Hey folks! Day number 7 of apps reviews – a full week and we’re just halfway done! If you like to take a lot of photos, like I do, I think you’ll really enjoy today’s apps. Let me know what you think!
7. Photos and Photo Editing: Padgram, Snapseed
Now, here’s the thing about Instagram – it doesn’t have an iPad-optimized app. Bummer. However, that doesn’t mean your iPad has to be Instagram-free! Download Padgram. I mean, you could download the Instagram app they released for the iPhone, but it’s this tiny little thing, and when you hit the 2x button to make it bigger, it becomes all blurry and…it just doesn’t do anything for me, aesthetically.
Padgram to the rescue! It accesses your Instagram account, and now your feed takes up the whole iPad screen, no 2x button required. You can browse things by tag, even subscribe to your favorite tags. There is one tiny catch, though – Instagram hasn’t allowed photo uploading from third-party apps yet, so you still have to use the less-pretty iPhone Instagram app if you want to post your pics. I don’t know about you, but that is not a deal-breaker for me. I use Padgram to keep up-to-date on my feed in a non-frustrating way, and then just quickly pop over to the Instagram app to post. No fuss, no muss.
And then there’s Snapseed. Welcome to effortless photo editing. To me, this feels like Google’s version of PicMonkey (and as far as I know, there IS no actual PicMonkey app, but trust me, this is more than adequate). The easy functions just require swiping – up and down to select your tool, and then left and right to adjust the settings. Just don’t forget to hit ‘Apply’ when you’re done with a certain function, or you won’t actually accomplish anything (trust me, it’s embarrassing how long it took me to figure that out). You can apply color filters, just like on PicMonkey or Instagram, though I think the manual controls over saturation, contrast, etc. give you more options than the latter. Definitely recommend for high-quality photo-editing.
Hope this helps you make the most of your iPad’s photo capabilities! See you guys tomorrow for my review of TV and Movies apps!
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