The Fuchsia is Now

Fuchsia on dark grey. Lovely. I’ve been a fan of Fuchsia ever since I had my first big box Crayola crayons. Remember those? I remember begging for the box of 64 whenever we went shopping for school supplies in my youth. Now, the startup iOS app, PopBooth is all about the color Fuchsia. In fact, they love the color so much that they created a T-Shirt for Fuchsia fans around the world.

While you wait for your Fuchsia T-Shirt, you can grab the PopBooth app for free from the iTunes AppStore. PopBooth is a free photo booth app that turns 4 photos into a photo strip: post to Facebook, send by email, or send REAL photo strips in the mail. Neat! PopBooth is available for the iPhone and the iPad.

The Fuchsia is Now is available for purchase for $16.

Capturio: Capture The People You Meet Through Their T-Shirt

What if you could wear your business card? Capturio allows you to do just that. The concept is simple: take a picture of a T-Shirt, email the image to Capturio, and then receive the “business information” of the person wearing the T-Shirt as a vCard.

I’ll tell you the truth, I was a bit skeptical with Capturio. Sometimes the idea can be great but the execution can be flawed. Fortunately, you can test Capturio out for yourself. If you go to their website here, you can take a photo of the T-Shirt featured on their homepage. Email that image to Capturio (get@captur.io) and you’ll receive a vCard of the founder of Capturio, Damien Detcherry. So far, neat!

But that’s just one aspect of Capturio. The big test was being able to associate a T-Shirt of mine to my contact information. Once again, the steps to do so are quite simple. Take a photo of your T-Shirt, sent it to Capturio (post@captur.io)  along with your contact information (for the associated vCard). And boom, now when people snap a picture of that T-Shirt and send it to Capturio, they’ll receive your contact information. As a test I snapped a photo of the Threadless T-Shirt Friday I’m In Love. I emailed the T-Shirt to post@capturi.io along with a vCard that I made for Co-Tee TV. A few seconds later I received confirmation that my T-Shirt was now associated with my information. Next, I snapped a separate photo of Friday I’m In Love and this time emailed it to get@captur.io. Lo and behold, I then received an email with the vCard for Co-Tee TV! It worked! Awesome. As a separate test, I also emailed to get@captur.io the official flattened product image for Friday I’m In Love from Threadless. It worked yet again! As a final test, I emailed a very pixalated and blown up product image shot for Friday I’m In love. And most impressively, it worked!

Here’s a photo of the shirt that I emailed to Capturio to associate with my Co-Tee TV vCard. As you can see, not the  best quality photo.

Once my T-Shirt was associated with my vCard, I then emailed the official product photo for Friday in Love and Capturio recognized it and associated with with my vCard information for Co-Tee TV.

As a final test, a blown up and pixalated image of Friday I’m In Love was sent to get@captur.io, with partial arms and neck too! Guess what, Capturio still worked. Awesome!

And here’s the vCard for Co-Tee TV that was received when the three images of Friday I’m In Love were sent to get@captur.io.

I think that the idea is simple and brilliant. However, there are a few things that come to mind.

1. What happens if two different people try to associate their information with the same T-Shirt?

2. T-Shirt brands (i.e. Threadless) could potentially “Capturio” all of their T-Shirts and associate it with their information. However, it would be much cooler to receive special incentives (i.e. discount codes) when using Capturio on these T-Shirts.

3. What if Capturio was not just a web app, but also a real iPhone app that could be installed on the iPhone. Such an app could theoretically eliminate the need for steps 2 (email) and 3 (checking email for the vCard). All that would need to be done from within the Capturio app would be to snap the photo (or upload from photo library) and then automagically the Capturio app should be able to recognize it and pull up the contact information.

4. The email that you receive back from Capturio is a bit bland and underwhelming. It’s basically just text and then the attached vCard. Why not make the email body rich and attractive AND attach the vCard.

I’ve never liked physical business cards. Business cards are a nuisance. Capturio is an interesting and innovative take on the business card. The best part is that this digital business card won’t get lost, tossed in the trash or forgotten. Capturio vCards will always be in your smartphone (preferably an iPhone) and therefore you’ll always have access to them. Brilliant idea.

