Developer: Sparks Labs
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0.8
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Animated GIFs are popular things indeed. They’re a fun way to express how one’s feeling, plus they’re generally quicker than waiting for a video to load. Around for a long time now, anyone who browses services such as Tumblr will accept that they’re enjoying a resurgence of late. Sparks makes the process of creating such things all the easier, too.

It’s a kind of social networking app mixed with GIF creation tools. After a brief setup period, users can get right into looking at other people’s creations or making their own. There’s a fairly active community already out there and many do a great job of keeping things topical. Plenty of World Cup-related animated GIFs are there, as well as some groans about the ending of the weekend and the arrival of Monday.

sparks6sparks2It’s no wonder that Sparks‘ community is active, as it takes seconds to create a GIF of one’s own. Users can opt to import their own images for a background image or they can search for one from an extensive catalogue. For those a little unsure, there’s a series of recommendations, too – covering everything from cute animals to popular TV shows or movies. Then it’s just a matter of choosing any relevant filters, plus the addition of text to add one’s message.

Once that’s done, users can opt to place it within a series of channel choices, before sharing it via Twitter or Facebook, alongside the app. There’s no option to share via Tumblr, which seems like a missed opportunity, but otherwise Sparks covers all the relevant bases.

As a fun way of expressing oneself to friends or simply the wider community, Sparks is a pretty enjoyable app to use. It doesn’t take long to see results and browsing through other inclusions is quite entertaining.

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