Facebook or SkyDrive.
  • Twitter integration--Tweet your pics!
  • Easy picture tagging on upload to Facebook or SkyDrive.
  • View and add tags on your friends' Facebook and SkyDrive pictures.
  • Integration with the People Hub--View your friends' albums on their contact cards and on Group cards.
  • People view--See snapshots and albums from your favorite contacts in the Pictures Hub.
  • Personalize--Tag some favorites and choose Shuffle background in the Pictures Hub, and you'll see your favorite photos on the Hub and on Start.
  • When you choose a photo from within an app, you can now pick from online albums on Facebook or SkyDrive, not just pictures saved on your phone.
  • Quick access to the Camera Roll--Before, it took two taps in the Pictures Hub to get the photos you've snapped. Now it's front and center.
  • Apps pane--Developers can register their photo-related apps to show up in the Pictures Hub for easy access.
  • Autoshare to SkyDrive changed to Automatically upload to SkyDrive, which you can turn on to upload a lower-res version of every picture you take to a private location on SkyDrive.
  • Pin any album to Start, including Facebook albums.

And, second, here are 5 essential photo apps for Windows Phone:

Thumba Photo Editor - a 99 cents app packed with more than 70 tools and tweaks, lets you resize, crop, rotate, flip, remove red eye, and sharpen your photos. You can edit embedded GPS info and add protective watermarks. There's also impressive selection of filters and special effects. Several shutterbugs here swear by it. "It's like having a mini-Photoshop on the phone," one says. A worthy competitor is Pictures Lab ($1.99), another full-featured photo editing app with an enthusiastic fan base.

PhotoFunia (Free) app boasts more than 225 effects.

PhotoSafe - $1.99 app serves as a password-protected virtual vault for any photos on your phone that you want to keep hidden from prying eyes. It's also a handy way to prevent Angry Birds-addicted kids from accidentally deleting important shots while messing with your phone. The app is straightforward: Pick a password, then just copy over images from the Pictures Hub into protected folders (or snap photos directly with the camera). Images sequestered in PhotoSafe won't be transferred automatically to your PC when you sync with the Zune software, either.

Fantasia Painter (Free) provides 12 brushes and bunch of cool effects to add Van Gogh-like flourishes to your shots. My kids love this app. But it should also appeal to artists and anybody with kid-like tendencies.

Ztitch (free) brings drag-and-drop simplicity to the pano-making process. But it goes a step further, creating full 360º panoramas that provide the uncanny you-are-there illusion.