Editor’s Note: For a more in-depth review of SnagPages, see the comment by livatlantis in the comments section.
SnapPages is a new Flash-based site which offers a set of interactive applications to organize your social and personal life. From their current selection, they’re offering a Photo Manager, Calendar Manager and Friend Manager.
Like most photo managing software on the desktop, Photo Manager provides a slick interface to managing your photos. Importing your photos is a 3 step-process, which involves creating an album, tagging the set of photos, and finally, uploading them. Users can manage their library with a number of sorting and viewing options, and even add photo effects, quick fixes, and crop, rotate, and adjust the brightness of their photos. For those looking for an exact replacement for their desktop choice (Picasa and otherwise), Photo Manager holds up well.
With the level of advancement things like Google Calendar and all have been showing, there’s no need to wish for a desktop kind of a solution, but for those who do, Calendar Manager may be a good option. There are several advantages like a better user interface (i.e. transition, blur effects) and several things that aren’t possible with simple AJAX. Feature-wise, Calendar Manager holds up really well as well: I didn’t find anything missing that gave, for example, Microsoft Outlook an advantage over it.
In a sense, Friend Manager is a social network in itself. Across elements laid out on the screen, there’s a friends list, updates, requests, and ‘the exchange.’ The interface lightly reminds me of Microsoft’s spinoff Wallop, which is another of the few Flash-based social networks I’ve seen. Unfortunately I couldn’t get anyone else to join in time to really test the feature, but if it does what it looks to do, then all you need to do is imagine Facebook meeting a super-slick drag-and-drop one-page interface.
Overall, I love the tools SnagPages has to offer. Unlike it may seem, they’re definitely anot a “yet another.” Infact, some of them are indeed the first of a kind (i.e. I’ve never seen a Flash-based calendar app), and the tools do their job incredibly well. We’d recommend SnapPages to anyone who’s new to doing stuff on the web (photos, calendars, etc.) — give it a go before you point your browser to, say, Google’s suite of products. SolutionWatch also has an in-depth review of SnagPages.