Best Photo Organizer Apps for the iPad
Previously we’ve reviewed photo editing for the iPad. This week we’re focusing on apps that enhance the display of your photos and help you share them with others, including collages and social networking sites. Here are the best iPad photo organizer apps that enhance the display of your photos on iPad and help you share them with others.
Best iPad Photo Organizer App – Bill Atkinson Photocard ($4.99)
The Bill Atkinson Photocard app for iPad allows you to create picture postcards you can send to anyone, either via email or postal mail. It includes 150 gorgeous nature photos taken by Bill Atkinson, or you can use your own photos. Simple editing tools are included if you choose your own photos, including fit to card and fill card options and brightness controls. Add captions (in your choice of fonts and sizes), stickers, decorative stamps, even audio recordings, and then send the completed card via email.
If you’d like to share the postcard with someone who doesn’t have email, you can choose to have it sent as an oversized 8.25″ by 5.5″ cardstock print that can be sent to any address in the world. The first one is free; additional printed postcards are available for purchase.
Bill Atkinson Photocard is simply brilliant, and not to be missed. If you travel often and like to send postcards to family and friends, this app will allow you to do that without having to scour the tacky tourist traps for overpriced picture postcards, find the local post office and buy postage, and then wonder if the recipient will even get the card before you return. Digital isn’t always better, but in this case it just might be.
Best iPad Photo Organizer App – Flickstackr ($1.99)
Do you spend all of your free time on Flickr? If so, Flickstackr is a must-have iPad app for you. You can browse to your heart’s content, search for specific photos, people and groups, or you can check out your own photos on Flickr.
There are a few extras here, such as a photo stack that you can populate with photos you’ve saved as you browse. You can also share photos via email, Facebook and Twitter, or go to a particular user’s photos when you stumble across something interesting. Flickstackr is an excellent example of a well-conceived, well-executed iPad app.
Best iPad Photo Organizer App – Moodboard Pro ($6.99)
I think of the Moodboard Pro app as a more freeform version of Diptic. In effect it’s a digital corkboard to which you can add photos, captions, and web clippings. Icons along the bottom of the screen allow you to take control of the board and have fun. There are 17 different backgrounds you can choose or you can create your own custom background. Want to add some text? Use the toolbox icon. You can share the final results via email, Facebook or Twitter or you can save it to your iPad’s photo library.
One of the nicest things about Moodboard is its flexibility — you can use it for much more than photo display and sharing. If you’re trying to redecorate the living room, planning a trip or brainstorming a solution to a problem at the office, Moodboard Pro can provide the virtual workspace you need in order to solve the problem. There are similar apps in the App Store, most notably Corkulous, but Moodboard is much easier to use with simple drag and drop controls. $7 may seem like a high price to pay but if you’re a visual thinker you need Moodboard Pro.
Best iPad Photo Organizer App – Photo Wall ($1.99)
Like Diptic and FotoEdges HD, Photo Wall is a collage app, so it allows you to quickly fill a canvas with all of your shots for easy sharing with family and friends. When you first launch the app a tutorial video will pop up, which is helpful, but all of the controls are generally self-explanatory.
The icons at the top-left of the screen are what you’ll use to add photos, a background photo and captions to your collage. The zoom control is in the middle and on the top right corner you’ll find the export, settings and help icons. On the bottom you’ll find basic editing controls, opacity and rotation pickers and controls for the size and color of the photo borders.
Everything is so simple and you can use either gesture or finger controls. I prefer the touch controls but, if you want to shake things up a bit, you can actually shake the iPad to create a random layout from the photos you’ve already chosen. When you’re done, share the finished collage via Facebook or email. It couldn’t be easier and it’s definitely worth the price of admission.