Review Update: 1/06/11, Version 1.2
It’s nice to see developers take on board constructive criticism and it looks like the makers of Zapd have done exactly that. Since I last looked at Zapd, a much needed commenting feature has been added. A simple tap of one button in settings enables commenting so that users can write comments directly to the Zapd site and the administrator can easily delete them too if they so wish. It’s simple like the rest of the app but it does the job just fine adding a nice micro-blogging feel to Zapd.

Other minor bits and pieces have been fixed too and users can now arrange content so that newest content is listed first. Ultimately though, it’s the commenting side of things that makes Zapd that bit more appealing to users. It’ll be interesting to see what Zapd’s makers do next. Hopefully some video functionality.

Developer: PressPlane
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

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

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Constructing your own website from scratch is something that can be rather intimidating to many. While you can always set up your own blog via WordPress.com or set up a Flickr account to share your photos, sometimes it’s nice to feel like you’ve got more control over things. Enter Zapd, a free app that aims to help you create your own website in a matter of a couple of minutes.

It’s a pretty neat app too. Clearly designed to be simple to figure out, once you’ve signed up, it’s a simple matter of choosing a template to work from. There’s a wide range of different templates ranging from quite generic themes to suit anything to travel based looks, wedding themes and new born announcements too. Once you’ve chosen a template, you can then simply add some text, links and images to the page. Unfortunately, for now at least, you’re restricted to just those three options. You can’t upload video yet, or the date and time of your post. You also can’t accept comments on your images or words either which is a shame. Still, as something that you can use solely to display some images and captions, Zapd certainly does the trick just fine.

Once the page has been set up, you can share via Facebook, Twitter or email at the tap of a couple of buttons. These options certainly appear helpful if, for instance, you want to share photos of your newborn baby easily and quickly to a mass of friends and family. The website is provided with its own link and you can easily view it in all browsers without any problems. You’re by no means restricted to just iOS devices here.

Zapd is a little simple admittedly and it’d be great to see some more options such as the ones previously mentioned. However for a free app, it still does the job right. The app’s developers state on their App Store page that new features such as extra themes, group sharing and video posting functionality will be added in the future, which certainly makes Zapd one to keep a close eye on.

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