We are pleased to announce the launched of the Windows version of Memory Pics. This project started off several months back when we were exploring a better way to keep memories alive. We are avid photographers are take countless number of photos during the weekends of the things we see and places we go. But after a while, it is hard to recall what happened that day or what led us to the place or the back story behind the picture.
Going through several ideas through our brainstorming session, the concept of Memory Pics was born. We aim to answer the What, Where and How questions and thus enriching the photo experience. We didn’t want to require proprietary technology which will lock you into using our tools to view the photos like in the case of a photo gallery or database.
Memory Pics stores all the additional information within the EXIF header which is used to store information about the photos by the cameras and smartphones. This may also include embedding the GPS Coordinates too. This certainly helps us quite a bit. But GPS Coordinates are mere string of numbers which on their own doesn’t mean a thing. That’s where the visualisation on the Maps comes into play.
The project started off with the Mac version as the current MacOS comes embedded with Apple Maps which makes it easy and to use it, all we needed to do was to sell our apps through the Mac App Store.
However, on the Windows platform, it got kind of sticky. There is Google Maps and Bing Maps which is available for end users to use on the Web for free but to incorporate them into our applications, there is monthly licensing fees and also the fees based on the number of queries made to their database if we are to charge for the application. Which we needed to as the other parts of the application isn’t free. We needed to keep the cost down and we did not want to bog you down on monthly subscription and our search concluded when we chanced upon OpenStreet Map. It does the job pretty well but it didn’t come with the satellite or street view. It’s however enough for what we needed. On the Windows version, there is an option to view the maps on Google Maps on your web browser if you so decide to. That way you get the best of both worlds.
Maps are not stored within the application as they are massive and are constantly changing and as such, you will require an internet connection to view the maps or to use the application. Only the portion of the map in view is being loaded so not much data is being used.
For more information, do check out Memory Pics (Windows) at http://www.batchimage.com/product/memory-pics-windows/ . It currently retails for $12.99 and comes in both 64 Bit and 32 Bit native versions which can be downloaded from our website. This comes with a 14 Days Free Trial. Any photos embedded with the added information will continue to work beyond the trial period. We do encourage you to grab a copy of Memory Pics as we believe that it will benefit everyone.
The free Read-Only Viewers can also be downloaded here for the Windows version or on the Mac App Store for the Mac version. You can share your photos with anyone you want and have them use the free viewers to access the additional information you have included in the photo.