Screenshots. If we can paraphrase what we said about them in our Screeny review: "Ugh". They are a never ending wart on your camera roll's otherwise pretty face, and like a bad neighbor, they always seem to randomly pop in when least expected. Up until recently, getting rid of them has been a pain. You take screen shots all the time, but iOS doesn't organize them to make mass deletion very easy. Translation: these most undesirables of image files tend to build up over time, and with no easy way to manage them, they remain forever shuffled amongst images you actually care about.
It's this very iOS weakness that had a lot to do with our favorable review of the aforementioned NFN Labs' Screeny, an app that makes both finding and deleting screenshots a dead simple and aesthetically pleasing experience. But...as we mentioned in our review, Screeny doesn't do screenshot organization:
Screeny is so good at doing its admittedly trival task that there's little to fault with NFN Lab's efforts here. Screeny doesn't do iPad screenshots and it doesn't do screenshot organizing (like Cluster Labs' Screenshotter app)...
At the time of that review, Screenshotter did indeed have an edge in organizing screenshots, but lacked the more interesting (to me) ability to delete screenshots. As it turns out, the ability for a third-party app to delete screenshots from the camera roll is new with iOS 8, and NFN Labs had smartly pounced on it with Screeny. Not long after that review though, developer Cluster Labs released version 2.0 of Screenshotter with support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iCloud Drive sync, and, you guessed it, the ability to delete screenshots from the camera roll from within the app.
Delete, Organize, and iCloud Drive?
Now enhanced with the ability that Apple previously wouldn't allow it, Screenshotter is suddenly a lot more interesting. Unlike Screeny, Screenshotter doesn't put on the show of finding your screenshots, instead it just constantly keeps a Screenshots page refreshed with whatever screenshots happen to be on your camera roll. Presented as small thumbnails, you can tap on each for a larger view, swipe through them, and tap again to escape. In the upper right, engaging the select button enables both your standard iOS 8 share extension, and the ability tap any number of screenshots for one of three tasks: sharing, deletion, or moving to a folder. It's that third option that really separates Screenshotter from Screeny, because Cluster Labs really has made it as easy as possible to create and move screens to a desired folder with a simple "choose folder" page. Type out the name of your desired new folder, or tap an existing folder and you're done. Afterwards, a "Folders" page allows easy access to your now organized screens, as well as the ability to rename and delete folders (deletion also includes the screenshots inside the folder). Even better, Screenshotter's newly added iCloud Drive sync means you can both backup and access these now organized screenshots from an iPad (though unfortunately, not through a native Screenshotter iPad app), and more interestingly...from your Mac, where they'll be sitting nice and tidy in your easily accessible iCloud Drive folder.
Now, Screenshotter the app isn't much of a looker. The UI, while effective in action, isn't nearly as visually appealing as Screeny, but it does work predictably, and it easily implements the potentially complicated task of file and folder management (on a very small scale) on iOS. Given that bulk screenshot deletion, let alone screenshot organization, is what I'd call, at best, an edge case scenario, I still think Screeny is probably the best way to go for most normals. It's honestly like a ninja when it comes to quickly getting rid of every screenshot on your phone, and at a mere $0.99, you really can't go wrong. But for nerds like me, bloggers, developers, type A personalties, etc, Screenshotter with its added organizational ability and iCloud Drive sync might be the better choice. No, it's not quite as cool as the competition, but access to my screenshots on my iMac and Screenshotter's new deletion abilities make for a preferable combination for edge case users like me. Oh, and one more thing that I fear I've forgotten, Screenshotter...yeah, it's free.
Screenshotter by Cluster Labs Inc requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.