Release Date: March 29, 2012
Seller: Yanyan Wang
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
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TiP Rating: 2/5 Stars
App Store Description:
iVisual – for Instagram is the best application to read Instagram image so far, it provides the best reading experience with magazine style interface. With it, you could easily fetch the hotest images in Instagram. Install now to have fun!.
Although iVisual allows you to view photos uploaded to Instagram through a magazine-style interface, it leaves users wanting more as it lacks total account integration and photograph credits.
Photo-sharing app Instagram has just been acquired by Facebook. While the social network intends for Instagram to continue being a standalone app, it doesn’t hurt to keep an additional viewer as a backup.
iVisual for Instagram is a rather new app that offers users a magazine-style interface in which to view Instagram photos — similar to Flipboard. Unlike Flipboard, that’s where the app’s functionality stops.
It’s unclear if this will change in future iterations, but currently you cannot integrate your Instagram account with this app — meaning you won’t be able to view your photos or those of your friends. Instead, the app is more of a catch-all.
The app isn’t a complete downer though; you can still search or filter images by tags. iVisual already pre-loaded several popular searches, including food, weddings, books, and so on.
Each screen displays between six and eight images. To continue browsing, you can swipe to the left. If that’s not quick enough for you, you can jump ahead a few pages by tapping on the two small arrows in the lower right corner.
You can view a larger version of an image by tapping on it. Here, you can choose to view a slide show (instead of collaged paged) of “full-screen” images. To start the slide show, tap the triangle play button. You can also add this image to your favorites by tapping not the star.
Additionally you can choose to download the image to your phone by tapping on the downward arrow — this is a little unclear unless you paid attention to the brief introduction screens that appeared when you first launched the app. You can also share the photo through email, Twitter, or Facebook, as well as preview how it will look as the background for your lock or home screen.
The unfortunate thing about downloading or sharing these photos is that iVisual doesn’t provide any information about who took the picture, what filter was used, or its location. This is a major deal-breaker for me.
iVisual also offers a Pro version for $2.99, but it appears that it only removes the adds. It’s unclear if it comes with any added functionality. Regardless, $2.99 is too much for an app that doesn’t provide the names of the people taking the pictures.
If you’re looking for a new way to browse Instagram’s archives and discover new friends in the process, this app definitely isn’t for you. However, if you just want a sleek design and some unattended photos to jack for your backgrounds, then look no further.