I had been looking for a great app that would allow me to create portfolios on the go and be able to edit and add elements without much fuss. I recently stumbled upon just that app. Portafolio for iPad is a simple, minimal app that covers most of my portfolio making needs. Dive in to the review for an in depth look.
The first thing you will notice when opening the app is how easy on the eyes the interface is. Not too many toggles and buttons to overwhelm you.The great thing about Portafolio is that all your projects are neatly displayed in a clean and elegant interface every time you open the app. This is quite important if you want to show potential clients your different work. Also, projects load quickly because they are saved to your device and all images are saved in their original resolution. No need to look for network connections to show your work. Portafolio allows you to layout projects using the many different templates included in the app. Each template allows you to either import an image in the picture frame or an interactive gallery. I wish there were more options like changing background colour of the page (dark grey would have been a great option) and also setting to position and resize the default frames to customize the look of each page but even without those advanced options, there are plenty of templates to choose from and will be sufficient for most users needs. When browsing the project, the viewer can tap the images to see a full size photo. This makes for a very interactive experience.
All projects can be exported as a PDF file and easily shared to clients via email. There are some third party apps like Notability that can also accept the PDF projects. I have reached out to the developer to request an option to send PDF directly to other apps like PDF Expert by Readdle. The team is currently looking into integrating with other apps so hopefully a future update can add this functionality.
In this quick video, you can see an example of a complete project I have created using Portafolio and how the interactive experience comes into play on the iPad. (you will recognize the photos from my earlier shoot at BanQ Vieux Montréal)
After using this app for a few days, I can honestly say that it made creating a portfolio on iPad a breeze. Some advanced customization options would be welcome but the current iteration has more than enough templates to choose from.
The developer team is always willing to listen to feedback and that to me is a huge asset for any app!
Speaking of which, I recently got news from the developer team that an iPhone app is also in the works. The app will be called “Unfold: Stories” and is slated to release on June 12th, 2017. It will have the same functionality of Portafolio but scaled to fit the iPhone’s screen. I do not have more detail on the app for now but rest assured that I will conduct a full review once released so stay tuned for that.
All in all, I feel very comfortable in recommending this app to any artist or photographer out there who uses an iPad to showcase their work. Portafolio for iPad will make your experience that much more simple and clean.