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It seems like there’s a new app trend every few months. Flappy Bird clones aside, we’ve reviewed all sorts of bandwagon apps that were quick to jump on the latest fad—everything from journals to inbox-cleaners looking to cash in on the sudden spike in interest. The latest such trend is social storytelling, but we're pretty sure Steller will be around long after the craze has died down.
You would be forgiven for mistaking Steller for a Storehouse companion, but in actuality they're independent variations on the same theme: simple, elegant narration. Like Storehouse, Steller doesn't overwhelm you with design options, but it gives you just enough to get your creative juices flowing while inspiring you to turn your life into art.
Whether you're starting a new story or adding a page to an existing one, you'll be presented with the same three options: text, photo, or video. Inside each are various handsome layout choices, with rich fonts, tasteful overlays, and minimal designs. Each page is limited to the viewable area of the screen, so your stories probably won't contain any lengthy descriptions; text is mostly limited to captions and titles, but we'd like to see scrollable pages in a future update.
From the transitions all the way down to the font settings, details matter in Steller. The entire interface has been carefully crafted to give you a top-notch creation experience, but we had some issues with the social aspect. Stories are shared via a closed network, but the only way we could figure out to join is by using a Twitter account. Consequently, we couldn't edit our profile without heading to Twitter first, but we wouldn't mind so much if the connection extended to our followers, too. As it stands, we weren't able to see if anyone we knew had signed up. Also, the lack of a search field made exploring other stories somewhat difficult.
The bottom line. Steller is an elegant, beautiful way to tell your personal stories, but the concept unravels a bit when it gets social.
iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 7.0 or later
Simple, elegant interface makes it easy to create stories. Excellent options for adjusting text and photos. Fantastic layouts and designs help turn your media into works of art.
Pages are limited to iPhone screen’s viewing area. Strong reliance on Twitter for account creation. Can’t create unique profiles. No way to search project database.