Thursday, May 24, 2012

Amazon Appstore's Free App of the Day, 5/24/2012: My Sketch has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today's app is My Sketch.

My Sketch is priced at $1.80 in Google Play; it is normally priced at $0.99 in the Amazon Appstore. As we've noted before, there are sometimes differences in pricing between the two marketplaces.

My Sketch is described as follows:
Transform your photos into beautiful, realistic sketches with My Sketch. Create unlimited high-resolution sketches from the photos taken by your Android's camera or those stored in your photo album.

Photo Goes In, Sketch Comes Out

It's easy to change your photos into works of art. Choose a photo from your Android device's gallery, or snap a photo from within the app. Crop the photo to your preference. Now you're ready to get to work.

Endless Sketching Options

Select from 20 different and unique sketch styles. Your options include color contrast, smooth, canvas, smudge, rough, classic frame, and many more. Tap on a selection, and you'll get a preview of how your new "sketch" will appear.

After you've transformed your photo, adjust the brightness and contrast to your exact specifications with a slide bar. Next, select the image ratio (100% to 25%).

Share Your Art

Share your sketches via Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumbler, and e-mail. Your friends and family will be astonished at how different your photos appear. These photo sketches made great mementos, decorations, and additions to greeting cards.

Save sketches in a high resolution for beautiful, quality printing. Each sketch retains the original high quality of the photos without destroying or distorting them. Sketching has never been this simple.
My Sketch is rated at 3.8 stars in Google Play. It is rated at 2.9 stars in the Amazon Appstore.

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The high threes would normally be "good enough" for us, but the high twos in the Amazon Appstore is dissuading. The Amazon Appstore ratings are, as always, being affected by the spoof ratings that always rate a FAOTD one-star.

We'd take a chance on this one.

There is also a My Sketch app in the iOS App Store.
The iOS version adds another reason to "buy" the Android version. The iOS version is rated at 4.5 stars for the current version and 4.5 stars overall.

You can see a slideshow of screenshots here.

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Those who are considering "buying" a Free Amazon Appstore app might want to consider what it means to developers. opened up the Appstore despite a lawsuit by Apple, which has previously trademarked the term "App Store." Microsoft has filed an appeal against that trademark, saying the term is too generic. has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.

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