George: Written iPhone App Review
We’d like to start off today’s review of George by developer James Pellizzi with a simple question: Are you a corporate professional of any nature? If so, then like us, you’re typically inundated with about half a dozen (or more) corporate photos every day. You know the type—well manicured, soft background, good lighting. Ever wondered how you could create such a mugshot for your own face? The quick answer is George, a handy way to whack out a pic of your own in only a few seconds. For our full review of this quick-fire camera app, you need only to slide on down below the break!
Concept and Functionality
The basic idea behind George looks something like this: It allows you to pull out your phone, snap a picture of your face using the iPhone’s camera, adjust the contrast on the image, delete the background and substitute it with a more corporate approved number, and then save the production for use anywhere you damn well please.
And thankfully, it really is that easy! In fact, the steps just don’t get more complicated than that. By simply snapping a photo, you can then fine tune the image’s resolution to meet your needs. Beyond that, George comes with a built-in chromakey algorithm that allows you to remove a different colored background completely, and then add in one of the many included matte backgrounds. They’re all LinkedIn approved, by the way. Once that’s done, you can further refine the picture’s look by cropping it to the optimal position. Once that’s done, share it to whatever other service you’re interested in, or save it to the phone’s camera roll for easy access later. Oh, and the entire process takes a little under three minutes if you’re particularly sluggish about it. No fooling—this is some seriously quick convenience.
Design and Layout
Overall, it’s a bit hard to take a crack at any of the design elements George is using. In fact, the app is so dang simple, it really can’t be faulted. It’s a simple affair with icons along the top direction you to contrast settings and sharpening tools. The crop tool even is a drag-and-drop box affair that is as intuitive as it is easy to operate. Furthermore, we had very few problems with the chromakey aspect: Sure, it can be a bit picky with the lighting and colors. But if you take the time to use a distinct background, we think you’ll find the results are spot-on for what you need.
Here’s where things get a bit tricky with George. We want to say straight off: George is a phenomenal bargain. It will cost half the price of a Starbucks latte, and for that price, you’ll get a great corporate photo. However, if you don’t plan to use the app after the first go around, that’s two bucks down for a one-off. Then again, that’s easily worth it for a decade spanning picture. All in all, George is still an easy recommendation.
George requires iOS 5.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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