Have you ever wanted to show someone an image but not have it left on the Internet for everyone to see, forever? Sneak a Peek, produced via Appburst, is a fun iPhone app that allows you to share select images with friends for just a short period of time. Imagine sending a photo with “this image will self-destruct in 5-4-3-2…”, and that’s basically what Sneak a Peek allows you to do!
When I first began the iPhone app review of Sneak a Peek, I found that you must initially setup an account and verify it from your email address. From there, you can either take a photo on your iOS device, or select photos and images already stored on your handheld. Next, type in the email address of the user you want to send it to, adjust the amount of time they’ll be allowed to view the image for (from1 second up to 60 seconds), and choose the ‘style’ of animation to view the image (curtains, frosted glass, vault door, gift box). Hit ‘Send’ and your on your way to sharing private images with select audiences.
If the person receiving the image has a Sneak a Peek account associated with the email you sent it to, they’ll receive a notification in their iPhone app that a new image is available. If they don’t have the Sneak a Peek app, they’ll receive an email telling them they have a new image to view and that they need to install Sneak a Peek (link included) to view it. Granted, not everyone has access to an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, so this is a pretty big limitation of the device. Still, it helps preserve image security, as it much easier to screencopy an image on a computer than it is on a iPod Touch.
When you receive an image, you’ll get a notification in your iPhone app. After tapping on that notification, you can view the image. Initially, some clever object will obscure your view of the photo (like the preselected curtains, vault door, etc). However, by tapping on ‘view image’, the door/curtains will lift away to reveal the image. You’ll have to keep pressing down on the tab to keep the image in view, but be warned: the timer is counting down during this! Once the timer runs out, you won’t be able to access the image anymore. It’s a clever way to keep image viewing limited and seems fairly unique for the iOS.
Ease of Use:
Setting up an account with Sneak a Peek is really easy, as is sending images. As I mentioned earlier, other users need an iOS to actually get to view the images, so don’t go emailing all your friends with Sneak a Peek unless you know they actually have access to such an Apple device. The layout is really easy to browse and selecting photos is a snap with Sneak a Peek. Finally, actually viewing the images is quite easy (and clever) as well.
For a free private image viewer app, Sneak a Peek is a great. While I certainly can’t guarantee the security of your images (are there screen capture programs available for the iOS? I don’t know yet) entirely with any app, I think Sneak a Peek makes it rather difficult for anyone to get a hold of them. While the best policy to keeping your images private is to never share them in the first place, Sneak a Peek is a great way to share them privately if you so desire. Keep in mind that while Sneak a Peek is free to install and use initially, you’ll only be given a set number of free ‘image sends’ before you will need to purchase a new pack of sending options, through the app. These are reasonably priced and hardcore users of Sneak a Peek probably won’t complain about this too much. Enjoy!
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