Gifyyy 3.0 Release Notes – little green dot edition

October 16, 2018

Well, we haven’t been great at keeping this blog up-to-date, but I think it’s good that we start collecting changes and updates in one place, as the ones in the app-store release notes are quite hard to find.

We’re really pleased with this iOS update, and I’m excited to share the three main areas we’ve focussed on for improvement:

And a web account bonus:

As with any new release, we strongly advise that you update in advance of your next event and spend a few minutes getting comfortable with the changes ahead of your next event, and reach out at support@gifyyy.com if you get stuck.

Over the winter we’re putting a big effort into updating the user guide, so expect deeper dives on some of these features over coming months.

Networking

Say goodbye to venue wifi mysteries! Gifyyy now includes a network status indicator — a little dot in the top-right corner of the screen. If the dot is green, that means your app is connected to the Gifyyy servers. Grey means uncertain / network slow. Red means no connection at all.

Gifyyy also now synchronises events from your web account to your iPad, so if you have to switch to a backup iPad, you can bring your events with you. “Manage Events” within your iPad, and go to “from the web” to see a list of all the events in your Gifyyy web account.

If you don’t want an event to show up on your iPads, you can archive it from the web “events” screen.

You can “pin” events from the event page in your web account. Pinned events will always show up at the top of the list. We like this for demo events, or if we’re sending the booth out with an attendant and want to make sure they pick the right event.

Any event you’ve used or edited on your iPad will show up under “on this iPad”. If you want to clear this out and keep your iPad tidy, click through to that event, and hit “remove local data”

MP4 high-res “gifs”

Gifyyy now generates MP4 files as well as GIF files. These are much higher resolution than we could achieve with the GIF format, without blowing through way more data. Gifgo galleries, and instagram sharing assets are all generated at this higher resolution, so hopefully no more complaints about grainy or choppy instagram stories.

Be sure to create a couple of test events, and try things out for yourself. Remember, any event with fewer than 10 uploads is free, so go to town.

Edit details

Did your client change their mind about whether they wanted stills or not? Did your assistant spell the Bride’s name wrong? Have you ever wanted to try out Loopy Mode, but been too afraid to create a new event just for that?

You can now edit all the details for an event, right on the iPad. Head to “Manage events”, choose the event you want to edit working with, and click “edit details”.

When you’re done, you can hit “Shoot More” and away you go.

BONUS: Overlays!

We think overlays are really powerful, but we get a lot of questions about how to make them look the way you want. Gifyyy has a new overlay preview (John Travolta powered), so you can see exactly how your overlay will sit with your image before you commit. And we’ve included a bundle of blank overlay templates you can download right from the “Manage Overlay” section of the event page, in case you forget what size you need.

In fact we love overlays so much, we’ve added them to your studio page as well. If you set an overlay there, it will automatically be added to all of your new events as they are created. Make a branded banner, and make sure your images are instantly recognisable, even if you’re setting an event up in a hurry.

[NB. this feature update is in your web login]

A couple of little extras:

Shutter priority fallback

I’ve seen a couple of people use Shutter priority at evening events where there isn’t really enough light to make a decent exposure on the iPad camera at the shutter speed they’ve selected. Shutter priority mode uses auto-ISO to achieve the target exposure, and depending on which iPad you have, ISO maxes out at around 3000.

We have updated Shutter Priority modes so they now fall back to full auto, rather than under-exposing an image. I know this means a little bit less manual control, but I think it’s worth it to prevent whole galleries of super-dark gifs.

Still image count

Quite a few of you were vocal advocates for us simplifying our still workflow and moving to a single image. But some of you who were disappointed with that change. Well, now it’s a choice. And because now you can edit event details now, you can change your mind as many times as you like if you decide you prefer one image after all… or three… or one… no wait three was better… I dunno, maybe i’ll just switch to only loopy gifs.

Stay cool Gifyyyers

A new studio feature in preview

September 25, 2017

We are very busy here at Gifyyy HQ working on a significant overhaul of your studio, events, and event management areas. We know that as Gifyyy grows, and we add new functionality, we need to keep things organised and easy to use.

Along with that, sharing emails are going to get a lot more awesome, and there’s one little part we just couldn’t wait to release.

 

You now have an option to set an email address that we’ll send sharing emails from. This means anybody who receives a share email can just hit reply to get in touch with you, make an inquiry, and so on. Once you’ve set this up, no more emails from app@gifyyy.com!

 

 

 

Introducing Stats

August 23, 2017

Have you ever wondered how much traffic your galleries are getting? How about what proportion of visitors to your galleries use the sharing options?

We have. That’s why we’ve engineered a powerful, simple analytics system, right into the Gifyyy event management pages. Starting today, you’ll be able to view detailed numbers on page views, visitor count, and sharing engagement, right from within Gifyyy.

For any events created since August 21st, you’ll see a new statistic on the Manage Event page: “Page Views”.

Underneath that we’ve added a link that will let you view more detailed information, like how many people have interacted with the share buttons, and which sharing options are most popular.

