Meet Tuxedo Kittie and Zombiegram
It's springtime on a Friday afternoon, why the hell not? Here are two ridiculous apps that, while not free, are at least worth a 99 cent giggle if you're into either cats or 2zombies. I know many of you are.
In that spirit, I give you Tuxedo Kittie. Add a tuxedo to any image of a cat. For when your cat simply refuses to put on his tux for an Instagram.
For those who prefer gore over fur, there's Zombiegram. Halloween is only six months away, guys.
These are both considered "FX apps," which I believe means effects, ie, adding effects to content.
The apps were published this week by the startup Snapr to showcase what can be done on its app-making platform. The company allows developers to easily publish apps or add photosharing functionality to existing apps with its API, codebase and portal.
Snapr is one of those "selling pickaxes in a gold rush" companies -- it's API to serve the hordes of photo-sharing app developers out there, allowing for easy geotagging and sending photos to multiple services. The company, founded in 2009, has bootstrapped itself. Remember the 90s, when it cost thousands of dollars and a team of engineers to make a basic website? Now we can get something professional-looking on Squarespace or Wordpress or Tumblr or Wix in 10 minutes. A parallel could be drawn with apps. While they're complicated and costly to build now, the idea is that eventually anyone with a little web-savvy will be able to build one. Startups like Yapp are already doing this with simple templates for weddings and conferences. Snapr is that for a slightly more advanced set, offering a variety of themes and access to its API.
Tuxedo Kittie and Zombiegram show off a new functionality that allows developers to create custom effects and stickers in photoshop and then run them on iOS and Android apps as well as and mobile browsers.
They briefly considered combining the two apps into a Tuxedo Zombie Cat, but dashed the idea over fears the internet would explode.