Mobile apps like Instagram and Hipstamatic have revolutionized mobile phone photography, transforming the lenses built into smart phones into retro-style cameras like the Diana, Holga and Lomo. They have not only created a unique niche of retro iPhonography but these free apps have morphed into online social communities structured around image sharing. The web site Inkstagram, which acts as a web portal for Instagram, and Hipstamatics site provide unique web-based sharing platforms with online albums and options for print fulfillment. Although the digital effects of these apps are unique to the mobile platform, the effect can be easily duplicated with basic knowledge of filters in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
For those looking for a quick and easy way to tag JPEG images with descriptive text, we suggest you check out FotoTagger. This application has been made available by Cogitum (a Virginia based company) as a free download for home users.
FotoTagger provides the ability to "tag" areas of an image with text descriptions that can be displayed or hidden and stored as part the the digital image file. This feature can be used to identify people, record notes and detailed information, capture comments about specific objects and quickly find an image based upon annotation search.
Our initial tests indicate this product is both easy to use and contains ample utility for most potential users. Stay tuned for a complete functional and technical review in the near future, until then we rate FotoTagger "promising utility" and suggest folks interested in the product test it themselves and let us know the results.
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A free application from the iPhone App Store, its work with any iPhone - even the old ones. Easy to find and use, a must for iPhone toting SmugMuggers.
It costs the publisher nothing to publish because the cost HP charges the purchaser covers their cost of service. The publisher decides on the price above the HP cost to charge subscribers and the profit, if any, goes directly to the publisher.
The service provides a way for HP to trumpet its Indigo printing technologies, which drives efficient print on-demand applications such as this new online service. The magazines themselves are dazzling full color, stitched cover bound 80lb paper that is the real deal. Subscribers need only a PayPal account or credit card to purchase a magazine online, publishers need only a PayPal account to collect earnings.
While the service is still in beta and shipping is currently limited to the United States, it's been nominated for a "Best of the Web" award by UK's .net Magazine.
No doubt, this promises to be yet another exciting avenue for sharing, and potentially profiting from your recently digitized photographs. Stay tuned for a full test drive and review here in the near future.
In addition to photos, the stories can contain video, documents, ULRs and other digital media. As elements are linked, the value of your photo collection starts to benefit from the network effects - more links, more relationships, more information, greater meaning, deeper context and utility - pure memory gold! From personal histories, educational programs, artistic projects to business marketing the uses are nearly limitless and varied.
We tested MemoryMiner v 1.1 for windows and found it to be easy to use, powerful and even fun. It includes slick implemetations of features found in the latest versions of Apple's iPhoto like face recognition and live mapping. But unlike iPhoto, MemoryMiner is a complete personal digital asset manger for everyone with memories and a PC. The version we tested sells online for an introductory price of $30.00 (Mac Version $45.00). There are also school grant programs and higher education discounts available.
Our take? We give MemoryMiner a rare 5 stars (out of 5 stars) for it's ease of use, nice implemantion of cool features (like instant web publishing among others) and the huge value adding effects for newly digital photo collections of all kinds. To see creator John Fox tell the story of how and why MemoryMiner was developed to the Los Angeles Idea Project click here.