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At the heart of the EyeEm photo app is a vibrant community spirit. From the very first time you upload a photo, you feel part of a worldwide, active photo-sharing group.

Besides providing a platform for your own photos, this intuitive app offers insight into fellow snappers’ work, with thousands of uploaded photos. Photos are grouped into albums in various categories including Friends, Nature, Self-Portraits, My Desk, Smile, Subway, and On the Road, among others. There is up-to-date info about the number of photos in each category and the number of photographers who contributed them.

On the main screen, you can click on Popular to view the most-liked photos of the moment or “Around You” for images taken in your area. Here you can also conduct a Search, open Albums to browse through generously-sized thumbnails, and click on any image to enlarge.

Next to the full-size image is a heart icon through which you inform the photographer you liked his/her creation. There is also an option to leave a comment about the photo and get a conversation started.

A click on the camera icon opens EyeEm’s own camera. Not as elaborate as some dedicated photo-taking apps out there, this camera’s controls are limited to Flash and the handy ability to reverse the camera for shooting self portraits.

Along the bottom of the clutter-free camera screen are twelve real-time filters to apply to the preview image before committing. These are highly effective filters that seem to instantly beautify even the simplest of images. You then tag your freshly taken photo using the colourful Activity and Location bubbles that appear on the screen. The first lists a range of preset activities such as eating, having fun, and working, while the location bubble suggests a list of nearby locations. I like that you can leave both location and type of activity blank if you so wish. Before you hit the Upload button, you get the choice of sharing your photo via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, or email.

When you choose to upload an existing image, EyeEm opens up your personal collection, where you simply select the image you wish to add and share it via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare or email.

EyeEm lets you share a permanent link of your account to Flickr, Facebook, Tumblr or Foursquare, as well as create a unique profile with a few words about yourself. You can claim your own EyeEm URL that displays all of your uploaded pics, as well as your blog, information on users who liked your images with a link to their page, and more.

This is a fast, confusion-free, intuitive app. A testimony to its user friendliness is the fact I soon found myself using it to add new work to Flickr.

EyeEm on iTunes
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