PastBook for iPhone launches today – photo albums with friends on the go
The company introduces its iPhone app allowing users to privately collect photos with friends from anywhere and create, share and print photo albums in seconds.
24 APRIL 2014, AMSTERDAM
SummaryPastBook launches today its iPhone app, enabling users to privately collect, save, and revive memories from their social networks and friends on the go. Each photo album (called “PastBook”) will be available online, through the app or on any browser, offline as an e-book or as a keepsake printed book, shipped worldwide for free. Users will be able to create personal and collaborative photo-books in a matter of seconds: photos can be added in a snap from the camera roll and Facebook, and relatives and friends can get invited to add their ones (with or without the app). More social networks are integrated in the web version and will be available in the app soon.
The company has launched today its first iOS app, giving users the ability to collect, save and enjoy photographic memories with their friends and relatives in a snap. Every photo album created is a “PastBook” and can be accessed from any device and at anytime, on-line and off-line.
After the successful launch of the “Collaborative photo-book” web platform, last November – with the focus on solving the fragmentation of memories between people – PastBook decided to create an even simpler and more powerful mobile tool to enable users to do that on the go, allowing them to save and collect worthy images anytime, from everyone and in one place. And while the web version is mobile friendly (responsive) and accessible through all mobile devices, PastBook wanted to provide a native and tailor-made experience to facilitate the collaboration between people, allowing them to take and upload photos on the go.
With the PastBook app users can create an album in a snap, adding photos from their camera roll and Facebook library. (Instagram, Flickr, Picasa, Google Drive, Dropbox, Gmail, SkyDrive, Evernote, Box and more sources are available on the web-version and will be integrated on the app in the coming releases).
Users can then invite relatives and friends to add photos to their album as well, by sending a private link via text message, email, twitter or Facebook or simply by showing a unique QR-code that can be scanned directly through the app.
All the photos collected are immediately available on mobile and web and can be turned into beautifully designed photo albums in one tap. These can be ordered for print or downloaded as an e-book for free.
The app can be used for all sorts of life events and occasions; photo albums can be created on the go for weddings, parties, concerts, corporate events and other social happenings where all the guests can easily upload their photos before, during and after the event to eventually provide their own perspective of it. The app also works perfectly to create a photo album as birthday gift, as a souvenir for a holiday trip or as a school yearbook where friends can team up to collect their photos and have a keepsake present. Besides, the app can also be used to commemorate the life of a lost one by letting people recollect photos to create an on-line tribute and memorial book.
Top PastBook features:
- Collect unlimited photos from friends, privately – via a unique secret link or a QR-Code.
- Import photos from the camera-roll or Facebook.
- Import photos from Instagram, Picasa, Flickr, Dropbox and more (web-only, soon available on the app as well).
- Synced mobile and web experience: start from your phone; continue on your desktop – and vice versa.
- Private and sharable photo albums with unique links.
- Automatically designed photo-album, printed and shipped worldwide.
- Downloadable e-book version (PDF).
- Available on any device: iPhone app, web and any mobile browser.
Printed photo albums can be ordered in a snap from web and mobile: price starts at 19$ (13,9 €) for a 24-page book, up to 500 pages (1000 photos) at just 92$ (69,90 €). All prices include free worldwide shipping.
The app is also available as one of the business solutions that PastBook offers to companies in white-labels.
“We have been experimenting with different ways of approaching new users and exploring means for everyone to collect memories from photos shared or saved on-line,” notes Stefano Cutello, CEO of PastBook. “The success of the web solution we launched in November validated this direction. The app we’re releasing today, hooks directly into that unique proposition: to privately collect life's moments on the go, from every perspective, connecting all the tools people are already using to save their own photos – to create a shared experience that can last forever, privately, on-line and off-line.”
About the company
Started in Milan, Italy in 2011 as an extra-time project, PastBook moved to Amsterdam in March 2012 after being selected by Rockstart Accelerator as one of top 10 startups among hundreds of applicants from around the world.
PastBook is on a mission to help people relive memories that are nowadays scattered between social networks, friends and devices by allowing them to create beautiful and shareable photo albums in seconds.
Their independent platform enables users to easily create photo album, from different social media sources and build private, personal and collaborative photo albums in a snap. Photo albums can be viewed and shared online or printed into a beautifully bound book.
Its technology is also available for business in white-label or through RESTful API integration.
About the founder
Stefano Cutello – CEO
Former technical leader and scrum master at eBay Italy and entrepreneur since the age of 18, he came up with the idea of creating PastBook when browsing through a family photo album with his father. Having realized that he would not be able to recollect his own memories saved all over the Internet so easily, he decided to provide a platform for that.
In order to fully commit to the idea, he quit his job at eBay, relocated to Amsterdam, while having put all of his property in Italy for sale: a car, a motorbike and a house.
Agile by definition, passionate about everything that has to do with technology, lateral thinker and an innate product developer. His motto: "hard work is the way to success".