StoryPress is an iPad app (with an Android version promised "real soon now") that helps you preserve your memories in your own voice by recording spoken history. StoryPress can be used for many different purposes. I can imagine a genealogist using the program to share grandmother's stories, in her spoken words, for the eventual listening by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Of course, the app can also be used for many other purposes, including recording stories about how your father built a business from scratch, your wedding, your first child, capturing your child's thoughts on the first day of school each year until he or she graduates, and many such memories that are too important to forget. You could also create an audio daily diary. Your imagination probably will find even more uses for StoryPress.
With StoryPress, you can either talk directly to the iPad to record the whole story or you can be interviewed by the app for a specific topic. Once the story is complete, the user then clicks once to save the book to the StoryPress Library in the cloud, where it can be saved and cherished forever. A number of sample stories are available on the StoryPress website, including Grandma Bea's Story at http://www.storypress.com/book/41krgny.
The StoryPress app is free and will store your first five stories at no charge. However, entering six stories or more will cost $49 per year to publish all the stories online. You can also share the stories via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter although the items published on those online sites will always link to the stories stored on StoryPress.com.
Your favorite family stories also can be saved by StoryPress to a CD or DVD and then sent to you. The CD will play the audio in any CD player. The DVDs will be professionally edited with transitions and background music to really make your story come alive.
StoryPress was created by Mike Davis of Austin, Texas, an experienced programmer with two engineering degrees from RPI and almost seven years of new product development experience at some of the largest medical device companies in the world. He focused on converting something that normally is complicated into something that is so easy to use that even your grandmother can use it.
Davis, trained as a mechanical engineer, decided to create StoryPress after his grandmother got an iPad and asked him how she could use the device to record her life stories to leave behind to other family members. She said, “Well, I’m 84 years old, and I have all these stories I want to record, so you kids can have them forever.” He could not find an application with an intuitive and easy-to-use user interface to guide her so Davis created one for her. The project must have been successful, as Davis is now making the software available to everyone.
I used StoryPress for a bit and found it to be very user-friendly with one glaring exception. I had to create a new user account for StoryPress. The first time I did so, I entered my name, email address, and a new password, as instructed. The software then informed me that my attempt to create a user account had failed but gave no hint as to why. I tinkered a bit and eventually figured out that the password required at least six characters. I had used five. When I changed to a password of more than five characters, everything worked properly.
StoryPress is still in development although iPad users already can use version 1.0. An Android version is in the works and Android users can be notified when that version becomes available on Google Play by signing up for the announcement list at http://www.storypress.com/mobileapps_download. Davis predicts it will require about three months to complete development and roll StoryPress out to all the major platforms. He expects to release versions for Android tablets, Kindles and Nooks during the month of April.
StoryPress is a start-up effort being funded by KickStarter. Details are available at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/storypress/storypress-human-history-told-through-personal-sto?ref=live.
StoryPress for the iPad can be found on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/storypress/id505356215?mt=8 as well as in the iPadApp Store.
You can learn more by watching the video below.