That being said, let me amend my title to something more akin to “If you could have only one Mac photo collage app this is the one.” Better, right? A bit presumptuous, but acceptable as a recommendation for any Mac user with photos and a hankering to share a collage.
TurboCollage is new. Not new as a Mac photo collage app. It used to be named Collage Creator. Regardless, the latest version comes with a few new features and sharing functions to make it worthy, especially considering the price tag.
What you get for a few dollars more is a collage creator (probably a better name than Turbo Collage) that’s very fast, quite intuitive, and with a boatload of options.
For example, the latest version has a new circle pile collage style, a photo hive collage style, and an option to post a collage to Twitter (along with other social site uploads to share).
That means TurboCollage is up to seven different collage styles from regular to circle, from picture grid to mosaic, from center to zig mosaic and the new photo hive.
Add as many photos to each collage as you want (it gets ridiculously small, though, when you hit more than a few dozen), create a custom sized collage with shadows and easier ways to arrange photos within frames or even swap one photo for another.
The idea behind ‘turbo’ is how fast each feature can be implemented. For example, swap out a photo with another photo in the collage by drag and drop. The exchange is instant. Photos can be panned and zoomed while within the collage frame. Everything can be dragged, scaled, rotated and adjusted to fit.
You select photo borders, set background colors (or, go transparent), add rounded corners in some categories, and setup a collage as either portrait or landscape. Text can be added almost anywhere, resized, rotated or moved.
In other words, just about anything you think a collage can do Turbo Collage can do it. It’s the one I recommend to Mac users at the school where I work as a Mac and PC system administrator because it’s fast and simple to use, and requires the least amount of customer support (always a good incentive in a recommendation).
TurboCollage goes social with options to upload directly to Facebook, post to Twitter, but oddly, nothing to Flickr. My unofficial count puts the four and five star reviews on the Mac App Store at over 1,100, and those with lesser reviews are for older versions which lacked the features in TurboCollage today.