Bamboo Loop – A Fun Photo Messaging App [iOS Review]

bamboo_loop_iconBamboo Loop is a new photo messaging app from Wacom. As you know, Wacom is best known for their wide range of styluses for PC, Mac, Android, and iOS. Because of this, it’s not surprising that they’d want to release a couple of apps that leverage use of a stylus on iOS. Bamboo Loop is one such app and is the second from Wacom for iOS. Bamboo Loop is a unique photo messaging app that allows you to share photos to friends directly with your own written messages or designs. In essence, you would use your Wacom stylus to write directly on a photo and then send it to a friend. They in turn can write something back. This makes for some unique and fun communication.

For Bamboo Loop to work properly, you will need to sign up for Bamboo Loop either through a Facebook account or with an email address. Facebook is the easier of the two to sign up through and will allow you to send messages to Facebook friends. Of course you can do this with your contacts list as well on your phone.

To start a new a new Loop. simply tap the main icon at the bottom of the app. From here you can choose which contact to send it to. After which, choose one of the many templates available to you. add a photo from your photo gallery or take a new one using the camera. You can scale the photo to fit each template. Once that’s done, click the pen icon to select the pen tool and use your stylus to begin writing a note or draw on the photo. There are six different color pens you can choose from and 2 different types of pen strokes. Once you complete your Loop, you can send it to your contact.

You contact will receive it either via email of through the Bamboo Loop app. If they don’t have Bamboo Loop, they get sent an email with the photo message attached and a link to go download the app. If they have the app, the message will show up in their app automatically for them to reply back to it. They can either add on to the original photo message or create a new one back. It’s even possible to export the photo message to your favorite social networks to share or save to your photo album.

Bamboo Loop is a pretty neat app and an interesting take on photo messaging. It’s still a new app so there are a few areas I’d like to see improved, especially when it comes to the photo editing portion. Also it would be nice if there was an easier way to see who of your friends actually does and doesn’t have the app already installed. Other than that, it’s a fun app with lots of potential, but you will need a stylus I think the make the most of it.

Note that there are in-app purchases to unlock additional style packs. There are 9 in total and each are $1.99. That means to unlock everything, you’d have to spend $18 which is a bit steep, but you don’t need them to enjoy the app.

App Store Link: Bamboo Loop
Version: 1.0
Developer: Wacom
Price: Free
In-App Purchases: Yes
Compatible Devices: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.


Bamboo Loop makes messaging visual, beautiful and fun. You can say more with personalized cards that are created and exchanged directly within the app. Share moments or notes with friends that are not only different, but uniquely you. Start a loop and you will make someone smile!

Put a touch of personality and flair to your message by choosing from a variety of styles and realistic inking tools. Just swipe through the options and pick the style that suits the mood you are in. You can add more styles from our Style gallery.

Replying to a card that you received is simple and visual, too! Just write or scribble on the card sent to you – and loop it back with a swipe. Or you can send a smile back to show your appreciation.

With Bamboo Loop you can either share your moment with people close to you directly within the app or let a group of friends see your Loop card on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram.

Browsing to relive that funny moment or see that beautiful card is made easy by flipping through a stack of cards. There is a stack for each of your friends, safely storing every card that you exchanged with that person.

Loop is finger-friendly but for more control and detail on your smartphone we recommend our Bamboo Stylus Mini. The portable chic Stylus for your mobile phone.

[via App Store]

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