The digital age is a curse of overabundance. With Netflix, there are hundreds (if not thousands) of movies, but often there’s nothing to watch. In Spotify, you can listen to practically any band you want, but you’ll mostly only enjoy a few favorite artists over and over again. And when it comes to photos, people snap thousands, but only return to look at dozens.
The problem with the digital is that it abandons the physical, turning objects we once treasured into ghosts trapped inside the machine. These seven apps will help you liberate your photos from your smartphone, turning treasured memories into memorable treasures.
One Hour Photo
Even in the age of instant gratification, getting photos developed in one hour is still a pretty magical thing. The Walgreens Mobile app connects to around 8,000 locations nationwide — so, likely one near you — to produce same day 4-by-6-inch prints for less than 30 cents. Throw in the ability to refill your prescriptions, clip digital coupons, and chat with the pharmacy staff, and you’ve got a very valuable app.
Walgreens Mobile is available for free on the App Store and Google Play.
Mailed to Order
Just short of having a full-sized photo printer in your pocket, PostalPix is one of the most convenient photo output solutions going. Printing on good ol’ paper, color-popping aluminum, and the obligatory mousepad and iPhone case (at an array of prices), the service is easy to use whether you’re on iOS or Android. And by shipping prints direct to friends and family, it takes the hassle out of the act of actually sharing your pictures.