PicFrame Review

The knack of combination.

by Pu on June 21, 2011

PicFrame for iPhone allows mixing together your photos for creating funny and original montages. Compared to Diptic, its better known rival, PicFrame lacks some flexibility in photo management and editing (no built-in camera, no control over the look of your photos), but it makes up for it with a few additional border features.

Main Features

  • Full resolution available;
  • 4 image formats (1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 3:4);
  • 16 templates;
  • 12 border patterns;
  • Set border color;
  • Set corner angle;
  • Move, resize, mirror and rotate;
  • Send via email or share on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr.

Appotography Opinion

In PicFrame, you start your creation by picking a format for your final image and select one among the many frame templates, ranging from single to four panels.

PicFrame for iPhoneTo add photos to the frame panels, you simply tap on the desired panel and choose one of the photos from your device. You can adjust the photos individually to fit better by moving them around (sliders are also provided to expand and contract each panel’s area), by pinching to enlarge and shrink them, by tapping and holding to activate mirror and rotate functions.

The border of each frame is customizable: not only you can determine its thickness, make its corners more rounded and apply a plain color to it by adjusting color sliders, you can also pick one of the available patterns that come with the app, including geometric, stripy and textured designs.

Picframe for iPhone

ActiveDevelopment’s app is not the first, nor it will be the last of its kind. Nevertheless, PicFrame is an easy and fun way to achieve fancy visual mishmash on your iPhone. The app manages to keep everything clean and simple, so that even less than experienced users will enjoy creating images with it.

Picframe for iPhone

The only complaint I have about PicFrame concerns the tap and hold feature to activate rotation and mirroring: while trying to adjust the photos inside the frame, especially in instances where you need a lot of precision, it takes nothing to exercise the required pressure to prompt the rotate and mirror buttons, even when they’re not needed. It’s not a big issue, of course, but still it can get in the way.

Edit: the developer promptly pointed out that from iPhone Settings there is an option to switch from tap and hold to double tap to activate the mirror and rotate functions. My bad, I hadn’t seen it. So yes, tap and hold is the default, but you can switch to double tap mode and this definitely solves the aforementioned problem.


Name: PicFrame
Developer: ActiveDevelopment
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad. iOS 3.2.2 or later.
Price: £0.59||$0.99||€0.79
Vote: 4/5

PicFrame - ActiveDevelopment

Mimi June 21, 2011 at 2:28 am

The stripe border is very pretty. I have Diptic, but I will try this app also.

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