App of the Week: InstaStitch – an easy photo collage maker

Why InstaStitch?

I have finally started using a journal app to record special moments with my family – something I’ve been planning to do for a long time.  I’m trying to stick to just one picture per day, but sometimes I need more than one photo to properly capture a moment, or can’t decide which photo is best – which is where this app come in handy!

What does it do?

You can very easily create a photo collage with up to 5 photos per collage, 38 different layouts, customised borders and 20 lovely photo effects.

How does it work?

1. Select a layout

2. Pick photos from your camera roll

3. Apply filters (each photo in your layout can have a different filter) and adjust borders

4. Save to your camera roll

Cost?

Free!!

The Verdict

Love it!  Really easy to use and a lovely way to capture multiple special moments in one picture.

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Anything else?

I used InstaStitch on my iPhone 4 3G running iOS6.0.1.

The pictures in the slideshow were created by my kids using the Balloonimals app 🙂

I’m trying out the TinyBeans journal app – really liking it so far too. I know some of the other journal apps have photo collage functionality built in – but for some reason I’m finding the InstaStitch/TinyBeans combo is working for me.

Any other great photo or journal apps out there worth trying?

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App of the Week: Readability

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Why Readability?

Last week I wrote this post on how many of us are using tablets as reading/consuming devices on the move and leaving our laptops at home. Readability is making it really easy for me to save articles to read later on the train.

What does it do?

You can save links to your reading list or send them to your Kindle –  “Read Later”.  You can also change the font size etc. to make a web page easier to read – “Read now”.

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How does it work?

1. Set up a Readability account

2. Install the Readability app on your iPhone/tablet

3. Install a Readbility browser add-on on your PC

4. Add the Readability bookmarketlet to Safari  on your iPhone/Tablet

5.  Start building your reading list!

Cost?

Free!!

The Verdict

Brilliant!!  Really easy to set up and use. I used to clog up my Favourites with articles to read later and email links to myself to read on the train – no more!

There are a few similar apps out there, this is a good article by Allyson Kazmucha at www.imore.com which compares the different offerings.

Anything else?

I used Google Chrome on my Windows 7 laptop and Safari on my iPhone when trying this app out. Multiple browsers and operating systems are supported, including Android – see http://www.readability.com for more details.

Do you use Readability (or one of the other similar apps) already? If so, do you like it? Have you any other apps you’d like to recommend?  I’m always on the look out for good ones..

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