Pixable for iPhone and iPad is a social networking app that pulls in all your photos from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. It's great for times when you may not want to browse through your Twitter or Facebook feeds but want to casually browse photos. While Instagram is easy to browse on its own, adding it in means you can browse all three in one single app. Considering Instagram doesn't have an iPad app, Pixable can make a good alternative.
We all like to view pictures in our social networking feeds and even though some Twitter apps have inline images, it's still a lot of scrolling when just casually browsing. With Pixable, you can link up your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts with your Pixable account in order to view all your friend's photos in one place. Considering Pixable is based on social networking, you will be required to sign in with Facebook. We have long had a hatred for services that make you do this without the option to create a standalone login. Even though it's a social networking app, not everyone has Facebook and this leaves out users who may have Twitter and Instagram but don't have Facebook.
Once you've managed to login with your Facebook account, you'll be asked to add other networks, namely Twitter and Instagram. Once you've done that your photos will start aggregating in albums. At the top left you can slide out a main navigation menu that will show you your networks, photos that are trending, your friends, and your photos. To access an album, just tap it and all the photos inside that album will expand. Tapping on any photo will bring that photo up. You can favorite a photo by tapping the heart. If you tap into a photo, you can also comment on it natively from inside Pixable. Any photos you've favorited will show up in your favorites section for viewing later.
One of the features of Pixable that makes it a little different than apps that randomly pull in photos is that you can actually navigate through a friend's entire album. To do this, tap into any photo that they have in your feed and scroll up and down to view other photos they've uploaded. If you find a photo you'd like to share, you can also tap into it and choose the share button in the bottom right hand corner.
- Easy to browse interface
- Allows for viewing of whole albums with swipe gestures
- Combines all your networks and allows in-app commenting which eliminates the need to jump between apps
- You have to have Facebook in order to log in so if you don't, you can't use Pixable
- It'd be nice to see better album views or thumbnails instead of having to swipe through individual photos to view an entire album
The bottom line
Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are used for sharing photos all the time and jumping between apps or browsing timelines gets tiring. Pixable is great for casual browsing photos when you don't want or need to read all the in between stuff. If you have a lot of friends or follow a lot of people on Twitter or Instagram, you can easily miss things that you may of wanted to see photo wise. Pixable helps you catch those moments.
If you're a photo buff and want a place to find all your friend's photos in one place, we'd recommend giving Pixable a try.
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Ok, the deadmau5 photo made me laugh!
bahahaha i missed that when taking a screenshot. that's hilarious
I'm surprised there are many of these kinds of apps that people will actually put their pictures on there. I don't mean to be rude or anything, but to post pictures of your kids, and trust me I have seen a ton of FB people who post a lot of their kids on the web and they hope to not get a creeper near their kids is just asking for it. Wonder what it is that make people post pictures near and dear to them and then if something were to happen they go ballistic over their own mistakes and blame the maker?
I agree, it's way too many.
You know this app only feeds in things from the networks that you're already a part of? You aren't posting pics TO pixable, you are pulling photos in from Facebook and Twitter and Instagram with people you're already friends with. Pixable users can't see MY friends photos if their settings are private. I can see them because I'm friends w/ them.
Thanks for the nice review Allyson! We're always open to suggestions and you'll be happy to know that Pixable will soon no longer require you to have a Facebook account. Also, regarding the album view - we have it set up so you can browse thumbnails of any persons album instead of swiping - you just have to click on their name to see their profile, and then select the album. Best, Loren Appin
Director of Growth
This seems like this should be a feature built right into the Photos app, much the same way as it is on Windows Phone 8.
Too many apps!
this is great if you're someone who likes taking pictures or is a photographer
I personally prefer going into the apps separately. I can see how someone may like this but for me, I prefer my feeds kept separate.
FlickrStackr kind of does this already in a better UI, but it isn't free :)
Most people I follow simultaneously post photos to the big 3 social media platforms. I hope Pixable can filter thru duplicates or the feed would get redundant fast.
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