Say “Cheese!”: Apps for photo fun!

Do you enjoy taking pictures with your smart phone or tablet? Are you looking for a way to spruce up those pictures? Here are some FREE apps that allow you to add filters, frames, and other fun effects to jazz up your pictures.


Text added with Phonto

FREE for iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android

Phonto allows you to add text to your pictures. Choose from over 200 fonts, change your text size, color, stroke, gradient, shadow, and more. You can also add balloons or callouts, crop your image, and choose from various themes (e.g., black and white). Share you photos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, via email, or simply save to your device. You can choose one of your existing photos from the photo album(s) on your device, or use the camera function to take a new picture.


Filters and overlay made using Pixlr-o-matic

Filters and overlay made using Pixlr-o-matic

FREE for iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android

Pixlr-o-matic is a popular app with social media users, and the mobile version of the Pixlr web photo editor. This app allows you to add various effects, borders, and overlays to achieve different looks including grunge and retro. Add glitter, sparkles, light streaks, and more! The “Noloroid” border option creates a familiar Poloraid picture look. Use pictures already on your device or take a new picture with the camera option, and share your pictures via email, Facebook, Dropbox, or Flickr.


Made using Pic Stitch

Made using Pic Stitch

Pic Stitch
FREE for iOS (iPhone, iPad)

Pic Stitch allows you to combine multiple pictures into one. This can be fun for before and after shots, or various angles of the same object. Pic Stitch also allows you to order prints from your local Walgreen’s store. Share pictures via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or email. The app has over 230 layouts and 11 different aspect ratios.  You can also rotate, pan, and flip your images, add stickers, text, and other effects, or change saturation, contrast, brightness, or sharpness. You can also freeform draw on your images.


Made using Pic Collage

Made using Pic Collage

Pic Collage
FREE for iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android

Like Pic Stitch, Pic Collage allows you to creatively combine multiple pictures. Create collages with borders, stickers, text, filters, cutouts, and more. You can choose either free-form collages or premade collage borders depending on the number of pictures you are using. Import pictures from your photo albums, Instagram, or Facebook. You can also share via email or various social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. The free-form collage function allows you to use touch gestures to rotate, move, resize, and delete images. Choose from several backgrounds and stickers.


X-ray effect added using FX Photo Studio HD

X-ray effect added using FX Photo Studio HD

FX Photo Studio HD
FREE for iOS (iPhone, iPad); Not available for Android

If you are looking for an impressive selection of photo effects and filters, then FX Photo Studio HD is the app for you! Choose from over 190 effects, including pencil sketch (both black and white and color), vintage, grunge, black and white, and more. You can also add filters to your entire picture, or just a portion of it.  Adjust your hue, saturation, contrast, and exposure. Share your images via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, or email.





Beyond the COM: The Florida Health Sciences Library Association annual meeting

This past week, a portion of the Health Sciences Library staff had the opportunity to attend the Florida Health Sciences Library Association (FHSLA) annual meeting, which was held at the Courtyard Marriot in Lake Buena Vista. The two-day meeting gave our librarians a chance to network and collaborate with other medical librarians across the state, as well as a chance to attend some informative continuing education workshops and sessions.

Among sessions held, FHSLA put together a “Mobile Technology Panel” to stimulate conversation about how libraries are using mobile technology with their patrons. Our technology guru and Medical Informatics Librarian, Michael Garner, was one of three librarians asked to sit on the panel, and he was able to share with everyone the details of our library’s mobile technology and iPad initiative. It was also a great chance for us to learn what our colleagues are doing, and how our successes have influenced them.

FHSLA’s leadership is made up of medical librarians from the academic community, as well as from the hospital community. Our Public Services Librarian, Shalu Gillum, served as Secretary of FHSLA last year, and Deedra Walton, our Electronic Resources Librarian, served as Treasurer. During the business meeting, Shalu was re-elected to serve another term as Secretary. The Treasurer position is not yet up for re-election, so Deedra will be continuing in that capacity for one more year.

FHSLA also awards scholarships to attend their annual meeting to students pursuing a graduate degree in Library and Information Science. Typically, they alternate each year between awarding a student at Florida State University’s library school and the University of South Florida’s library school, which are the only two colleges in the state that offer graduate degrees in Library and Information Science. This year’s scholarship recipient was our very own Natasha Fortune, one of our Sr. Library Technical Assistants, who will be graduating from FSU this coming December. The scholarship provided Natasha with the opportunity to attend all of the meeting activities; she was even able to take a CE course, too.

We’re thrilled to have our library so well represented in a statewide organization!



Tegrity Issues With Latest iOS Update

UCF’s main campus reports there have been issues with the latest iOS mobile update (6.0) and Tegrity.  If you have an Apple mobile device, that you have already updated to iOS 6.0 or higher, it is being advised that you NOT update to the latest version of Tegrity until there is a fix.

Android devices appear to be unaffected.


Don’t forget to get your new UCF ID Card!

UCF Card Services will be in the Health Sciences Library today issuing new ID cards to faculty, staff and students! They’ll be available from 10am to 4pm, so if you don’t think you’ll have time to visit their office on the main campus, feel free to stop by today for your FREE new card! Check out the flyer below for additional information.

card services flyer

Get pumped – Info Expo is almost here!

Get ready for March Madness-inspired shenanigans in Room 211 today at noon as the Health Sciences Library staff presents our 3rd Annual Spring Info Expo! We look forward to seeing those of you that RSVP’d, so we hope you’re excited for all of the fun activities we have planned. There will be demos of some neat new tools, great food, and of course, our always popular prize raffle at the end! Be sure to look out for our follow-up blog post for pictures of the event.