Everpix is my new favorite photo app. Or rather, photo service. Grab the apps for your iPhone, iPad, Mac and PC and Everpix will upload all your photos (except screenshots) to its servers and then perform some special magic upon them. For instance, the Highlights view will only show you the very best of your pictures. It’s pretty neat.
These days, we ejaculate photographs by the gazillion into our various photo streams, diluting the gold into a slurry of mediocrity. Everpix takes those photos (from your camera roll, your Instagram, Picasa, Twitter, Gmail and more) and – somehow – weeds out the keepers. It then presents them to you using various views.
You can see all the images you have stored in Everpix using the Moments view, which groups the pictures into stacks based on time – bursts of pictures become events, a lot like in iPhoto.
Way more impressive is Highlights, which – using Everpix’ secret sauce – somehow tosses out the blurred pictures, the badly exposed pictures and the lame dupes to give you only the best. Did you shoot a series of images of something, trying to get it right? With Highlights, you’ll never need to look at all those also-rans.
I like that the app pulls in from Flickr, Instagram and others, as well as the pictures on your Mac or iPad, and I like even more that it’ll even use the collections you have already made on Flickr. I haven’t yet tried it out with the Mac component yet (the Mac App can tie into iPhoto, Aperture and Lightroom libraries, or you can just point it at a folder), but I already like what I see in the generous 30-day free trial. I have connected an iPhone and two iPads and it has slurped pictures from all of them, managing to avoid duplicates.
Browsing is just as you’d expect, and you can swipe, tap and pinch your way through. The website will also show you a limited set of EXIF data (camera model, exposure settings) plus a map for geotagged images), and when you are viewing the picture grid in the Highlights view (in the iOS app) you can long-tap an image to hop to the Moments view. I tried this a few times and it really does appear that the app picks the best photos.
It also includes one of pretty much every picture you took, so you needn’t worry about things disappearing because the app doesn’t like them.
There are a few beta views knocking around on the site for paid users ($5 per month, $40 per year, available through in-app purchase if you like) including a “similar photos” browser, but as I’m still in my free trial I haven’t tried this yet.
Take it for a spin. There’s a lot to like, and the fact that the service is paid makes me think it’ll be around for quite a while. I’m going to take it for a longer stress-test by doing a photo walk, and I’m also planning a big article about photo-sharing with iOS in general, so stay tuned. In the meantime, the app is free to try. Check it out.