July 25th, 2016

Photolab App Review

The much-anticipated London Drugs Photolab app is available at last! Available for free on the iPhone and iPad (the Android phone/tablet version of the app is still in the works), it lets you upload photos or log in and select from your existing LD Photolab albums, choose the dimensions and finish of your print, and even order fine art prints like bamboo, canvas or metallic. Just like the new website, the app is stable, intuitive, and incredibly simple to use. Since most people these days keep most of their photos stored on their smartphone, developing an app was a pretty logical step. The main purpose of the app at this point, however, is to allow you to conveniently order prints and enlargements from anywhere, while the Photolab website and in-store kiosks allow you to create a wider variety of print products; gallery wraps, prints on aluminum, and non-traditional products like photo mugs, cards, photo books and calendars.

Anyway, rather than have this post be a lengthy, step-by-step written walkthrough with screenshots, I’ve decided to include the first ever video demonstration on the Photoblog. Ok, well… it’s the first video demo for a product created 100% by and for the Photolab.  On top of that, it’s the first video demo I’ve ever done for anything. Yes, I freely admit that as far as voiceovers go, Sir Richard Attenborough’s legacy is still quite safe; but hey, the app is the star of the video, not me, and this is the best way to showcase its many convenient features. Well, actually the best way is to download the app to your iPhone or iPad and try it out for yourself. Who knows? It may even inspire you to create your own Photolab app demo video.

Video correction: To clarify, the Photolab app can only access the photo albums located in the iOS Photos app, including those created by (or imported from) other apps like Instagram, Moldiv, VSCO or Snapseed. Apologies for the confusion.

Video correction #2: In the voiceover I also appear to mention that you can order metal prints; indeed, I should have said “metallic prints”. It’s the kind of spoken word error that Sir Richard Attenborough would have never made.

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