Developer: Peter Stajger
Price: free Download on the App Store
As a professional photographer, I’m drawn to photo-inspired apps. In the case of fotobookr, even if I didn’t have a bag full of lenses, I would still want this app for its simple and intuitive interface. The fact that it displays 192 of the most current photographs from my Facebook friends in a neat, organized manner is both interesting and useful. Simplicity, in this instance, is bliss.
The good people of fotobookr have allowed we photo purists access to what we really crave, images and lots of them. The app is so simple, I could leave you with a link to download, but for sake of brevity, I will digress.
As a photographer, I find myself sifting through my feed only in search of the latest family, party and adventure photos from my friends. I rarely read updates unless it is a caption connected to a photo or video. Because of my lack of attention to text, I find myself using Flipboard for my daily Facebook fix. No longer am I bound to these virtual chains.
Once you download and launch fotobookr you’re prompted to login with your Facebook information. In what seems like nearly seconds, the app loads and feeds you almost 200 of your friends’ latest photos uploaded within the past 24 hours. The number depends on what iOS device you’re using. In this instance, I’m using my iPad classic. And in my opinion, this app is definitely one you want to use on the bigger screen to truly enjoy the greatness of this app.
fotobookr's best quality is its design. Its background is black and each photo is displayed in a harmonious grid that lets your eye peruse for days or at least until you find an image that peaks your interest. Really, there are no buttons to push, only photos. When you do find one, simply click on the photo and all the important information is presented to you such as the ability to like, comment and see who is tagged.
Another great feature of fotobookr is the capability to start a slide show after selecting an image. Or, you can scrub through each photo individually by clicking the right or left arrows. To get back to the original view you simply touch the back button in the upper left of the screen.
Each image is cached so loading images, playing the slide show or switching between them is very fast and requires minimal load time.
As for functionality of switching between friends’ photos, you drag two fingers to jump to your next friend. This fotobookr feature becomes very useful when your friend thought uploading 52 images of their dog in different colors of sunglasses was cute. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good funny dog picture, but even this professional photographer has limits.
Once you’ve exhausted the current page of images, swipe down on the screen to refresh for the latest images or just touch the refresh button in the upper left of the screen. The only feature I would like to see is real-time refreshing, but honestly, all the benefits of the app completely outweigh that missing feature.
In conclusion, fotobookr’s zero-configuration and ease-of-use combined with its simple and straightforward design makes for one of the most useful, fun and photo enthusiast friendly apps on the market. And at .$99, it’s a must buy.