The Official Threadless iPhone App Reviewed

I’ve reviewed a couple of Threadless iPhone apps in the past, notably Threads by Ian Marsh and ♥s Threadless by Hung Truong. Both were pretty okay apps, but they left more to be desired. First off, I’m surprised that Threadless waited this long to release an iOS app. Mobile is where it’s at, and I’m so stoked that they’ve finally entered the mobile game.

So let’s take a look at what the Threadless app has to offer. First off, you’re presented with a menu bar featuring 6 different options that you can tap on. The first two options, the “Home” and “The Challenge”, don’t offer much. The “Home” button, basically provide links for you to score designs or shop for tees. But, there are already options in the menu to do those things, so that’s a little redundant. “The Challenge” menu brings you to four screens that you can swipe to the left or to the right that tell you what Threadless is all about. They’ve also got news on current design challenge (right now, they mention the iPhone case challenge). And once again, they offer a page that links to yet another page were you can score designs. So far, three different links that you can click so that you can score designs. They must really want you to score designs! But once again, a little redundant, no?! I think that they could have probably consolidated both the “Home” and “The Challenge” screen into one menu option. So, instead of having “The Challenge”, you’d just have “Home” and that would serve as the main news/updates outlet for the app.

The “Score” page is really slick, I really dig how they implemented. Scoring is simple and straightforward here. You can even choose to be notified if the scored design is ever printed. You can even post the design to Facebook or Twitter. Nifty! You score tees just as you would on the Threadless website, using a scale of 1-5. However, one scoring option is notably missing … the famous Threadless “$”, indicating whether you’d buy the design if it was indeed printed. Despite this, scoring designs was well implemented on the Threadless iPhone app.

Scoring made easy! I love how they have the scoring set up, except, why is the iconic $ missing as a scoring option?

This next option on the menu bar is the “Shop” option. You’d think that since selling stuff is the business that Threadless is in, this part of the app would really shine. It doesn’t. Buying tees using the Threadless iPhone app is really clunky. It seems as if they just link straight to the Threadless website and used a stripped down, mobile version of their online store. It doesn’t seem optimized at all for the iPhone app. Browsing through the shop was often times very slow and unresponsive to the touch. Another issue encountered was that although I was logged in to my Threadless account on the Threadless app, I wasn’nt logged in when I tried to shop for tees. You had to log in once again if you want to purchase and checkout tees using the “Shop” option of the app. Don’t you think you should already be logged in to shop if you’re logged in to the app already? I think that the Threadless app developers really need to rethink the “Shop” option on the app, and really consider optimizing it for the iPhone, instead of simply using the a mobile version of the Threadless online shop. Shopping for tees on the Threadless app is mediocre at best.

Clunky shopping UI. I should be able to see pricing and T-Shirt info as I am looking at the design. In fact, here, I can’t even see all of the design unless I scroll up. They really need to optimize the shopping experience for the iPhone app.

I’m already logged in to the app, why do I need to log in again when I want to purchase some Threadless tees?

Now, the BEST part of the app is the “Wacky Stuff” option. This part of the app is genius. First, you have a little doodle pad that you can use to sketch stuff on a makeshift T-Shirt or iPhone case. Think a digital version of the Threadless Field Notes booklet. You have the option to change pen tips, and then when you’re done, you can save it to your Photo Album or email it. My favorite part of the Threadless app, though, is the “Festasizer” and the various other “Threadcams.” These cameras allowing you to take wacky photos of your face, with iconic Threadless designs layered over (or Charlie Festa’s iconic beard). Nifty and fun! The one option, though, that I feel is missing from the Threadcams is the option to switch to the front facing camera. Why not? I mean, what if you want to take a photo of yourself? Using the rear camera would make it very difficult to position the design perfectly over your face.

All in all, the official Threadless iPhone app is pretty neat. It definitely offers more than the other Threadless apps available in the Apple App Store. Although the Threadcams and the ability to score designs shine, the developers really missed the mark when it comes to shopping for tees on the app.

