Photo & Video
Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Take a moment to flick through the large volume of photos taken on your iPhone in their various locations, including the Camera Roll, Facebook and Instagram. Chances are you’ll have some real gems among the clutter that you want to print as a keepsake or gift to friends and family. Collecting these photos from multiple places can be a drag, and then there’s the task of editing, formatting, etc. It almost doesn’t seem worth the effort.
But then came along an iOS-photo-printing app that enables you to scrape your iPhone folders and social pages for your favourite snaps, make edits and apply fun filters before hitting print, and voila – the photos are delivered to your door in a matter of days.
This is exactly what newbie app Picture Postie (developed by an Australian company of the same name) has done, offering one place where you can simplify and play with the process of readying your digital photos for print.
To get started, download Picture Postie from the App Store (it’s free) and fire it up once it has installed on your iPhone. After creating a sign in and enabling the app to access your social accounts and camera roll, you can go ahead and start browsing through your albums, tapping individual shots that you want to be included in your order.
Once you have finished collecting your images, you can edit them any way you like – choose from square or rectangle print templates in a range of sizes, or if you’re after something extra special you can opt to have your images printed on canvas for a more artistic, ‘painted’ effect. You can choose different sizes and print materials for each image, rather than being forced to apply bulk actions.
Keep in mind that if you choose to increase the size of your photo print, the original, default version stays on your order list, and displays only partially underneath your newly created size. To avoid ordering duplicate prints in the two sizes, make sure you delete the one you don’t want by tapping it to the foreground and hitting delete.
Once you’ve got your images sized, you’re ready to go into the editing screen where you can apply all sorts of filters and artistic effects. We chose a range of different effects to test which ones worked best. Across the board, they performed well, but when we added the ‘vignette’ filter to a couple of our photos the subsequent prints did come out looking much darker than the onscreen preview view.
When you’re happy with the appearance of each image you can progress to the next stage of the ordering process by choosing a number of frames in different sizes and materials, including magnet frames for the fridge, or timber versions that you could mount to a wall.
Now that you’re close to completing your order, the app will do a final tally of all your items and their prices, including the prints and frames. From here you can make direct payment using PayPal, or if you don’t have a registered account, you can also use a credit card to make the purchase. In terms of cost, the prints are reasonably priced, with the smaller, standard prints starting at $0.15. As you opt for larger sizes, or the canvas prints the prices increase accordingly.
Once your payment has been processed Picture Postie will send you a confirmation email to let you know the order has been received and will be printed and delivered to your nominated address. Our order took almost no time to complete, and were excited to discover our prints waiting in the letterbox a couple of days later (with hard copy invoice included).
Overall, we were pleased with the end result, and found the process relatively simple and straightforward. Do keep in mind that if you are adding a bunch of filters and effects, there may be some that look slightly different in print version. We stumbled across this with the vignette filter, in particular.
This is the first iteration of Picture Postie, but you can expect more features to be added in the coming weeks, including access to Flickr images, Panoramic prints and canvases. Picture Postie also says the app will soon will be available on the NZ, China, US, UK and Canadian App Stores , with international shipping from Australia to the above locations also enabled.
The most appealing aspect of Picture Postie is convenience; the concept of grabbing your favourite iOS photos from multiple locations, making quick edits and placing the order in virtually no time at all is a great idea, and one we think will save a lot of users time and money.