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iPhone App Review: Face Up! Greetings

iPhone App Review: Face Up! Greetings

July 9th, 2011 by

Remember when you used to have to visit an actual, like, website to send electronic greeting cards to someone? Remember when you actually sent electronic greeting cards to people? Face Up! Greetings is trying to get you back in the habit by allowing you to create and send greeting cards right on your iDevice, complete with a recorded customized message and animated moving mouth (!). Pick a card, fit your face into the image, record a message, and then share it via Facebook, YouTube, email, or just save it to your photo album.

How It Works

It’s very simple, and I’ve almost completely explained the process in the introduction.

Choose a background: the free app comes with a few choices, and the rest can be unlocked by purchasing the full version. You then need to fit a face into the face-hole in the background. You can pick from your photo album, Facebook, snap a new picture with the camera, or used a face saved from a prior session. After choosing and outlining the face you must outline the mouth, so that the app knows what to animate. You also of course need to size and rotate the face to fit properly in the allotted space. After you record your greeting you just share the card: it first renders it as a video, which takes a bit of time depending on the speed of your device, and then you can email/Facebook/YouTube it to your heart’s desire.

Pros And Cons

Face Up! Greetings is a smart, stylish, and snappy app. Everything about it shines, from the adorable background options to the face and mouth outlining function, right up to the final product itself. The mouth obviously doesn’t move in perfect time with the words, it has more the feel of an old-fashioned ventriloquist’s dummy, but it’s amazing that such well-polished effects can be achieved on a handheld device and rendered to a full-motion video rather than just being able to be shared with other users of the app.

One word of caution: I was using this on an iPhone 4 and got constant “low memory” warnings every time I started the app, so be sure to force-quit all of your recently running apps before starting up Face Up! Greetings.

Overall

Face Up! Greetings is a standout app for making funny, high-quality videos to share with everyone you know. The free version comes with four backgrounds, and the full upgrade is only $0.99.

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