Simplify Your iOS Photo Management with Tidy

Simplify Your iOS Photo Management with Tidy

Jan 24, 2014 Reviews

When it comes to iOS as a whole, there’s one aspect of it which frustrates me more than anything. Photo management.

As I’m sure many can empathize with, my Camera Roll is filled with a collection of images from varying sources, with minimal methods of automated separation. Screenshots, photographs, saved images, and anything else all winds up in one place, where for the most part, it’s either stuck on your device and/or uploaded to your Photo Stream.

Thus, when it comes time to offloading and archiving the imagery on your device, it’s nothing short or a logistical disaster. Thankfully, Daniel Nicolae, the developer behind the wonderful note-taking app, Meernotes reached out to us with a new app he’s been working on. It’s called Tidy and below I’ll give a quick run-through of how it works and my thoughts on it, along the way.


What is it?

While Tidy is by no means the ultimate solution to fixing any sort of photo management issue on iOS, it does solve the final step, the logistics of properly sharing and/or archiving your imagery in an effective manner.


Set up very much like a plethora of action–method–based email applications, each image in your camera library is presented in reverse chronological order, where sliding the image to the left or the right will bring up options of what to do with the images. Swipe to the left and you’ll be ready to start tidying things up. Swipe to the right and you’ll checkmark an image, essentially noting that you’ve completed the desired action upon it.


As far as the actual process of how Tidying up works, upon bringing up the action, you’re presented with five separate options for where to send the image for archiving and sharing: Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Twitter, and Email. While the latter of the three are available natively within iOS, the first two are really the standout features, allowing you to easily swipe through your images and properly archive them where you’d like with minimal hassle compared to alternative methods.


A useful feature of Tidy is that once you’ve selected a certain destination, the app will keep that destination prioritized, so unless you swipe further left, it will hold onto the last location used.


As you’re going through your list of images, a small checkmark in the upper-right-hand corner will allow you to hide all the images you’ve made actions to, so you can focus only on what’s left. This seems like an extremely logical option to add, but it’s one whose priority is worth pointing out a bit, as it allows you to use the app a little bit as a time, as more images are added, or when going through a large amount of past images, for when you’re first getting started.


Quite honestly, there’s not much to this app. And that’s the beauty of it. It’s simple, but beyond effective at solving just one step of the problem of the photo management issue of iOS.Using the action–method within the photo–management environment is something no one has really done yet and it’s a surprisingly effective – and quite honestly fun – method of going about it.


It’s available for $0.99 in the App Store for a limited time, so head on over and grab it. It’s certainly worth the introductory cost. Once you’ve given it a run-through, let me know your thoughts in the comments below because I’m curious as to whether or not everyone’s thoughts are at least somewhat similar to my own.

  • Cornelius Siegfried Hager

    Great idea. Would love to see something like this in the Fotos App. I want to just quickly swipe through the photos of the day and have them sorted into Pictures, Funny, Screenshots etc.

  • royabbink

    I would love to see a “delete from photo library” option or gesture.

    • Gannon Burgett

      The developer would love to add this, but unfortunately Apple doesn’t allow you to delete photos from outside the Camera Roll. When/if this becomes possible at all in the future, it’s one of the first features that he will be implementing.

  • bady_qb

    The UI looks really simple, love the type used here too but I don’t really get it how it works. No guide/ explanation on the actions I should do. On first time use it only calculate how many mess I have. It turns out there are more than 1000+ mess and it expect me to tidying it up by swiping one by one? that’s even more confusing tbh..

  • Andy Nick

    I totally need to “tidy” my photos, but the first (and biggest) step is to delete a zillion of them. I understand Apple restricts that functionality though, and I bet this would still be handy for sending stuff to dropbox, etc.

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