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We all have stories, and our iPads make it easier than ever to tell them. Seemingly countless collaging and journaling apps are available to help us capture our favorite moments, giving them a permanent and often beautiful home outside of our camera rolls. But Storehouse is the first one we've used that's truly great. With a deceptively simple interface that gives you just enough creative control over your projects without overwhelming you with options, it offers practically endless possibilities, whether you're a casual shutterbug or a professional photographer.
An ex-Apple designer developed Storehouse, and it shows — both in the finished products and the use of subtle animations to liven up the creation process. Up to 50 photos and/or 30-second video clips from Flickr, Dropbox, Instagram, or your camera roll can be included in each story, and while layouts are very modular, the process doesn't feel nearly as constrained as other apps we've tried. Picture boxes can be resized, reshaped, and rearranged to create unique layouts, but without a traditional menu, we floundered a bit before mastering the taps and gestures (despite a very elegant tutorial). Though photos can easily be deleted, they can't be swapped out, making the omission of an undo button all the more glaring.
Instead of flipping or swiping between pages, stories are presented as a single scrolling page, providing a natural narrative even before a single word is placed. There's no limit to the amount of text that can be added, but there are only two styles to choose from — neither of which allows any adjustments. Projects can be saved as drafts, but as you might expect, there's a social aspect baked into Storehouse, too. Published stories are uploaded to a gallery that you can easily share across any platform and screen, and while we enjoyed browsing the network much more than the standard social feeds, it would benefit greatly from a search field.
The bottom line. Storehouse turns your photos into stunning pictorials that are worthy of framing.
iPad running iOS 7.0 or later
Fantastic interface. Excellent use of limited tools to create dynamic layouts. Nice formatting. Good network for sharing projects.
Text options a bit too basic. No undo button. Navigation can be somewhat confusing for beginners.