I try to select a multifaceted app for my reviews so that there's a little more ground to cover than "Hey, look at this neat trick I can do with my phone that cost's a $1"! While I can TRY to do that, I can't promise that is always going to happen. Sometimes against my better judgement, I select an app that can do a neat trick if I give the manufacturer a dollar. :P
Tiny Planet is an app that rotates your panoramic photos edge-to-edge so that they have a tiny, planet-like appearance.
Here's the main image I'll be using for my first try, I took a picture of the World's Largest Thermometer while passing through Baker CA. on the way to Vegas.
They should just change that to permanently say: "Too ******* Hot."
Once my image is selected, I have three choices... Tiny Planet on the left, Rabbit Hole in the middle, and Video Planet on the right. Selecting "Tiny Planet" rotates the inside of your image clockwise.
I tried several landscape/panorama images and the ones that seemed to work the best were ones where the sides of the shot were empty/simple. If there are large, elongated objects on the sides of your image, you won't get that floating/circular planet like appearance.
For images that fall into this category, you can try using the Rabbit Hole feature, which rotates the inside of your image outwardly, giving it an Inception/Alice In Wonderland other-worldly vibe.
Lastly, Video Planet animates your photo so that it alternates in-between the Tiny Planet and Rabbit Hole filter. Once your circular filter has been applied, you now have the choice of emailing or posting it on social media. For an additional $0.99, you can unlock Tiny Planet's "Extras Pack" that offer several different tools and video filters for your images.
So What was my overall impression of Tiny Planet?
3 out of 5
Tiny Planet delivers on the overall premise of a fun photo app. It's simple, easy to use, and enjoyable. While the overall use of the app might be limited, I feel the concept of transforming your panoramic images into a square/planet like images is great for 2 reasons.
The first is that if you're original image is a very long panorama, besides a computer/mobile screen, you're not going to have many display options outside of a custom print. Tiny Planet condenses your image in a unique way where it's transformed into more print friendly dimensions.
The second is that for the most part, your image retains all of it's detail. While imagery on the side might get squished or overlap at the fold, you can follow the swirl and still enjoy the secenery of your image.
While the "extras pack" is a nice touch should you feel inclined to edit your image further, for me, it felt a little unnecessary since the rotating filter alters your original image so heavily, minor fixes/touches would probably go unnoticed.