Warning: This game is so addictive that I have banned my daughter from playing it until after she finishes her final exams. Luckily, that event occurs tomorrow after which I have no doubt she will be thoroughly engrossed in Shnap.
If you have been using the Dynamic Light app, and I know many of you have, then you probably want to share your pictures with others and/or show off your artistic talents (see, Dynamic Light: Enhance Your View of the World!). Shnap! is a free app in the iTunes App Store that will let you share those photos, and any others you wish to share, in a fun, social, artistic, competitive and addictive game.
Shnap is not only difficult to quit, it’s difficult to describe. Shnap is part Flickr, part Facebook, part Farmville, and part Dynamic Light. First, Shnap is a photo sharing site. You can sign up to be a Shnap member or sign up with your Facebook account information. Members upload their digital pictures to share with others. You see the pictures one at a time and rate them according to the following scale:
Wow is the best and Meh is the worst. Meh means you don’t care about the picture. I won’t explain what WTF means, but let’s just say that the person who rated my cathedral picture a WTF was being very inappropriate!
I was fortunate to discover Dynamic Light at about the same time I discovered Shnap. I uploaded to Shnap some unaltered shots as well as images I altered with Dynamic Light. In every case, Shnappers preferred my images that were altered with Dynamic Light.
I started to post to Shnap only the images I altered with Dynamic Light. Here are some examples:
Here is a pretty boring picture that I wouldn’t have posted on Shnap, but the altered picture was interesting so I posted it. I altered the picture using the Old Photo effect in Dynamic Light:
You can see the differences and why I thought the altered images would be more successful on Shnap.
The game element of Shnap comes in as you rate the pictures. You get Shnap bucks for every picture you rate, no matter what the rating. You use Shnap Bucks to post your own pictures on Shnap! If you want to post a picture, it will cost you 10 Shnap Bucks. So you need to rate 10 pictures for every one picture you upload to Shnap. You can’t go crazy rating Shnap pictures though. Shnap cuts you off from rating others’ pics after a while.
This system requires you either to come back often or to purchase extra Shnap bucks if you want to post a lot of photos. 5,000 Shnap bucks (enough to post 500 pictures) is $0.99. 20,000 Shnap bucks (enough to post 2,000 pictures) is $2.99. I haven’t purchased any Shnap bucks, I just visit the site frequently to: i) feed my Shnap habit and ii) earn more Shnap bucks so I can post more pictures.
When you post images and people rate them you earn XP (experience points), unless they rate it a Meh, in which case you don’t earn anything. As you earn XP you level up which unlocks Shnap tools (Farmville anyone?). The Shnap tools allow you to alter images using special effects, like Dynamic Light. I prefer the Dynamic Light effects to the Shnap effects, but here is an example of the before and after effects of a photo altered with the Shnap tools:
The best thing to do in the beginning is not to worry about the XP or Shnap Bucks but just to enjoy rating others’ pictures and posting your own. I have posted 17 pictures on Shnap and have enough Shnap Bucks to post 21 more. If you enjoy the game, you will earn Shnap Bucks and XP without really trying. If you don’t enjoy the game, well, then you won’t care.
As with Facebook, you can also “friend” other members and post on their walls. I’m not sure what the purpose of friending is on Shnap because the people who post the pictures are anonymous until you rate them and then the name of the poster and the title of the picture are revealed. The wall feature is very cool though when people post on your wall complimenting your shots.
Here is a screenshot of the Shnap home page showing you all of the ways you can use Shnap.
Unfortunately, there is no website support for Shnap, you can only access it through the iOS app (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch). If you go to shnap.com, you will see a slide show of photos currently being rated on Shnap, like this one:
Here is a cool video
from the makers of Shnap demonstrating how the app works:
Get this app.
Have you checked out Shnap? Do you like sharing your photos with others? Have you been having fun playing with Dynamic Light and want to share your artistry with others? Do you have any guesses as to where my pictures were taken? Let us know in the Comments Section below!