While photo apps for mobile phones may seem like nothing new, "Halftone 2" and "Kicksend" are two recently launched apps that are changing the way images can be shared, presented and printed. NY1's Technology reporter Adam Balkin filed the following report.
There are so many apps for doing interesting things with photos that finding an app that presents images in a different and interesting way can be difficult to find.
"Halftone 2," however, may be the answer to this problem, allowing users to present an event, such as a vacation or a wedding, in comic book form.
The app presents users with panels similar to what is seen in a traditional comic book.
Users are able to fill these panels with pictures and insert comic book-looking captions and stamps.
Once finished, users can save their work and share it as a PDF file.
The "Halftone 2" app is a free download, but this only allows users to create one page of work.
To create multiple pages and to get the full array of fonts, stamps, and captions, users have to buy them in packs through in app purchases, costing $1.99 per pack or $6.99 to unlock them all.
Printing photographs is the old way of doing things, while taking those photographs and sharing them on a mobile device is the new way.
Combine these two processes and you get "Kicksend," one of a growing number of apps that allows users to not only share groups of photos with friends on a device but also easily print them.
Hit the print tab at the top of the screen, choose which photos to print, and then, based on the user's location, up pops all nearby Walgreens, CVS, and Target stores that can print the photos and have them waiting when the user is ready to swing by.
Users can also order prints and have them sent to someone, such as a grandparent who loves pictures but hasn't quite gotten into the whole mobile device scene yet.
"Kicksend" is a free app for iOS and Android devices.