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Fotor isn’t a new photography app, but its recent update may make it appear that way - it's actually a photo editor that has been redesigned for iOS7. With a much faster interface, new features, and more exciting options, this free photography app is certainly worth giving a spin.
The main screen invites users to explore Fotor and start editing pictures. There are four buttons to investigate: Edit, Camera, Collage, and Photo Box. The Edit option pulls up the Camera Roll on the iPhone as well as the app’s Photo Box where users can store their favorite pictures. When an image is pulled into the editor, users have access to basic and advanced editing features like scenes, special effects, one-tap enhance, and tilt-shift. All these options help users to creatively edit their photos with minimal photo editing knowledge.
In addition to the edit mode, the camera option allows iOS users to take photos and edit them directly in Fotor if desired. There’s also a new collage option where users can organize up to nine photos with many different border types. Collage borders can be dragged to adjust the box inside a collage with ease. Borders can also have a theme and the width can be adjusted. The last button is the Photo Box, which is where users can take pictures or import photos directly into the app to find later without having to sift endlessly through the Camera Roll each time a photo needs editing.
Fotor comes with other options like the ability to adjust the sharing and processing quality of photos, the choice to launch the camera at start up, and sharing across various social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Email, and Postcards.
Although Fotor is completely free to download and use, there are in-app purchases for those who desire more from it. Different editing options like new scenes, special effects, and borders are available for purchase. The app does provide a few free downloads and the basics to get started, but those hoping for more will have to shell out the extra cash.
After using Fotor, I found it to be just ok. I have a few go-to photography apps that far exceed my expectations, and they make Fotor look less appealing to me. It certainly does what it’s supposed to, but it just doesn’t stand out enough over all the other photo apps available. However, it’s a decent camera app that’s worth exploring for those wish to expand their photography arsenal, or for anyone who hasn’t yet found a photo app to suit their needs.