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If there’s one thing I’m addicted to about my iPhone, it’s the camera-taking experience. I love Instagram. When I do creative work, it’s the place I share my progress with my friends and followers (so long as the client allows it). It’s also where I share photos my other loves: coffee, technology, and more coffee. (I promise I have real friends; I just keep most of my relationships private.)

Some apps make the Instagram experience a little better, though. One of my favourites (apart from the indisputably excellent VSCO Cam) has been around a long time, and it’s called A Beautiful Mess. I’ve been meaning to review it for a while, but I decided to let the developer finish up the iOS 7 update. It was worth the wait. Read on to find out more about what makes this a great, and fully-featured, photo editor for picture sharing.

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I’m really smitten with all these camera apps for iPhone. Maybe it’s clichéd at this point, but Instagram is still my favourite. Its community is awesome, and the filters are still pretty top-notch. (Seriously, when I’m working on photography for a client, making anything near the quality of an Instagram quality filter is a chore, and the app makes them available one tap away. That’s pretty marvellous.)

The problem with Instagram, though, is that it’s no different than taking a photo and posting it anywhere else (that’s why there are plenty of Instagram photos around). These photos are pictures we’ve taken and then chosen to share. It’s a philosophy that’s existed for not just photographers, but every creative, since the dawn of time: inspiration first, creation second, sharing third.

OKDOTHIS turns that convention right around, and then keeps it upside down. Read on to find out if it’s the photo app for you.

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Like many people, I’ve been saying for a while that iOS 7 really opens up the floodgates for old app categories to be reinvigorated with smartly-designed new contenders. That being said, I hadn’t really thought about the diary app. I’m a huge fan of Day One, but see opportunities for other apps to do something really unique.

This is one of the reasons I immediately signed up for the queue to get access to Memoir, a really unique diary and memories app that’s at once private and incredibly social. This is a diary app built on social networks you already use, and it’s got some cool tricks up its sleeves. Read on to find out whether or not Memoir is worth investing in. (more…)

I really dig Instagram — or I used to. But since the service was purchased by Facebook, I feel like it’s lost its focus. Instagram’s new video features are nice, but they don’t feel as smartly-designed as Vine. And speaking of design, I feel like Instagram’s has suffered recently — particularly on iOS 7, where the app looks like something an arts college dropout would whip up if given the opportunity. And finally, I can’t be alone in saying that I think the filter selection is getting worse with time.

That’s why I’m really excited about Favd. Favd is a photo-sharing app made for iOS 7 that’s designed on the App.net backbone. It offers total ownership of your photos, great filters, and the ability to share them on Twitter and Facebook. Better yet, its design harkens back to the days of early Instagram and uses App.net for its social structure. Read on to find out why I think Favd is a must-have app.

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In the wake of iOS 7, it feels like the App Store is the Wild West. Every app territory is up for grabs again — it’s no longer about who has the best app, but about who’s made the best iOS 7 app. Camera apps, despite iOS 7’s arguably disappointing camera filters, aren’t excluded from this. In fact, thanks to iOS 7’s renewed focus on clarity, I think that camera apps could benefit more than most.

Landcam requires iOS 6 or higher, but it looks like it’s been made for iOS 7 from the get-go. This is the rare camera app that surprises and delights as often as it snaps a shot. Let’s take a look and see whether or not it can supplant your current favourites.

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It’s not a secret that I like to take pictures of my cats and send the resulting images to anyone who’ll accept them. I add filters, text and even fun little stamps, until my photos could give you a toothache. I rely on a lot of apps to get that job done, though, and it would be a lot easier if I could get all of the tools I need in one place.

Landcam seems to fit the bill, with all of that, plus some pretty great editing tools to boot. I’ll try out Landcam and see if it can finally replace my folder full of image-editing apps. (more…)

Instagram recently released a major update, finally adding video to the popular photo sharing service. Coming months behind Twitter’s Vine app, Facebook’s Instagram is trying to gain some lost momentum.

There are some pretty striking differences between Instagram and Vine, though. Is it enough to claw back ground swallowed up by Vine? We’ll have a look after the jump. (more…)

I’ve spent the past six months or so looking for a great replacement for the stock Camera app. The nice thing about the stock app is that it’s accessible from the lock screen and it’s incredibly quick. Things like that are valuable in a smartphone.

That being said, the stock app also ignores social capabilities for the most part. You have to open a different app to share photos from the camera roll to Facebook or Twitter. Beyond that, it looks more like a point-and-shoot than it does a camera specifically designed for mobile. Now, there’s finally a camera app that addresses these problems with ease: Analog Camera. (more…)

There was a bit of a ruckus in December when Instagram changed its Terms of Service and then changed them back. At the same time, Yahoo released an all-new Flickr app for iPhone that was clearly an Instagram competitor, but word on the street quickly grew and word was good: Flickr was a good competitor. I wasn’t attached to Instagram and decided to give it a shot over the holidays to see if I would prefer it, and I’m glad I did.

Flickr has been around since 2004 in many different iterations, with this app being their most recent stab at remaining relevant. Flickr is more professional than Instagram — I’d argue in a whole other league (not unlike 500px, reviewed here), but its embracing of filters makes it real competition for that other app. Flickr isn’t perfect (we’ll get into that), but as an app, I like it more than I like Instagram. (more…)

When I’m sharing pictures on Instagram, I often want to add a caption of some sort, and while I can insert my own comment below the picture, it’s not always enough. I want my text to be a part of the image to create as much of an impact as the original picture and all my fun Instagram filters.

With that in mind, Overgram is bringing captioning to Instagram. Sure, you could always caption an image, load it into Instagram and share it with your friends, but Overgram is making that process seamless. From start to finish, it has Instagram in mind. Does Overgram have what it takes to replace some of those extra captioning apps? (more…)

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