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Do something with those phone photos: Six apps that turn your pictures into memories

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | July 3, 2014
Here are six apps that can help you turn your phone photos from forgotten, hard-drive-space-wasters into cool, shareable memories.

Magisto lets you pick up to 16 video clips and ten photos from your Camera Roll or Google Drive. The app supports all standard video formats, so you should be able to upload clips from various sources to Drive, if you want more media. Once you've chosen your clips and photos, Magisto basically takes over: You can pick a theme (there are 17, ranging from "Summer" and "Fashion" to "Sentimental"), music to go with that theme, and name your movie, but Magisto does the rest. The app "magically" detects the most interesting parts of your video clips and photos, and combines everything into a neat little video clip that you can share via email or social media.

As a free Magisto user, you can create video clips up to one minute long, which is basically perfect for online sharing. But if you want a little more flexibility, Magisto also offers a paid option--$5 per month or $18 per year--that lets you upload more media per clip (up to 25 videos and 30 photos) and create longer movies.

Postagram

Whenever I travel, my mother asks me to send her a postcard from the cities I visit. While I understand the sentimental value of a physical postcard stamped and mailed from across the world, the logistics are often not so simple: I have to go buy a semi-relevant postcard, find a post office and/or someplace that sells stamps, and remember to drop it off before I hope on my flight home. But Postagram (free; Android and iOS) makes sending pretty, personalized postcards to anyone in the world, from anywhere in the world, a snap.

Think Instagram in postcard format. Postagram lets you grab photos from your camera roll and send them as glossy postcards, complete with a message, to anyone in the world for just $1 apiece. Just choose a photo from your Camera Roll, favorite photo gallery, or Facebook, and crop it into a square (Postagram only lets you send square photos). Add a message, choose an avatar for yourself (it'll appear as a small icon above your message), and enter in your recipients' address. If you don't know their address, Postagram will also let you email or text them to find out. Preview your final card and then hit "Looks great, I'll buy!" to send the card. 

If your recipient is in the U.S., they'll receive a physical postcard printed on thick, glossy cardstock in two to five days (if they're outside the U.S., it'll take a little longer--my Postagram took about a week to get to my brother in Tokyo). The photos are printed at 300 dpi and measure 3 by 3 inches, and they're die-cut so the recipient can pop them out of the Postagram and save them. Postagram does lose a little of the postcard charm--there's no international stamp, for example--but it's a great way to send a personalized physical postcard.

 

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