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PicFX for iPhonePhoto effects app Picfx bills itself as “Your go to square format photography app”. It’s been a while since we’ve had a look at this app here. It’s a good, quick effects app, especially the more recent versions.

We’ve got a look at the new update, as well as some promo codes to give away. >>>

Picfx has over 100 effects, textures and frames, all nicely organized into several categories which makes it fairly easy to locate your favorites. You can layer as many effects as you like using the “Add another” function before sharing to your favorite social network or save to your camera roll. The Add Another buttons are updated, improved and have been moved to the more convenient editing screen in this new update, along with a very handy undo button which removes effects even after you’ve added them.

When you log in, the screen now shows the Original, Rotate, and Slider tools. These fade out after a few seconds, but can easily be toggled by tapping the screen. Effects can be rotated in 90 degree increments, which for an overlay app is a good feature and gives it some appearance of randomness. The effects slider also lets you adjust the intensity of the effects. This comes in handy with some of the heavier textures.

I liked the new filters that were added in this update. Most of them are in the PFX Film category and add the look, color and tonal qualities of classic analog films. There are also several new bokeh effects and light leaks. The new Tutti and Frutti light effcts are cleverly named, but look like very cool, extreme Kodachrome light leaks.

The app uses Apple’s Open In… toolbox, which means you can send straight to Picfx from a number of other apps. You can also send straight to Instagram from Picfx.

Depending on how much you crop your image on import, Picfx supports up to full square format on an iPhone 4S — 2448×2448 px. It strips out most EXIF data, including Geotags.

This version of Picfx is a good update. There are plenty of new filters. Even the few I’d never use I’d say that none of these are added fluff just to inflate the numbers. Picfx has a large number of usable effects. The app is easy to use. Its Instagram integration makes it a great tool to use in favor of Instagram’s own filters and the app’s high-res support means you’ll get great looking photos that you can repurpose for sharing or enlargements.

Picfx is only $1.99 in the App Store. It’s old iPhone friendly and will still run on any iPhone ever made! Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2.2 or later

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PicFX Giveaway

David Boyes from Active Development was very gracious in supplying us with some Picfx promo codes to give away today. To be eligible to win, simply enter the giveaway below. If you follow us on Facebook and Twitter, you can get additional chances for a promo code.

Cut-off time to enter is 11:59 PM Eastern Time, tomorrow, Wednesday, September 12, 2012. Winners will be determined by Random.org. One code per reader, please.

Winners will be notified by email, Facebook message or Twitter direct message — be sure to check your spam filter. If you enter, be sure your email info is correct or your code will go to someone else. Your email address is used for contest entry and for contacting the winning entrants only. We will not use or sell your email address for any other purpose.

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