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ike many iPhone users, we were blown away by iOS 7’s completely overhauled, gesture-based method for organizing and viewing photo libraries. Apparently, the folks at PhotoSocial were equally enthusiastic, rolling some of Apple’s ideas into version 2.0 of its own Photoful app.
As in iOS 7, Photoful displays images based on the date they were taken, rather than organizing them into albums the way current iPhones do. You can pinch to view galleries in a small, medium, or large grid, swiping right on any image for sharing options (via email, iMessage, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), or swipe left to move a photo to the trash (more on that in a moment).
At first launch, Photoful syncs with the existing photo library (both Camera Roll and albums), using embedded date and location data to create a gorgeous, grid-based view. Album names can be changed to something more descriptive with just a tap, while images can be tagged for additional control over sorting. A wider calendar view lets you jump to any year or month for quickly finding photos, but images can’t be added or sorted into additional albums. Photoful also comes equipped with the popular Aviary service for editing photos without leaving the app, although it can’t take new photos.
Due to iOS limitations, Photoful also can’t actually delete photos from your device, so it hides them in Trash, where they can be restored to the library if needed. The developer has a workaround on the way using a companion Mac or PC application, but we enjoyed just using the app as a viewer, so it doesn't feel like a huge limitation. Seeing as Photoful is absolutely free, we have to cut it some slack – what it does, it does quite well. Unfortunately, for now the app is also limited to the iPhone and iPod touch, which is a shame, because it could really shine on the iPad.
The bottom line. Considering it’s a freebie that makes viewing photos a really fun experience, there’s not much to complain about with Photoful. Here’s hoping iOS 7's baked-in sorting approach will be even half as much fun!
iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 5.0 or later
Organizes photo library by date or tags. Quickly jump to photos from any year or month. Gesture-based sharing, selection, and removal. Totally free.
No actual deletion of images. Doesn't support videos. No native iPad support.