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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.

    41,716 votes
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      175 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…

      5,360 votes
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        113 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

        1,767 votes
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          79 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.

          412 votes
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            20 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 )

            270 votes
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              22 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 -…

              255 votes
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                11 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 242 votes
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                  9 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Allow sharing of pictures at S, M, L and full resolution

                  [Coming from a Nokia Lumia 920 user]

                  Currently, pictures are automatically downsized when sharing via email, MMS, etc.

                  Sharing full resolution pictures directly from the phone is impossible. They either have to be uploaded to SkyDrive first, or transferred to a PC.

                  Apple iPhones and Blackberry smartphones have been allowing users the option of resizing pictures on-the-fly when sharing and this makes the most sense.

                  Nokia touts it's wonderful cameras, but it's incredibly frustrating if sharing your favorite pictures takes so many steps. All you need is one additional prompt to make photo sharing 10 times more powerful on Windows…

                  94 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Picture Hub in WP7 to have sort by name feature

                    Windows phone to have "sort by name" feature and not just date taken. Its funny how Zune has that ability but the phone doesn't.

                    87 votes
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                      3 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Upload Photo to Facebook Album

                      Currently I can upload photos to Facebook, but if I want to upload a photo to a specific album I have to use Facebook app.

                      79 votes
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                        5 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Add snap chat to the app store!

                        Apple has snap chat, google has snap chat but windows doesn't have snap chat! It really sucks

                        71 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Picture Que for Pictures Hub

                          The ability to choose CERTAIN photos to cycle on the Pictures Hub on the home screen.

                          69 votes
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                            14 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • 68 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Allow multiple videos to be selected in Photos app

                              Please allow multiple videos to be selected in the Photos app. Right now you can only select up to 100 pictures, but you cannot select any videos at all unless you click on each one and select whether you want to share or delete it. Why does multiple selection work for pictures, but not videos? Please fix this.

                              66 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • ability to make photo albums, marke as private, display on homescreen, etc.

                                More flexibility with photos & albums. Organize photos into albums, mark some as private (password protected), and which can show on the homescreen

                                65 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • "share with.." twitter to use twitpic etc not skydrive to host tweeted pics

                                  When pressing "Share with..." on a pic in Mango you can select Twitter, however, it uses Skydrive to upload the photo which can't be previewed.

                                  63 votes
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                                    5 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Bring back the "Upload to SkyDrive [OneDrive]" option in the gallery.

                                    In Windows Phone 8.1, the "upload to SkyDrive" feature has been removed. Now, we have to manually go to the application OneDrive, choose a folder, and upload manually. To make matters worse, we have to select picture by picture, we can not select multiple items at once.

                                    So, put the option to upload images again, as before. I want to be able to upload images in the background.

                                    60 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • 59 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Picture Upload to Skydrive

                                        Allow the user to select the folder on Skydrive wo which the picture should be uploaded to

                                        55 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Pictures  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add Google+ as an option to Share...

                                          Right now, I can share a picture from the picture hub with Facebook, Flickr, SkyDrive, Twitter, and through email. Need to also be able to post/share the picture on Google+.

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