By Graham K. Rogers
Last August, I tried the Snaptee app and came up with a couple of possible designs, using my own photographs. In the end, I settled for a river bird I had photographed a couple of months earlier and used that to order a t-shirt.
When it arrived, the design was true to my intentions and the XL was just right (at least for me) with enough space that it was not uncomfortably skin-tight as some XL items can be here.
Not long ago, the app was updated and it is now possible to order a t-shirt via the Snaptee app on an iOS device by creating the image in another app. To try this out, I switched to Manga Camera and imported an image of a Chinese temple that is on the banks of Bangkok's river. I was careful to select a suitable Manga Camera theme as some are more dramatic than others.
Once I had my best choice, I exported to the Snaptee app and within a couple of minutes with the online ordering system (27 March), a confirmation was sent. I was also notified of the cost to me: with mailing charges, the total was $24.99. A couple of emails keeping me up to date with progress were sent in the interim, but this morning, I was told that the package was with the local post office. Not long after lunchtime it arrived.
Perhaps I was over-enthusiastic with Manga Camera but no one in the office was able to recognise the temple, although when I showed them the original image, they were none the wiser.
The two apps I used in this case were the free Manga Camera and the Snaptee app T-Shirt Design - Snaptee.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.