The goal of Storied is to make the process of capturing and sharing meaningful family stories easy and accessible for people of all ages. With the app installed on your iPad, you can easily scan in printed photos directly from the iPad, or import them from popular networks like Facebook, and then record interviews with yourself or your family about the events in the photo. The program is not yet available. However, the programmer who created the app is now seeking funding to create a commercial product.
Storied will automatically create mini-documentaries from the images and allow you to share them with the tap of a button to social networks, or share privately among family members via email. The stories will also be archived on the Storied.us site, where they can be accessed privately or shared with the Storied community. The basic version of the app will be free, and you don't have to be a paid member of the Storied.us site to use the app or share videos via e-mail. In addition, anyone who contributes funding at any level will get access to a special version of the app with all premium features unlocked (special filters, select soundtracks, etc).
Storied is seeking funding on Kickstarter.com, a "grass roots" crowd funding website for creative projects. Kickstarter has funded a diverse array of projects, ranging from indie films, music, stage shows and comics to journalism, video games and food-related projects. Many software projects also were funded by Kickstarter.
In short, Kickstarter serves as an escrow service for new projects. Project creators choose a deadline and a goal minimum of funds to raise. If the chosen goal is not gathered by the deadline, no funds are collected. If the goal is met, funding is given to the project and a product is created. You can read more at Kickstarter.com.
Storied is an iPad app that hopes to receive start-up funding on Kickstarter. The goal is to raise at least $35,000. At the time I am writing these words, more than half that amount has already been pledged. This project will only be funded if the full amount of $35,000 or more is pledged by Thursday Oct 18, 4:10pm EDT.
If you would like to learn more, or if you would like to contribute to this project, go to http://goo.gl/v9f7p.
My thanks to Matthew LaFlash for telling me about this project.
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