Tempe, Arizona – Caption Distraction is an iPhone app developed by Matt Lombardo which is currently available in the App Store for free. Based on the stylings of professional comic book letterers, Caption Distraction transforms ordinary looking photos into gorgeous looking comics. Through the addition of word balloons, captions, effects, stickers, and filters, Caption Distraction can turn even the most mundane looking picture into a hilarious, clever, or cute creation. Featuring an intuitive, step wise user interface, Caption Distraction allows for the production of dynamic looking comics within minutes.
In one of the most crowded niches on the iPhone App Store, Caption Distraction sets itself apart from the competition in a multitude of ways. It features an authentic comic book look based on the stylings of renowned comic book letterers Richard Starkings and John Roshell. Expensive licensing was obtained to ensure that the fonts, word balloons, captions, and effects all added up to produce a professional look.
While having great style in an app is important, it’s completely wasted if the app is unable to function properly. This is certainly not the case with Caption Distraction as its user interface is one of its most powerful and innovative features. While many similar apps try to condense all functionality onto one screen, Caption Distraction takes more of a step wise approach and divides tasks into multiple screens – each featuring carefully written instructions displayed in alerts. The result is a much less confusing / overwhelming experience for the user which allows for much faster comic creation.
Another innovative feature of the user experience is the menu used to add comic elements to photos. With a couple of taps and swipes, the user is able to quickly sift through hundreds of word balloons, effects, stickers, and filters to find the element or feature they need. This is in direct contrast to other similar themed apps which require the user to access a multitude of distinct looking menus either nested or in different areas of the screen.
Caption Distraction’s uniqueness is not only limited to its aesthetics and usability, but also extends to its features. Like many other photo apps, Caption Distraction provides the user with the ability to add “stickers” or small illustrations that can be inserted into a photo. Caption Distraction actually features over 400 such stickers in categories such as animals, glasses, hats, masks, monsters, mustaches, and many more. What makes Caption Distraction unique in this regard is its ability to allow the user to add color to these stickers. For instance, if the user wants to add a bear sticker to a photo, they have the ability to change the color of any of its components (i.e. fur, eyes, nose, outline, eyebrows, etc.). This is an extremely rare feature and one that is not seen on many, if any, other apps in the App Store.
Another very unique feature of Caption Distraction is its ability to produce multi-colored text in its word balloons and captions. Many apps allow you to change the color of the text in its entirety, but Caption Distraction allows you to actually change the color of each character. So for instance, if you have a cute baby in one of your photos and want to attach a word balloon to it that says “peek-a-boo!”, you’re able to use 11 different colors for that one phrase. Again, like changing the color of the stickers, this is a rare feature that isn’t seen in many other apps in the App Store.
Ultimately, Caption Distraction stands out in a very crowded niche because of its authentic comic book look, elegant user interface, and unique features. The response to the app from users thus far has proven this with all versions in all countries garnering 56 reviews for an overall five star rating.
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 49.3 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Caption Distraction Lite 1.2 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category. There is also a paid version of Caption Distraction available.
Matt Lombardo is an independent developer who’s based in Tempe, Arizona and who has previously worked at IBM and Intel. He’s always had a passion for software development having first taught himself programming in middle school before later going on to receive a B.S. in Computer Science from Arizona State University. Caption Distraction is his first foray into the app making world, one that was taken due to his technical curiosity and entrepreneurial spirit. Matt’s overall goals as a developer are to produce innovative apps that are entertaining and easy to use. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2013 Matt Lombardo. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.