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Backspaces

Discussion in 'App Reviews' started by Hipstamatic Combo Compare, 13 January 2013.

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If you have tried Backspaces, what did you think of it?

Poll closed 13 January 2013.
  1. Really liked it. I no longer use Instagram (or other preferred image sharing app)

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  2. Really liked it. WIll use in conjunction with Instagram (or other)

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  3. I liked it, but won't use it regularly

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  4. I did not like it and don't see it becoming very successful

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  1. Hipstamatic Combo Compare

    Hipstamatic Combo Compare Too Cheeky Combo...

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    Created by three Istagram refugees, Backspaces is an alternative way to share your photos in a similar way. The premise of the app is that you are sharing "stories" - combining words and pictures in posts which are more like blogs. On Instagram (@timitee) I always grouped my pictures into themic sets using the same Hipstamatic combos. I have also noticed that many Instagram users like to include text in the form of quotes or poems. Other have posted a series of photos - like the 24 hour challenge - or a visit to some abandoned building. In Instagram there is no way to group to your sets together - except by tags. Also post in these sets get buried at the bottom of your stream.

    Backspaces offers a solution to this, because you can collect all your photos together in sets - combine text and titles to enhance the images. Effectively you can easily create a narrative.

    The App itself is a joy to use. It is very simple to create a new post, and to import a set of photos from your roll. The App includes Instagram-like filters you can use. When you are editing you can easily GEO tag your images. This is done in 2 steps -

    1. Specify a location by selecting it from a map (remove existing locations too)
    2. Select the name of location based on existing texts. I didn't see a way of writing your own though.
    You can add a title to the image. I didn't like this feature because the label is placed over the top of the image, bottom left, and obscures it somewhat. I would hope future versions allow you to specify its position.

    Instead I add a title as a separate text blob. These are very easily added, each supporting up to 1000 characters. If the text blob only contains a few characters it is automatically resized as a heading. You can add as many of these text blobs as you want.

    Your story is rendered top to bottom. Reordering the images and text objects is very easy. Simply press and hold until the objects "wiggle" then drag and drop them in place.

    Once you have previewed the story you can simply post it. Posts appear in your stream, or public "Recents" streams, or the news feed of your followers, as single rectangular tiles - incorporating your story title placed under a crop of its first image. People can easily click on your tile, view your story, like, comment or follow you from here.

    It's a simple execution of a neat idea. Nothing revolutionary; but people who like to posting groups or sets of pictures in an Instagram-like way, will like this application.

    I should emphasise I have no stake in this company - I was simply invited there by one of my followers on IG who knew my work - and bring it up on this forum as a way to contribute. The three founders of the App are very friendly and also take time to welcome newcomers and regularly visit and comment on everyone's work. Good marketing sure, but polite and encouraging too. They deserve some success from this interesting alternative to the noisy and increasingly Facebook-like world of Instagram.

    http://www.backspac.es/timitee
     
  2. richardcb

    richardcb All Bronzed up! Site Staff

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    Thanks Tim - I hope the developers of this app enjoy your review. BTW, I've disabled your poll as our talented members usually like to add their own comments to any reviews here.
     
  3. peacewogs

    peacewogs The People's Choice...

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    I am liking it, not real active on it but its nice to be able to tell a story with pics ! I think its going to be nice to have a theme based group of photos in one 'story' too!

    i am peacewogs on there also .. anyone else using it ?
     
  4. richardcb

    richardcb All Bronzed up! Site Staff

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    I'm on Backspaces too, Sylvia, though I haven't created anything yet. It's not the first story-creation app (Storie, Blurb Mobile) but it does it in good-looking way.

    I've added you (I'm richcb). Like the story about the geese. :D
     
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    peacewogs The People's Choice...

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    thanks richard ! added you back.. still wanting to create more stories there.. !
     
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    I like the app and the concept. Good to make images+texts stories.
     
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  7. sheescobar

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    I like this app a lot. I haven't been active that much but I like the concept of photos + storytelling. And it just got an update (no crop now available!). They did improve on the camera too :)
     
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    I'm over there and enjoying it!
     
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  9. richardcb

    richardcb All Bronzed up! Site Staff

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    Looks like we've got a little Backspaces community forming here. :)
     
  10. Gennifer

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    Do we know if Backspaces has "rights" to pictures? Or are the posters the sole owners?

    This makes or breaks any photo sharing app for me..I am an Instagram refugee
     
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  11. richardcb

    richardcb All Bronzed up! Site Staff

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    Backspaces seems pretty upfront and fair about this, Gennifer. Check out their terms here.
     
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    Great! thanks for the resource Richard!
     
  13. Robert Lancaster

    Robert Lancaster Searching for Groovy! Site Staff

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    Sounds interesting ... downloading as I type ...
     
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    richardcb All Bronzed up! Site Staff

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    If you're stuck for story ideas or need inspiration click on the Topics button.
     
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  15. lisamjw

    lisamjw Pretty & Sneaky... Site Staff

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    I've downloaded it and looked at it. I just haven't had time to post anything.
     
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    Don't be shy -and post...- (!)
     
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    :)
     
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    Downloaded :lol: how can I find you all?
    Richard, found you!

    Oh and I'm Gennifer!
     
  19. richardcb

    richardcb All Bronzed up! Site Staff

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    Likewise, Gennifer. :D
     
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    I'm with She. Not as active as I want to be. I dig the concept and community there.


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    Great review! I like this app a ton!


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    peacewogs The People's Choice...

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    i am peacewogs there too

    lookin for you guys now!
     
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    Found you! Anyone else want to connect? I'm @joe_montoya


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  25. Lzed

    Lzed The AppFinder...

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    I found peacewogs so I am following him now. I am also lzed over there, I will go and find and follow you. Gennifer is also on it. I still haven't posted anything but I have looked around a bit.
     

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