Instagram gained immense popularity by offering an easy way of sharing photos with your social circle and friends. Most profiles on Instagram are public, and anyone can discover your photos quite easily. If you are among the people who admire good photography, Instagram and Tumblr can be good sources for browsing all types of photos. Spred is an app that can help you in your quest to find the best images around the web. This new iOS release combines photo feeds from Instagram, Tumblr, Foursquare and Pintrest, based on topics. You can then maintain your own photo collections within Spred, and share any images over other social networks in bulk.
Hit the ‘Explore Spred’ button to view a graphical tutorial and learn all about the app. If you would rather skip it, go straight to the sign up screen. Spred can be used only after you have linked your Facebook or Twitter account with it, as these are the only login options available for now. The app guides its users through the process of setting up their profile. Some of the information is pulled automatically from the account you used to log in, while other items (like the cover photo) have to be configured manually. Spred has a Twitter-like follower system of its own, which can help you discover photos even more conveniently by following users who post the type of photos you like.
The app’s main screen lists the most popular image categories from all the available sources. You can open a particular genre by tapping its name, or tap the thumbnail of any image that you like, to be taken to its dedicated page.
In addition to the image stream, it is also possible to view the contents of a category in the form of a thumbnail grid. To go to an image’s source page within the app, hit the icon in the right corner of the picture title. You can add any photo to your decks (Spred’s name for albums) or simply share it over Twitter, Facebook or Foursquare.
A great thing about Spred is that it lets you combine photos from your camera roll, the app’s own collection and even the web. The app’s web browser can be accessed by hitting the button in the top-right corner. Once you have arrived at the desired page, hit the ‘Get Images’ button to see a list of all the photos found on the page. Any of these photos can be saved to the camera roll, or added to one of your decks.
Spred is a free app optimized for iPhone/iPod touch devices. Wallpaper collectors and people who like sharing lots of images over their social networks should definitely give this app a try.