Pictarine – view pictures from all your favorite social networks in one app
Aug 14, 2012 10:37 AM –
Pictarine is an aggregator that gathers all the images from your various social networks and presents them into an easy to view stream. You can also create playlists of your favourite snaps. The UI is really impressive and using the app couldn’t be easier. With so many social networks taking up our time, apps like Pictarine offers a useful service for viewing the best pics from your streams.
Tested on: HTC One X
Pros & Cons:
- Comprehensive support for a wide variety of social networks!
- Playlist creation!
- Simple to use!
- Web interface!
- Superb UI!
- Would be nice to share pictures and playlists.
- No means to differentiate between social network image sources.
- No widget.
Many of us use a variety of different online social networks. Perhaps we’ve moved through a few and keep a marginal tabs on each for different reasons. I personally use Google+ as my primary network, also tweet regularly and keep a minimal presence on Facebook for family reasons. I also post the occasional image to Instagram and have a Tumblr account I use infrequently. The great thing about Pictarine is that it gathers pics from all these sources and more. You can sign in using Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Instagram, Dropbox, Flickr, Live, 500px, Photobucket and Shutterfly. (I should mention though, pics from fellow G+ users don’t appear in your stream but you can access your personal pictures).
Your photo feed is where all your images are streamed. From here you can ‘Like’ (on Facebook) or ‘Favourite’ (if via Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr) pictures you like the look of. Tap on the pictures for a bigger view and it also allows you to comment on each picture. All this makes for a much more convenient experience that scooting between several social networks. There’s an additional feature that lets you create playlists (although in essence they’re albums) of your favourite pictures.
It was disappointing that these playlists/albums could not then be shared in any way. It’s nice having them on your phone, but it would be great to be able to upload them somewhere. While you can share individual pictures, which in itself is very intuitive, there isn’t even a widget for hosting playlists on your homescreen. While I was very impressed by the range of sources supported, the slick UI and the presentation of the pictures in-app, these little things made the app feel a little unfinished. Perhaps with future updates these additional features might be introduced.
Pictarine – My albums
Pictarine – My Instagram albums
Pictarine – Summer playlist
Pictarine – Photofeed
Pictarine – Picture view
Pictarine – Side panel menu
Pictarine – Playlists
Pictarine – Preferences
Pictarine – FAQ
If you want to keep up to date with all the pictures your various social networks post, Pictarine is a great solution. It aggregates all the pictures posted across loads of social networks into a slick, easy to view stream. It lets you like, favourite and comment on all those that support such interaction and it’s simple to use.
Ease of Use:
Pictarine features one of the slide out menu systems we are seeing more and more of, for example in the likes of Slices, Facebook and Google+. Subsequently, navigation is very simple and intuitive.
Depending on your use of social networks, this is easily something you might use on a daily basis. It cuts out all the posts and links and concentrates just on the pictures.
The interface is very polished and looks great. While I wish there was a way to theme the app, it’s very well designed and slick. The slide-out menu is really useful and works well.
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