Who has time to organize those many digital photos? Not me. Or you. Or anyone! Thankfully there are a lot of simple ways to organize and share digital photos from the school year with gorgeous results and immediate gratification beyond a Facebook album and individual Instagrams.
3 Quick Ways to Organize and Share Digital Photos from the School Year 1 of 4
Tapsbook 2 of 4
The new Tapsbook app is a all-in-one app that handles photo viewing, photo management and storytelling that automates the laborious task of sifting through photos from many different sources and pulls them together in one place.
How does it work? Download the free Tapsbook app for iPad from iTunes and it will aggregate photos from your camera roll, photo stream, Facebook, Dropbox, and even Picasa accounts into one place. Tapsbook automatically takes these photos and creates a digital photo album. With simple gestures like tapping and swiping, users can rate photos and create a photo book with favorites.
Share it! The Tapsbook creation can be instantly shared and accessed even offline.
Great for parents because…It takes that digital photo mess of having photos in different places and not only compiles them but also automatically creates an album out of them.
Cost: The Tapsbook app is free to download through the iTunes store and users can share up to 500 photos for free. An additional 4GB of storage can be purchased for $2.99/month.
Image courtesy of Taspbook
Shutterfly Team Share Sites 3 of 4
While Shutterfly has been around for a long time, their Team Share Sites allow photos to be shared privately between all members. Not only is this feature great for a sports team but can also be used for elementary classes, scouting troops, etc. since all parents can upload photos to a single account to share photos from the year.
How does it work? Shutterfly Team Share sites make it easy to communicate, organize and share photos privately with other members but also provides other helpful features such as management of event schedules, snack duties and player availability all in one place.
Share it! My daughter's Brownie troop has had a share site since the girls started as Daisies and an album is created for each year. Parents upload photos from that album and sometimes an organized parent will create a photo album of photos that others can just click to order by entering their own credit card number.
Great for parents because…Not every parent can make every event and through a Shutterfly Team Share Site, you can still see what you missed with less guilt.
Cost: Free to create an account but of course, ordering prints and personalized items with photos is an additional charge.
Image courtesy of Shutterfly
Story by Disney 4 of 4
Walt Disney is known as a great storyteller and Story for iOS is a free app that allows you to create photo albums that can be immediately shared.
How does it work? Download the free app from iTunes and upon opening it on your iPhone, photos from your camera's album are pulled in to the app. Called My Moments, photos are sorted by date and are immediately compiled into a 20 picture photo album with the date on the cover. The app's animation will slide your photos from left to right, allowing you to view them in album form. Tap on any photo to edit, remove, add a 75 character caption, or adjust the layout by dragging and dropping photos on to each other to make a collage. Add an entire page of text using up to 150 characters. Once your story is ready, it can be saved under My Stories. It opens like a book and pages unfold beautifully, allowing you to soak in special moments.
Share it! Creations from the Story app can also be immediately shared via email, the web, or social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. As a blogger, I love that my individual My Stories can be embedded into blog posts. Those that you share your stories with don't need to have the Story app to view these special moments.
Great for parents because…It will compile those first day of school photos you snapped on your iPhone and create a shareable photo album that you can send out to friends and family well before your child reaches for their lunchbox.
Image courtesy of Disney Interactive
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