Nostalgio is a collage making app that’s available for both the iPad and the iPhone that allows you to create photo masterpieces, complete with borders, effects, and more, in mere minutes.
When opening the app, you can choose from a set number of photos (from one to four) or choose the most appealing layout and add your photos afterwards. Choosing either option will randomly pull photos from your camera roll, but tapping on a single section will allow you to change the pictures or take new ones directly from the camera in the iPad 2.
Since the app adds photos automatically, you can create collages quickly if you want to, but there are still plenty of customization options. You can change the frame using the frame button, until you find one that suits your photos perfectly, but rearranging is not quite as easy. There’s no way to quickly switch photos in frames, which is inconvenient.
If you want to change the position of two photos, you will need to remove them and add them again manually. You can adjust photos within the collage frame just by dragging, and adding effects can be done by tapping the photo and then using the modify button.
Using modify, you can rotate photos and change the colors to black and white, sepia, or cross-processed (brightens photos). These effects are very basic, and honestly, if you want to spice up your photos, you’re probably going to want to do it in a different program first.
After modifying photos, you can use the layout button to change your collage to square, portrait, or landscape, which alters the aspect ratio. Finally, you can add a border from one of five choices to complete your collage.
Finished collages can be saved to the camera roll, emailed, or shared on the following social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Instagram.
Nostalgio is a fairly basic collage maker, that doesn’t quite stack up to other options available in the App Store (such as Photogene and Diptic), but it is quick, cheap, and easy to use, so if you just need a simple collage with only a few photos and no added effects, this is a decent choice.
What I liked:I like that it pulled in photos from my photo album automatically, which saved some time and made some interesting options since it’s randomly generated. The best feature this app has is its live photo framing, which allows you to take photos one by one of the same scene, which are automatically added to the collage.
What I didn’t like: A maximum of four photos is way too few for a collage, especially compared to other, similar apps. The layout is not ideal for the quick-switching of pictures, and the filters are very basic.
To buy or not to buy: This is an okay collaging app, but it’s not the best available. It works if you’re looking for something basic, but for more advanced tools, I’d recommend a different app. It’s also a good choice if you want to take live, frame-by-frame pictures.
- App Name: Nostalgio
- Version Reviewed: 1.4
- Category: Photography
- Developer: Apalon
- Price: $0.99