Hands on: Linea is a collaborative photo aggregator with sleek style
In a household with multiple smartphones, it can be hard to keep track of all the photos from different events. "Email that to me" or "post that one Facebook," is fine, but what if you want to share multiple photos — even whole Camera Rolls — with one another privately?
A number of different apps exist for private photo sharing, but can one app rise above them all to become the Instagram of personal image aggregation? Linea hopes it can.
Linea made the news last week when it closed a $4 million seed round of investment for its image sharing iOS app. A co-founder of Linea spoke to TechCrunch about the funding, explaining the app's niche in the photo app market.
“That sort of one photo at a time is the problem with photo sharing," said Linea CEO and co-founder Rowland Hobbs. "We take so many more photos now and it forces us into this sort of data-management mode — if I’m going to take 10 pictures then I have to decide which one is the best one to put into an album to share with people. And what Linea does with the Mosaic is it get rid of those decisions and focus on viewing all your photos."
We decided to take Linea for a spin to see what all the fuss is about. Aside from being the name of one of my favorite espresso machines, Linea means "line" in Italian so it is fitting that the app starts by asking users to create a "Line" where it will then allow you to put your photos.
Linea's user interface is easy enough. Navigating through the uploading process is intuitive — you simply tap on the images you want to upload. If you want to put everything on Linea, there is a handy "select all" toggle. Once you have chosen your images, uploading is not the quickest. Even with a wi-fi connection, my photos were uploading at a snail's pace. Luckily, Linea will continue uploading when you press the hold button, notifying you when your upload is going to time out and stop, prompting you to reopen the app to continue.
When your photos are first added to the Line, Linea auto-crops them to fit its horizontally-scrolling grid. If you don't like the placement or cropping of the images in the Line, you can adjust it.
If you want your friends to get in on the action, you can invite them to join your Line. Once they have access, they can upload images to your Line and comment on photos as well. When you have uploaded your photos to Linea, they will be saved in high resolution and can be downloaded to your desktop via Linea's website.
Available without ads for free in the App Store, Linea's big moneymaker seems to be their printing service (though we're not sure how solid of a revenue stream that could be to justify a $4 million round of funding). At any time, you can opt to create a book out of your Line straight from your mobile device. Their 20-page books are $27 for hardcover and $7 for paperback before shipping.
The idea of Linea is great, but it's not quite ready to become my image sharing app. For one, it would need Android and Windows Phone 8 equivalents so my friends with different operating systems can join my Lines. Once it is available across all platforms, Linea could be the most fun your friends have in a line since the conga inexplicably started at your last birthday party.
Next, I would like to see more photo services to download photos from. It would be nice to put all my Instagram, Flickr, EyeEm and even Twitter photos into a Line. Until then, Linea is a decent photo aggregator and viewing platform that is great for an Apple-only pack of friends.
To test out Linea's horizontally-scrolling slide shows for yourself, download it for free from the iOS App Store.
Jun 14, 2016
Jun 13, 2016
Jun 10, 2016
Jun 9, 2016
|Sophisticated construction by the nature by Orchideon|
|After the Rain by Flor Tempra|
from Macro - Something Pink
|Asilah by Limburg|
from Cozy Corners
With card readers disappearing from MacBooks, USB-C card readers are now a necessity. Macworld's helpful guide compares five models and decodes the current mess of card speeds and certifications.
A Sony a7S II mounted on the outside of the ISS' Japanese Experiment Module (KIBO) for the last seven months has sent back some impressive 4K video and stills.
A Federal judge has refused to throw out a copyright case against controversial artist Richard Prince, who used an image by photographer Donald Graham in an exhibition.
Sony has teased its customers with news of an upcoming announcement: it will soon take the wraps off a new CineAlta motion picture camera, one sporting a 36x24mm sensor.
QuikStories is integrated into the latest version of the GoPro app and automatically creates 'stories' using the video clips you've shot during a day.
