CodePix, available for iPhone and iPad through the Apple iTunes App Store, is an interesting app, and one that manages to fill its niche quite cleverly. Using a strong design ethos and quality implementation, CodePix is a nice surprise.
Some people can be very private about what they share across social networks, but many private people really only want to control what they share with who, which to them is far more preferable to the ‘share with everyone’ mentality of the main social networks. Sure, many of the big guns such as Facebook, have ways and means to let you only share content with certain groups of your choosing, but the implementation is often clunky and unwieldy, which just erects another barrier for people.
Here, straight from the developer, are the app’s best features:
– Apply photo filters and effects on your image like blur, pixelate, spotlight
– Draw and add color accents to your image
– Use separate images for the ‘cover’ and ‘hidden’ image
– Share directly with your favorite social or messaging app
– Customize the app to your favorite colors
CodePix shows us that there is another way to do it; a way that can be just as fun as viewing the pictures themselves. The app allows you to post pictures to its network, but you are allowed to ‘lock’ those pictures if you so choose.
Now, it is when somebody has to unlock the picture that the fun begins. Yes, you can lock the photo with a simple pass code, but you can also have the picture unlock via a gesture, such as swiping across a certain part of the screen.
This is cool, but the developer has really expanded the idea by giving the option to add clues to each photo, both in text form and even with another picture. This leads to some really creative things happening within the app and the community it supports. CodePix also lets you add effects to your pictures, as well as filters and the ability to draw on the photo; again offering more room for clue giving fun.
The app itself is very well designed, and it flows from screen to screen in a very intelligent way. If you have ever used a social network or a photo app, then you will be instantly at home here.
Overall, this is a great idea for a more secure, yet fun photo sharing environment. With plenty of features and a keen eye for design choices, CodePix is well worth checking out.
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