Browse Month: September 2016

Memory Pics & Viewer – Bringing Perspective to Photos

Photography is in our blood and over the decades, we migrated from film based cameras to digital photography. Photos are a great way to capture our experiences, places we been and people we meet along this journey call Life.

As they say that a photo paints a thousand words and as true as it may be, it does not tell the whole story. Over the years, we wrestled with that thought but could not find a perfect way of doing that. We initially tried with the idea of making a virtual diary system which allows you to embed photos but in the end, that makes it a pretty proprietary solution.

The key questions we want to solve is the What, Where and How ? And we believe that we might have found the solution, not perfect but good enough for now. That’s where Memory Pics and Memory Pics Viewer came into being.

In the end, what’s important is the ability to be able to relived past experiences and to share them with our loved ones. That’s what we aim to achieve with Memory Pics and Memory Pics Viewer. It helps bring a new perspective to the story behind the photos.

Side Note
Currently Memory Pics is a Mac Only app but we are looking to migrate it to Windows. The biggest issue is not so much about whether we can do it, it’s how to bring it to you without breaking the bank doing it. The issues is Maps. With the Mac version, Apple is kind enough to allow the App Developers like us to integrate their MapKit API without any charge. This however is a Mac only solution and the other requirement is that it has to be distributed through their Mac App Store. Which is what we are doing.
However for the Windows side, it gets a little tricky. Microsoft has Bing Maps and there is Google Maps which are not free and is priced based on the total number of queries if we want to integrate it within an app. There is however a free Google Maps license which is available for Free Apps. We took advantage of that with the Windows version of Memory Pics Viewer for the Maps and used the Reverse Geocoding API of the Free OpenStreetMap solution.

The What question or subject matter can be partially solve with the photo itself. The Where question is where Maps come into play. Many of us probably are using Smart Phones to take the bulk of our photos and the camera would embed the GPS Coordinates in the EXIF header. Memory Pics and Memory Pics Viewer would than use that information to pinpoint the location visually on the map and also perform a reverse geocoding to translate the GPS Coordinates into an address.  The How is where the  notes come into play, this is where you can embed any information you want about the photo in there.

What set Memory Pics and Memory Pics Viewer apart from the other apps out there is that all these information is embedded within the photo itself. On a normal photo viewer, the JPEG photo will work as they have always did. However on Memory Pics and Memory Pics Viewer, you get to see all the information in a beautiful interface.

Memory Pics is an easy to use and fun tool to view, edit and embed Notes and GPS Coordinates for your photos. You can pin the map by doing so right on the map or by entering an address and have the app find the point for you. Once pinned, you can move it around to the exact spot.

Memory Pics lets you store memories about a picture within the photos itself
Memory Pics for the Mac

Memory Pics for the Mac is available right now from the Mac App Store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/memory-pics/id1149209988?ls=1&mt=12 for $9.99 (Introductory Pricing) . The Windows Version is currently under development.

 

Memory Pics Viewer is a Free App available for both the Mac and Windows which lets you view the notes, map location and other information. This is a read-only version.

Memory Pics Viewer is a free mac app which lets you view GPS Coordinates and the Journal Entries which is embedded in the Photos
The Mac Version of the Memory Pics Viewer

The Mac Version of the Memory Pics Viewer can be found on the Mac App Store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/memory-pics-viewer/id1151374846?ls=1&mt=12 and available for FREE to download.

Windows Version of the Memory Pics Viewer which lets you visualize Maps and Notes in Photos
The Windows Version of the Memory Pics Viewer

The Windows Version of the Memory Pics Viewer can be download right at our website at https://www.batchimage.com/product/memory-pics-viewer-windows/ and also available for FREE to download and distribute.

We hope that you enjoy using Memory Pics and Memory Pics Viewer. Do spread the word around.

JBatch It v6.31 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of JBatch It v6.31. This update improves the performance speed of the Photo Preview and supports navigation via the up and down arrow keys.

Batch It Pro v5.52 Released

We are pleased to announce the relase of Batch It Pro v5.52. This update contains the following

  • Fixed Bug which causes the app to crash when Text Alignment is set but no Text Caption available
  • Switch Preview to Single Click rather than Double Click
  • Improved Performance when Previewing Images
  • Updated Imaging Engine

Batch It Ultra v5.42 Released

We are pleased to announce the immediate release of Batch It Ultra v5.42. This update includes the following

  • Improve Performance for Image Preview
  • Switch Preview Photos from a Double Click to a Single Click
  • Supports using arrow keys within the File Listing to Preview Photos
  • Improved Imaging Engine

 

Batch It v6.33 Released

We are pleased to announce the immediate release of Batch It v6.33. This update contains the following updates

  • Improve Performance for Image Preview
  • Switch Preview Photos from a Double Click to a Single Click
  • Supports using arrow keys within the File Listing to Preview Photos
  • Improved Imaging Engine

Batch JPEG Date Changer v1.02 Released

We are pleased to announce the immediate release of Batch JPEG Date Changer v1.02.

This update contains a critical bug fix which causes the application to crash when the JPEG Photo does not contain any EXIF headers or specifically the EXIF Date. In this update when that occurs, the Creation Date will be used as the EXIF Date. To highlight this, the background of the EXIF Date will show up as Grey. When the Change Now button is pressed, the suggested EXIF Date will be added to the Photo.