Windows Phone: Now Support Offline Facebook Messages; Official LinkedIn App; 'Fantasia Painter, FingerPaint, Spart Art' Painting App for Lumia Released

In the Windows Phone, LinkedIn the professional networking social site has launched its first official app for the Windows Phone platform.The free app, weighs in at under 1MB requires Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) or higher. "Get on-the-go access to your professional network with LinkedIn for Windows Phone. Find and connect with more than 150M members […]

In the Windows Phone, LinkedIn the professional networking social site has launched its first official app for the Windows Phone platform.

The free app, weighs in at under 1MB requires Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) or higher.

"Get on-the-go access to your professional network with LinkedIn for Windows Phone. Find and connect with more than 150M members worldwide, read the latest industry news, keep up-to-date with your groups, explore jobs you might be interested in, and share content with your network from anywhere," reads the app's description.

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Installing a painting app will not necessarily make you Picasso, but there's no reason why touchscreen smartphones can't be art tools in the same way that people are writing cell-phone symphonies, shaping smartphone sculptures, shooting movies and taking high quality photos.

If the amazing optics on your Nokia Lumia camera can't fulfill all your creative urges, Windows Phone Marketplace already has a number of apps to add to the artistic experience -Smartphone artists offer three main points of advice; first grey out any white background as you would on an easel, make sure you have an app with adjustable brushes, and work by adding layers. If all that fails, use the undo button frequently.

Fantasia Painter has 28 brush sizes, and the facility to either start on blank canvas, or adapt a photo. You can 'brush' colour backwards and forwards with a finger, and re-colour photos.

"Unlike other apps Fantasia has 28 unique brushes (e.g. Fur, Rainbow, Makeup) that adapt to your painting style, speed, direction and nearby colors to make even simple strokes look professional.

Powerful effects, like Mold and Clone, help you enlarge muscles, swap faces, body shape, and more. All effects can be "painted" to part of image, so you can create works of art that are uniquely your own."

The free version is full-featured, with ads. You can buy the full version at any time to remove the ads.

Brushes:

  • Eye color/shadow/makeup
  • Fur, Furball - Paint cute furry animals, furry flowers, add fur to photos
  • Sketch - Create pencil sketches, with far less strokes compared to real pencil
  • Fairy lights - "alive" abstract brush
  • Rainbow - Beautiful organic color transitions add life to your paintings
  • Twisted Squares, Paint, Dirty Paint, Pen, Eraser

45+ Effects:

  • Colorize - change to grayscale; brush back color with your finger
  • Dark Dream - gloomy feel; brush on and off to add subtle and powerful changes
  • Mold - change smiles, thin/fatten waists, make curved flowers, and much more
  • Shadow/Light Film - add subtle shades and light

Text: amazing, rare fonts, 500+ symbols, comic/speech bubbles

Lifelike Colors - combines steps from online tutorials to improve most photos. Tap Invert for before/after view.
Recolor, Soft light, Blur, Gentle Painter, more
Paint with one finger. Zoom/pan with two fingers.

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FingerPaint also allows you to start with any colour canvas, or a photo, and lets you customize your brush. If you need extra help you can use the line snapping tool - to straighten things out. And its got good 'undo' support.

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In you're less interested in sketching an original masterpiece, an app like Spark Art is fun which animates your drawings with 'sparks', timed effects and save or share your work.

"Tap or drag to draw shapes, words, or objects that automatically come to life with dynamic, physics-based animations. Vary your strokes and speed to create interesting patterns and effects. Or just watch a display of sample art."

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Features:

  • Tap to create bursts of sparks
  • Drag to create animated paths
  • Shake to erase
  • Press the pause icon to show options
  • Save creations to your Saved Pictures photo album.
  • Multi-touch enabled
  • Experiment with strokes, speed, and timing
  • Draw while paused to synchronize effects
  • Haptic feedback with vibration
  • Great burst and sizzle sound effects
  • Tilt to control gravity
  • Over 50 sample drawings included

The Facebook and Windows Phone integration let you Chat, see your conversation history neatly threaded with SMS messaging, and is helpfully associated with your contacts via the People Hub.

A much requested feature of the native Facebook Messaging integration in Windows Phone is the ability to send messages to off-line contacts, a feature which so far has required the Facebook app to accomplish. Now, it seems Microsoft has made some behind-the-scenes changes to enable offline Facebook messaging via Windows Phone's built-in messaging centre.

MimovilWindows is reporting that users are now able to initiate and send messages to Facebook contacts, even if they are off-line. The Windows Phone will still prompt you that the contact is offline, and would suggest you to SMS instead, but if you ignore to consider sending a text message, the message will delivered to your Facebook contact when they come online.

The new feature shows that Microsoft does not necessarily need to deliver a software update to Windows Phones to improve the features of the OS, muck like product reviews suddenly became available in selected countries in Europe via Bing search.

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Check out this video (in Spanish) of the updated feature in action:

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