Review: Shutterfly Photo Story is a unique, fun way to create photo books

Create photo books with images from your device or the Web in this innovative iOS app.

Shutterfly Photo Story is everything you need to create incredible, custom photo books on your iPad, complete with the option to order them from Shutterfly and have them delivered to your home. While the paid feature in the app is completely optional, everything else is wide open for free and allows you to choose from numerous different styles of photo books, page layouts, and voice-overs for your book.

When you start the app, you'll need to sign in with your Shutterfly account or create a new one. From here you can choose a book style and size -- there will be prices onscreen but don't worry, you can create and share your book without buying the physical copy. You can choose photos from your device, a Facebook or Instagram account, or from your Shutterfly account. This is the one area where the app lagged a bit, slowing down and taking a bit longer than it should have to access either online or local photos. But once loaded, everything else was very smooth. You can drop photos in anywhere, change their layout, add effects and text, or even add a 30-second voice memo for the page in digital books. The interface here is fantastic and a lot more fun than the photo book creation process is typically.

If you are creating a photo book and have access to all of your photos on your iPad, then Shutterfly Photo Story is a great tool. When done, you can send your digital copies to friends in-app or you can buy and have a physical copy delivered. And both versions look wonderful.

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