iPhone App of the Week: News Booth

Category: Photo & Videos
Price: free
Release Date: Updated April 3, 2012
Version: 1.3.1
Seller: Rodskagg
Rated: 4+
Requirements:Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Link to app

TiP Rating: 4/5 Stars

App Store Description:

Turn your photos into news stories! News Booth lets you create beautiful and convincing images which look like they’ve been grabbed from a news show, complete with news graphics.

Use News Booth to remember and share important events in your life – weddings, birthdays – or just about anything. Post a photo from last night’s office party. Or that slightly embarrassing, but hilariously funny, photo of your college room mate. It’s all up to you. Insert a photo from your gallery, or use the camera on your device.


Turn ordinary moments into legendary news stories with News Booth, a simple and fun photography app.


New photography apps pop up every day, but News Booth definitely stands out among the crowd. Although it might not have filters or novelty photobooth strips, it does bring something new and fresh to the table. The next time your cat makes a bed out of your dog, or you decide to enter a burrito eating contest, capture those moments as if they were headlines on the evening news.

To get started with News Booth, you can either upload a photo from your library or snap a new one. You’ll notice that the first time you launch the app it will ask you to share your location. If you give the app permission, it will use your location to dress up the image selection screen — this works best if you give your camera permission to see your location.

As you can see, I don’t integrate location with my pictures. But this is how fancy the location-enabled app looks. If you choose not to give the app permission, you’re not really missing out on anything.

From there you’re able to choose from five different themes, all of which mimic common news backdrops. As you’re browsing through themes, you’ll notice that your image has been applied to each preview — I found this extremely helpful as I didn’t have to apply each one to see what it would look like.

News Booth also offers a package of four premium themes, which can be purchased through the app for $0.99. The premium themes give you the option of including a photo of a newscaster, for a more realistic news story.

Once you’ve chosen your theme, you can customize the text to give more insight to your story. If you’re happy with your picture, you can save it to your mobile device, or share it through Facebook and Twitter. While these are great options, I wouldn’t mind seeing a shortcut to share through email.

It’s a super simple app to use, and while it could come in handy for serious events — birthdays, meetings, and so on — I personally think it’s better for introducing a new breed of cat photos to the Internet.




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