Uh oh! Facebook covers, Timelines... help!
You sigh, and wish for the days when Facebook was simple and didn’t steal as much of your time. But walking away now would mean wiping away the best-kept record of your existence for the last half decade. So what do you do?
Some of your friends have taken this opportunity to “express themselves” by showcasing their elite social/design skills (and ironically broadcasting their obvious lack of any real social life). But where does this leave the rest of us? We're digging through old Facebook albums in hopes of finding some picture worthy enough to become the center piece for our entire life, which is now conveniently displayed as a “line” for everyone to rummage through. But wait...
If you are reading this post, you are probably looking for a simpler way to create a Timeline cover. The good news is that the search is over: you can find it in the iTunes app store. Last week, Mashable reported on Facebook Cover Designer by Dropico, and Verge Pipe Media is bringing you the complete review.
The Verge Pipe Flyover:
Facebook Cover Designer is sexy, sleek, and incredibly useful for anyone who doesn’t know their way around Photoshop or Illustrator but still wants creative bling on their profile. Facebook Cover Designer is a close cousin of Instagram: it takes the average Joe and turns them into a professional via a few magical filters and two or three easy-to-use push buttons.
The app provides all the tools you need to make a high-quality Facebook cover without having to do any heavy lifting in Photoshop or Illustrator. The camera function allows the user to take photos that automatically optimize for both the profile picture and cover image. OR, if you are longing to use your favorite childhood photo that you dumped onto Photobucket 7 years ago, the app easily integrates with all the top photosharing services and social networks.
Once your picture is selected, you may crop, scale, and rotate the photo as desired. Dropico provides 25 filters that turn your photos into something admirable. While a handful of great filters come with the free app, some of the best are reserved for the paid “pro” package. However, once you find a filter that makes your Facebook cover sing—anyone would happily fork over the $0.99 for a little extra timeline magic.
Ease of installation: 5 out of 5.
It’s free. Facebook Cover Designer needs 15.3MB of download space, and it only takes a couple of thumb-swipes before you are ready for your Timeline makeover. Most importantly (for me), developers don’t ask you fill out any painful forms before you get the app up and running.
Ease of use: 4 out of 5.
Facebook Cover Designer provides incredibly easy, automatic cover designing. In-app navigation is simple and smooth, and there is no learning curve. Everything is straight forward and useful. However, the “scale” and “rotate” functions can be frustrating if you are a perfectionist. The touch controls are very sensitive, which make it difficult to get things lined up; but most of the time, you won’t even use these functions at all.
General utility: 5 out of 5.
Sleek design. Smooth function. Produces great covers (albeit occasionally cheesy) depending on the photographer. Simply said, Facebook Cover Designer is pleasurably useful, and, for those who need help with the new Facebook features, it holds great value.
User Engagement: 4 out of 5.
The App integrates with your Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, Photobucket, Instagram, and camera roll. Additionally, pulling in pictures from an outside service is simple, which gives this app some return value. FCD allows you to save photos directly to your phone or upload them to Facebook.
And there lies my only significant problem with the Facebook Cover Designer: users are unable to update their cover or profile picture from inside the app. When uploaded, pictures are posted to the user’s wall with a convenient plug for Dropico, and then added into a branded album. Actually changing the cover and profile picture requires a manual adjustment from inside Facebook. While this is annoying, it doesn’t lessen the usefulness of the app.
“Keeper” factor: 5 out of 5.
While I have ground time designing flashy covers in Photoshop, I keep coming back to this app because it’s easy, has that Instagram quality (I am by no means a professional photographer or designer), and is useful on the go when I don’t have access to my laptop, and: the covers just look good. Currently, the cover on my personal page was designed in this lovely app, and I’ll likely use it again. If Dropico keeps on top of their updates and continues to fuel the fire with a sticky new filter every now and then, Facebook Cover Designer will likely be a winner until something better rolls along.
Readers: please feel free to comment below or, better yet, show off your custom covers by sharing them on Facebook with Verge Pipe Media.