|Compatibility:||iPhone & iPad|
|Age Appropriateness:||12 & Up|
|Overall Rating (Out of 5 Stars)||* * * * *|
For people who enjoy taking and sharing digital photos using their iPhone or iPad, in addition to the Camera and Photos apps that come preinstalled with iOS 7, which can be used together for taking, editing, viewing, organizing, printing and sharing digital photos, there are hundreds of third-party photography apps available from the App Store.
Many of these optional photography apps add features and functions that are not available in either the Camera or Photos apps, giving you, the Smartphone digital photographer, additional tools for taking professional-quality, visually interesting, artistic, and extremely vibrant and detailed images that you’ll be proud to showcase and share with others.
One of the third-party photography apps that truly stands out as being not just useful, but rather amazing, is the Cycloramic Studio 360 Panorama app from Egos Ventures, Inc. What this app does is allow any iOS mobile device (not just the iPhone) to quickly and easily capture extremely impressive, 360-degree panoramic digital images. It’s then possible to view, edit, enhance and then share the images, directly from the app.
Sure, the iOS 7 edition of the Camera app allows the various iPhone models to take panoramic photos using the Pano shooting mode, but the Cycloramic Studio 360 Panorama app allows either an iPhone or an iPad to shoot 360-degree panoramic images that look amazing.
Once the images are shot and stored on an iOS mobile device, the app offers a handful of easy to use editing tools, as well as one-tap image filters and frames, that can be used to visually enhance the 360-degree panoramic images. All images can be stored and viewed on your iOS mobile device.
However, the app can also convert the images into short HD video clips that can be easily shared online with a few taps on the screen.
The Cycloramic Studio 360 Panorama app works with any iPhone or iPad model, but it’s been enhanced for the iPhone 5/5S/5C. One ingenious enhancement, if you’re using one of the newest iPhone models, is the Hands-Free Mode. Simply place your smartphone on a smooth and flat surface and tap the Go icon. The app makes the iPhone automatically rotate around, while it captures the images necessary to create the single, 360-degree panoramic shot. Watching one of the iPhone 5 models take advantage of this shooting mode is cool, but seeing the end-result is very impressive.
Whether you want to take amazing vacation photos, for example, or you have professional uses for this application, the Cycloramic Studio 360 Panorama app is well worth checking out. The core app is available for free. A handful of optional in-app purchases (priced between $0.99 and $1.99) are available that add to the app a greater selection of filters, visual effects and frames.
For more tips and strategies related to using your iPhone or iPad, be sure to pick up a copy of my book, iPad and iPhone Tips and Tricks, 3rd Edition (Que). This full-color book will be published in November 2013. It covers all of the latest iPhone and iPad models that run iOS 7 (including the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, and the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display). Please pre-order the book from any bookstore, or from Amazon.com, BN.com or iBookstore.
App reviewed by: Jason R. Rich