Cloud Photos Automatically Uploads Photos To Dropbox, Saves Storage Space On …
Well, here’s an app that’s actually practical. Cloud Photos (for iOS) is a newly launched mobile camera replacement app which automatically uploads photos to Dropbox , once you snap the image. The concept this is that you may use the app to avoid wasting space in your iPhone’s disk drive, because it lets you save photos on to the cloud rather than the iPhone’s Camera Roll.
Within Cloud Photos , you’ll be able to browse the photos stored to your Dropbox folders, which displays them as thumbnails that take in 1/40th of the gap of the unique, the app’s developers claim.
If you will rather just use the app as a Dropbox uploader, that’s possible too – from the app’s camera interface, you are able to prefer to save to the Camera Roll instead, after which turn on the hot “Auto Upload” feature to sync your whole Camera Roll pics to Dropbox’s cloud.
That’s also a handy option because the shortcut to the camera from the iPhone’s lockscreen isn’t configurable, meaning you’ll likely still be taking plenty of pictures with the default camera app, which then emerge as within the Camera Roll.
The app’s co-creator Andrew Norris, who bootstrapped Cloud Photos along with his brother Jonathan, says that the eventual plan is to support other services beyond Dropbox.
“The concept of the app is to be the centralized app to view and control your photos wherever they live,” Norris explains. “We started with support for Dropbox on account of their user base and a totally flexible API,” he says.
As someone who personally switched back from Android to the iPhone 4S myself, considered one of my frustrations with the iPhone’s camera/camera roll interface is the inability of built-in sharing features. Tweeting a photograph isn’t enough, and usually, not even practical. I miss how Android phones can help you share photos to nearly every service imaginable without the will for a 3rd-party app.
Cloud Photos goes a ways to deal with that issue. Not just does the app house your whole Dropbox photos, it also pulls in photos out of your Camera Roll, Photostream, and any local folders you’ve created. From any of those folders, the app’s sharing options will let you share photos to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram or via email.
Plus, that you could copy or move photos to other folders, or event print out the photo, in case you choose.
However, the only thing you can not do – and that is by design – is apply filters or effects on your photos. “We think the Camera filter market is pretty saturated currently,” explains Norris, “so we decided to prevent it at launch and support ‘Open In…’ which opens your photos in those other apps.” In other words, you’re able to open photos in Cloud Photos directly in Instagram with no need to go away the app.
After giving Cloud Photos access on your Camera Roll and Dropbox account upon first launch, it creates a “Photos” folder in Dropbox to save lots of your uploads, but that you can favor to save to a different folder by tapping a button at the app’s camera view. The camera itself includes several controls including one to manage the flash, another to modify between front-facing and rear cameras, or even advanced controls for white balance, focus, exposure and the facility to modify on gridlines.
Photos are uploaded over Wi-Fi and 3G (configurable within the settings).
The Norris brothers, both graduated engineers, have launched app as part of their new development company Syrp, Inc. based in Toronto, after having first spent many years working within the corporate world.
Cloud Photos is available here for $1.99 in iTunes .