PicPosterous was my pet project. I really wanted to do some iPhone development and build a better way to publish photos. I wasn’t completely satisfied with the the workflow of posting photos via email. Yeah, that’s what Posterous is all about, but I felt it needed to be better.
So just as Posterous came about to fill our personal need for better web publishing, PicPosterous was built to solve my own publishing frustrations.
- Why is my Camera app separate from the app I use to post online (Mail)?
- I just want all the photos I take to get posted, automatically
- I want to build sets of photos as I take them, not at the end
- Basically, I want to remove the explicit “Ok, now I need to post these”
I designed PicPosterous to replace the Camera app on my iPhone. PicPosterous is my camera in the cloud, it’s connected, it breaks down the separation of shooting photos and posting photos. If I could delete Camera from my phone, I would.
I’ve been using the app for a couple months now while it was still under development. When the first Posterous prototype was built, the number of photos on my blog went up 10x. Similarly, I’m now posting more photos thanks to PicPosterous.
You can see my photo site here:
I used the app a ton on my last trip to New York. I created an album for each restaurant/bar/attraction I went to and posted the photos as I took them. By the end of the weekend, my photos were already organized and published online:
Developing for the iPhone was a really great experience. The SDK and development tools are phenomenal. I prefer desktop and mobile development over web stuff. There were some really interesting details to tackle with iPhone development:
- The iPhone is very resource limited. It’s slow and has little memory
- I threaded *everything*. The app basically never blocks
- Uploads queue and resume if you quit the app and relaunch (or get a phone call)
- PicPosterous was designed to let you shoot as fast as possible, and let everything else happen in the background
- You can even take photos and video with no internet. They will queue for upload later
- The app is fast, smooth, and stable