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Kwilt Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 7th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: EFFICIENT CONSOLIDATION
Kwilt is a great way of browsing all your images, regardless of their original source.
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PhotoTime's 2.1 Update Adds Apple Watch Browsing, Dropbox Support, and More

Posted by Rob Rich on May 21st, 2015
+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DETAILED ORGANIZING :: Read Review »

The latest PhotoTime update is adding even more functionality to the handy photo organizing app. Yep, including Apple Watch support.

Lifetile Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 6th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PRACTICAL SHARING
Lifetile is an easy to use digital photo album creation and sharing tool.
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Will Your Pet Make the Cut? Buzzfeed's Cute or Not is Here to Decide

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 26th, 2015
iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad

BuzzFeed, the masters of hilarious lists, have created their second app: Cute or Not. The app lets you upload photos of your pets and vote for your favorites from thousands of photos. You can swipe right or left to view all the most adorable pets on the internet, and with the power of the mighty voting finger you can decide their fate. Will they become a highly voted, viral sensation or a long forgotten cuddle bug of the past. You decide.

You can also share your favorites with friends and family with the social functions and earn badges to proudly display.

Download Cute or Not for free on the app store and let squeak (or bark, or hiss, etc) the pets of war!

Now Bitstrips Puts Your Comic Character into Real World Photos

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 17th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Bitstrips, the app that turns you into a cartoon character, has been updated to include a new feature that lets you add your avatar to photos.

With the Bitphoto update you can take a photo or use one already in your camera roll as a background for your Bitstrips comics. The app lets you choose a variety of poses and give you the option to add a speech bubble so you can say what is on your mind. And when your masterpiece is complete you can show it to your friends and family using the sharing functions.

Bitstrips is free on the App Store, so download it today and start your own comic strip.

Driftback Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 6th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MOVEABLE MEMORIES
Want to easily browse all your photos and memories? Driftback does exactly that.
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The Problem with Carousel

Posted by Jeff Scott on April 9th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The problem with Carousel, the new app from Dropbox released today to organize, present, and share photos isn’t the app itself, it’s what it’s built on.

Carousel is a fantastic app for mobile presentation of photos. Quick and easy to find old photos and show and share them. It's really one of the better cloud photo apps I've tried. The real problem is that it’s build on Dropbox, which is a service created for cloud storage of documents and not for media. And that service is still priced for documents and not media.

Let me back up a second. Dropbox is an amazing service. I’ve used it and paid for it for years. But I’ve never considered it a great place to store photos, video, or other media files. The problem is that is is really expensive right now. In a time where Google is charging $10/month for a terabyte, and Flickr gives every user a free terabyte for images, Dropbox is charging 10x what Google is, and without upgrading to a business plan users can’t even get more then 500GB in an account (for $50/month).

Media piles up quickly. Especially so with photos since every reader of this blog likely has a camera with them at all times of the day, every day. I myself have well over 700GB of images that I’ve stored up from 10+ years of digital photography. I’ve just now started scanning old family photos and there are thousands of those waiting to be completed. All in all I’ll probably need close to a terabyte for just my images to store a “lifetime of memories.” And that doest even count the birthday, vacation, and all the other special occasion videos. This type of media is easier and easier to take and edit, but they will also fill up a Dropbox account very quickly.

So for now, Carousel is a great app, if you have a few hundred photos, but it doesn’t really fit the first selling point that Dropbox is touting it as, it doesn’t allow a lifetime of memories. That is unless you don’t have a lot of memories.

I think Dropbox will be forced into dropping their prices soon. Perhaps they are ready to do it now but didn't want to take the focus away from the new features. Cloud storage is a commodity, and Dropbox is way overpriced right now.

Nine iOS Cloud Photo Services Compared - The 148Apps Round-Up

Posted by Chris Kirby on February 20th, 2014

A little over a year ago, everything changed. My daughter, Peregrine (Pip, for short), was born, and along with the myriad recalibrations, adjustments, and joyous changes that birth brought with it, I also finally came to terms with the true value of the iPhone camera: baby pictures! Hundreds and hundreds of them (no exaggeration) were taken by me, by friends, and by family, and then scattered over hard drives, social networks, and of course iPhones. The problem then became figuring out how to organize and store them privately and securely. As a devoted Mac user it’s easy enough to keep photos stored on iPhoto, but that’s a local option only, with limited cloud storage and sharing (those 1,000 photos on iCloud? Please!), and god forbid my hard drive crashes without proper backup.

