AMITIAE - Saturday 2 August 2014
PosterLabs: Nicely Crafted App with Limited Editing and Export Abilities
By Graham K. Rogers
The iPhone is a little different of course, but it is a device that I also use to great effect; and with the Eye-Fi SD cards, can send JPG images directly from my Nikon to the iPhone (or iPad) for further adjustments. Among the uses might be editing in a number of apps, such as Halftone, for cartoon style output, or creating a poster. I have been using Phoster on the iPhone since May 2011 and this was able to produce quite respectably-sized images. As this was on my previous (AMITIAE) site, I will edit the review I did then and repost.
Like the best apps, it does the one task it is designed for simply. The opening screen has two choices: New Poster and Goodies. Rather than the in-app purchases that a lot of apps would offer with something called, "Goodies", the user is offered several extra templates for making posters and (as far as I can see) there is no additional charge. A plus point, for sure.
The default selection may be changed using the poster thumbnails at the bottom of the screen, listed in two sections: Classic and Stylish. In this way, posters in many styles can be created; but this is where it begins to unravel for me.
An example is the nice poster marked, "Punk" (an overworked word) that actually has a nice design. It changes the imported images to monochrome and this is balanced nicely by the gold lettering. Just below, the heading are the words, "Italian Job" - not the location of my photographs, of course.
As a mark of what I see as imbalance here, each of the photographs imported to a poster can be edited separately, using a set of 15 filters (plus, no effect). The image output has a host of ways in which a user may change the visual aspects, but locks the user in to specific texts. I am sure many will not be the slightest bit bothered by this.
Three Examples of Output from PosterLabs
There are several export options: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Line, Moments, Sina Weibo, Qzone, WeChat, QQ friends and Tencent Weibo. These indicate the audience that this app is intended for is not grumpy old guys who take lots of photos, like me, but those for whom social networking sites are a part of life.
PosterLabs is a simple app which does well what it is designed to do. I will not be keeping this on my iPhone, but many users will find its easy-to-use interface and well-designed poster templates nice to use.
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.
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