Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Part visual poetry tool, part photo editor, Poetics is a quite attractive tool whatever the purpose. It'll particularly appeal to those who enjoy sharing their photos on various networks.
The idea is that users combine their imagery with simple words of text, either to convey meaning, to create a short poem, or simply to add some context. The text is quite flexible with a physics engine making it possible to interact with individual words. One can "bump" them around, as well as tilt them from side to side with a rotation of a couple of fingers. Clear and crisp, it's a pretty sweet way of adding some meaning to photos. Even better, it's always possible to return to an image and add or remove text. Images are never "completed" in terms of being impossible to edit in the future.
The photos themselves can be manipulated in a similarly convenient way. Besides the usual options for adjusting brightness and saturation, amongst other things, filters can be applied too, offering some subtle changes to the original image. It's not quite as well-realised as some other photo editing tools, but it does the job, ensuring that there's little reason to switch between multiple apps. Those in a rush can always hit the enhance button, too, quickly giving a better result.
Poetics's biggest strength, arguably, is it's ideal for Instagram users. Often, context needs to be added to such photos and it's a much more enjoyable method than simply adding regular text underneath a photo.
Adding an artistic flourish to such regular photos is a neat move, and Poetics does it simply and effectively. It's clearly an app that deserves to stick around on one's iPhone, especially for those snap happy users.