Tags & Albums: Easily Organize Your iPhone Pics

I love to use my iPhone to take a lot of pictures. It’s convenient, easy to use and I have it with me practically all the time. And now with a five-month-old son, I am definitely taking a lot of pictures to send to friends and family.

One thing that I never liked about photo storage on the iPhone was that it was very limited. You can see all your pics and send them to social networks in a few steps, but I wanted something more; something that gave me greater control over my photos. Well, I think I may have found that in Tags & Albums.

Albums

I still cannot believe that Apple hasn’t implemented a good album structure to the Photos app. Tags & Album takes care of this problem, and it’s definitely a nice feature to have. Since I have taken photos of all kinds of things, it is convenient to have my photos organized into different albums on my iPhone. The app comes with preset albums that you can use or you can delete them and create your own. You can also rearrange them the way you want as well.

Snapshot of albums

Snapshot of albums

It is also very easy to put pictures into an album. All you have to do is select the photos you want from your iPhone’s picture album and then they will be put in that folder. You can also take a picture from within an album and that picture will be added to the album.

Selecting pics for an album

Selecting pics for an album

Tags

Another level of organizing your photos can be done through tags. Say you have an album of pictures from a family trip, but you want to also easily find photos that have you in them. You can set tags for each photo with you in them and then they can be easily searchable.

Snapshot of Tags Page

Snapshot of Tags Page

Tags also act similar to albums to some degree. You can take pictures while you are in a tag group and those pictures will be tagged in that group. You can also add pictures from your iPhone photo album to a tag group as well. I am not sure if this is a necessary feature being that it is so similar to albums, but I can see it being useful for people who want to organize pictures within albums.

Slideshow

Now what good are pictures on your iPhone if you can’t show them off to your friends? In my case, people are always asking to see pictures of my son. Well, Tags & Albums takes it a step further and lets you create a slideshow of your different albums.

The nice thing about this feature is that you have some options to make your slideshow stand out a bit, as there are five different transitions that you can choose from. Another feature is that you can choose the duration of how long each picture is displayed. Lastly, no slideshow is complete without music, so you can pick whatever song you want from your iTunes library on your iPhone as an option as well.

Slideshow options

Slideshow options

Exporting

Last, but definitely not least, is the ability to export your different albums. You can export to Facebook, Picasa and Flickr as far as social networks are concerned. What I like about this option is that when you export an album to a social network, the album is labeled that same title when it gets exported. For example, if I have an album labeled “Scenic” on Tags & Albums and export it to Flickr, it shows up in Flickr in its own album labeled “Scenic.” This is a nice feature to have and takes the work out of having to go and put your pictures into albums again.

There are multiple exporting options

There are multiple exporting options

There are a couple other ways to export your pictures. You can email your pictures to someone. The one thing that I found strange when I wanted to email my albums, was that I couldn’t just email the whole album, I had to manually select each and every picture in the album. To some degree it is nice to be able to only email a few pics, but would love to have the option to email the whole album as well.

Secondly, you can export your pictures as a folder. The way this works is that you can designate an album as a folder, then when you manually sync your iPhone to iTunes on your computer, you can then transfer the folder from your iPhone to iTunes, which in turn puts it on your computer. Talk about a weird process to make this happen. I know the end goal is to have an option to get your picture albums on your computer, but there has to be an easier, less tedious way. My opinion would be to add a Dropbox feature to make this happen.

Folder Structure

Folder Structure

Conclusion

Overall, this app solves a lot of problems I have had with the photo app on the iPhone. To be honest, I am surprised Apple didn’t do something like this with their photos app. The one thing I wish they would fix would be to find an easier way to get your picture albums to your home computer.

But, in the end, if you are one who takes a lot of pictures with your iPhone and want organize your photos, then this is a great app for you. For $0.99, it is worth trying out and seeing for yourself. I am not sure if I know of another app on the App Store that does what this one does. If you do, feel free to leave us a comment.


Summary

Create albums and tags and easily export them from your iPhone

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  • Andy

    Sounds like a cool app, but you are mistaken on the price. It costs $2.99 in the app store..I’d probably check it out for $0.99 but $2.99 is a little steep..

  • kemie

    Not exactly the same functionality, but I ran across a similar organizing app http://www.photologyapp.com/ I wonder how they compare

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