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Woven app lets you browse all your images in one place

By dpreview staff on Jun 1, 2012 at 00:39 GMT

Woven, a free app for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire and Nook allows you to browse all of your photos from services such as Flickr, Facebook, Picasa and Smugmug in a single place. Once you've logged into each of the services, through the app, it downloads thumbnail versions to your mobile device, allowing you to scan through all your pictures. The app maintains the folder or grouping structures from each service, so you can easily find images and work out where you uploaded them to, even when you're offline.

Woven supports a range of popular services You can log into any accounts you have The images from each can then be browsed

Although the app is only a thumbnail viewer (with no options for sharing or moving images between services), its ability to consolidate the pictures you've scattered across multiple services can be handy. Woven is able to download images from Flickr, Photobucket, SmugMug, Windows Live, Facebook, Instagram, Picasa, Flickr, Shutterfly and Dropbox and your phone’s camera roll.


 Press Release:

Woven Releases Innovative Mobile Photo Viewing App to Help People Relive Treasured Memories Anytime, Anywhere

Woven Introduces a Simple yet Powerful Mobile Solution to Gather, View and Rediscover Photos

Boston, MA—May 30, 2012 – Woven by litl announced today its one-of-a-kind, free, mobile app that aggregates and organizes users’ photos from multiple online storage services onto their preferred mobile devices. Everyone from friends reliving memories, dads sharing baby pictures, moms catching up over coffee and grandparents bragging about their grandkids will benefit from anytime, anywhere enjoyment of all their photos with Woven.

For people who snap photos, reliving treasured memories later on is a joyous experience—especially with friends and family. And yet, with personal photo collections increasingly spread across multiple hard drives, phones, tablets and online storage services, just organizing them for viewing can be a headache. New solutions are needed to reduce this burden on families, simplify the rediscovery of special memories, and bring more joy to photography.

Designed with simplicity in mind, Woven’s one-time set-up collects photos from all of a user’s online storage accounts—from Facebook and Instagram to Shutterfly and Picasa among others. Images can also be automatically added from users’ phone or tablet camera rolls for even more convenience. The single, master collection of pictures Woven creates allows users to swipe through its streamlined touch interface, and after initially linking their online accounts, no Internet connection is needed for basic viewing.

Audrey McClelland, well-known blogger and Woven spokesperson, notes, “Before using Woven, my images were scattered across Facebook, Shutterfly and my phone. As a blogger and mom, I know the value of stories, and Woven brought my story together. With a few scrolls of my finger, memories from my childhood, my kids’ lives and cherished family memories are available instantly no matter where I am. Even though the app is free, its value is priceless.”

McClelland’s personal experience is validated by Woven’s recent survey of over 500 moms.* More than half the survey’s respondents reported collections with “thousands” of photos, but only a third described their photos as “extremely” or “well” organized. Lack of time, the sheer number of photos, and the scattering of collections across multiple locations were leading obstacles to getting organized. Despite this apparent chaos, a third of these moms said that treasured photos would be the first material possession they’d grab in the event of a house fire. Tellingly, love, joy, nostalgia, and fun were said to be the most common emotions evoked when viewing special photos.

With over 30,000 downloads to date just shortly after launching, Woven is quickly becoming a popular way to relive special moments, a modern and stress-free take on the classic photo album. Founder and CEO of litl, John Chuang says, “Photos, especially “forgotten” ones, can unlock old memories and trigger powerful emotions when rediscovered. Our vision is to make life’s special moments effortlessly available, so storytelling and reminiscing are fun again. This is just the beginning of what Woven has planned to better reconnect people’s photos, memories, and stories.”

Woven is available immediately for all popular smart phones, tablets, and e-readers, including the Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch (via woventheapp.com/ios), Kindle Fire (via woventheapp.com/kindle), NOOK Tablet and Color (via woventheapp.com/nook), and Android-powered phones and tablets (via woventheapp.com/android). With a free account, a Woven user can effortlessly access their entire photo collection across any and all of these devices.

Survey Methodology

* The referenced survey was conducted online by Zoomerang May 8-9, 2012, and presents findings from a sample of 528 women ages 26 – 65 who have children.

Comments

Total comments: 18
Lisa W
By Lisa W (Oct 9, 2012)

The nook version of woven does not group your photos. It just dumps them all together.

