Photowerks, A Fantastic New Smart Album Photo Browser For iPhone And iPad

Photowerks, A Fantastic New Smart Album Photo Browser For iPhone And iPad

Photowerks is a Smart Album app for the iPhone and iPad that you will actually use. Unlike previously-written-about SmartAlbums, Photowerks uses easy spinning dials to set criteria for your saved searches, and it is also quick and very nicely designed.

The iOS 7 photos app is way better than the current one, letting you browse easily to the right picture by time and place. But it still won’t let you make an album of all the photos you took in your home town, regardless of camera; nor all the pictures you snapped with that crappy old iPad 2 camera.

Photowerks lets you do exactly that. It comes with a bunch of built-in filters that sort your pictures by place and camera make/model, giving you an idea of just what metadata the app is able to pull out of your pictures.

It’s free, but to really get the most out of it you should spring for the $1 in-app-purchase for Smart Albums, which lets you roll your own. Thus you could have an album just for pictures from one particular camera, or photos from a given city between certain dates.

The album criteria are limited right now — just time, place and camera — but you get full “is/is not” filtering, and you can choose how they’re matched (all or any of your search criteria). But the app is polished and a pleasure to use, and I imagine that it’s way easier to add more metadata options than it is to write a great app. Fingers crossed for some updates that add new options.

Two other notable features: One is that you can tell the app to only look at your camera roll (pictures made by your iOS device) or the Photo Library (everything else), or you can use both; the other is that you can easily create a new album in the regular Photos app by picking a batch of images and choosing to save them into an album. This isn’t quite as good as SmartAlbums’ auto-updating saved albums, but it’s handy nonetheless.

Photowerks is pretty great, and might just become my default photo-viewing app – on my iOS 6 iPad, at least.

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