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If you have kids, you have photos. And if you have an iPhone, you have lots and lots of them in your pocket at any given time. There are plenty of apps that'll help you personalize your favorite pictures by adding captions, colors, and effects, but they all require a hefty dose of effort – especially if you've let a lot of birthday and vacation shots pile up.
Disney's Story understands that most parents probably have a couple hundred photos and videos sitting in their Camera Roll, but don't know where to start with organizing them. With an emphasis on speed and simplicity, the app will help you effortlessly create personalized stories out of your favorite moments without having to pore over dozens of unrelated pictures.
When you launch Story, you'll see the same pictures that are in your library, but instead of a giant chronological list, the app automatically splits them into events. By utilizing the hidden metadata embedded in each picture, Story skillfully organizes your photos and video, even knowing that pictures taken at different places on the same day are probably unrelated. Tapping on a "moment" expands it, and here's where Story really shines.
We expected to see lots of flashy Disney branding, but Story makes sure your photos are the star of the show. You won't be overloaded with options, but there are more than enough to make your story sing. Themes are fairly subdued, with muted colors and tasteful textures, and while the interface is nothing to write home about (and we don't know what's going on with the icon), navigating the menus couldn't be easier. Rearranging photos and adding text is such a breeze, your storyboard will be complete with barely any effort.
Finished stories are stored on Disney's servers as mini-scrapbooks that can be shared with your friends, but we'd definitely like to see some actual outputting options in future updates. Since stories need to be uploaded before sharing, it can take some time; besides, we're not sure how comfortable we are giving Disney that much access to our lives.
The bottom line. Use Disney's Story and your photos will live happily ever after.
iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 5.1 or later
Great method for organizing photos. Effortless creation of stories. Good customization.
Bland interface. No outputting. Slow uploading.