Oggl is a community based free iPhone application that lets you share, discover and save photos all around the world. It is somewhat like Instagram but with tons of other features. To begin with let us say that Instagram required another application like Followers+ if you want to see your popularity and followers’ status, this application has this feature integrated in it. Also, there are a number of ways in which you can discover the world around you.
The fields are beautifully divided into categories so that you can pick one of them according to your mood. This app can also integrate with Instagram to show your Instagram photos right in its feed.
How to use?
The application uses Live Tiles interface like that of Windows 8 phones. All the categories flip through the photos that they contain. Some default categories already added are ‘Delicious’ (Features food related photos), ‘What’s hot today’ (Features most popular photos of the day) etc. You can also add more categories in this using the ‘+’ button. The criteria for addition of categories is worth mentioning here.
In Discover Feeds, you can simply look up from the pre defined categories like, ‘Tree Loving’, ‘Cats’, ‘Wildlife’, ‘Road Stars’ and tons of other options. When the criteria chosen is ‘People’, you can simply look up for the photos uploaded under a particular user name. You can also discover using ‘Hash Tags’. The unique criterion is the image search using location. You can simply add a location and you can get all the images uploaded from that region. I found this mode particularly interesting.
Another mode for searching image simply took me aback- The Gear Mode. This mode helps you to search images specifically captured by a Lens+Film combination. You can choose amongst different available options of Lens and Films, name your feed and voila! Now you can see all the images captured by that combination.
You can click photos directly from the application. There are many options of filters to apply from. Landscape, Nightlife, Food, Sunset and so on. One tap after clicking and you can share it on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Foursquare etc. along with the application itself. From there on application starts monitoring the likes on the photos and your popularity stats and so on.
- While discovering a photo, if you pinch zoom on it, you will find some useful information about the photo. You can find the uploader’s profile and start following him. You will get to know the gear which is used to click the photo. It also displays the fact if the image was post processed after clicking or not.
- On clicking the gear info obtained above, you can view other photos clicked with this gear.
- -You can become a premium member of the community by paying some money. A premium member has access to even more filters and other features.
The application gives us feels of ‘Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’. It carries whole new world of exploration with it. Also, all it demands is an account, nothing else. There is no harm in giving it a shot.