Photobucket is a curious app, and is from the same tradition as the better-known Flickr. You can view your own photo collection as well as images that others have posted. On Windows 8, it works well as a viewer, but there are also tools to tag and comment on photos. If you've got a Photobucket account you can also upload you own photos to the site, though, tagging needs to be done from outside the app. (See also: Windows 8: the complete guide.)

We were also surprised to find no editing options within Photobucket in Window 8. It merely lets you rename files. The web-based version has plenty of editing and effects tools, but they haven't been ported to this version. With a touchscreen at its disposal, we'd have hoped the app would at least let us treat our screen like a pinboard and move photos around at will. Unfortunately, Photobucket doesn't do any of this – it just shows us the photos we can already view through Windows 8's Photos app, plus a collection of images on the web.

Each day, there's a new showcase of subjects to peruse, so one day there were Bubbles and Backgrounds, and the next black and white photos. These can be saved to your PC and you can also upload your own.

Photobucket has some good photos, but there's also a lot of zany shots and so-called funnies. The tagging is down to the individual user, so what's a funny photo to one person may be less so to another. Any images that particularly appeal can be Favorited or shared using the integrated Mail function. In fact, rating others' work is part of the point of Photobucket. The more detailed web version covers both photo and videos, and has a more cohesive feel to it. For more on the changes in Windows 8 and how to use them visit Windows 8 Advisor. For detailed advice on installing Windows 8 Release Preview, read our article: How to install Windows 8.

Photobucket for Windows 8: images

Photobucket for Windows 8

Photobucket for Windows 8

Photobucket for Windows 8

Photobucket for Windows 8: Specs

  • Windows 8 device, internet connection
  • Windows 8 device, internet connection

OUR VERDICT

We found Photobucket an odd hybrid of photo viewer and a semi-social site. There's too little interaction to make the latter successful within Windows 8, but it's great for discovering new photos for backgrounds.

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