iPhone App Review – PhotoBook™ – created in 2 minutes

iPhone App Review – PhotoBook™ – created in 2 minutes

November 17th, 2012 by

I remember when getting pictures developed meant taking them to this little photo booth on the side of the main drag in my hometown. You’d drop off your cassette of film and come back some time later and get your pictures. It was always kind of a mystery what photos you’ll find in the envelope, how many of them are event worth the time you spent taking them, much less the money spent developing and printing them.

Now we have our iPhones and a plethora of ways to print our digital snaps onto paper (do people still do that?). Even better, the Photo Book app allows you to take any of the pictures on your device and collect them into a high-quality, bound photo book that is mailed to your home. You have the choice of hardcover or soft, several different styles and colors, and a variety of ways for multiple photos to be displayed on a single page.

How It Works

When you launch the app it immediately takes you to your photo library, with a couple dozen of the most recent photos already selected. You can of course deselect and select all the photos you want here and then hit “next”.

The whole process basically consists of you tapping “next” as the app walks you through the steps of creating the book. You select a style and color, select the cover photo, and then the app builds your book while at the same time giving you a simulated tour of the pages.

After the “book” is finished you can freely flip back and forth through the pages, and even drag and drop pictures to a toolbar at the bottom of the screen for manual placement on different pages (or just delete them altogether). When the book is first made the app decides for itself which pictures should get an entire page to themselves and which should share real estate with others, so you may want to take a few minutes and manually adjust things to your liking.

Once completed you can enter your shipping and billing information, and then you’re done. The price is shown at the top of the page once you get to the shipping and billing area, and you can select the hardcover option for a few dollars more.

Pros and Cons

Photo Book does a great job of walking you through the steps of creating your masterpiece, in a natural and intuitive way. It doesn’t have the design inspiration of something from, say, Apple. The app’s design is a bit more utilitarian, which isn’t bad, since it gets the job done without any cruft or useless interface elements. Still, a little flash wouldn’t hurt.


Photo Book is a great app for creating a photo book for yourself or as a gift for others. The app is free, and gives you a nice preview of the book, complete with virtual page-flipping, so you get a reasonable idea of the flow and appearance of the book before you buy it. It’s nicely done and super easy to use, which is exactly what I think most people are looking for this time of year.

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