TinyWorld: iPhone App Written Review
Authors Note: Thanks to the astute observations of our readers, we’ve realized that TinyWorld has undergone a massive overhaul since our last review. As such, we’ve scrapped the older offering—Our apologies if you happened to see it posted here!—and have put up this revised review instead. This time around, we made sure to get the full scoop on the app, and we can’t apologize enough if you happened to see the original blooper.
When it comes to applications for the the iPhone, we’re absolute suckers for anything that lets us create. Particularly, we like any title that’s let’s us create unique images using nothing but our imagination and a little ingenuity. TinyWorld, by developer 24/7 World, is a brilliant example of this, allowing us to miniaturize and seam together our environment to create wholly original and engaging pieces of art. The effort still largely depends on your surroundings, but without a doubt, TinyWorld is easily one of the coolest photography apps we’ve seen in a while. For our full thought on this killer number by 24/7 World, jump on down below the break!
Concept and Functionality
When it comes to photography applications for iOS, it sometimes feels like everything has been done already. However, TinyWorld puts this thought on its head (literally) allowing us to do something new and totally inventive with our iPhone’s camera. The app allows the user to shoot a panorama image of the world around them. This image is then looped back onto itself, creating a miniaturized world out of even the most banal of items or views. It’s really a stellar concept, and as the app allows the user to view a live preview of the image, it’s incredibly simple to create stunning works of art. These images can be snapped directly from inside the application, as well as loaded from the Photo Gallery. The latest update brings along a wealth of editing tools, as well, allowing the user to adjust the tiling of the image until it’s perfect. Likewise, users are free to upload their images to a number of social networking points, including Twitter, Instagram, and eMail.
Design and Layout
All in all, we very greatly enjoyed the revised look and finish of the application. The matte background is pleasant, while the simplicity of the controls really must be applauded. With the live preview in place, creating new photos really is a single click affair. Still, though no fault of the app’s, we did notice that outdoor scenes tended to do best. Images that made use of a sky or other such single color along the top portion tended to make the best end results. However, the added tiling adjustments take the app a long way toward smoothing this out. We would have liked to see integration with Facebook, though, in addition to the included social networking points.
Considering the app costs only $0.99 in the App Store, we can hardly argue with the value of TinyWorld. If you’re looking for a new and inventive photography application for the iPhone, the title is a shoe-in, combining excellent design, smooth functionality, and one of the easiest snapping processes we’ve ever seen. All in all, for the buck it costs, TinyWorld is a tremendous value.
TinyWorld requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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