Fotopedia News Reporter App Turns You Into A Photo Essayist

There’s certainly no lack of great ways to share photos from your iPad: Photo Stream, iPhoto Journals, Dropbox, Everpix, Flickr and on and on. Despite this wealth of options, I’m going to add to your confusion. Fotopedia’s News Reporter for iPad is a new app that lets you turn your photos into gorgeous magazine-style news reports and publish them to Fotopedia’s site. It’s pretty great.

Fotopedia already has apps for finding and browsing its great photo essays, and you can do this from within the new app. But the point here is creating your own essays, and it’s easy and fun. The custom photo picker (which shows a permanent thumbnail view of the currently-selected folder) sits at the bottom of the screen for one-touch access (like Lightroom’s thumbnail bar).

Tap to add a picture, then give it a title and description and (if you like) position it on a map and link it to a Wikipedia article. You can also choose to have the Wikipedia article used as the photo’s description.

Keep adding pictures until you’re ready, and then return to the home screen. You’re done! Just by keeping your creations in Drafts is enough to let you browse them locally (edit view is an explicit and separate mode, so you can hand your iPad to another person without them messing it all up. And you can publish your best drafts to be seen by anyone using the Fotopedia site.

The results are amazing. I threw in a few still-not-edited photos I took at an XX gig last night, and the layout makes it look like the beginnings of a proper, grown-up photo feature. I imagine that with a half-hour more, and a little bit of creative captioning, I’d have something way more interesting than a regular slide show.

Right now I use a mixture of shared Photo Streams and iPhoto Journals to share my photos, depending on who they’re going to (my mother has my old first-gen iPad so she can’t see shared streams), but for my next vacation I’m totally going to give this a try. Somehow the format pushes you to tie the pictures together into a theme, and the act of publishing lets you finish that project and move on instead of endlessly tweaking.

Oh, it’s also free.

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