Napa for iOS shares event photos with friends (and no one else)
At nearly every event, attendees are taking photos with their smartphones. After the images are captured, they may end up on a popular social networking site or maybe get circulated through email, but often the photos just stay on the photographer’s phone. The makers of the new iOS app Napa want to offer you an option for safely sharing your mobile photos with your fellow event attendees.
Napa — an acronym for “not another photo app”— allows users to share photos privately among friends instead of hosting them publically on a site like Instagram or Facebook.
When you open up Napa, you can browse all of your contacts and choose who can share an event with you by tapping the heart-shaped icon near their name. When you are both taking photos at the same time in the same place, Napa will share your photos to each other’s events page, creating a larger collection of images.
Napa still needs some work. I had it bug out on me a couple times while it was importing photos, but the developers are hard at work fixing the issues as they arise.
We had the chance to interview Napa founder and CEO Chris Lee via email about the app’s potential and direction yesterday, and, yes, an Android version is in the works.
Connect: The big question: Will there be an Android/Windows Phone 8 version of Napa?
Lee: Yes, we have a plan for supporting other mobile platforms. We received quite a few requests for developing an Android app already, and we very much would like to be on Android as we grow.
Connect: Will there be a way to export/share the photos in a particular event? (Say, the bride wants all the photos taken at her wedding.)
Lee: Good question! Right now, our users like us because photos on mobile devices can be shared with only real friends (via email and phone number). This is, by far, the biggest problem that we're solving for our users. That said, we also heard from the users that they would like to share with people not at the event. For example, my family and friends were in Washington D.C. for a few days. After the trip, everyone from the trip (fortunately all eight of us had an iPhone) automatically shared photos from the trip. Now, my parents want to see those photos, and this is a very common case. This is a feature high in our priority list, and we can absolutely make this happen for our users. One of the co-founders' wedding is coming up, so I'm sure he'll love to have that for his wedding.
Connect: Is there a website version so people can browse photos on a larger screen?
Lee: Not right now. We're focusing on mobile now.
Connect: I notice that the images are auto-cropped to be square. Will people be able to view the photos in full resolution?
Lee: Image processing is one of the areas that we spend a good amount of time on. Because we're on mobile, bandwidth is not cheap and speed is the king. So, in order to make a great experience, we process the images to be mobile-friendly. We're currently working on a feature that will provide "mobile friendly" full resolution photos, and this will be available in the next few updates.
Connect: Does Napa save images? I could see people using it as secondary storage.
Lee: Napa saves images in a secure place in the cloud. Unlike other cloud storage companies, we currently don't charge for storage.
Connect readers interested in trying Napa can contact the developers at email@example.com. The first 20 readers will get a free download code. If you miss out on the free code, you can download Napa for $.99 at the iOS App Store.
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