Remember Rando? It’s that free snapshot photography app that is about anonymous two way sharing.
You snap a shot with the app and send it. The Rando app delivers the photo to someone without anything more about you than a location (city level map) and in return gives you back an anonymous photo someone else took and shared (not the same person that received your snap). There is no importing, filters, enhancements, it’s all about the quick snap shot.
The Rando interface is simple. On the opening screen is images taken by others which can be scrolled through up/down. Swipe from right to left to see the images you took and shared. The shutter button is at the bottom (red circle) which takes the photo then gives the option to send or delete.
Tap an image to flip it over for a location – received images show where the photo was taken while tapping shots you took will show you where the photo was delivered to.
Double tap a Rando image you have received to Delete it, Flag it inappropriate or Download it to your iPhone’s photo library. The download option is an option I don’t like in the app, someone being able to save my snap shot shares puts a different angle on the shooting thoughts.
New in this update to Rando is a small circle with a line in it next to each photo. Tapping that will result in the image becoming a rating solution so people can now say they enjoyed or didn’t enjoy a photo back to the creator. On either side of the rating face is the close without saving edits ‘x’ and save check buttons.
After you have rated a photo shared with you or someone has rated one of your photos, the small circle next to the image changes to what the rating is. Anything from a big happy smile to a very sad frown. Some folks may just hit the rating circle then the green check mark thinking they just gave a positive till they learn they have to adjust the face. It’s tricky to do an UX that is more than a Like or nothing solution. Now, I will know if someone likes my grapes shot or not. No idea who the person is, hope they are not allergic to grapes!
It’s a simple request, which I honestly thought was built into iOS5 on my iPhone. The ability to grab a single frame from a video I recorded with my iPhone and save it as a image. While I found the feature wasn’t built in as hoped, it can be done via the free app Photo Extractor.
Sit down, this is going to go fast! Upon launching Photo Extractor, choose a movie from the app’s library or from your iPhone’s ‘photo’ library (the app will only show videos in the library so you don’t have to sort through all the photos).
Slide your way through the video via moving the yellow box in the lower video stream image. The main window shows you what that image will be when extracted. Tap the screen or magnify glass button to have everything else disappear and the image go to full screen to be sure you have what your looking for. Then, just tap Photo Exposure’s lower right ‘Save’ button. The image is saved to your iPhone’s photo library. The screen doesn’t change so you can continue and pull out as many images as you would like without having to start over every export. The video remains intact as it was prior to starting this process.
I used a video I shot by accident (thought I had it in camera mode) in this post. Imagine if you had a party or event that you shot video at, now you can pull out photos from the video to keep. No need to watch the whole video to catch a glimpse of someone or a place. Remember that you are slicing a image out of a video though so it isn’t as high as resolution as if you had take it as a photo with your iPhone. Photo Extractor gives you a 1920 x 1080 image to work with… huge by yesteryear’s limitations.
Not long ago, I reviewed PowerCamera. An app that offers a variety of filters that can be viewed in real time when framing up the photo to take. After taking the picture, there is even more effects that can be added.
Today, I found PowerSketch by the same developer. The app lets you take photos with a variety of effects or apply the included set of effects to images you have in your iPhone photo library. The free app has plenty of special effects to enjoy, but with less than half of the paid for PowerCamera.
If you choose to capture a new image, you can have the app randomize the effect. Or, if you choose the wand button, the 14 filters appear across the bottom of the PowerSketch screen. The app works in landscape and portrait. Sweep through the effects, tap one to see it applied to the area your looking at then snap the photo. If you prefer, PowerSketch will actually record a video with a effect too.
Images taken are saved to photo gallery inside of PowerSketch. Each photo can be shared or edited further. The collage button along the bottom doesn’t work in this free version of the app. All of the effects offered when taking the pictures are offered in the edit area in case you don’t like the one you chose before.
Images can be resized and a variety of frames are provided too.
PowerSketch has all of the usual popular social sharing services. Notice even YouTube is covered if you decided to use the app for video recording rather than single snapshot.