Journalists photographing a protest in the US Capitol building claim they were told by Capitol Police to delete photos and videos of arrests.
The Meizu Pro 7 Plus secondary display can be used for music playback, date and weather-related information, or as viewfinder when taking selfies with the rear cameras.
Nikon is marking its 100th anniversary in many ways, including the creation of a new scholarship program for 'future visual creators' in the USA and Canada.
Take one Digital ELPH (or IXUS), rotate it vertically, add a fully articulating LCD and a lens with a camcorder-like focal length, and what do you get? Why, the Canon PowerShot TX1, of course. In this week's Throwback Thursday we revisit Canon's one-of-a-kind hybrid stills/video camera.
Just in case there was any doubt in your mind, here's the definitive video proof that yes, a $50,000 cinema camera beats the pants off a $50 camcorder in a side-by-side test.
Photographers who fly frequently in the US may want to finally invest in that TSA Pre-check status: in standard security lines, cameras and all other electronics larger than a smartphone will need to be placed in a separate bin for screening.
Images have appeared which claim to show Nikon's forthcoming D850 DSLR, the development of which was announced this week. If genuine, the pictures indicate that the D850 will offer illuminated controls and a tilting LCD screen, but no built-in flash.
To celebrate the Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 lens' successful Kickstarter campaign, Lomography has announced a chrome-plated version of the lens in Nikon and Canon DSLR mounts.
Nikon just released four new firmware updates, adding features and fixing bugs in the D600, D610, D750 and the KeyMission 80.
It probably hasn't made your landscape photography bucket list just yet, but there's a good reason to visit Idaho. Here are 9 must-visit locations in this beautiful state.
Oops... Adobe accidentally leaked their unfinished Lightroom-powered cloud-based photo editor 'Project Nimbus' to some Creative Cloud users yesterday.
Storm chaser and award-winning photographer Mike Oblinski just released his latest time-lapse, and it is absolutely stunning.
Looking to level up your video capture capabilities without buying a whole new camera? Blackmagic's Video Assist 4K is well worth considering, despite a few flaws and its lack of 4K/60p support.
We're big fans of Fujifilm's fast-growing GFX system, and the GF 110mm F2 lens is no exception. Positioned as the system's classic portrait lens, its optics are just as impressive with non-human subjects as well.
Nikon turns 100 years old today, and the company is celebrating with a wacky music video, some tributes to its history, and a new vision presented by president Kazuo Ushida.
Phottix just released the Premio Parabolic Umbrellas series, replacing their Para-Pro line with a stronger, deeper and better made set of parabolic umbrellas.
The Moto Z2 is Motorola's first dual-camera smartphone and, compared to its predecessor, comes with a number of improvements and new camera features.
Researchers at Stanford have revealed a new '4D camera system' built for robots. The system is based on the same light field tech that allowed Lytro cameras to refocus images after they were taken.
If you want 'beautiful rendition' from your lenses, follow this simple rule: only buy classic low-element prime lenses with lead glass elements—everything else is junk.
In an interview with CNBC, Leica Chairman Andreas Kaufmann said he dreams of a 'true Leica phone,' and hinted at what's next for the Leica and Huawei partnership.
Wildlife and nature photographer Peter Mather tells the story behind this exceptional shot of a mama grizzly and her cub searching for salmon in Yukon, Canada.
Popular YouTube channel TastyTuts has put together this 33-video Beginner's Guide to Adobe Photoshop—a godsend for anybody who wants to learn Photoshop from scratch.
The long anticipated replacement for the popular Rode VideoMic Pro is almost ready for shipping. The price of the upgraded VideoMic Pro+ will be £290/$300 when it goes on sale in mid-August.
A new iOS app called Explorest wants to help you find new locations to shoot. It's limited to Singapore for now, but the app is packed full of useful location scouting features.
Nikon's D850 development announcement is extremely light on details, so we assembled a wish list of upgrades and features we'd love to see.