Developer: Craig Williams
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store
PhotoFrame, released last week, adds a functionality so simple that it's amazing it hasn't been done before. PhotoFrame is an app that will turn your iPhone or iPod Touch device into an easy-to-use digital picture frame.
The frame, displays a digital clock with a photo slideshow above, comes with a set if images by default and can be customized with any pics from your photo library. At the time of this writing the slideshow is limited to 6 photos, but the developer is promising to increase this in version 1.2.
The truly ingenious part of PhotoFrame is not that it can display a looping slideshow. It's when PhotoFrame kicks in that makes it special. This little app is designed to work while your iPhone is charging and it overrides the auto-lock setting so you can enjoy you custom slideshow as long as you want.
I'd like to see the option of using PhotoFrame in horizontal mode. Also, it'd be nice to have the ability to set a sleep timer so that if I let my phone charge overnight, PhotoFrame would close automatically after an hour. And lastly, I'd like to see some choices for photo transitions — fade, dissolve, mosaic or a cube effect.
For a version 1 release, PhotoFrame is designed with a clean interface and is fairly intuitive to use. It's a great start for a new app and has already earned a spot on my shelf.