InStudios: The Vehicle for Your Imagination

Price: $5.99

InStudios: iPad App Video and Written Review

InStudios for iPad

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Do you like to imagine landscapes as if they were covered with buildings of your own devising? Do you sometimes wonder a new invention or concept would look like in real life? If so, then boy have we got an app for you! InStudios by developer Veena Karthick allows you to do just that. The app is part portfolio and part creative space: It encourages the user to think and grow, while also supplying them with the tools to do so. All in all, it’s not quite the perfect package we might have hoped for, but if you’re in the mood to create some incredible new ideas, there’s no better place to start than with InStudios.

Concept and Functionality

Describing InStudios takes slightly more effort than with an usual application. Why? Because to be frank, it comes at us from a completely different direction than we anticipated. The app is best categorized as a dream studio, allowing users to invent new landscapes, buildings, inventions, you name it! If it can be compiled using photos found elsewhere on the Internet, InStudios can help you envision it. The app does this through an array of photo manipulation tools. Firstly, there’s the option to search popular search engines for materials, as well as social media venues. The photos you like can be saved to the app’s photo register. From there, it’s up to you to scale them, change their opacity, etc. The idea is to merge the items you’ve collected into something wholly new and inventive. You can then save the end results, or view them in a collected animation, which can be exported to other social media avenues for your friends to view. All in all, it’s a creative package, though we do have some design quibbles with the app.

Design and Layout

InStudios for iPad

InStudios for iPad

Firstly, the app is a bit confusing in the way that it’s laid out. If you scroll at the home screen, you’ll be treated to a rotating image panel explaining a bit about the company behind the app, as well as a few snapshots of the portfolio that practice comes with. However, this does a lot to cloud the fact that there’s a design studio underneath. In fact, this design studio itself is rather poorly crafted. We found the touch controls simple enough, but scaling rarely expanded to the lengths we’d like to go. Likewise, the end results were just too hard to mange to produce the sort of consistent results we were looking for.

Overall Value

Another notch against InStudios is the fact that the app costs a whopping $5.99. In our humble opinion, the app needs an hefty interface redesign before it will be worth six dollars. Likewise, we’d like a little simplification as far as the app’s presentation is concerned. In other words, a few more updates, and InStudios may yet be the imagination machine it promises to be.

InStudios for iPadInStudios 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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