Pictarine: All social photos in one timeline, yours and your friends’

Today’s featured web app is Picarine, a tool that pulls photos from various social sites and blends into a single photo gallery.  These photos come from your own social accounts and your friends’.  The best of all, you can download them into your hard drive.  It is both a sharing and back-up tool.

Pictarine: All your photos in one timeline

Pictarine requires registration to use, which is free.  The range of sites you can download photos from include:

  • Google+
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Flickr
  • Instagram
  • Dropbox
  • 500px
  • Shutterfly
  • Photobucket
  • Twitpic
  • Lockerz
  • Windows Live
  • Mobypicture
  • Yfrog

And your computer too.

Pictarine - Zest of life - All your photos in one timeline

There are two basic ways to view the photos.  Firstly, you can navigate between them by selecting different sources (Flickr, Facebook, etc.).  Secondly, you can use keyword search to find out specific photos like “wedding” and “graduation”.

Pictarine - browse

Photos in Pictarine could be downloaded to your hard drive.  These include your own photos, your friends’ shared ones and those you are tagged in.  This makes Pictarine a useful tool for backing-up your photos in social networks.  Many people have been complaining about the lack of convenient means to download thier online photos frmo some social sites, Pictargine filled this gap.



Who should use Pictarine?  Obviously those who like sharing photos and those who like viewing them.  It has been a growing trend to integrate different social sites.  There are many computer and online tools for centralizing publication and reading of updates on social sites.  Now Pictarine provides a platform for the centralized management of social photos.

(Image source: Chrome Web Store)


Chrome Web App: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hbedofcogklaejflehfloghnidpohipb

Official Site: http://www.pictarine.com/

Turn Facebook Album Photos Into Photo Collage, Carousel…

Do yo have a lot of photos in Facebook?  Apart from the traditional tiled view, do you want to present your photos in more interesting ways?  Try the Facebook apps I introduce today.


Facebook Photo Apps: Photo Collage, Carousel and More

TopicShow.com is a web app that helps users to turn photos into web pages using templates.  This feature itself is great but today I want to introduce the Facebook app launched by them.  TopicShow developed a series of Facebook photo Apps that let users to present their photos as photo collage, carousel, story book, etc.

Let’s have a look at photo collage.  It is a tool that pastes your selected photos in a free and random manner.  Each photo could be enlarged with your custom title shown.  You can have a look at collages shared by other users from here: http://photocollageapp.topicshow.com/PhotoCollages.aspx

Photo Collage Facebook Photo App - TopicShow


Similarly, you can create photo carousels using your Facebook photos.  The created carousel has Apple-styled reflection at the bottom.  These are some carousels created by other users: http://photocarousel.topicshow.com/PhotoCarousels.aspx

Photo Carousel Facebook Photo App - TopicShow

You can find a list (with hyperlink) to these Facebook photo apps by TopicShow at here: http://photocarousel.topicshow.com/ or you can simply perform a search by keyword in Facebook.  You would be able to find a lot other Facebook photo apps.  For example, this is also a good one: http://www.photocollage.net/

Don’t let your photos gather digital dust!  Create some awesome photo albums and share with friends!

7 Urban Chrome Themes (Cityscape Photography)

A city is the center of a place.  The best way to know the people and their lives in a place is to have s stroll on the streets.  I like travelling and photography, whenever I visit a place I always take photos of the cityscape.

Today’s featured Chrome themes are cityscape photos.  These urban Chrome themes show the look and feel of big cities such as New York, London and Sydney.


New York Chrome Theme

New York


London Chrome Theme



Rainbow City Chrome Theme

Rainbow City


Charlotte Ronson Chrome Theme

Charlotte Ronson


Night Time in New York City Chrome Theme

Night Time in New York City


High Pitched Cymbal Chrome Theme

High Pitched Cymbal


SydneyScape by KsouthV2 Chrome Theme

SydneyScape by KsouthV2


Google+ Tips for Photographers – Expand Your Photography Circle and Reach Readers

It’s Social Wednesday today, when  I write about web apps and browser add-ons or observations related to social networks.  SUBSCRIBE RSS feed or email updates to follow these stories!

I like photography.  Although I’m not a professional photographer, I frequently shoot photos on the street using my 120 film cameras, compact 135 film cameras and Polaroid SX-70 camera.  While nowadays photo sharing has become the most popular activity on social networks, I found more and more photographers uploading their masterpieces to Facebook and Google+ to gain exposure.

In this short post, I’ll share a few useful Google Plus tips and web sites that photographers could use.


Google+: The Survival Guide for a Photographer’s Paradise

Google Plus- The Survival Guide for a Photographer's Paradise


This is a Google+ guide particularly written for photographers, available as a web page and PDF format (via Minus, the document sharing platform I introduced before).  It is written for non tech-savvy photographers who want to get the most out of Google+ but not familiar with Google+.  You could learn how to upload photos, organize and share them, use Chrome extension, use Photo Album in Google+ and more.

This is a short yet good reading for all photographers who (want to) use Google+.  It is being actively updated when new features of Google+ roll out.  Check out the original web site and find the download link for the PDF file:



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