In a bid to support creativity, Pinterest has quietly released a new collage-making app called Shuffles on the Apple App Store.
looking at the App Store Description (opens in new tab), Shuffles lets people create collages by taking images from Pinterest’s “huge photo library” or adding photos via their smartphone camera. The app features some simple editing tools like resizing, rotating and layering images on top of each other.
Specific objects in an image can be removed with one tap and pasted elsewhere with the Shuffles snipping tool. This reminds us of a similar feature in iOS 16 called Visual Search which allows people to cut assets from photos and paste them into other apps like Messages.
Users, or Shufflers as Pinterest calls them, can add a personal touch to their creation with the app’s animations and special effects catalog. And when you’re done, the collages can be shared privately with friends or publicly for the world to admire.
People can even “remix” other people’s collages by adding their own twist, but it’s unknown if the remix is exclusive to mutual friends or if it can be done for public creations. In fact, aside from the App Store description, not much else is known about Shuffles.
Fixed for a test
Currently, the app is exclusive to iOS and according to TechCrunch (opens in new tab), is for guests only. There is a waiting list that people can join to eventually gain access. However, it is unknown when more people will be added. We reached out to Pinterest to see if we could get more information about the app, such as when it will launch for Android and when it will exit testing. However, Pinterest is playing its cards close to its chest.
A spokesperson came back to us and said, “As this app is in its early testing phase, we have no additional details to share on record at this time.”
Promoting this creative outlet appears to be a huge boost for Pinterest, as the spokesperson goes on to say, “With more people coming to our platform for creative inspiration, we are continually experimenting with new ways to help Pinners and Creators bring theirs to life. ideas. ”
What was revealed by the Pinterest spokesperson is that Shuffles is a creation of the platform’s TwoTwenty team.
As the representative says, two twenty (opens in new tab) is the “Pinterest Innovative Incubator Team”, which means it is the part of the company that comes up with new apps and ideas. The division released in November 2021 (opens in new tab) and its name is a reference to the place where Pinterest started in Palo Alto, California. Before Shuffles, TwoTwenty created Pinterest TV (opens in new tab), an in-app video service where people can watch original content and buy featured products.
Other tech companies have their own incubator teams, like Meta with NPE. In fact, NPE has created an app very similar to Shuffles called Egg (opens in new tab) and it seems to have been more expansive because it supported text, GIFs, and images for mixed media collages. If you’ve never heard of E.gg before, it’s because Meta closed six months after launch (opens in new tab).
Whether it’s pure coincidence or reviving an idea, Pinterest sees the potential in an inspiring collage app. Fortunately, Shuffles works for the platform and doesn’t shut down half a year later.
If you’re on Android and feel like you’re missing out, has you covered with a list of best free collage makers.