Alive Albums for iPad Adds Facebook Photo Blizzard and Shuffle

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Levity Novelty’s top-rated iPad photo browsing application Alive Albums is now even easier and more fun to use. Version 1.1, now available at the Apple App Store for US$1.99, includes animated blizzards of photos, offline viewing, and an iPod-like Shuffle feature that helps users discover and enjoy Facebook photos they often miss.

With Shuffle and Offline Viewing, Alive Albums is perfect for discovering photos, mashing up diverse albums, and celebrating your Friends, your Likes — your whole life. Now with Playlist and Shuffle, Alive Albums is to photos what the iPod is to music.

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Alive Albums, recently featured on NPR’s On Point, was already the easiest to use iPad application for browsing Facebook photos and enjoying them as full-screen animation. In a few taps, users can view hundreds of photos — their own albums, their friends’, photos they’re in, and everything they “Like” on Facebook.

Features in the new Alive Albums 1.1 release include:

Automatic Save with Offline Viewing. Now when you exit Alive Albums and relaunch it, your Playlist is exactly as you left it. All the settings — speed, full screen, and even the exact Shuffle you were enjoying — are preserved. If Alive Albums was Playing when you exited, it continues right where it left off when you launch it again. And since it remembers all the photos too, you don’t need an internet connection to keep enjoying them. Perfect for sharing anywhere – even where WiFi isn’t available!

Blizzards of Photos. As photos arrive from Facebook, each one takes a little bow by floating down in the photo area. They wiggle down the screen, letting you know they’re now on the iPad. When you first click a big album, get ready for a personalized photo blizzard. And from then on, all those photos are available instantly.

Shuffle. Alive Albums now has an iPod-like Shuffle button that plays all the photos from the current Playlist in a new order. It’s fully integrated, so whether you’re browsing or you’ve pressed Play, photos appear in the current shuffled order.

Glimpse a great photo you’ve got to know more about, but it’s already off screen? Just swipe backward to it — there’s no limit — and tap it to see the info, or connect with the participants on Facebook. Pinch it and the animated Playlist shows just which album each shuffled photo came from. While Shuffle is on, any new album you add is instantly shuffled in. And of course, you can un-shuffle and reshuffle during playback, to focus on one album for a while without interrupting the show.

Shuffle is perfect for discovering photos you’d ordinarily miss, seeing them in a new way, mashing up diverse albums, and celebrating your Friends, your Likes — your whole life.

Alphabetical directories of Friends and Likes. Got hundreds of Facebook Friends or Likes? Now you can tap the first letter of their name instead of scrolling. Find photos of most any Friend or Like in two simple taps!

Wide range speed control. Now you can play your photos at any speed — from 3 per second, to one photo every 30 seconds — with one simple slider control. Need to quickly scan a whole album? High speed playback is faster and easier than swiping manually. Ready for a leisurely slide show? At slower speeds, Alive Albums provides gentle animated transitions.

Levity Novelty’s Alive Albums for the iPad is available in the Apple App Store for US$1.99, and the version 1.1 update is free to Alive Albums owners.


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