iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
Ever wanted to take a photo of your cat, buddy, little brother, or teacher and turn ’em into a bum? Hobo? It’s easy, claims the new app Bumify, from developer JawCandy. With a few taps on your iPhone, you can turn even the sharpest looking friend into a homeless persona, all in the palm of your hand. Is it worthwhile? Let’s take a look!
Boot up Bumify, admire the snazzy graphics on the main menu, then hit ‘start.’ Next, you will get to choose from snapping a pic with your phone, or selecting one already on your photo gallery on your iOS device. The app will give you tips on how best to take the photo (frontal shot only, no side profile shots). Then, it will use facial recognition software to highlight the eyes, mouth, etc (adjustable by you). After you proceed from this step, the app throws on a wrinkly mouth, hat coat and that’s it!
You can scale the hat, coat, mouth using the touch screen. Then, the app will let you add text, email the photo, share on Facebook and Twitter, or just plain ol’ save to your iOS device photo gallery. The photos look pretty silly, but the coat, hat and other add-ons actually work pretty well. It’s overall really easy to use and the app’s adjustable features let you add a fun touch to the photo, if you want to ‘rough’ up the look, that is! It would be nice if there were more icons to throw on the photo or other ‘effects’, hopefully the devs will release these in future updates!
Bumify did a great job with their graphics. Sharp, professional graphics with catchy icons and silly vector add-ons for each photo edit really do the trick. The backgrounds look great and the overall feel of the app is of a very polished one. It’s also a cinch to figure out from the get-go. Adding ‘bum’ features to your photos is a snap and the app has done a superb job of making it accessible to all users, dummy proof!
Perhaps the most problematic part of Bumify is how it trivializes homelessness. For those who don’t have a problem with this, they will probably enjoy the app. Users of Bumify will find a polished, well-rounded app that makes it incredibly easy to turn your photos into ‘bums!’
Bumify iPhone app requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad devices. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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