picTrove 2 provides a solution to multiple Internet searches for images.

picTrove_07I spend a lot of time searching for images online. Usually, I end up using Google Image Search because it seems to be the most comprehensive image search available. But, there are others available like Bing, Flickr and 500px. I usually stick with Google because it’s less time consuming than going through each brand of image search. Unfortunately, that also means that I might be missing the best shot possible. Earlier this month, developer Traversient, Inc. released picTrove 2 for iOS that proves to be the best image searching option available.

picTrove 2 is great for images searching. Users can browse through multiple Internet services at once to maximize search results. Those services include – Flickr, 500px, Google, Bing and even Twitter. Search results are presented in a beautiful slider that shows each service side-by-side. While it seems like a relatively simple application, picTrove 2 has a lot of options and depth. Some of the features include:

  • Search query customization
  • Animated GIF support
  • External screen support
  • Hardware controller/keyboard support
  • Passcode lock
  • Full screen photo viewer

picTrove_01One problem I’ve always had with image searches on my iPhone is saving selected images on my phone. Doing a simple Google search using Safari isn’t quite conducive to easy searching and saving resources. picTrove 2 has an easy save option within its search results. When you find an image you like, you simply select it save it to your favorites. Then, you have the option to share the page it came from, edit the photograph with Aviary, or share the image through email, SMS, Twitter, Facebook and more.

picTrove 2 also includes a feature called Progress Display. This feature allows the user to have access to and download the highest quality photo available. Not only is that a great way to ensure that you have the best quality possible, but it also helps you keep track of the download progress with a percentage pie-chart that includes actual bytes downloaded. picTrove 2 includes extensive support and customization of the app. The user controls what details are shown, how the thumbnails are displayed and even the settings of the full screen view.

picTrove_02One other feature I wanted to touch on was the side-by-side viewing of search results. In most apps I’ve used, you end up scrolling through a long list of results and end up feeling cross-eyed and woozy from the movement. picTrove solves this problem by keeping the search results divided by search engine. Users scroll left to right to navigate through each search engine’s results and then up or down within the two-column result list. It’s a breath of fresh air in app navigation. I was delighted to find this feature as it was so different from other apps I’ve worked with.

picTrove 2 is a hidden gem within the App Store. I can highly recommend it as a resource for those who spend their time searching through pages of images to complete projects. picTrove 2 is available for iOS – both iPhone and iPad – and retails for $4.99. For more information, visit traversient.com/pictrove2.