Polarfox is a new desktop app that lets you “beautify and share images smartly” from Windows, Mac, and Linux; it runs on Adobe AIR. The best thing about Polarfox is that there is no registration required to use it; so it’s one less new account that you have to create. This is because it uploads to your social accounts via your mobile upload email addresses.
So you won’t have to enter any usernames, passwords, or authorize any of your social networks to connect with Polarfox. Just enter your upload email address and you’re good to go!
Polarfox has a simple and beautiful interface, which is extremely easy to use. Let’s take a look.
There are 5 navigation icons on the left side of the application, which represent (in order from top to bottom):
- upload – although clicking anywhere on the app’s wood background will also bring up the upload box
- share – for posting images to Flickr, Picasa, Evernote, Facebook, Posterous, Blogger, Twitpic, and Box
- save – for saving images to your computer in different sizes
- settings – where you enter and save your mobile upload email addresses
- about – learn more about Polarfox, check for updates, read the FAQs, etc
Setting Up Your Share Accounts
The first thing you’ll want to do is go to settings and enter your mobile upload email addresses. Not sure where to get these? Just click on the icon next to each one and you’ll be taken right to it in your browser (or to a page that tells you where to get it).
All you have to do is copy your share email and paste it into Polarfox. Once you’re done, click on “Save” and you’ll now be able to share images to these services.
Working With Images
Now that you have your sharing accounts set up, it’s time to upload and edit an image. Whether you want to share your image or you want to save it to your computer, you can upload it first and decide later.
To upload a picture, just click on the “up” pointing arrow in the navigation area or click anywhere on the wood background of the app. You can then choose a picture from your computer and it will be displayed in Polarfox along with a few new options (see screenshot below).
Image Filters and Adjustments
You’ll see 10 different color effects that you can apply to your image like Berlin, London, Moscow, and Miami. As you click on each one, it will be applied to your photo in real-time so that you can see how it looks.
Honestly, I’m not too impressed with the color effects. None of them did my picture any justice and I just couldn’t see myself sharing a picture online with any of them. However, I do like that fact that you can use the filter buttons above the “Edit Image” area to tweak the the effects as needed.
In fact, you don’t have to apply color effect if you don’t want to, you can just start out tweaking your image using the filters.
Each button will display a slider (once you hover your mouse over them) and you can move them back and forth to edit your images in more detail; you can change the brightness, contrast, saturation, hue, and fade to create a unique and pleasing image.
Sharing and Saving
Once you’re done with the tweaking, you can either share your image on your social networks all at once (or just the ones that you choose) and/or save the image to your computer.
When saving to your computer, you can choose to save in different sizes: thumb (75×100), small (180×240), medium (375×500), or maximum (720×960). Images are saved in the .jpg format.
Is Polarfox for the pros who are looking for advanced filters and tons of color effects? No it’s not, but it is great for personal use such as for a personal blog or just to have a little fun with your images.
I wouldn’t use Polarfox to edit my screenshots, especially since you can’t use it to take screenshots anyway. However, if I ever need to edit an image quickly or just want to have little fun, I’ll definitely use Polarfox!