Combine images into collages in minutes with InstaCollage Pro, but you might have trouble sharing them

Create collages with the easy to use InstaCollage Pro, but you might encounter a few issues sharing your work.

It won't take long for you to create collages of your digital images with InstaCollage Pro, but this app isn't without its flaws. One you can overcome, but the other proved to be a bit of a deal breaker.

The interface for InstaCollage Pro is pretty bare-bones, with clearly labeled icons for the main functions of adding borders or frames, but not much else. There are some sliders at the top labeled only Vertical and Horizontal, which could have used further onscreen explanation, but ultimately, the process of creating the collage took only a couple minutes and a few gestures using the preset border patterns and frames. The list of options isn't exhaustive, but with 10 patterns, 20 filters, and 48 frames, you should be able to find some combination that works. Things get a little trickier if you want to customize border or frame colors. Instead of a palette of colors with easily understandable names like "red" or "navy blue," you get sliders for Hue, Saturation, and Value. While it was kind of fun to play with borders and filters, setting the color seemed too much like actual work. We wished they'd gone with a simpler color picker that was more suited to the app's purpose and casual-user target audience.

The minor interface and control issues aside, creating the collage was simple and it saved without issue to the camera roll, but we ran into a major glitch when trying to share our masterpieces. InstaCollage Pro froze each time we tried to use this option, and some of our test messages didn't go through. A trip to the publisher's Web site for troubleshooting help led to a single page with the image of a Webcam but no information on the app. Creating a collage to share with your friends should be fun and easy, whether it's online or in the real world. InstaCollage Pro is halfway there, but we suggest waiting to try it until some of the kinks are worked out.

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