Facebook looks back at photos and memories

on this day

on this day

“People often look back at old photos and other memories they’ve shared on Facebook,” the social networking site says here, and so its launching “On This Day,” billed as “a new way to look back at things you have shared and posts you’ve been tagged in on Facebook.”

The feature “shows content from this date in the past. For example, you might see past status updates, photos, posts from friends and other things you’ve shared or been tagged in – from one year ago, two years ago, and so on.”

The On This Day pages are private, visible only to individual members. “ Only you will see this content unless you decide to share it with your friends,” Facebook adds.

Defrozo developing photography business app

defrozo 8

defrozo 8

The developers of Defrozo say they are making an all-in-one platform that helps photographers better market their work online. “Defrozo is the first universal platform available for free to include every tool a photographer might need to start their business from scratch or grow their established brand.”

They say the initial rationale came when “we realized what an overwhelming experience the modern Web is for photographers: You need to have a bunch of different accounts and logins to maintain your online presence — all soaking time that any photographer would rather spend on the creative process.:

The free suite combines image hosting, website management, CRM, ecommerce, and workflow organization tools. Premium packages will provide more storage space and advanced customization.

The software is in beta, with a Fall planned release. The developers are raising funds here on Kickstarter.

BeFunky speeds up online image editing



Online image editing tool BeFunky claims that with its “dramatically improved processing speeds, users can create gorgeous photos in half the time.”

The streamlined user interface now shows bigger thumbnails and previews. BeFunky says it has “the biggest and best collection of digital art effects on the web,” with hundreds of effects that let you to “transform a favorite snapshot into an oil painting, a cartoon-style portrait, an old-fashioned daguerreotype, or an eye-catching piece of pop art.”

Founded in 2007, the free tool has more than 45 million active visits every month; $5 per month offers access to additional features.


Amazon offering unlimited online image storage

amazon cloud

amazon cloud

“Most people have a lifetime of birthdays, vacations, holidays, and everyday moments stored across numerous devices,” online retailer Amazon claims. “And, they don’t know how many gigabytes of storage they need to back all of them up.”

Now Amazon promises customers can “rest easy knowing their content is safe and accessible” with its Unlimited Photos storage option.

Amazon’s unlimited storage on its Cloud Drive will hold all your photos for $12 per year. “Store an infinite number of photos in Cloud Drive without worrying about taking up space on phones, cameras, or other devices,” the company says. “Customers can upload existing collections and store all future photos taken.” The plan includes 5GB of additional storage for videos or other documents and files. The Unlimited Everything Plan for $60 per year will allow music and video and other files formats. There’s a free 3-month trial.

There’s more information here.


Motion photo app adds face recognition

moju screens

moju screens

A “motion-based photo” tool fuses a series of shots  into an animated “moment” that advances as you pivot your phone.

Moju Labs updated its app, The Next Web reports, with Face Align, which uses facial detection and recognition technologies to align and blend faces to generate new images of the people you have photographed.

The Flashback function also serves up past images you shot, the report adds. “Moju will now automatically reveal old photos, reminding you, for example, of what you were doing last year at this time, or pull up a special occasion.”

The app is here.

The article is here.

Watermark your photos faster



An updated photo watermarking program for Mac and PC will help you protect copyrighted images quickly and efficiently, the developer says.

Bits&Coffee says version 2 of its PhotoMarks batch photo watermarking solution improves the drag & drop support and user interface. “The program can completely customize the appearance of text and logo marks, as well as perform additional edits like resize, rename, auto rotate, or decorate photos with beautiful graphical frames, all in the same session.”

The software is $30 here.

Online storage for sharing galleries, delivering photos to clients



Professional photographers can more easily present their images to clients with new online gallery.

Photoshoot.io relies on Dropbox for online storage. You simply specify your logo, colors, custom domain, input your social media links and a bio, Imaging Resource reports here.

Developer Wilderborn says the “password protected galleries are “literally as easy as drag and drop. We generate the layout, URL, thumbnails, lightbox displays, dates, titles, and more automatically. You can even turn on links to all your favorite social networks and show off all your public galleries.”

It’s $6 per month. There’s more information here.


View the world via drone footage



There’s a surplus of aerial footage online shot by remote-controlled quadcopters armed with hi-res cameras… but what if you wanted to see the shots from a particular location — do you have to search through YouTube?

Not anymore. TravelByDrone “gives you the chance to discover the world from the perspective of drones.”

The website simply shows you a map of the world, from which you can point and click on your desired location. Drone pilots can also post links to their own new footage.

The site is here. (via Imaging Resource)


Print your photos on wood

wood post

wood post

For the first time, moments captured on your phone can easily turned into beautiful story on wood.

That’s the claim from Vietnamese-developer Not a Basement Studio Software, who say their Woodpost is “the first app ever that lets you print photos beautifully on wood. Everything in the iPhone and iPad app — from the beautifully curated photo templates, to the simple & straightforward ordering process — brings you the best way to print your photos on wood.”

The company adds that its’ “tested numerous inks and printing techniques until we came up with a winning combination, making sure the colors and details of yours photos come out just right.” They also use eco-friendly materials such as sustainable plywood for the card & dock, and craft paper for the packaging.

Prints are 4.7-inch square or 6×3.7×0.1-inch rectangle. Each Woodpost order comes with a dock and a magnet mount, for $7.99 including worldwide shipping.

The app is here. (via Next Web)

Instagram launches Layout collage app

instagram layout

instagram layout

Photo sharing service Instagram now lets its users make a collage — but rather than adding features to its main program, its offering a new free app. 

Layout “lets you easily combine multiple photos into a single image,” the Facebook-owned company says. “It’s fun, it’s simple and it gives you a new way to flex your creativity.” The iPhone app automatically shows previews of custom layouts as the user chooses photos from the camera roll. Its Faces option shows all the photos that feature people.

Also, “for spontaneous moments,” Instagram adds, the Photo Booth tool starts with a tap “to start a countdown and capture photos that you’ll instantly see in a layout.”

While many now use collages to combine low-res images into one print-worthy poster, Instagram’s output is reportedly limited to screen resolution.