Photo albums are almost exclusively digital now, but sometimes, the ephemeral quality of digital photographs can be a problem. Printicular users can choose their favorite digital photos from their devices, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media accounts and send them to be printed at Walgreens. The frame-worthy photographs are then available for pick up or home delivery within an hour.
The app is simple, elegant and easy to use. Printicular can access the photos on your mobile device, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Dropbox, Flickr and more. Once you've logged into your accounts, all you have to do is choose which photos you want printed. Once the image has finished being loaded up to Walgreens, the app shows you your order.
You can choose between 4x6, 4x4, 5x7, 8x10 and 8x8 prints. You can also select the number of copies you want. Prices range from $.0.29 for one 4x6 to $3.99 for an 8x10. Once your order has gone through, the app will ask you where you would like to pick up your photos. Once you choose a location, Printicular will ask for your name, phone number and email address, so that Walgreens can alert you when your photos are ready. The app even gives you a time estimate for pickup, which is typically one hour. You will receive an email when your photo order has been processed and when the photos are ready for pick up.
If you don't feel like going to the store, the app will even check to see if home delivery is available. All in all, Printicular is pretty awesome for those of us who still love to frame family photos. The app is available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The iOS app is the company's most recent addition. Printicular also offers other apps like Canvas Print, which allows you to print your photos on actual canvas media to hang in your home like oil paintings.
Printicular is bringing back a dying industry for those who crave a more permanent manifestation of the photographs they have taken. It's all well and good to share photos via email, text or device display, but most people aren't exactly going to hang their tablets on the wall the way they would a framed photograph. Nor will they send their tablet in the mail to a relative without Internet or email, just so that they can see a picture of the family. Most people also don't have high-quality printers at home with which to print their photographs either.
Printicular is filling the void left by digital cameras and digital photo albums. It may be a small niche, but its an important one.