Price: £1.49 ($1.99)
Photo Slide Stream: iPad App Written Review
If you’re like us (If you are, we know a good psychiatrist that can help) then you likely have a whole boatload of photos stored on the Internet, spread across five different sites, and all with varying degrees of organization. Not only that, but anytime you’d like to show your friends that party from last week, it can be quite the difficult task to track down that pesky social networking photo album. Thankfully, we have Photo Slide Stream, by developer AppFund UK. This little iPad gem can be had for a scant pound and a half (that’s roughly two dollars for you Yanks) and will help to streamline your absentminded Web lifestyle.
Concept and Functionality
In the same way that DropBox is designed to be a cloud-based safe for all of the things you shove into it, think of Photo Slide Stream as an automatic biscuit tin for all those photos you post on the Internet. The app pulls all of your media from several popular sites, including Facebook, TwitPic, and Picasa. The user simply attaches their accounts at each location to the app, and then Photo Slide Stream does the rest. All of your photos, albums, and collections are automatically pooled from the cloud, and without using any of your iPad’s memory, as the content is streamed, not saved. This keeps the app light, though we have to admit, we did have some problems with load times. It was quite frustrating to see our albums presented, but not fully loaded.
Likewise, actually viewing your pictures can be somewhat of a pain. This is because Photo Slide Stream is designed to turn your iPad into a virtual photo frame, and all of the photographs you’d like to view must be selected by hand. There is a “Play All” button to quickly view what’s in an album, but it’s nowhere as fluid as the stock iOS photo gallery.
Design and Layout
Overall, we were very impressed by Photo Slide Stream’s design. The developers have opted to keep things simple, using an album style photo arrangement in conjunction with tabbed navigational controls along the bottom. However, we would have liked to see the app steal from iOS a bit more: We severely missed pinch-to-zoom, as well as the intuitive touch scrolling functionality found in the Photo Gallery. In a sense, the app just didn’t flow quite as well as we might have hoped for a dedicated content viewer.
That being said, the price can hardly be argued with. At £1.49 in the UK App Store, or $1.99 in the US edition, Photo Slide Stream is easily worth the chump change it costs. If you’re looking for a quick way to view all your Internet-based photos in one place, this is the ideal solution for your modern headache.
Photo Slide Stream requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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