In this age of digital everything, we share and view snapshots and videos on devices. Gone are the days of albums you can pick up and thumb through. This may be the case for many, but for those of us who still enjoy having something solid on the coffee table to spark interest in, I say print in books rule.
You can upload photos and use apps online to build books, full of bells and whistles, but if you still get a thrill by printing and have actual prints on your fridge and a few copies to send to the grandparents, then printing is the way to go. To make it easier, there’s an app for that.
1-Hour Photo allows users to easily send photo orders to participating printers so you don’t have to remember to do it later. You could be on vacation and may want to share a print. Upload that special snap to the app and send it on its way.
Print locations currently include CVS and Walgreens. So you know you will have a place to pick up that is not too far.
Prints can be made in a variety of sizes: 4×6, 5×7 and 8×10, so you know you will get a size that you will use most often. You can also choose the number of prints for each photo you’ve uploaded.
After uploading, you can choose your favorite print location or, through the power of maps, the app will show you possible print locations that are nearby to your current location. This was so handy to have when we were on vacation with our parents who live in another city. They are not into digital viewing, so we decided to sit down one evening and pick a bunch of photos we took on the beach and sent them to print. The CVS was just around the corner, and as we all departed for home, everyone had the prints they wanted and I did not have to worry about mailing them.
What would be nice is if the app could offer the option to print canvasses of photos. These make for some great wall décor. I would also like to see prints going to Target or Costco, as these are places I frequent often.
The app is extremely easy to use. You simply upload the photos you want to print from the Photo area and for each choose the size you want. The app does the rest.
You can even save favorite print locations and defaults so you don’t have to type in the information every time you go to print.
1 Hour Photo has made the task of ordering print so easy, because it’s right there at your fingertips. There is no website to visit, login credentials to remember, nothing. Open the app, upload your photos and send them on their way. All you have to do is wait an hour and then go pick them up. Simple.