More and more people are joining and posting pics to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. every day. Instagram in particular shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. A couple of weeks ago I reviewed a free app called Pic Stitch that allows you to combine multiple photos into one image (frames) so that it’s nicely formatted to post to Instagram’s 1:1 square ratio format. Well yesterday my good friend Kandice Lynn turned me onto another App that blew me away. It’s called PicPlayPost. What makes this one different from all the others I’ve seen is that it can incorporate not only stills, but also videos. Imagine everything that you can do with your favorite photo collaging/combining App and then throw video and songs into the mix! This is very timely seeing that the last major update to the Instagram app now lets you upload videos that you didn’t capture with instagram.
How does PicPlayPost work?
You start off by selecting your ratio and then the frame layout you want. You can more easily customize any layout you pick simply by dragging the size of the frames. Once you grant the app access to your photos you can then choose your photos or videos for each frame. Yes you can use multiple videos! I was also happy to see volume control for each video AND the ability to add a song (soundtrack) from your music library on your device. Of course you trim longer videos to just the area of play that you want. The app limits the videos to 30 seconds and of course the Instagram limit is 15 seconds. You get nice indicators to choose your exact in/out points as well as a total time indicator to keep it to your desired length.
Once you’ve assembled your desired stills and videos you can then share your video/still image to Instagram (if it’s a video it will export it to the camera roll first then open the Instagram app for you to use it), Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, email and Viddy as well as saving it directly to your device to use in other apps.
PicPlayPost is a Universal App and therefore will work natively on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
The App works GREAT, has built-in video tutorials to get you started and I couldn’t be happier with it!
Download PicPlayPost here from the App Store
Here are a couple of sample videos giving a behind the scenes look to my recent photo shoots:
If you’re into Zombies then you’re probably into games that allow you to take them out. I’m a fan of The Walking Dead TV series and I was at the premiere of World War Z on day one. Needless to say that when I came across the game Dead on Sight, I was more than a little interested. You start off the game protecting a small town from the zombies that have breached the gate. You’re armed with a rifle, scope and of course a limited amount of ammo. Head shots are the key. Miss and you waste your ammo and you waste time. You can shoot zombies in other parts besides the head and you’ll blow off arms and legs and such, but they’ll just keep crawling until you get your head shot. Dead on Sight takes advantage of multi-touch gestures. When each level starts it may be difficult to distinguish humans and zombies. Also the zombies move at different speeds making it more challenging to kill them at times. If a human gets bitten then you can probably pick off several zombies that swarm around the body before it turns. Dead on Sight is a Universal App which means it runs natively on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
There are pros and cons to watermarking photos and I tend to do it more for identity/brand purposes than trying to protect the images from unauthorized use. It’s easy to add my logo to my photos on my desktop using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. However, on my iOS devices I have to rely on Apps and while I’ve got some good apps to accomplish this, I’m always up for looking at new ones that may do it better. The folks over at Bits&Coffee bill their Photomarks App as a “watermarking” App for photos and I would agree that it accomplishes this task. You can either capture a photo with the App or use one in your albums. Once you bring the photo up you can very very easily add text to it. You can lower the opacity, add shadows. change the color, change the font or the stroke. All the things you would expect to do with text. It can even pull the date and time from the image metadata and use that as part of your stamp. Once the text is in place you can pinch/zoom to size and rotate. Easy buttons for adding copyright and trademark symbols. As far as text goes, they’ve nailed it.
My disappointment came when I added my logo to a photo. I have my logo saved in my iPhone in various versions. I have a black version, white version and white version with transparency (ie. no background). I tried placing each one and no matter what, I was stuck with a white background. It seemed to ignore the transparency in my .PNG file which means that I can’t use this App as my default watermarking app. Once you do add a logo you can lower the opacity of it, scale it and rotate it.
Once you’ve watermarked your photo you can save it to the camera roll or share it via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email right in the app. It’s a Universal App and therefore is native to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
If they fix the transparent PNG issue and allow me to store my logo so that I wouldn’t have to keep importing it, I’d easily give this one 5 stars. If you’re looking for an easy way to add text to photos, this is it.
It seems to be an obsession with many people to share photos of the food that they are about to eat on social media. Either you have a friend that does it or you’re that friend that does it. I’m not sure what the point really is unless you’re into food photography. We even make jokes about it. I hear people say things like “I don’t want to be on Facebook or Instagram because I don’t care what you had for lunch!” Nonetheless, social media sites are loaded with pics of FOOD! Well if we can’t stop people from sharing photos of their meals the least we can do is give them a way to make those pics look better. As you may have guessed, yes there’s an App for that. It’s called InstaFood. I reviewed InstaWeather Pro a while back and I love that App. The same developers make InstaFood so I decided to check it out. This App works similarly to InstaWeather. You can either take a photo with the App or load one in from your Camera Roll or Albums. Once the photo is in place then it will automatically detect your location and from there you chose from a variety of different skins/text to overlay on your photo. The pic I took above was actually my dinner from a few weeks back in Los Angeles. Since location information was in the metadata of the pic, InstaFood picked that up automatically. You can even use the built-in Foursquare support to choose the exact restaurant you are in to have that name appear on the pic. Once you’ve added the skin of your choice and customized it to your liking you can immediately share it on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Foursquare.
If you’re gonna show us what you’re eating, at least do it with style. This is your app!
P.S. I actually did love my salmon dinner at Cafe Sierra in the Hilton Universal City. Highly recommend it! Just sayin’