Quipio: Typography Meets Photography [iOS]
There are several free apps available for adding text to images using your iPhone, but one of the first apps to offer this feature rolled into a social network is Quipio [No Longer Available]. The free iOS app makes it easy to add text to images, create messages using typography, and interact with other users sharing their thoughts and images through the app. No design skills whatsoever are required to use Quipio.
When you first launch Quipio, you’ll instantly be able to browse the latest images or ‘Quips’ that they’ve posted. To get the most out of the app, you’re best off signing up for a free account, which you can do in seconds. Once you’re logged in, you can find other users to follow and interact with and start uploading your own images to add text to.
The main menu consists of several options – the public stream, your profile, other users, tips on how to use the app and more. You can also edit your profile – upload a photo, reset your password and add a single status update.
The best place to start is checking out how to create a new image. In the top right hand corner of the app there are two icons – a camera and a pen. Hitting the camera opens up a camera in the app so you can take an image first and then add text. It is, however, much easier to type your text first and then select an existing photo or take a new one.
After you’ve typed up your text, you can select the ‘important’ words you want to highlight. Tap the bulb in the bottom right hand corner, and then tap each word you want to highlight once. You’ll know that it worked if the word appears to be selected. You can then hit the preview button and you’ll be presented with several different designs to choose from.
Each design comes with several different color schemes – you can switch through them using the little Quipio logo button in the menu.
If you want to add a background image (which is purely optional – making it similar to iOS app Whims in some respects), choose one from your library, take a new photo, or search for one on the web. You can also choose from four vintage filters if you want to jazz up your photos a little.
You can then post the photo to Quipio, Facebook or Twitter, or send it via email or SMS. If you’d rather not use Quipio as a social app, you can simply save the photo to your photo library.
When it comes to the social aspect of Quipio, you can like (or ‘mm’) other users photos. On your own profile, you can see who has liked your photos, but the photos that you like won’t show up on your profile, which seems like a roundabout way of doing things.
In addition to liking other user’s profiles, you can also ‘1-up’ other people’s images. If you see a quip that inspires you, you can attempt to create your own creative response to other people’s images.
There were a few kinks we came across when using Quipio. First of all, you can’t delete images you’ve posted to the app, so until that feature changes, you’d better be sure of each image you want to post. Second, there is no way to select where the text appears on the image. While you can select from several different colour themes for each design, you can select the placement of the text.
Quipio is a great tool if you want to add context to an image to share on Instagram (in the vein of InstaWeather – but giving you far more control over what text to include on the image), Twitter or elsewhere, want to quickly throw together a bit of typography, or want to simply send a creative message to a friend. There may be a few kinks that need to be worked out, but it definitely offers an impressive start, and one of its greatest strengths is how easy it is to use.
Be sure to check out Quipio’s own tips to get the most out of the app.
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