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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Stampsy - App Review



Straight from the horse's (OK, developer's) mouth:

"A Stamp is the unit of content you create on Stampsy. It can have up to 10 pages. A background grid helps you create well-balanced designs".

The developer also advises that "Stampsy is a sharing platform for people who produce compelling digital media content"

The truth is that the items published really are aesthetically pleasing.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
The opening page is the kiosk. Here you can check who the top publishers are, as well as any people you may know (you need to share your Facebook friend list). You can also choose subscriptions (people you follow) and subscribers (those who follow you). You can also check through recent postings.

The drawing tool is where you make it all happen for your 'publications'. There are 5 easy steps to your first stamp:

1. Stamp
This is just a reminder that Stampsy defines a stamp as being one unit of content, and there can be up to 10 pages.

2. Tools
Here you choose from the various tools on offer. Down the left of the screen you choose from text (headline, subtitle etc.), media (image or background), or shapes (rectangular or elliptical). The right-hand side of the screen gives you control over colour, fonts, and columns.
In order to enter information you need to remember that this is drag and drop country. Drag the tool from the left of the screen and drop it onto your page. Once you get the hang of it, there'll be no holding you back.

3. Palettes
This is really just fine tuning the work you have already done.

4. Publish
Here you let others admire your handiwork. If you are not yet ready to share your masterpiece, just leave the editor and come back to it later; it will automatically be saved as a draft. Obviously, you can preview your work and edit it, as required. You can also backup your information to Dropbox.

5. Distribute
Let others know where to find your Stamps. Each Stamp is given a unique url, so you can distribute this as required.

Cost
The App is free.

Indispensability
I guess it depends whether or not you need to be inspired by the graphical work of others. If you do then Stampsy is a great place to be. Here's an example of 'one I created earlier' http://stampsy.com/4157 ... it didn't take long to do and no, I won't give up my day job.

Dependability
There were no issues with the App, although connection with Dropbox was lost and then needed to be reauthorised.
If you have many photos on your iPad, then Dropbox becomes a necessity, as it will be the easiest way to select photos.

Security
You can view 'stamps' without logging in but, if you cannot create from an iOS device without logging in. Access is granted through your Facebook account where you have to agree to Stampsy accessing your public profile, friend list, email address and news feed.

ACIDS Test Rating:

Be distracted by beauty.

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get Stampsy here and support for the App here.


5 comments:

  1. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 1.5 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    • A whole-new simplified editor perfect for sharing photo stories
    • By popular request, we added Twitter and Google+ as login options
    • Bug and crash fixes

    Note: Publish any drafts you'd like to keep before updating to this version. Drafts from the previous version are not compatible with the new editor.

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  2. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 1.5.1 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    - Fixes an issue with disappearing keyboard in the editor
    - Fixes an issue with a Dropbox not refreshing automatically
    - Fixes an issue that prevented usage on 3G network
    - Fixes a crash when closing a stamp while the next one is loading
    - Fixes inconsistent panel swipe gesture when viewing stamps
    - Fixes a stuck spinner when importing profile image from Facebook
    - Stamps with large images consume less memory

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  3. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 1.5.2 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    - Contains minor UI tweaks and fixes
    - Separates Photos and Photo Stream in the grabbox
    - Fixes occasionally missing images in the grabbox
    - Fixes a crash when trying to collect a stamp without being authorized

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  4. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 1.5.4 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    - Fixes user interface glitches in previous update
    - Fixes a crash upon installing the app

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