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The best GIF making apps

Posted by Jennifer Allen on November 28th, 2015

Animated GIFs have exploded in popularity recently which is likely thanks to a combination of Tumblr, our shorter attention spans, and the simple fact they’re a lot of fun.

Here are four apps that make the process so much simpler from your iPhone or iPad.

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.

StatNut Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on November 13th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: FLAWED MINIMALISM
StatNut looks delightful but it lacks any extensive features to make it more than just an attractive hub to access social networking accounts.
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TumbleOn Distills Tumblr to What's Most Important: All Photos, All The Time

Posted by Carter Dotson on July 9th, 2012

As a blogging platform, Tumblr is good for many things – particularly the way that it allows content to be shared and spread virally. It is an overwhelmingly visual platform, though, and pictures are a huge part of the Tumblr experience. Thus, TumbleOn was born to distill Tumblr to its essence: it’s all about viewing pictures on Tumblr, all the time. Users can log in to their Tumblr account, and view their timeline just based on photos. The app handles GIFs and photosets extremely well, which is a good thing because Tumblr is all about sets of GIFs. Tapping on a photo pulls up the whole post, allowing for the whole set to be viewed, along with the text that ccompanies the post. Photos can be reblogged and liked on Tumblr from within the app, along with being saved and emailed. Want to upload photos to Tumblr? Use TumbleOn! WIth the iPad app, there’s no better way to upload photos, because Tumblr still won’t make their official app iPad-compatible! TumbleOn is avialable in both iPad and iPhone versions, and the iPhone one is free until July 13th. Get tumbling!

Tumblr Reaches Version 3.0

Posted by Jennifer Allen on July 2nd, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

One of the most popular blogging platforms out there, Tumblr has recently updated its iOS app.

Version 3.0 comes with all manners of new features, most notably a completely revamped and sleeker dashboard. Increasing compatibility with the iOS format, tap based functionality is improved and swiping through the composing interface has been introduced. It should all make for a much simpler app, ensuring users can blog content even faster than usual.

High resolution photo support is now included, proving particularly beneficial to those of us with the new iPad and iPhone 4S, although the app isn't Universal just yet.

For those without a consistent internet connection or those currently abroad, offline support will be a great hit with users able to post new blogs, reblog content and comment on others' work all while offline.

Spotify support and the ability to search tags is also supplied.

The Tumblr update is available now.

TumbleOn HD Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 24th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: STUNNING TUMBLRS
An attractive way of browsing through the many images on Tumblr blogs.
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Blogsy Update Adds More WordPress Support, Tumblr, and Vimeo

Posted by Kevin Stout on April 24th, 2012
iPad App - Designed for iPad

Blogsy, popular iPad blogger tool, has been updated with a long list of 19 new features and numerous bug fixes. Blogsy was highly rated with an overall 4.5 stars by 148Apps writer Lisa Caplan just a few months ago. She described Blogsy as “a truly mobile and truly intuitive blogging solution.” Lisa even posted the review of Blogsy using the app!

Biggest and most exciting of the huge list of features is support for more blogging platforms, Tumblr and Vimeo, as well as many support features for making WordPress (likely the most popular platform) work much better with Blogsy. The Tumblr support includes all types of Tumblr posts including quotes, text, audio, video, and more. Vimeo videos can be dragged and dropped into posts now instead of copy and pasting embed codes. In WordPress, Blogsy now supports featured images, custom fields, direct access to the WordPress Media Library, post format, “sticky support,” and drag and drop for PDF, documents, and audio.

Most bloggers will be happy enough with the major support updates for WordPress, but there are even more features that were added. Blogsy now has Retina graphics for the new iPad. Other updates include various Flickr-related updates, local drafts changes, and an edit button.

I've been waiting for more WordPress support to give Blogsy a try...this update added all of the functionality I've been waiting for.