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The video below explains how the TakeStory idea came to be and contains some useful tips.

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Mobile Application HowTos

How to make your first TakeStory
When you press the "Take" button from the Main Menu (or when you launch the application) you will be greeted with the TakeStory Camera. It allows you to use the camera of your device to take pictures of existing family photographs, or create stories "on the spot" by recording sounds of the surrounding environment while taking pictures.

Make sure that the object you are photographing is visible in the preview and in focus (tap the preview to focus the camera). When you are ready, press the "Take" button to take a picture.

Once you take a picture, you can record sound to it using the "microphone" button, or retake it using the red "trashcan" button. To save an image with (or without) audio, press the green "save" button.

Once something is added to your Story, the "play" button in the bottom right hand corner becomes green, and by pressing it, you can see how your Story is shaping up.


How to view your TakeStory
To view the Stories that you have created, press the "Album" button from the Main Menu of the TakeStory app.

Using the provided file browser, navigate to the Story you wish to view. (Note: Stories created with the TakeStory Camera are located in the "Camera" folder)

Once you select a Story, you will be greeting with this gallery, which gives you a quick look at what’s in the story and allows you to pick from which element you would like to start the Story. Tap an image to launch the TakeStory Player.

You can navigate thought the Story using the "arrow" buttons on the left and right sides of the screen, or by swiping left or right (Note: arrows move on to the next/previous image, swiping moves on to the next/previous element of the Story). You can pause/resume the Story by tapping the screen, long press to start the audio from the beginning, and press the back button on your device at any time to exit.


How to share your TakeStory
Stories can be shared from the TakeStory Player.

To share a Story, press the "Share" button in the top right-hand corner of the screen. This allows you to upload the Story to and share the link to your Story on Facebook, email, or how ever kelse you like.


How to use all of the features of the TakeStory camera

The top left hand corner allows you to control flash, add video to your Story, and switch cameras. The "home" button in the bottom left hand corner takes you to the Main Menu. You can zoom in and out using by pinch gestures.
If you press the "microphone" button before (instead of) the "take" button from the main screen of the camera, you can launch "burst mode". This allows you to take multiple picture in a row while recording one continuous audio file. Simply press the "take" button while the microphone is blinking to take a picture. To stop – press the "microphone" button once more.


How to use a 3rd party camera for your TakeStory

If you want to take a photograph with a different camera application and then record sound to it, press and hold the "Take" button. (Note: burst mode will not be available. This mode allows only one picture-one sound elements. Created elements will be added to the current session of the TakeStory camera.)


How to make a TakeStory from existing pictures

The "Compose" button allows you to create something similar to a narrated photo album. You can annotate old pictures one by one to create a viewing experience comparable to viewing a photo album with your friend or family. To start, press the "compose" button from the Main Menu of TakeStory.

Press the "Gallery" button in the dialog.

Enter a name for the Story you are planning on creating, or just leave the automatically generated name.

Select the first image you would like to annotate.

Using the "microphone" button, record something for this picture. Press "add" to add this picture with (or without) audio to your TakeStory. The Android gallery will appear, allowing you to pick the next image to annotate.
Press "finish" to finish your TakeStory.
The "rotate" button (top-center) allows you to rotate the image.


How to make a TakeStory from existing TakeStories

The "Compose" button also allows creating new Stories out of element of already existing Stories. To start, press the "compose" button from the Main Menu of TakeStory.

Press the "Album" button in the dialog.

Enter a name for the Story you are planning on creating, or just leave the automatically generated name.

Using the provided file browser, navigate to the Story you would like to borrow some elements from.

Upon selecting a Story, the TakeStory Player will be launched as usual, but with 3 additional buttons: "Select" – select the current element to copy to your new Story, "Browser" - returns to the file browser, and "Done" – finishes the new Story.


How to edit your TakeStory
TakeStories can be editing form the TakeStory Viewer.

The edit button in the top left-hand corner allows you to edit the currently displayed element or the entire Story.
Elements can be deleted, rerecorded (if one-photo-to-one-audio), and rotated.
Stories can be deleted, have addition elements added to them, renamed, moved to a Story Group (folder that allows organization of similarly themed Stories), duplicated, split (at the current position or in half), or archived (create a backup).


How to backup your TakeStories to computer or external storage
TakeStories can be archived from the TakeStory Viewer.

Press the "Edit" button in the top left-hand corner of the TakeStory Player -> Whole Story -> Create Archive.
When the archiving process finishes, you can select an app to backup the file to (ex. Dropbox). Alternatively, you can dismiss the dialog and copy the Story Archive (.stz) to your computer or external drive from the Device Storage/TakeStory/Archives folder.


How to use additional features of the TakeStory app

Additional features and options can be found in the settings menu, which can be accessed from the Main Menu or from the TakeStory Camera by pressing the "Menu" button of your device (or the 3-dots button).

Here you can change the size of the images that are saved by the TakeStory Camera, the quality of saved audio files (bitrate), and other options.


Upload all

At the end of a list of Stories in the file browser there is a button "Upload all". This allows you to upload all of the Stories in the current folder to the TakeStory server.


Tips for achieving great Stories, and other suggestions
1. Although most high-end phones have good built in microphones, a small microphone like the iRig from IK Multimedia or the Edutige EIM-001 can greatly improve the quality of your Stories.
2. The easiest way to view a Story on a big screen is to view it from our site. However, if you want to show a Story not using our site, using a Screen mirroring device such as Google’s Chomecast, Samsung’s All-Share Cast Hub, or HTC’s MediaLinkHD.

Web Site Usage

What is this site used for?
TakeStory site have several function. It is used to showcase the best TakeStories to promote the idea and to inspire people to create more interesting stories. It is also used as a platform of sharing the TakeStories - you upload the story to your account here and share the link to it with your friends. It is available for them to view here, day and night. For the registered users, it is also a place to store and manage various TakeStories, creating various editions by copying and modifying existing stories, adding descriptions, etc. Finally, it is used to build the TakeStory community by sharing ideas and opinions.

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