Picture Safe (HiDef) Review
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Picture Safe (HiDef) Review

Our Review by Chantelle Joy Duxbury on October 6th, 2010
Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HIDDEN GEM
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Keep your secret photos hidden with this Photo Security App with lots of connection settings & features.

Developer: Collect 3
Price: $1.99
Version Reviewed: 2.7.1

iPhone Integration Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

If you're looking for a security or privacy app to hide certain pictures on your iPhone then you should definitely check out Picture Safe. It's one of the most popular in the Utilities Category, and having only used it for a few days, I'm already impressed with it's functionality. It's a surprisingly feature-rich app.

First, to set up, you'll want to create yourself a 4 digit PIN. Don't worry if at some point you forget this pin because you will also set up your password reset questions, which can be any three you choose personally along with the answers you supply.

Once you have this set up, you'll want to start adding photos to your Hidden Album. You can do this in one of many ways. The first is to copy them from your iPhone Photo Albums. Keep in mind that when you import the photos, it really is just copying, and if you no longer want the pictures to be in your regular album you'll need to delete them from there. There are however, a few other methods for adding and removing photos from your Hidden Album, and this is where the App really shows its muscle.

From within the settings you'll find an option to connect to your iPhone to add & remove photos either via Web interface or by FTP. This is especially perfect for quickly adding or removing many photos at once. FTP works with any FTP client, while the web interface works in any browser. From what I can tell from the Web interface, it works very much like the actual App - however while you can add photos from here, I could not find an option to remove photos. You'll have to keep in mind that the web and FTP interfaces will only work while the app is launched and on that specific settings page.

There are additional features like Bluetooth Sharing, and various Security and Privacy options within the settings as well. The app also includes a sort of "Boss Button" in the form of a Quick Hide option. There are several other features included in the App which are simple but great to have built in, such as the Slideshow, which comes with its own settings similar to the regular Gallery slideshow. You can choose to import your pictures in HD or not, and finally, you can set how many invalid password attempts it takes before requiring a reset - they call this 'Snoop Stopper," which is pretty clever.

Overall, it's a useful privacy app for Hidden Photos, and with all these options included (instead of a simple password protected album), I think this is a decent buy for the price.

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