Wacom today announces Bamboo Loop – a new app for iPhone and iPod Touch. It combines principles of photo sharing and messaging in a unique and fun way: digital, paper-like photocards are sent (“looped”) to friends, family members and close colleagues. Unlike many apps in which a photo is added separately to a text message, in Bamboo Loop photos take center stage and can be illustrated and personalized with the built-in editing tools. Sketch, scribble or write on the photo with the finger or a digital stylus, loop it back to the person who sent it or send it on to someone else, or share it with social networks. Everyone can be creative.
The base card within the app is the iconic Polaroid framed photo. A style browser offers a choice of different backgrounds, patterns, photo filters, colour palettes and effects, enabling users to easily create cards with a nostalgic, artistic or fun feel. Some of the styles are provided free of charge, however additional ones can be purchased in-app from the Loop Style Gallery priced at INR 110 per pack of four. Scribbles, drawings or messages can be written on the card in various colors and zooming into details is done with a pinch gesture, which facilitates the drawing of details. Photographs of mundane objects can become extraordinary and fun memories once gone through the creative treatment in Bamboo Loop.
Bamboo Loop is simply a great way to keep loved ones in the loop. Users can communicate backwards and forwards with each other as the digital cards can be fully modified before being returned. A smiley face, the “Bamboo Loop Like”, also provides more instant and cheerful feedback if one does not feel like drawing or writing. Currently the app works as a one-on-one communication loop, but cards can be shared with a wider group of friends by posting them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Loop is also attractive as visual blogging tool for users of Tumblr.
Valuable digital cards will never be lost as they can be saved in the app’s useful ‘Stack’ system. This means that users can relive a funny or touching moment and remind themselves while flipping through their stack of cards. Stacks are organised by friends’ names. The app can also be organised so that it gives handy visual reminders prompting users, or for sending cards at a later time.
Bamboo Loop combines the best of both worlds; aesthetically, a beautifully creative photo sharing tool, and in its mechanics it works as a personal messaging service, letting one talk one-on-one. So everyone can put a smile on someone’s face.
• Bamboo Loop currently runs on iOS 5 and higher.
• It supports iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, iPod Touch 4, iPod Touch 5.
• Creating a Bamboo Loop account is required in order to use the application.
• Account creation goes through registration, which is email based.
• Bamboo Loop works very well with the Bamboo Styli, e.g. the Bamboo Stylus mini that can be attached to the jack of the iPhone.
Bamboo Loop is the second app launched by Wacom’s app software group, following the highly successful Bamboo Paper for iPad and Android phones (5 million installations).
Bamboo Loop will soon be available for Android phones.
For more information please visit bambooloop.wacom.com