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  1. Do not change Photos Hub style in Windows Phone 8.1

    Please do not remove the panorama style of the photos hub currently implemented on Windows Phone 8. This is one of the few things which distinguishes the Windows Phone platform from other OS's. The new pictures app in 8.1 is just a pivot app and is disappointedly lacking in design, compared to what we have currently. At least include an option to add a background picture.

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      133 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Animated GIF files support

      There are a lot of animated GIF files that show up on popular websites such as tumblr. They work perfectly when viewing in the web browser, but once downloaded (or viewed on skydrive), WP8's photo viewer will only show the first frame.

      I never understood this: it works perfectly fine in the web browser, but once offline it's worthless. Same with Windows Photo Viewer on the desktop and the Photo app on Windows 8.

      Animated GIFs are very popular and a big part of the photo-sharing experience nowadays, so solid support for being able to download GIFs like any other…

      5,088 votes
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        102 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Ability to create albums for pictures

        We need to be able to move pictures into albums in which we name ourself on the phone

        1,505 votes
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          70 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Instagram for windows

          Instagram is the best photo editing app must be implemented on windows phone like its free available on android and iphone.

          956 votes
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            23 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • select Multiple picture

            there should be a way to select multiple pictures for deletion or editing. One at a time don't cut it.

            852 votes
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              49 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Bring back the original photos hub in 8.1

              The photos hub is one of the reasons I feel in love with windows phone. Now that the original hub is replaced in WP 8.1, it feels like it is less metro, less personal, and less beautiful. Please bring back the old photos hub. Please do not strip features but improve on them. I am looking forward to this. Please. If it ain't broken, don't fix it.

              594 votes
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                35 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 534 votes
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                  25 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Background picture not just on lock screen but on tile screen and app draw

                  The ability to have a picture background on lock screen and add draw panoramic picture like in the picture hub

                  321 votes
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                    20 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Ability to create and edit photo albums

                    Create albums and add/remove/move pictures in photo albums without having to use Zune

                    296 votes
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                      8 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Enable Full Resolution Photo Upload to SkyDrive on the Nokia Lumia 1020

                      Enable Full Resolution Photo Upload to SkyDrive on the Nokia Lumia 1020

                      I really don't want to deal with AT&T Locker for backup of my full resolution photos from my Nokia Lumia 1020.

                      292 votes
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                        9 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Ability to Mark Photos as Private or Hidden

                        We should be able to mark some photos Private or Hidden so others don't see all our photos when browsing on our phone.

                        286 votes
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                          12 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • 242 votes
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                            9 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Proper sync for Photos backup to Onedrive

                            It has been reported that photo backup to onedrive can silently fail, especially in case of bad wi-fi connection.
                            WP should either fix that problem or provide a "Sync all" feature in the Photos app that 1) checks all Albums for any photo/video that has not been backed up and uploads it to Onedrive; 2) does not create duplicates in Onedrive.

                            (see: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/winphone/forum/wpdp-wpcamera/some-photos-skipped-by-onedrive-backup-upload-how/90b8b77d-7ef2-435c-9fa1-2550faf5bf53 )

                            230 votes
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                              16 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Make it possible to have a picture background behind the core OS live tiles.

                              It would be nice to be able to place a picture in the background of the core live tiles on the home screen. Several tiles could share the same picture or they could be individualized. From there you could have a drop shadow of the grid between the tiles on the picture. Or even have that 3D effect iOS7 has on it's home screen - All optional, of course. Also, make it optional to have the picture in the background move with the tiles or have the tiles move over the static picture. WP would be unbeatable in personalization. Thank…

                              195 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Allow saving of animated gifs from internet explorer

                                Right now you can view animated gifs in IE, but when you save them to the phone, only a single frame gets saved as an animated gif. I don't even care if I can't view them again on my phone, because when I sync my phone all the pictures get copied to my computer, which can display animated gifs. Please. This is a glaring oversight.

                                164 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • 162 votes
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                                    10 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Animated image for lock and start screen

                                    surly the lock and start screen can getting better with support for animated and live images

                                    120 votes
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                                      2 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Have Screenshots album honor auto upload settings in WP8.

                                      Currenlty, my Screenshots album on my phone doesn't honor my auto upload to skydrive settings, and I must manually select each screenshot and upload them. Change the feature so this album also honors the photo auto upload settings, as do the camera roll and saved pictures albums do.

                                      112 votes
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                                        4 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • multi-select images/video to share/edit/delete

                                        iphone allows users to multi-select images to share/delete. wp7 should too

                                        110 votes
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                                          10 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Sync all photo albums to onedrive

                                          Currently, only photos taken with the camera (and subsequently stored in the Camera Roll album) are uploaded automatically to OneDrive.

                                          Adding the ability to sync photos from other albums - for example, those in the Screenshot album - would make it significantly easier to access the files on other devices for editing or viewing purposes.

                                          In Windows Phone 8.1 (developer preview), the option to "sync to SkyDrive" (Now OneDrive) has been removed from the contextual image menu - meaning you need to manually open the OneDrive app, and select any images from other albums to ensure that they're uploaded -…

                                          104 votes
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