I thought all of my problems with cloud storage for photos were solved when Everpix came along. Here was a fantastic, well-designed app that also had great web-based software and a Mac-based uploader. Best of all, it could load in all of my photos from various social streams, eliminate or hide duplicates, and handle a potentially unlimited number of photos for a reasonable monthly or yearly price.

There was just one big problem though; Everpix went out of business.

Before I get to the heart of this article, there are a few lessons to learn from my Everpix experience.

One: Always keep all of your photos on a local hard drive.

Two: Backup said hard drive as often as humanly possible (something I still don’t do, so do as I say, not as I do).

Three: Never, ever assume that a site, app, or service will exist forever. It won’t; it just won’t. They will all go away at some point. Some will last five years. Some will last a year or two. Some of the very best won’t even make it that long.

So I found myself back at square one, trying to find another good (read, as close to the effortless Everpix as I could get) cloud-based storage solution for my photos. Read on for my look at nine different cloud storage services that work with iOS.

Photos+ Wants to Replace the Photos App in Your iOS Device for Good - it Also Displays Animated GIFs

Posted by Rob Rich on December 18th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Lots of third party developers try to one-up stock iOS apps, but so precious few have really given Photos a run for its money. Although Photos+ certainly seems like it's got a shot at it.

Second Gear's new app claims to be "The best way to manage photos on your phone," and that doesn't seem like an empty boast. Photos+ will display your photos in albums with large thumbnails and in full-screen views, show all sorts of extra information such as where a photo was taken and what camera was used, let you easily organize your photos, quickly share via Facebook/Twitter/etc, and it will display animated .gifs. As in it will actually animate them.

Story Me Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Mike Deneen on December 5th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: EASY TO USE
There are a lot of comic creator apps out there, but this one is perfect for beginners.
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PictoRealm Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on October 30th, 2013
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: LACKING
A little too similar to Instagram for comfort, PictoRealm might offer one great addition but it's not enough to make this app a must-have.
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Narrato Journal Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 5th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CONSOLIDATED MEMORIES
Write about life's precious memories while importing content from some convenient social networking sources.
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iColorfulsoft Photo Editor Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Angela LaFollette on August 5th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BASIC PHOTO EDITOR
iColorfulsoft Photo Editor provides users with unique editing features, but it does little to stand out from the abundant amount of photo editing apps available in the App Store.
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This Week at 148Apps: July 15-19, 2013

Posted by Chris Kirby on July 22nd, 2013

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Week-in and week-out, the 148Apps reviewers search through the new apps out there, find the good ones, and write about them in depth. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Want to see what we've been up to this week? Take a look below for a sampling of our latest reviews. And if you want more, be sure to hit our Reviews Archive.


Gentlemen!

Occasionally frantic, Gentlemen! is never short of gloriously great fun. Lone gamers won’t be so keen given that it’s exclusively for two players, but it’s the perfect reason to get a friend involved. The idea is simple enough: players must defeat each other in a duel to the death. Just like in the old days of honor and explosive birds, ok, maybe not so much. Presented in portrait mode, each player’s controls are set on opposite sides of the screen. In a nice move, menu buttons and other descriptions are similarly laid out, for either player to easily interact with. Controls are simple with left and right, alongside a gravity flip button and the use of a weapon. Weapons vary, mostly thanks to a switch in the middle of each game enabling players to change around. Knives, bombs, dynamite, electric shields and explosive birds all play a role, each offering their own advantages and disadvantages. It’s as zany as it sounds, while adding a surprising tactical edge to proceedings. --Jennifer Allen


PhotoNova 2

I have a handful of photo apps on my iPhone 5 that I keep handy when I feel like making my pictures look fancy. Each app has its own perks like frames, filters and adjustments. I tend to rotate between them until I find the one that transforms my picture into a work of art. I’m always on the lookout for new photo apps because I’m really looking for that one that will replace all my other go to camera apps. I reviewed PhotoNova+ 2 a few months ago, which is a free version of their paid app. PhotoNova 2 offers users more advanced features like a variety of selection tools, an option to switch out the background of photos that have a green background and an impressive effects selection. --Angela LaFollette


