Matryoshka Makes Photo Sharing Fun Again

Price: $1.99    Score: 8/10    By Anna PapachristosMatryoshka

The digital age has made it easier than ever to share your favorite photos with everyone you know in an instant.  But with this increase in ease comes a barrage of emails to various friends and family members, or the tedious task of uploading your own treasured memories to communal photo sites for all your loved ones to view.

Instead, spice things up with a little more creativity with Matryoshka by Black Mana Studios.  This app allows users to users to create virtual Matryoshka dolls, otherwise known as nesting dolls or Babushkas, using personal photos in conjunction with specially designed skins made by top classic and modern artists just for Matryoshka.  Using photos taken directly from you iPhone or Photo Library (Photo Library only for iPod Touch users), users can send personalized “e-dolls” as digital email postcards.

To begin creating your own doll, tap on the ‘Create’ button at the bottom right hand corner of the home screen.  There you will be taken to a blank, wooden doll.  On that screen, the bottom right corner’s icon takes you to the available skins you can use when designing your doll.  Users can slide through a plethora of categories, including Classic, Family, Sci-Fi, and Winter.  Additional monster skins can be purchased for $.99, as well as Valentine’s Day skins (coming soon).

If none of the skins appeal to your senses, use your desired photo as the skin, wrapping it around the blank canvas of the doll.  Photos will auto-wrap around the doll, at which point users can align and pinch the photo to fit as they choose.  If you are placing a photo behind a skin, use the same align and pinch technique to adjust and center the desired portion of your photo.  For more ideas, check out the ‘Inspiration Shelf’ (the bottom shelf of the home screen) for examples of what you can create with Matryoshka.

Once you have finished your first doll, users can preview the final product and save their creation using the buttons in the upper right hand corner of the screen.  Upon completion, you can use the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen to add another doll, which will fit inside their previous creation, trash what they’ve already completed, or switch the doll order (which doll nests in which).

Users can create as many dolls as they wish and arrange them on their ‘Personal Collection’ shelf at the top of the home screen.  Tap on any of your dolls and you will be able to view it close up as well as swipe through it to view each doll within.  Saved creations can even be returned to for editing purposes.

At first, Matryoshka may seem as if it’s a frivolous, unnecessary app.  However, once you start creating your own dolls, Matryoshka becomes a creative, entertaining pastime that could keep you occupied until every photo in your library has been altered into the form of a Babushka doll.  So turn your mom into your dad, your brother into an alien, send them via email and have a good time!

Matryoshka requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch.

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