Scrolling through megabytes of lousy photos in your iPhone camera roll just to get to the best of the lot isn’t the worst problem someone could have. But it’s not one of the great joys in life either. If you’re a compulsive shutterbug but a picky editor and you’re spending way too much time weeding out all those undesirable blurry pics, Flic may be the ideal app for you.
Brand new from Lifehack Labs, Flic is essentially a spring cleaning tool for your iPhone that you can use all year round. The interface is uncluttered and intuitive — just the way we like ’em around here. Instead of deleting photos by checking of thumbnails in your stock iOS photo app, you’re presented with a full-screen preview of the shot in question and given the opportunity to swipe left to trash, or swipe right to keep.
The app takes you through your camera roll on a month-by-month timeline basis and even reports back to you how much space you’ve cleared off your iPhone. Better yet, it’s got a built-in failsafe feature that doesn’t actually delete the photos from your phone until you’ve gone through the entire folder and confirmed deletion. Before making those photos go forever bye-bye, you’re given one final opportunity to call back the fate of any selected images.
Flic isn’t a perfect app. For example, there’s no way to jump to a specific month or folder. The app works backwards from your collection of most recently snapped shots, lending to something of a restricted experience for those not down with the whole “linear work” method. What if you don’t want to pore over all the photos you took last month and want to jump right away to your summer vacation pics? No can do, bud. Of course, given that the app is one day old as of this writing that’ll likely be fixed with future updates.
Priced at an affordable $0.99, Flic requires iOS 8.0 or later and is also compatible with iPad and iPod touch.