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Beamr for iPhone App Review

Beamr for iPhone App Review

Another day has come and gone and with it we have a new photography app for the iPhone. This time the focus is on photo sharing but before you dismiss it as another one in a long line of unoriginal apps you might want to take the time to look at this one for two main reasons; it is fun and it is completely free. The hook here is the way you get to present your photos before sharing them, as you get to collect them together in the style of a magazine and it makes for a rather good presentation. If you like sharing photos and want a more creative way to do it then this should do it. Beamr is available now from the App Store and is also compatible with the iPad.

Beamr is a simple app limited to one primary function but it does it very well. The creation process is very simple and within minutes you can have a fully formed photo magazine ready to send off to your desired recipients. The layout is incredibly clear and simple and putting a magazine together couldn’t be easier.

First of all you need to choose the photos you wish to include and this is just a simple matter of scrolling down a grid of your photos and tapping the ones you wish to use. A check on the image will indicate a chosen one. Next you need to nominate one to be the cover photo, add a title and a caption and then it is ready for publishing. You can share it on Facebook or Twitter with a simple tap.

As for the layout of the magazine itself, well this is both a strength and a weakness of the app. Your photos are automatically laid out by the app, which is intelligent enough to arrange them in such a way that is optimised for its viewing platform, whether it is an iPhone screen, iPad screen or a webpage on a computer. They are also arranged by date. While it is good that the app does all the work and helps you create a magazine so quickly, it would be nice if there was an option to do all this manually.

There is not much room for customisation outside of the selection process and captioning. However many people will be satisfied with the app as it is and it is certainly nice to have a finished, professional-looking photo presentation minutes after opening the app.

But this really is the only flaw I could see. The quality of the photos is maintained whatever size they are displayed in and it is a surprise that such results can come from a free app. If you want an interesting way to share your photos with people then this is a great way to go about it. Easy to use with satisfying results, this is a very simple but effective photo-sharing app that will not disappoint.

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