Tangent

Many photography apps tend to do quite similar things to imagery, mostly involving applying filters to photographs. Tangent doesn’t quite do that. It might involve applying new effects to an image, but through a vector art style overlay, improvements are being added to the image, rather than replacing anything. There’s a fairly simple process to follow throughout the app. Users can either import or take a photo directly from within, before opting for a specific style. Tangent offers both straight-forward and quick applications, as well as plenty of choice for those who want to adjust things individually. Shapes form the first set of choices, with circles, rectangles, triangles and plenty more, available to apply to an image. It sounds gimmicky, but it can really set off a photo nicely, giving focus to the important part of a photo. There are plenty of shapes available too, with in-app purchases provided for those who want even more choice. That’s a trend that continues throughout, with plenty of additional blends and colors available at a price. Fortunately, it’s always possible to preview them first. --Jennifer Allen


Other 148Apps Network Sites

If you are looking for the best reviews of kids' apps and/or Android apps, just head right over to GiggleApps and AndroidRundown. Here are just some of the reviews these sites served up this week:

GiggleApps

ABC Aquarium

Peapod Labs has developed a favorite series of educational ABC apps and has recently added two new titles – ABC Aquarium and ABC Bugs, each terrifically educational and including exceptional photography to allow children to view these different creatures in a way that highlights all of their unique attributes. Each of these apps, now eleven and counting, features a wide amount of content, including terrific, detailed photos of each subject as well as narrated fun facts, curated videos gathered from the Internet and simple, intuitive interactions which young children will enjoy a great deal. --Amy Solomon

Gro Recycling

Gro Recycling is a cute and fun interactive universal app that allows children to sort recycling into different receptacles, totaling six in all, including a unique choice of recycling batteries as well as a compost container. Game play is charming and intuitive as one simply drags a piece of recycling to be recycled to the correct container, as these bins happily and hungrily eat what they are being served, while a mistake will result in the spitting out of the wrong material. This app is lovingly styled with the delightful humanizing of these recycling bins as cartoony faces, which are included with fun, witty noises that each of these characters makes, hungry to eat recycled materials. --Amy Solomon


AndroidRundown

Attack of the Spooklings

Mobile games that offer their players to smash the opponents using nothing but their very fingers were at the very start of the touch-screen revolution, but lately it seems that somewhat counter-intuitive habit of putting buttons on touch-screen has largely rendered the “clean” touch-screen games mostly obsolete. Someone should analyze this trend to some revealing, but ultimately unnecessary results. Regardless, we’re here to talk about Attack of the Spooklings. It’s a fine, but incredibly simple game. How simple? It takes longer to read this sentence than to see the whole game. It’s not surprising, considering that it consists of an astonishing single screen, and single enemy. While I’m all for the games with minimalistic design, they should also be complemented with really incredible gameplay. Attack of the Spooklings is quite exciting for some time, sure, but it simply lacks any sort of complexity to be interesting. --Tony Kuzmin

GP Retro

GP Retro is a racing game that isn’t scared to rock looks of old, and I suspect it is aware of my abject weakness for titles that bring back the wonderful things of days gone by. The game comes at us in glorious 2D, and in this one, retro is no misnomer. The chunky pixels underscore the jittery unsure animations that make these type of games fun to look at. The purposely un-sharp colors were done well, and even the intro pages for the drivers were nicely formatted to fit with the retro look. As for gameplay, it is basically top-down view simulated Grand Prix open-wheel (to start) racing over mostly asymmetrical raceways. Sharp turns characterize the racing; losing control and ending up on grass slows down the race car considerably. There are valuables and power-ups to be collected, as well as hazards to be avoided. --Tre Lawrence

Cross Horizon

Yes, I know: there are a LOT of RPG titles for Android. Can Cross Horizon be one that is worth checking out? The dialogue cutscenes were okay, but where the game really excels is in the “live” action sequences. These graphical representations highlight the fantasy world in rich three dimensional form, with perspectives done quite well. The greenery is not too green, and while the shrubbery won’t be confused for a live wallpaper, they work in the context of the game. The mythical creatures look suitably gruesome, and the animations (especially attacks) are relatively life-like. The entire art presentation makes the game stand out in a positive way. I liked the customization options. At the beginning of the game, I got the opportunity to create a character. Face, skin color, hair type… even the shape of the eye can be tweaked. In a post-racial world (stop and dream with me), options like this signal, to me, the work of a developer that has an eye on details. --Tre Lawrence

Tangent Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 15th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: STYLISH EFFECTS
Stylish and hardly putting a foot wrong, Tangent is an appealing way of adding new visual effects to imagery, without turning over the top.
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