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Douglajl
By Douglajl (Jul 30, 2012)

Am I the only person out there who thinks its totally ridiculous that there isn't any of these photo apps out there that will do basic things like sort albums by numerical or alphabetical names? Or let you organize photos in a hierarchy?

I have 25,000 photos covering over 1000 people 1,205 folders and every app out there wants to lump them together making it very difficult to find one or two pictures on the go with my phone while talking to someone concerning said photos.

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tristanrenaud
By tristanrenaud (Jun 6, 2012)

Looks like Pictarine but with less features (seems to curate only your picture whereas pictarine intends to curate yours and yours friends pictures) and more mobile oriented. Whereas I am not even sure Pictarine has a mobile app (yes it is still possible in 2012 ;) ), their offer is much more social so far.

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BfSkinner
By BfSkinner (Jun 1, 2012)

Does Picasa still exist? Please tell me it does.
I unfortunately signed up for Google+, and it turned my easy Picasa photo storage/sharing into a confusing Facebook thingy.

Hopefully I can get back to the old fashion Picasa system.

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Gul Dukat
By Gul Dukat (Jun 2, 2012)

Errr... Google is our friend :)

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MrTaikitso
By MrTaikitso (Jun 2, 2012)

You are so right. Trying to find Picasa images (of which we had uploaded hundreds) is a nightmare. Google are sadly dumbing down. The name 'Google Play' for what was once the more mature 'Android Market' says enough really. That is what RIM did (PlayBook) and it didn't work out very well for them.

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Nerdlinger
By Nerdlinger (Jun 5, 2012)

Yes it exists. I too made the switch to Google+, and am soon to deactivate my Google+ account. Instead of the easy "share with anybody with an email" it has now become "share only with Google+ members"...long story short a bunch of BS. I hereby nominate that crap service as Google- because it truly sucks. They have NO hope of competing with FB.

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Nuno Pedrosa
By Nuno Pedrosa (Jun 11, 2012)

It can still go to picasaweb:

http://picasaweb.google.com

Google+ works above it, so when you upload your albuns, they are available under the more powerfull picasaweb platform. It took me a while to find it, though, since Google seems rather interested in pushing the Google+ interface. :/

The good news is that thanks to all this "fight", picasa provides unlimited free storage of photos up to 2048px. It's a nice size for a "free" backup.

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il_alexk
By il_alexk (Jun 1, 2012)

Just pictures was already mentioned in the Comments, however it is worth mentioning again and again :). It is simply the best viewer for photos from all photo-services, flickr, Faceook, Picassa, etc.

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Tom Z
By Tom Z (Jun 1, 2012)

I tried this new one, but I think I will stick with JustPictures.

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BRas
By BRas (Jun 1, 2012)

Floating Images for Android is also a really nice photo viewer, that can use multible sources (flickr, picassa, facebook, 500px.....).

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amangupta
By amangupta (Jun 1, 2012)

There is an Android app 'JustPictures!' which allows access a large number of photo services - and is not just a thumbnail viewer. The UI may not look very good, but its pretty good for showing your uploaded pictures to a friend anywhere.
(Just noticed that Tom has already mentioned it. Sorry for duplicate comment).

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feinschmecker
By feinschmecker (Jun 1, 2012)

Why doesn't it support DPR galleries? :)

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Tom Z
By Tom Z (Jun 1, 2012)

The JustPictures app has been doing this for a while. I will give this one a try also.

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raincoat
By raincoat (Jun 1, 2012)

A free app that you can give all your login IDs? Sign me up!

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FuzzTheKingOfTrees
By FuzzTheKingOfTrees (Jun 2, 2012)

@raincoat,

I'll hold my hands up and say I haven't actually tried these apps but I'm guessing that rather than giving them your password you grant them access to your account using the api. You can do this on a read only basis so the app just has access to view your photos.

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Tom Z
By Tom Z (Jun 3, 2012)

That's correct. Nobody sees your password. The JustPictures app just uses your login information to download the pictures into the phone. It is only sent to the respective services, ie. Picasa, Flickr, etc.

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reginalddwight
By reginalddwight (Jun 1, 2012)

Consolidating photos with one app so they can spam you even more. Hhhmm, alrighty then.

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Total comments: 18