The holidays are fast approaching, and that means photos aplenty. Whether you’re going on vacation or hosting family and friends, most folks end up getting a lot of mileage out of their cameras around this time of year. Now’s also a great time to get hold of and get used to a quality photo editing app, so that you can enhance your pictures for sharing online or adding to greeting cards, postcards and gifts. And that’s why we’re checking out PhotoCat.
Loaded with simple editing tools and a range of extra features perfect for adding fun and cheer to photos, this new app is perfect for home users young and old. And those of you who’re celebrating Christmas are in for a real treat, as PhotoCat has a bunch of special yuletide effects and decorations to play with! Let’s see how easy it is to edit our photos with this new kid on the block, and how it stacks up against the competition.
Instagram was one of those iPhone apps that was easy to use, gave you a way to share your precious moments with others, and quickly gathered an impressive fan base that couldn’t quit sharing their love for the app. In fact, just last April, Instagram was so hot, that Facebook decided to buy the company for $1 billion. Now talk about a pay day; that is unbelievable for company that just produced a simple camera app for the iPhone.
But, if you are an avid Instagram user, you always knew that something was missing. The fact that they made it so hard for you to access your pics on the web and to interact and see other friend’s Instagram photos was just a little strange to me. Before they sold to Facebook, I had always thought that they were sitting on a gold mine if they could successfully launch the web side of their app. Well, the day has finally arrived when we can now look at our pics online and have the ability to interact with others. I want to briefly show you around the new profiles on the web as well as talk about what could possibly lie ahead for the future of this app.
If your computer doesn’t have a built-in webcam app, your camera might sit there unused, even when it could have a ton of fun potential. For Mac and iOS users, this has always been pretty easy, since they can use the Photobooth app to quickly take all the fun pictures you like. Windows 8 now has a built-in camera app, but for everyone else, you’ll have to go searching for another app.
In an age when the web possesses everything we would ever need, you probably could of guessed there was some kind of alternative online. Snappic is an app which definitely fits the bill. Acting as a Photobooth in your browser, Snippic could soon become a party favourite!
“A picture is worth a thousand words”, or so the saying goes. It really does turn out to seem true much of the time. A picture can often tell the story of something without any words being said. The problem is, those “thousand words” are in the eyes of the beholder and not necessarily the words that the picture taker meant for the actual photo.
What you need is a way to put your voice behind your pictures, and Story Wheel is a unique web app designed just for that. It can give the photographer so they can really tell the unique story behind the picture. It’s an intriguing concept that could just be the next best way to share your pictures rather than just putting them in a photo gallery.
The Christmas season provides us with plenty of “Kodak Moments”: the kids with grandma and grandpa, someone eating fruitcake, mistletoe disasters. Odds are, though, your “Kodak Moments” now are captured on your smartphone, digital camera, or possibly even tablet, and they’re likely never printed out on paper. We used to wait for weeks to get that great shot of the whole family together from relatives on the other side of the country. Now, we’re tagging people in pictures on Facebook before we’ve even said goodbye.
There’s zillions of ways you can send pictures to others nowadays. You could email your three hundred huge 10 megapixel shots, but everyone going to hate you for the whole next year. You could post them on Twitter or Facebook, upload them to Flickr, or blog them on your own site. You could tweak them with Instagram or your favorite photo app, and share them through specialty networks. You could even share a whole Dropbox folder with all of your family and friends, so everyone gets everyone’s best shots.
What’s your favorite way to share pictures? I’m personally most likely to upload files to Cloud.app and then share the links on my social networks and via email for those family members not on Facebook. For bigger events, sharing a Dropbox folder is my favorite option whenever possible. I still don’t use Instagram and other photo apps much, but that might be due to my smart device being a 3rd gen iPod Touch without a camera. So how do you usually share pictures, and do you plan to change anything in sharing pictures this holiday season?
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The proliferation of social networking sites has turned the Internet into a lightning-speed conduit that transmits stream of social data in real-time. We share fragments of our daily lives with a virtual circle of friends in Facebook or Twitter, or perhaps in the brand new Google+. Last.Fm and Imeem lets us create playlists and share them with our friends. We put together galleries of captivating images and share them in Flickr.
The lack of appealing mobile photo sharing features from these social services has attracted a number of tech entrepreneurs to create a mirage of social photo sharing services. There has been a boom in iPhone-only photo sharing apps, such as Instagram and Path, that want to capitalize on the ever-improving mobile camera. PicPlz exist in the same ecosystem, but instead of just providing services to iPhone users, PicPlz aims to become a full-fledged photo sharing service. PicPlz is not an iPhone-only app. Instead, it’s a photo sharing service that lets you share stylish pictures from your iPhone, Android device, or directly from your browser.
Thanks to camera equipped mobile phones and cheap cameras, we’re literally flooded with pictures, both online and offline. Pictures speak a thousand words, but, at times, you might have to add a couple of words of your own to make them perfect. A funny crown or a tail or horns can liven up the images when shared with friends and peers.
It would be lot more fun if you could share the goofy image manipulation you’ve done of a popular celebrity or see a few created by someone like you. Founded by the uber popular meme creating legend Moot of 4chan, Canvas is a fun app that helps you share and play with images.