Create Collages and Slide Shows With Photo Table

Total Score:  28.5

One of the delights of having an iPhone or iPad is taking and sharing photos.  You can go through your Photos app to display them, or you can spice up the process by creating photo albums, collages and slide shows using Photo Table.  The process is easy and once you get started, it is a bit addictive.



Price Rating = 5      $9.99.  When I started writing this review, before fully testing it, I was not sure I would have paid the full price for it (it was free via a special offer when I downloaded it).  By the end, I was convinced I would.  There is a lot of functionality in this app.  There is also a free version, but I did not test it.

Ease of Use Rating = 4     It was not completely intuitive, but it did not take long to figure it out.  There are in-app tutorials to help.

 Readability Rating = 5     Good size fonts.  They are larger on the iPad, of course.

 Will You Use It Rating = 5     I think you will find the idea of creating collages and slide shows to be fun and functional.

 Downsides Rating =   0     I did not take any points off for this, but the option (Evolve Art) to buy more wallpaper or other products by Artworks Evolution did not work.  It is likely they will fix this.

  Consumer Review Rating = 4.5     There are over 200 ratings.  Most were very positive.  One of the comments from a user was that slide shows can be created in minutes—where it might take hours on a PC.

    Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5     If you are a creative person—and there are a lot of you out there—you will want to explore and create your own photo collages and slide shows.  You could use them to create presentations for weddings or anniversaries and even to create custom invitations.

How does it work? 

  1. The first thing you should do is explore how to move photos around the screen.  The opening screen provides you with tips.  You can flick images off-screen, tap to enlarge, rotate to position, pinch and zoom or drag them around the screen.  By swiping left you see the buttons to create albums and it shows you how to open them.  Once you are comfortable with how it works you are ready to set up your first project.
  2. The next step is to create an album.  Tap the ALBUMS button on the top left corner.  You will see the HELP album.   It offers you options to create a new album, import from Facebook or import from Flickr.  We will start with creating a new album.  Tap that option.  Keep it, you might want to come back and refer to it. Tap the PLUS sign in the top right hand corner to start a new album.
  3. You will see a big green button ADD PHOTOS.  Tap it.  You will see options to use your Photo Library or Camera.  Let’s use our photo library.   It asks you if Photo Library can have access to your Photo Library.  Tap YES.    From here, you just select the folder you want to use and start selecting photos by tapping on them.  On an iPhone a green check appears on the photo you tapped and on the iPad, the photo appears on your screen.  Select as many photos as you like.  You might want to start with 15 to 20 to get the hang of moving them around.    Fewer photos on the iPhone screen make sense.  For the iPhone, you tap on the DONE button in the top right hand corner.  For the iPad, you just tap the screen and the photos are ready for you to place.
  4. Now your creativity comes into play.  Move your photos around on the screen in a pleasing manner.  For this you use the skills you learned in step one.
  5. Once you have your photos arranged as you want, you can tap on the MENU button to adjust settings. You can change the frame color for your photos.  It changes the color for all the photos.  At this point I haven’t found a way to change just the frame color for all.  I am not sure I would want different colors for each frame.
  6. Once you have created your collage you are likely to want to share it.  This option can be found at on the menu screen.  Tap the SHARE COLLAGE button and you see a menu to share via mail, twitter, save to camera roll, print or copy.    These work pretty much as you would expect.  The mail option creates an email, the twitter option a tweet, the print option requires a WIFI connection and so on.
  7. Once you have your collage together you will see an edit button at the bottom of the screen.  Tap that button to find more features.  You can add more photos from this screen, include music, set the slide show speed, and a few other options.
  8. Now, at the bottom of the screen is a PLAY button.  Starting this will cause each photo to come to the center while the music plays. The slide show is an infinite loop. The music option really adds some spice to the presentation.
  9. You can also choose to Print and Ship a postcard.  You only see this option when you view a specific photograph.  It requires a Sincerely Account.  I didn’t follow through with sending a postcard, but iTunes indicates its $1.99 in the U.S. and $2.99 Internationally.
  10. From the menu screen there is an option to go to the Artworks Evolution website.  It did not work the day I tested, but they will likely get that fixed quickly.
  11. You can also, delete albums if you wish.
  12. There is an INFO choice on the menu which takes you to a YouTube video that shows you how the app works.

I cannot wait to do more and more albums.   This is one of the apps that is big addictive.  It would be great to create Christmas albums with appropriate music behind them.  I know I am inspired to do so.  Let me know how you use this app.

Devices:   This app is compatible with iPhone,  iPod Touch and iPad.  It is optimized for iPhone 5.  It requires iOS 6.0 or later.    It was developed by Artwork Evolution. 


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