Record Deep Memories with Picle

There’s a big market for photography apps on the App Store, proven by fantastic apps like Instagram which allow on device editing and styling of your photos. However, while capturing detail in a scene isn’t an issue, photos are fairly shallow when there’s much more that can be recorded of a scene.

Picle takes photography to a new level, by merging it with audio recording to create incredible, unique stories. Instead of capturing a photo, Picle lets you record a “picle,” a photograph with a couple of seconds of background audio merged together. Let’s get into it after the jump.

What is a Picle?

Have you ever been somewhere, like a zoo, and pulled out your smartphone to take some photos? The answer’s probably yes. However, when you’re trying to record an experience, photos are particularly shallow and don’t capture everything you want to. Videos are probably your first alternative, but even that doesn’t highlight specific things you want to remember.

Picle Navigation

Picle has a pleasingly simple interface.

Picle is something unique. It’s like video, but with no moving images. Instead, you capture photos and back them with a short recording of the scene’s sound to create something that’s deeper than just a photo, but highlights something in the scene specifically.

The app is very simple and features one-button access to the recording functionality. When you do so, you’ll find an Instagram-like interface that allows you to capture a square photo followed by a few seconds of sound. It’s that simple.

Picles can be organised into “stories,” much like albums or events, which pull together individual recordings into a slideshow of sorts. This allows you to replace the traditional photo album with an audio-backed slideshow. Plus, being fully automated, there’s no need to use dedicated video editing software such as iMovie.

Picle Recording

Recording a Picle.

Customisation

Recording in Picle is a simple affair, so there’s not really a lot to customise in it. However, open up the settings and you’ll be able to modify sound recording length up to ten seconds, so audio doesn’t have to be extensive or short when you don’t want it to be.

By default, you’ll snap a photo in Picle and then instantly start recording the attached sound. However, this is too able to be changed by splitting it up so you specify when to take the photo and then when to start recording sound.

Sharing, Kind Of

Picle is a cool idea, but it’s really let down by it’s sharing abilities. I initially thought of Picle like Instagram, and was pretty impressed by the idea of capturing a moment, not just an image. The problem is that Picle is currently isolated, living in it’s own bubble, without communicating with the outside world. I wouldn’t use Instagram at all if it weren’t connected to other services, like Twitter, for sharing purposes.

Picle allows you to create an account for it’s website and then upload, on command only, your Picles. Then, you can share your public profile with others to allow them to view your recording, as well as doing some light networking through following others. However, there’s no in-built sharing to services like Twitter and Facebook, which is the reason I won’t be using the app after this review.

A Picle appearing on the web.

The app even promotes itself as being “like Instagram with sound”, but it doesn’t live up to that claim without a network of sharing options.

Final Thoughts

Picle is a cool concept, but it seems like more a tech demo than anything else right now. As i’ve said continuously throughout this review, the idea of capturing more of a scene, without the lack of perspective is something i’d love to use on a regular basis.

Picle features a strong, clean interface that allows for quick access to recording tools, which is what apps like this require to be in any ways successful. After all, theres no point in recording something if you’ve missed what you want to record. As a standalone app, I don’t have much problem with the app. It’s great, but a lack of external sharing options is a significant downfall that simply can’t be ignored.

Picle has been described as being a minimum viable product, a product that’s more of a test than a final piece. That should offer some hope that future expansion will be coming, including those all so simple, yet all so important external sharing features for Twitter, at least.


Summary

A photography app that tags photos with up to ten seconds of sound, but without vital sharing features.

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