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Layout for iPad Review

Layout for iPad Review

They say every picture tells a story and there is no better way to achieve this than with a carefully assembled photo collage. However with digital photography taking over it seems this medium has died, lonely and forgotten. But fortunately like photography the collage has risen from the ashes and is alive and well after taking a brave step into the digital age and the results are apps of varying quality. Layout for the iPad is one such application that can be downloaded from the App Store for just $2.99 and we are pleased to announce that it is worth every penny.

Let’s get the flaw out of the way first as it is a small one and that is the fact that Layout is not supported by the iPhone but that should hardly come as a surprise as it is perfectly suited to the larger screen of the iPad, which allows for more control and downsizing it to the iPhone screen would not do the app justice.

Layout can be used as a perfectly acceptable photo editor but that is not its real purpose as the real draw is the ability to create albums and scrapbooks off our photographic exploits. While templates are provided they are largely unnecessary as all that is required from you to create a decent collage is a good imagination and a few swipes and taps on the screen.

A quick tap brings up the main menu, which arrives in the form of a handy dial that allows you to select photos from your camera album or directly from your social networking accounts, no importing necessary. Drag all the pictures you want into the frame and then it is just a simple matter of sliding them into the desired position and resizing them where necessary. So far, so simple but there are more options available to you than just arranging photos.

A separate edit menu presents standard photo editing options, such as contrast, saturation and the classic red eye elimination, as all decent photo applications should have. But it doesn’t stop there. You can add writing with speech bubbles or scribble on it with a virtual pen, just like you could with a real collage. Features like the pen are what make this app ideal for the iPad’s interface. Once you are happy with your customisations you can upload your masterpiece to Facebook, Twitter or Flickr with a few taps, as well as email it as an attachment or print it out.

Layout provides a quick and easy way to share your photos in a creative way. Whether you just want a simple arrangement of pictures or enhancements and customisations for a more personal touch, it can all be done with a few simple taps. It may not have as many features and effects as other photo editing software but it remains a fully rounded-out package that does a job in a fun, uncomplicated way and is instantly accessible to all users.

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