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Announcing Stories and Categories

We have made some major changes to the design and functionality of Photoprivy to make uploading easier and to help organize photos.

James Fawks

I'm excited to announce some major changes to the Photoprivy platform. We have made these changes due to the feedback we have gotten from our users.

We are also refocusing our efforts on three key features: privacy, categorization, and so easy grandparents can use it. Moving forward, these three key features will be our priority and help us determine which changes we will focus on and what changes are outside the scope of what we are trying to accomplish.

Renaming Albums to Stories

We have renamed Albums to Stories for one simple reason: Album is too finite and implies a short event or a single moment in time. For instance, you have a "wedding album," a specific point in time, or a "summer camp" album that may last only a few weeks.

A Story has many points in time that describe an individual or an individual's life or journey.

A Story on Photoprivy is a feed of photos that you share with your family; this feed can be organized around a topic, a person, or any other means you wish to organize your photos. For instance, my son's Story is a series of events, birthdays, and moments in time about my son that I want to share with my family. My homebrew Story is my journey into the homebrew world that I share with anyone passionate about homebrewing.

Introducing Categories

Categories

One of the recurring issues that have come out of user feedback is the idea of being able to go down memory lane easily and quickly. For instance, you want to see all the "Birthday" photos or all the times you went "Camping" with your family.

While you can use Stories to help organize your photos by concepts or people, Categories enable you to organize those photos inside a Story by events, places, ideas, milestones, or any way you want. We also added a list of tabs for each Category in the Story at the top of the Story screen that enables you to filter out the photos in the Story by that Category.

Uploading is Now Easier

Easy Upload

It is now easier to upload photos to your Stories; you can upload them directly from the home screen or the Story via the bottom navigation bar.

If a photo fits in multiple stories, i.e., you have multiple children and a Story for each child, you can select those Stories during the upload process, and that photo will appear in all the Stories you have select.

We are also introducing an in-app camera that will enable you to take pictures directly from the app instead of opening the external camera app. When recording videos, the camera will automatically stop the video recoding once the video duration has reached the limit based on your subscription plan.

Direct Shares (Coming Soon)

Direct Shares Wireframes

We are also working on Direct Shares, where you can select an individual or a group of individuals to share a photo with. Multiple users have given feedback where they have a situation where a photo might not fit in a Story, or they may not want that individual to follow any of their Stories but want to share a photo with an individual privately.

Direct Shares give you more control over how and who you want to share your photos with.

Note: the image above does not represent the final Direct Shares feature and is meant to give you an idea of what the feature will look like.

Wrapping it all up

I am excited about these changes, and we are moving closer to being a company that protects people's online privacy.

I want to thank everyone who has given us feedback so far, and I look forward to working with you and everyone else in the future. Without you, we would not be here today.

If we have failed to meet any of the three key features (private, categorization or so easy grandparents can use it) or have any general feedback, I want to hear from you.

You can send us feedback by:

All types of feedback are welcome, both positive and negative.

If you are having issues or have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact support@photoprivy.com.

I look forward to hearing from you.


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