Loom is yet another app that promises to organize your photos for you, just like the amazing Everpix. Unlike Everpix, though, which shows the Apple heritage of its engineers in its oversimplified and sometimes frustratingly opaque user interface, Loom looks to be a little more accessible. And controllable.
It’s in closed beta right now (I’m waiting in line for an invite) so this post is based solely on the product description and video, but even so it looks like a very promising replacement for iPhoto, Photo Stream and so on.
Loom is a combination service and app, and lets all your devices share on single library. We’re close enough now to ubiquitous high-speed internet access that we really can keep all our photos in the cloud and view them when we want them, especially as just viewing doesn’t necessarily require the whole giant 60MB RAW file.
Loom works like this: You take photos and they’re added to Loom on your iPhone, iPad or Mac. From there, the photos are uploaded and automatically appear in Loom on your other devices. Storage space is as big as you like (you get 5GB free to try things out), and the while the full-res pictures are stored (privately) on Loom’s servers, each device gets a version optimized for its screen size (just like Photo Stream).
The biggest difference between Loom and Everpix is that you can create albums on the device, organizing your pictures as you want them. Everpix just slurps everything in and presents it in a timeline split into days (although you can also browse by source if you know how).
Early reports say that duplicate elimination isn’t so good yet, which is almost flawless with Everpix.
I’ll have a full review if and when Loom sends me an invitation. Until then you might like to join hands with me and form a (probably rather large) circle, where we can give thanks to the Cloud Daddy that so many people seem to be working on the problem of photo overload right now. Who knows? Soon I may be able to browse all the photos I ever took right there on my iPhone. Wouldn’t that be sweet?