Release Date:September 10, 2009
Summary:Quirky but amusing app that places your photo, or a friend's photo, in a funny template.
I had a delightful breakfast this morning.
I’m shameful to admit my breakfast is usually nothing – every now and then I have tea or coffee, maybe a piece of fruit – but today I made a smoothie, bursting with blueberries, raspberries, coconut water, almond butter, and some greens powder to give it a nutritional kick. All I had to do was toss some ingredients in a blender and I had a well-rounded, nutritional breakfast. It took less time than to brew coffee or tea and in terms of being an actual food, it far surpassed the others.
Much like Occum’s Razor states that the simplest solution is often the right one, the simplest foods are often the tastiest, and sometimes, the simplest apps are the most entertaining. Framed! is an extraordinarily simple iPhone app by ImageChef Inc. where you insert a photograph of yourself, or of a friend, in different backgrounds – its sole purpose is to make you laugh. With 29 different backgrounds, you can have your face surrounded by girly hearts to send to your wantonly lustful significant other; or perhaps have your mug idolized in an art gallery with a man scrutinizing your picture carefully, hand under chin in the utmost of seriousness; or maybe your photo projected on a giant screen, behind a rock band playing with thousands of fans cheering; or, my personal favorite, you could place your photo on a cereal box with the auspiciously vague and childish name of Crunchy Crispies.
The process is simple. Choose a background template, then either upload an existing picture from your Photo Album, or take a new picture on the spot. Re-frame the picture as you see fit, then tap “done” to see your final product. What’s impressive is the graphics aren’t bad; some of them, in fact, look downright convincing upon quick first impression – most notably, the television and the projector screen behind the rock band. They’re all quirky, for sure, but they look good enough that for a quick practical joke from someone who doesn’t know how to use Photoshop, this is the app to have. You may customize the text in each background, for that added comical authenticity; now, your “Yearbook” photo can read “Jacqueline Judge, Class Genius.” When I graduated in 2002, I was voted “Most Fashionable,” but I consider that a close contender to Genius standing.
I toyed around with my boyfriend’s photo for awhile, sending it to some of his friends, with scandalous and suggestive titles under the WANTED template (use your imagination), but feel free to use this app for completely innocent intentions. The novelty may wear out soon, and the app doesn’t have much longevity, but it provides a quick laugh here and there, if not for comical achievement, then just for downright absurdity.
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