Choco
Choco 2.2
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Design photo collages.   Shareware ($29.99)
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Choco is the ultimate photo collage designer, loaded with more than 100 helpful templates, layout generators, frames, shadows, and built-in effects to bring your images to life.

Endless template options. Get started with more than 100 pre-built templates, in three helpful categories:
  • Classic. Create classic collages with a clean-and-simple grid layout, featuring fixed numbers of rows and columns defined to meet your needs.
  • Free Style. Design free-form collages using various shapes, flexible
What's New
Version 2.2:
  • New templates and resources.
  • Facebook integration fixed.
  • Various typos and minor UI glitches fixed.
  • Objects can now be moved with keyboard arrows.
  • Horizontal(vertical)-only dragging with pressed shift.
  • Other minor fixes and additions.
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.7 or later



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Choco User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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Bb805 reviewed on 26 Oct 2013
Choco is not intuitive at all. When I finally discovered how to add a picture to the template (not quite drag-n-drop; you have to click and HOLD on the picture for a few seconds before it allows this), the frustration was already evident. No ability to save a file, although apparently, clicking the + sign under the templates allows you to save a new template with photos. What kind of a "save" setup is that? If you change a template style to see how your work may look with it, it clears out all of your photos from the layout and you can't get them back should you revert to the previous layout. It does not give you a warning that this will happen. When saving, there is no pre-formatted photo sizes such as 5x7, 8x10, etc.; it just uses pixels, millimetres, and inches. If you resize the work so as to reflect such proportions, it cuts off the pictures, and makes NO attempt to resize them. No warning to save your work should you exit; I can't believe that any programmer would not address such a basic function of programming. The icons for tools are unintuitive as they come. There is much potential here, but this is about as rough as it can get.
[Version 2.1]


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j00w0n reviewed on 08 Nov 2012
Pretty decent. I use it frequently. But please add an option to edit the collage we'd done, other than just the layout to avoid wasting time. Thanks!


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[Version 1.3]


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Macatak commented on 13 Oct 2012
Not ready for prime time. Has potential though. Do like that it supports PSD. And tons of decent templates.
Biggest issues:
- no ability to save work-in-progress, including reference to assets, for resuming task later, so it's a one-time only effort to create a collage; that is a total deal-breaker and I will not be using Choco until it addresses this glaring omission
- no obvious ability to 'shake' up a collage to automatically fit new frames, or to randomise frames, as though throwing down images and see where they land
- should be able to point to a folder of images and have them automatically fill the frames in a random manner, then be able to swap them around
I keep attempting to find Mac replacements for Windows apps, as I am a tweener currently moving from Windows to Mac, and wish Mac developers would look to the established Windows apps that do things such as this extremely well. I suggest you look at LumaPix FotoFusion. They have it right. Most unfortunately they don't, as yet, have a Mac version (though they have attempted it with a Wine-like deployment, which absolutely sucks).
So, for now, Choco (not sure what the significance is of the name, but hardly intuitive for the task it does, so perhaps a re-think on that too) is not up to par. It's at version 1, so hopefully the developers are keen to make it the best collage app around, and listen.
So long for now. I'll get my chocolate (collage) fix elsewhere for now.
Thank you. All the best...
[Version 1.0]

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Nick Collingridge replied on 18 Sep 2013
I don't know which version introduced this feature, but you can now save a Project using the + icon under the template list. This saves the document you are working on so that you can go back to it again in the future.

Personally I find this a little bit unintuitive, given that the normal way to save documents is through the File menu, so I think this is a bit too hidden for novice users.
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Macatak replied on 20 Sep 2013
Revisited Choco 2.1. A few improvements. When I closed the app without saving the current collage, Choco did not ask if I wanted to save the creation. Seems an odd behaviour.

Developer: on the opening splash screen, "it's features" should be spelled "its". As well, spread the "world" or spread the "word"?
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Jim57 reviewed on 24 Aug 2012
While the app is not the most intuitive, I do understand it and see its elegance. I will be using it frequently.

I had an issue with Choco. Emailed the developer and got an answer within a half hour. We had several emails and there was a solution in my mail box in the morning. This type of responsiveness is part of what makes an app great. Kudos and thank you to the developer.
[Version 1.0]


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Jens_776f137b commented on 09 Jul 2012
Very slow. I use jpg and raw from Canon X1 Pro, and it takes forever to put in new pictures on a new 13" MacBook Air with i7 and 8 GB of ram.

It's useless. Should have tried the demo version first.
[Version 1.0]

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Candy square (developer) replied on 09 Jul 2012
We haven't faced performance issues while testing the app and there were no similar reports before. Could you please contact our support, send us some example files? In fact, we've tested the app with various RAW formats as well and the speed was pretty fair even on collages with dozens and hundreds item on the scene.
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Jens_776f137b replied on 09 Jul 2012
I have written to your support now. Looks forward to hear from You.
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Rondfranks reviewed on 09 Jul 2012
Works good. No crashes so far. Only complaint is that it only saves out to an image file (tiff, png, etc.) but not a Choco specific file.

Opening that file later doesn't seem to do anything, so it's pretty much a one time effort as there doesn't seem to be any way to open up the collage later and make any changes to it.
[Version 1.0]

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Candy square (developer) replied on 09 Jul 2012
There is no own document format, but there is possibility to save the new PRESET. Presets doesn't save refrence to the source files, but the layout, filter and every aspect of the collage itself is saved and can be re-used in the future.
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winfis rated on 20 Jan 2014

[Version 2.2]



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ErvinsS rated on 10 Oct 2013

[Version 2.1]



Sportfischer rated on 20 Sep 2013

[Version 2.1]



maman rated on 19 Sep 2013

[Version 2.1]



Pmu8158 rated on 18 Sep 2013

[Version 2.1]



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Doctorfo rated on 29 Aug 2013

[Version 2.1]



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Digitalcat rated on 29 May 2013

[Version 2.0.1]



AmandaELowe rated on 24 May 2013

[Version 2.0.1]



LNinLA rated on 15 Jan 2013

[Version 1.4]



joseph burgess rated on 17 Dec 2012

[Version 1.4]


Downloads:10,371
Version Downloads:1,711
Type:Multimedia Design : Image Editing
License:Shareware
Date:13 Nov 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price: $29.99
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Choco is the ultimate photo collage designer, loaded with more than 100 helpful templates, layout generators, frames, shadows, and built-in effects to bring your images to life.

Endless template options. Get started with more than 100 pre-built templates, in three helpful categories:
  • Classic. Create classic collages with a clean-and-simple grid layout, featuring fixed numbers of rows and columns defined to meet your needs.
  • Free Style. Design free-form collages using various shapes, flexible margins, sizes, rotation and more -- your only limit is the boundaries of your imagination!
  • Shapes. Access a special group of templates made to illustrate the "shapes" generator result. Simulate various shapes defined by image masks, seamlessly arranging your photos in the shape of a cloud, a cuddly kitten, or any number of unique customized configurations!


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