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photo management softwareI have written before about the frustration of managing and processing photos Managing & Processing iPhone Photos: Problems & Solutions Managing & Processing iPhone Photos: Problems & Solutions In the release of iOS 5, Apple introduced Photo Stream as a possible solution to managing and sharing iOS camera photos between Apple mobile and computer devices. Indeed, Photo Stream has been helpful, but in... Read More  in the Camera Roll of the iPhone. It’s difficult to manage and copy photos to albums, and to select multiple images you must tap on them one at a time. Photos you move or copy to another folder automatically also get deleted when you remove them from the Camera Roll.

With the Fall release of iOS 7 What's New in iOS 7? What's New in iOS 7? A new generation of iOS is nearly upon us, revealed at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference last week. Guided strongly by (Sir) Jony Ive, iOS 7 marks a clear departure from the skeumorphic UI elements of... Read More , a new Photos app will do a better job of managing photos in collections by date and location. This sounds very good, but if you would like to get these features on your iPhone now, you can with Photoful (Free).

Instant Camera Roll Organization

Photoful includes photo processing and editing features similar to other third-party iPhone camera apps 10 Powerful & Useful iPhone Camera Apps To Help You Take Better Pictures 10 Powerful & Useful iPhone Camera Apps To Help You Take Better Pictures Read More , but its mark of distinction is how it helps you organize your photos. Photoful connects and links to images in your iPhone Camera Roll, and then instantly organizes images by year, month, and day.

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It looks similar to the new Photos app for iOS 7, but there may well be some features in Photoful that Apple didn’t add. Photoful takes full advantage of the iPhone finger gestures that are so powerful in advanced mail client apps like Mailbox 5 Tried & True Tips For Winning At Instagram & Getting Tons Of Likes 5 Tried & True Tips For Winning At Instagram & Getting Tons Of Likes When it comes to getting noticed on Instagram, there are basic rules to follow as would be the case with any social network - post regularly, interact with users, include an interesting description with your... Read More and Cloze 5 Tried & True Tips For Winning At Instagram & Getting Tons Of Likes 5 Tried & True Tips For Winning At Instagram & Getting Tons Of Likes When it comes to getting noticed on Instagram, there are basic rules to follow as would be the case with any social network - post regularly, interact with users, include an interesting description with your... Read More .

With the Photoful photo management software, you can pinch, swipe and tap to browse, tag, and open single photos and photo collections. If you’re a long time user of the iPhone camera Beginners Guide To Using The iPhone Camera Beginners Guide To Using The iPhone Camera If you haven't used the iPhone Camera app much, or if you’re a new user of the device, you may not realize just how close the app is to literally being a point-and-shoot camera, and... Read More , you’ll be pleased to see how Photoful organizes your images taken or added to your iPhone as far back as when date tags were added to them. My collection goes back as far as 2000 and I was happy to discover that Photoful ignores screenshots taken on your iPhone.

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You can tap on a year to reveal photos broken down by months, and then tap on a month to reveal all the photos taken each day of that month. When you want to select multiple photos, you don’t have to tap them one at a time, you can simply slide your finger across the images.

6 Select by swiping

After making your selections, you can either tap one of the “Move here” tabs to move the selected photos to another month, day, or album. You can also create and assign tags to selected images.

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Tap or pinch to open a selected photo. Though Photoful has the typical Move to Trash button like most iPhone apps, you can also just swipe the image to the left to quickly delete it – the Undo button is on the bottom-right if you want to retrieve it.

Note: Just as with the default Photos app on the iPhone, when you delete a photo from your Camera Roll, it also deletes it from Photoful, even if you have moved those photos into a separate album. See my article on alternative ways to manage photos on your iPhone Managing & Processing iPhone Photos: Problems & Solutions Managing & Processing iPhone Photos: Problems & Solutions In the release of iOS 5, Apple introduced Photo Stream as a possible solution to managing and sharing iOS camera photos between Apple mobile and computer devices. Indeed, Photo Stream has been helpful, but in... Read More  if you want a way to retain images indefinitely.

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Also, due to AppStore rules, third-party apps can’t delete photos. So the photos you delete remain in Photoful’s trash folder. The developers say that they are working on a companion Mac and PC app to overcome this limitation.

Editing and Enhancing Photos

The developers of Photoful didn’t just stop at the unique photo management features. The app also includes over a dozen photo editing and enhancement tools for cropping, correcting exposure, adding contrast and sharpness, removing red eye, changing orientation, applying filters, and much more.

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Photoful contains over a dozen fancy Instagram 5 Tried & True Tips For Winning At Instagram & Getting Tons Of Likes 5 Tried & True Tips For Winning At Instagram & Getting Tons Of Likes When it comes to getting noticed on Instagram, there are basic rules to follow as would be the case with any social network - post regularly, interact with users, include an interesting description with your... Read More -like photo filters, with names like Clyde, Avenue, Keylime, Boardwalk, and the black & white filter, Metropolis.

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Photoful also includes features for adding a picture frame to photos, as well as text, stickers, and line drawings. There’s even a feature for creating photo memes (see above screenshot.) The developers have left very little out of this photo app, and I’m pretty sure they have a few more features up their sleeve.

Sharing Photos

Photoful allows you to share photos to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Mail, and Messages. The developers also include a link so you can request other apps for photos to be shared to.

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There’s also a Create feature for sending a photo as a postcard, and other similar and forthcoming features  for making photo collages, photo slideshows, and for ordering prints of selected photos.

Get It

If you already have lots of photos on your iPhone, there’s little reason not to download Photoful photo management software (for free) and give it a try. The developers have put a lot of thought and planning into the app. It fills the gaps missing in Apple’s existing Photos app, and it should provide a better management solution until iOS 7 lands at least.

Let us know what you think of Photoful in the comments below this post.

  1. Bakari Chavanu
    October 11, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Steve, if I understand your question correctly, I believe if you delete photos from you Camera Roll in the Photo app, that it also disappears in the Photoful app as well. Same goes for albums you create In Photoful. My suggestion is get an app called Stash and import the images you want keep and manage on your device. Or you can manage your images using iPhoto using the Photo Stream feature. Do you know about that? This article covers Photo Stream for iOS 6. Most of the features should still be pretty much the same for iOS 7. http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/share-photos-updated-photo-stream-ios-6/.
    I've never understood why Apple requires you to keep images in your Camera Roll in order to keep them in albums.

  2. Steve Golder
    October 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    I don't know what I don't know about photos on my iPhone.
    I have camera roll, photo library and photo stream. Maybe they are created in set up(?).
    I have about 5000 photos many of which are duplications across these and other albums that I have created in an attempt to organise them into events / locations etc.
    Does Photoful allow me to delete from camera roll and retain them in albums or will I always have to have duplicity?
    PS. Your article is very helpful

  3. Christine S
    July 10, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I live in a permanent state of photo management dystopia. I have tried countless applications to help manage the chaos. This one actually works.

    This makes me sound like I an employee or relative of Photoful. I def am not. In fact, I actually write app reviews for the Sydney Morning Herald so it takes a lot to make me go WOW!

    http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/top-100-apps--the-definitive-guide-20110620-1gax4.html

  4. pyotr
    July 2, 2013 at 4:35 am

    Photoful would be easier to use if a yellow star icon was put on the thumbnails of all images that have been assigned tags.

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