Threadless
by SkinnyCorp, LLC
Price: Free

The Unofficial Threadless iPhone App Reviewed

It’s been over two years since I first reviewed Threads by Ian Marsh, the original unofficial iPhone app for Threadless. Threads was (and still is) a pretty simple and straightforward app. The app allowed you to save wallpaper sized photos of your favorite Threadless designs and even offered links to purchase Threadless within Safari. ♥s Threadless is a brand new iPhone app for the iPhone that does a LOT more than Threads.

♥s Threadless was designed by Threadless mega fan (since 2005 according to his Threadless profile) Hung Truong. He built the app as way to browse the Threadless catalog simply and easily, with full view previews of each T-Shirt design. And he accomplishes this by allowing users to scroll up and down, from the newest to oldest designs. And when I say old I mean old. If you scroll all the way to the bottom, you’ll see some of the earliest Threadless designs printed. Pretty neat! However, I think that there are a few things that Hung can do to improve this functionality. First, to get to the bottom of the Threadless catalog, users must swipe all the way down. This is time consuming and not fun. Why not add jumps to the sidebar so that you can jump (with the tap of the bottom of the sidebar) from the top of the catalog to the bottom without having to swipe a billion times. I guess this would be analogous to how you can jump from letter to letter in the Contacts app without having to swipe through every letter to get to the name that you want. And while you’re at, how about allowing users to tap on the top bar to allow us to shoot straight back up to the top of the catalog. With such a large catoalog of tees, I think this is necessary add to the functionality of the app.

What ♥s Threadless brings new to the table is it’s ability to share your favorite Threadless designs with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Awesome, I really like this. But here’s a suggestion. Everyone loves Street Team points. Would it be possible for a user to input his or her Street Team information somewhere and then have that information (?streetteam=Username) appended to all outgoing links? This would probably give users of this app an incentive to actually share their favorite designs. I think that would be a damn cool feature.

Like Threads, ♥s Threadless can save your favorite designs as a wallpaper. My only issue is that unlike Threads, it doesn’t save it to size, as in the iPhone screen resolution. So, if you do want to use the saved photo as wallpaper, you’ll get a nasty black border on the top and the bottom of the image which isn’t very sexy at all. If Threads can do it, so can you ♥s Threadless.

The strongest feature of ♥s Threadless is its filter feature. You can filter by category (i.e. animals, abstract, classic, etc.) and by color. Cool. I really dig this feature.

The weakness of both Threads and ♥s Threadless is in actually purchasing Threadless T-Shirts. Like Threads, ♥s Threadless opens up the desired design within Safari when you actually want to buy said design. Since there’s no Threadless API there is probably no getting around. But hey, wouldn’t it be great if we could purchase tees directly within the app.

Lastly, how about an iPad optimized version? If you want nice, big previews while perusing the Threadless catalog – an iPad version would be perfect.

Needless to say, ♥s Threadless for the iPhone is definitely worth checking out. It’s free and is available in the Apple App Store right now. Go install, I did.

Why can’t you make the design save full screen, so that it would make for a better iPhone wallpaper (see the Threads example below)?

Cool, but how about allowing us to share the links with our Threadless Street Team information included? So that when they click on the short link it goes to the Threadless link with ?streetteam=Username appended. You could add a Settings menu section to the app and include a field for this information and then have all outgoing links add this Street Team info. Now that would be pretty awesome.

Threads – A New Threadless iPhone App!

Here’s a great and fun little iPhone app that I just discovered while perusing the Threadless forum boards. Developed by Threadless user Ian Marsh (eeenmachine), Threads allows you to easily browse in-stock designs at Threadless straight from the iPhone or iPod Touch.

Not only can you browse Threadless tees, but you can buy tees directly from within the App (ok, this is a stretch, the app forwards you to the Threadless site via Safari). The app also makes use of the accelerometer – you are shown a different tee design every time you shake the phone while the app.

Even cooler, you can save these beautiful designs directly to your iPhone by tapping on the camera icon. Onc you click the camera icon all onscreen menus disappear and your left just with the design. From there you use the screen capture trick and then images are saved to your photo album and can then be used as Wallpaper for your iPhone! Pretty slick little app, I think! The app itself is snappy and works excellently on my first generation iPhone.