App Review: bubbsie Brings Your Photos to Life

Bubbsie is a photo-editing app that brings your photos to life by adding speech and thought bubbles to new and existing photos. Users can interact with their photos in three effortless steps—snap, type, and share—before uploading them across several social media platforms. The app is easy to use and, as it turns out, really entertaining.

The app was developed by College of Charleston alumni—Caitlin Shockley, Nicholas Glover, and Donnie Exelbierd. The idea for bubbsie was born through a “hilarious, organic experience’ while the three of them laughed and shared drinks during a reunion at a bar on upper King Street, recalls Shockley.

“As we witnessed the funny situations, we started saying, ‘I wish I had something on my phone where I could editorialize the hilarity that’s happening in front of me.’ We talked about the idea, and it was such a collaborative and fun thing. We couldn’t believe that nothing like bubbsie existed yet!”

Although other apps do allow users to caption photos with speech bubbles, bubbsie is differentiated by its aesthetically pleasing interface that is easy on the eye and the signature personality of the brand. “We’ve always thought of the app as a brand. The graphics need to backup the mood of the brand. Even the way we talk about it – we always use bubbsie as a verb,” said Shockley.

bubbsie-snapI downloaded bubbsie to my iPhone and within a couple minutes I had my first two shots loaded onto Facebook. My friends were impressed with the captions and I’ve had more interaction with these shots than with others previously posted. Immediate pros are its ease of use, with my only con being you can’t currently edit the font or size of the text bubbles.

What’s great about bubbsie is that it’s very user-friendly with an intuitive interface, making it incredibly easy to navigate. Users are guided through its three-step process of “snap, text, share” with a no-frills menubar along the bottom screen. Another great feature is its recognition of hashtags and Twitter handles, making sharing really convenient, as you don’t have to switch between apps. It puts social media platforms all in one easy to use place.

With the release of version 1.2, users will be pleased to see bubbsie now allows you to crop your photos and adjust their opacity, which makes for some editing capabilities. You won’t find fancy filters or other adjustment options, making this app nice and quick to use. The straightforwardness of it is what makes it special. For those of you who want an edited photo, it will import anything saved to your camera roll, allowing you to handle those options first.

When you open the app it gives you the rundown of “snap—type—share” on the home screen, with three buttons along the bottom that allow you to do just those three things.

You first click on the camera icon on the lower left, where you’re directed to snap a shot or access one from your camera roll. I actually found it easier to grab photos from my camera roll here than what I’ve experienced in other apps. Once chosen, you have the option to crop your shot according to a standard grid or to constrain your photo using preselected dimensions. bubbsie-speech

Once your photo’s proportions are to your liking you now get to add the callout bubbles. A light tap on the bottom center button automatically places a text bubble on your photo, and tapping that gives you the option to add text, move it around and change its shape to one of bubbsie’s five bubble options.

A slider allows you to change the opacity of the bubble, which is great because you can choose between keeping the background visible or allowing the quote to block it out. Bubbles can move around the screen to change their location and you can also drag the tail to change its size and direction. Here you also have the ability to choose frame on or off while in this screen, and if you forget the directions you can press the ever-handy question mark for a reminder. Once finished adjusting the bubble press “done” and now you’re ready to share with your network.

In the sharing screen you’re given the option to edit your text, add a location, and then choose any or all of the following platforms by selecting on or off: save to photos, Twitter, Facebook, Email, Instagram and Tumblr. Pressing share prompts the app to integrate with your accounts and presto! Your photo is tagged and ready to go.

Overall bubbsie is really fun and easy to use. For those of us with animated babies and animals, it will be a blast. And when any of us takes a shot that just screams for our commentary, now we get to share with the world our funny take on it. Which might be the most difficult part of this app—creating just the right caption.

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In all honesty, the fact that Instagram and other major photo editing apps haven’t thought of this already is a little surprising. Sharing snapshots of our lives with an already captioned photo just seems obvious, and now that I’ve started “bubbsie-ing” I won’t go back to posting caption-less photos. Advertisers will love bubbsie too because it allows them to add fun callouts to their brand images before uploading them to social media platforms, which gives them the chance to create their own threads and ad campaigns.

Shockley says, “You can apply editorializing a photo to any business that’s out there. It allows endless options for fans of wildly varying brands to create custom content on their behalf.”

The company is as playful as its app, as its developers have created a spoof-like marketing video that speaks to bubbsie’s identity and sense of fun. They’ve also created a short instructional tutorial teaching users “how to bubbsie.” Bubbsie is available for iPhone and the bubbsie team is working on releasing the Android version of their app soon. They are currently exploring partnerships and collaborations to grow the brand’s visibility, and to offer custom-content solutions to mobile app-thirsty businesses, including major photo companies.

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