| Edited by kolatkar at 2016-07-12 10:50 AM |
Among a flurry of sparkling new features thathave been introduced on MIUI 8, like the Quick Ball feature, Video Editing, and Scroll Screenshot, Hugo Barra’s presentation at the New Delhi launch of MIUI 8and Mi Max reminded us that the small modifications also matter. These small improvements play a huge role in simplifying our lives. The changes made to the gallery app is one such improvement. Let’s take a close look at how MIUI has stepped up the game when it comes to the Gallery App.
The first difference that you will notice inthe gallery app on MIUI 8 is that they have decluttered the menu. While there were four tabs earlier for Photos, Offline, Cloud, and People, MIUI 8 has onlytwo tabs: Photos and Albums.
The Photos tab displays the Camera photos arranged according to their time stamp, much like in MIUI 7. An added feature here is that you can sync photos to the cloud with a simple ‘swipe-down’ gesture. This makes the process very convenient and also does away with need for a separate Cloud tab, thus decluttering the app further.
The Gallery app also provides more information regarding the photo in a more accessible manner. You can see the Date and Time of when the image was taken, right when you are viewing the image.
Details option has been moved to the More menu, (i) icon that was there on the top rght hand side of the image.
You can view the Date, Time, Image name, Size, dimension, aperture, ISO, zoom, flash status, local path, etc. in the Details menu.
2. Album tab
Album tab essentially replaces the Offline tab but is far more effective and has a neat look to it. The People tab on MIUI 7is incorporated into this tab as one of the Albums. Offline tab merely had options to toggle between Block View and List View. Albums tab’s contents are neatly arranged into lists with a preview to go with it.
An “Other Albums” section is devoted for photographs from third party apps and music albums. This contributes a lottowards decluttering.
Another noticeable difference that makes life easier is the fact that the videos play in the app itself and does not need to be opened in a separate video player app.
3. Panorama and Screenshot views
Unlike most gallery apps, MIUI 8 Gallery App does not display photos of all dimensions in the same way. When a long screenshot or a panorama shot is displayed in Block View, you get a squashed orpartial image. MIUI 8 works around this by devoting separate albums for both Screenshots and Panorama.
Though MIUI 7 already has a devoted screenshot album under the Offline tab, it still displays the images in Block View. In MIUI 8, the images in the screenshot are rectangular and vertical allowing you to see the actual dimension of the image. This even enables you to have a clearer idea of the contents of the image without having to tap on them.
The screenshots themselves also come with more information including the date, time, and the app from which the screenshot was taken.
Panorama album displays all its images inhorizontal rectangles, making for a wonderful viewing experience.
4. Easy Send
Sending files are much easier on MIUI 8. You just need to select an image and the swipe up gesture will provide the optionto share the image on a variety of apps like Bluetooth, WhatsApp, Instagram,and Notes!
You can swipe through to select more items to send multiple images at once. Earlier you could select multiple images to sendonly from the thumbnail menu, and not from the image viewing mode.
You can also choose to send the Original file or the backed up optimized thumbnails.
5. Enhanced Editor
MIUI 8 has introduced several changes in the Edit Menu too.
The first option on the Edit Menu now is the filter. There are 10 filters in place of the earlier nine, and all the filters are named for ease of use.
Crop and rotate options are brought together. Flip option is added. While cropping, MIUI 7 had Box/Rectangle/Free options.This is replaced by a custom option, and three ratios, namely 1:1 (Square), 9:16, and 3:4.
Adjust menu is much more diversified on MIUI 8. MIUI 7 had options to adjust Brightness, Contrast, and Highlights. Gallery app on MIUI 8 has options to Auto adjust, Sharpen, Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, and Vignette.
More variety of brushes are added to Doodle, including the mosaic option. You can select the thickness of Pencil, Pen, Marker, and a Brush. There are more colors to choose from too, but we no longer have Black or White colors available.
6. Optimized Thumbnail
In the Camera album, MIUI 8 offers an option to delete backed up photos. This appears when you tap on the three dots on the top right corner.
This will lead you to a folder with all the images that are backed up on the Cloud. A message on this screen reassures us that “If you delete photos or videos from your device, they will still be available in Mi Cloud.” So you can safely select all and delete them to free up a lot of space on your device.
Once they are deleted, you’ll be taken back to the Camera album and the following message will pop up.
Now when you tap on any backed up image that you want to view, it will proceed to download an optimized thumbnail.
In the More menu of the Thumbnail, you will have the option to download the entire image if you want to use it as a screensaver, edit it, or to share with someone.
7. Hide Quickly
The hidden folder option is more secure. To access the option for the first time, all you need to do is to use the swipe down gesture in the Albums tab.
It will take you to a screen that prompts you to enter your security code.
Then you have to enter a pattern lock and then reenter it.
Now your Hidden album is ready to be used. Toview the Hidden album again, you just have to pull down from the Album tab.
Now you just have to select the photos from the gallery and click the hide button to hide them away.
I hope this review was useful for you. Which one is your favourite feature of the Gallery App on MIUI 8? Vote on it!