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    Published: 2016-02-05, by .

    Quick, easy mini-animations with your camera to share

    7.5
    • Unique concept
    • Tool works great
    • Quick, clear tutorial
    • Lightweight
    • Legitimately fun
    • Must link to Facebook to share creations
    • Auto-subscription to many feeds
    • No editing tools

    "Animate the world"

    THE VERDICT

    Okay, Phrames 3D camera photo selfie was way more entertaining than I expected it to be. The concept isn't the easiest one to describe: a "phrame" is a very short capture from your smartphone camera, anywhere between 1 and maybe 5-10 seconds long. It's not exactly a video - the camera instead grabs many still frames, then smushes them together to make a miniature animation, similar to a GIF. Then when you share it, swiping your finger back and forth over the image causes the images to cycle forwards and backwards. Sounds odd, and is unusual - but in a really good way. Try Phrames for yourself and I bet you'll quickly get creative about different ways you can make mini-animations, from showing off your pets doing something cute, to pulling ridiculous faces for the camera, to sharing beautiful 360 degree views of a sunset.

    There are some UX issues with the app itself, but the concept is really cool and works great. It's a free app, so you might as well download it and try it out to see what you come up with!

    THE PROS

    As far as I know, the concept is unique. Phrames are more engaging than still photos and more interactive than GIFs. I had a ton of fun testing the app and sending weird faces to my friends within minutes.

    The tool is super easy to use, and there's even a very short tutorial consisting of pop-ups that tell you exactly what to press.

    The app is fairly lightweight, so you don't need a heavy-duty device to make Phrames work for you.

    THE CONS

    There are a couple specific things I'd improve about the UX of Phrames. One big thing is that if you want to share your creations anywhere outside of the Phrames app, you must sign in using Facebook. For people like me who don't like to link their Facebook to anything else, an option to use a Google login or - even better - to establish a unique login for Phrames would be really useful. Regardless, it doesn't make sense that you'd have to connect to Facebook just to be able to share your Phrames via email or a messaging app.

    Phrames automatically signs you up to follow a bunch of pre-established channels, like "Fun" and "Animals." It would be better if it asked you to select which ones you were actually interested in upon opening the app for the first time - that would offer a more personalized experience, plus you wouldn't get so many push notifications for feeds that don't hold any interest for you.

    The editing tool doesn't let you do anything but rotate the frames of your animation; I would personally love to see a very simple tool akin to Snapchat that lets you draw on the pictures with basic colors. That would open up a whole new world of creative possibility.

    Tags: for 3d photography , 3d camera , phrames 3d pictures review

    Janel Appszoom logo

    by Janel , Appszoom

    Feb 05, 2016

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    A Google user

    by A Google user

    Sep 05, 2017  |  "Poor"

    Violated privacy rights. Requires your location which is none if anyone's your location business. Worthless. In response to the published comments... It doesn't work unless you accept location. It loops otherwise and never moves off the question

    Salvatore Castaldi

    by Salvatore Castaldi

    Jul 09, 2016  |  "Awesome"

    Beautiful app!!!!!!!!!