PhotoBook™ – created in 2 minutes: Written & Video iPad App Review
We talk a whole lot about how devices like the iPhone and iPad have an extreme potential to reinvent the way that we do things. This applies to any number of different fields, but it absolutely applies to those creative aspects of our goings on. For instance, do you like making photo albums? Do you wish there was a way to do that faster, and with better results? With PhotoBook™, there absolutely is! The app allows you to create a print-ready book in as little as two minutes (which is insane) and the end results are every bit as artsy as if you’d spent two days on it. Want our whole review? Good, because you’ll find it tucked away below!
Concept and Functionality
The core idea behind PhotoBook™ looks something like this: The app comes with five different photo book designs, and taps directly into your iPhone or iPad’s photo gallery to get the materials it needs. You can select those photos that you want to include, and then proceed to naming your album. Have that done? Great, because that’s it! The app renders the whole thing as a print-ready preview, which you can then flick through to get a feel for. If everything looks the way it should—we have yet to change anything once the app’s mangled it into place—then you’re ready to rock. The app sends off your print order, charges you in-app, and delivers the book when you said you wanted it.
All of this is incredibly quick, even simpler to manage, and actually quite gorgeous. As stated, we have yet to look at any one album we’ve put together and think, “Nah, I want that to look totally different.” They’re solid, artistic and easy to view. As they should be, after all.
Design and Layout
Furthermore, one of the biggest boons for PhotoBook™ is the fact that the app is so dang easy to maneuver. It starts off with your photo gallery, allowing you to select the photos you want. From there, slide through those five designs until you find the one that you’re looking for, and tap again. Do some more flicking, a little bit more tapping, and you’re finished. If that’s not effective and efficient UX design, then we don’t know what is!
All in all, the app has a pleasant Tumblr meets Apple Albums feel that we appreciate. This adds up to some seriously neat aesthetics, and the touch-emphasis is spot-on for what it should be.
In fact, our only real complaint is with the pricing: The app itself is free in the App Store, which means you should go ahead and play around with it if you’re interested. Otherwise, books can cost a fair amount, depending on if you spring for the soft cover or hard cover option. Either way, you’re looking at a slightly expensive chunk of change. Still, for the convenience, end results and stunning appeal, PhotoBook™ is a solid way to go.
PhotoBook™ requires iOS 5.1 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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