Introducing gifgo

June 8, 2017

We are so excited to announce the launch of gifgo, a new lightning-fast gallery hosting platform, engineered from the ground-up to host gifyyy galleries.

Gifgo galleries are faster, more social, and open up new possibilities for branding. And because they run on a separate domain from Gifyyy.com, they will avoid confusion between your brands and ours. We call this Grey-Label. It’s not your own domain, but it’s also not ours: neutral territory, ripe to make your own.

What is gifgo?

Gifgo is a rocket ship for your gifs. It’s is a new gallery platform, built on the latest and greatest web technology. From first principles, it is built to be fast. And unlike the galleries on gifyyy.com, pages are rendered on the server, which means huge improvements for load-times and performance on mobile. And it means things like GIF previews in imessage will work.

Beyond just being fast, gifgo is a foundation for the future of Gifyyy. It’s extensible. It contains a framework for much richer branding possibilities — we’ll be taking full advantage of this in future platform updates that will give you much more fine-grained control over branding and gallery customisation. It also lays the groundwork for new gallery and media formats.

Gifgo also adds beta-support for platform-native facebook sharing. We’re still ironing kinks out here, but bear with us. It’s going to be so worth it. Some of our tests show playable gif previews on Facebook, others don’t. Working with GIFs on Facebook has always been a bit of an unpredictable venture, but we’re actively trying to work through this with the facebook developer portal. I’ll keep you posted.

Why did we build gifgo?

There are two headline reasons we built gifgo

1. We wanted to give you a gallery space that wasn’t connected to the Gifyyy brand.

2. We wanted our gallery experience to be faster and more nimble, especially on mobile devices.

We put a lot of time into branding Gifyyy, and we know you put a lot of time into branding your own Gifyyy-powered photobooth offerings. We don’t want our efforts to conflict with yours, or to leave your users confused as to who you are.

Gifgo uses an advanced content delivery network from Amazon’s AWS, and delivers galleries ready to go (unlike Gifyyy.com which creates galleries on-the-fly on your device). We’ve seen improved gallery loading times anywhere between two and fifteen times faster than Gifyyy.com galleries.

Gifgo is a blank slate. Right now we offer the same theme options as Gifyyy.com, but it’s built for growth. If any of you are interested in beta-testing custom gallery colours, hit me up.

What does gifgo do?

It’s purely an image delivery platform. Just the gallery sections of Gifyyy.com, but on steroids.

Gifgo is live today. Any events created today and going forwards will be delivered via gifgo. If you want to check out any of your existing galleries on gifgo, you’ll see a link in the manage page for that event.

What’s next for Gifyyy?

We’re working hard on our next iOS release

This is going to bring hybrid gif/still mode, and a bunch of performance and stability enhancements. We’re aiming to have that in the app store around the end of this month

Next on the web platform, we’ll be releasing more detailed branding and theme customisation, including getting your event logos into sharing emails.

Towards the end of the summer we’ll be launching an event reporting and analytics module.

Neutral themes, email update, bugfixes

May 23, 2017

Good morning all. Just a quick post to let you know I have rolled out a web platform update that addresses a couple of things.

This update adds light and dark neutral themes. You can choose these from your studio page. Neutral themes won’t show any blue or pink colouring on gallery pages. 

 

We have removed references to Gifyyy from instagram sharing emails, to avoid confusing your users.

This update also addresses an issue with overlays for Still Image events.

 

Three Little Web Platform Updates

May 8, 2017

We’re rolling out a few little web platform updates tonight:

  1. Gallery Locking
  2. A more aggressive email capture option
  3. Clearer layout for payments on the billing page

Gallery Locking

Some of you have mentioned that it would be useful to be able to lock galleries in some scenarios, for example if you are waiting for payments. Now you can! Locked galleries are totally locked down — visitors won’t be able to see any of the GIFs, either directly, or via the gallery page. If you visit the manage page for an event, you’ll see a button to toggle locking. If you wanna see it in action, fire up a test event and give it a go!

 

Email Capture

We’ve heard from a few of you that it would be useful to require an email before showing visitors their GIF. You can now set Gifyyy to do this: navigate to the manage page for an event, and select “Require For One Up” as the capture emails option. This will ask a first-time gallery visitor for an email before they are able to see the GIF they have sent themselves. Different email capture settings will work best with different crowds, so play around and see what works for you.

Billing Layout

We had some feedback that the subtotals on the billing page were confusing, so instead of calculating subtotals, we now show an itemized bill, with the cost for each event. We still show a total at the bottom.

We have also updated the layout for previous transactions, to show an itemized breakdown.

New Gifyyy accessories on pre-order

March 30, 2017

We’re excited to announce new accessories for the Gifyyy photo booth kit.  We have a new 12V dual-output battery pack featuring high power li-on cells and secondary USB charging, a business card holder to help promote show material during events, and a front plate that conceals the iPad.

The business card holder and front plates are on pre-order with an estimated shipping date of April 24th, 2017.

The battery packs are currently in stock.

Check out all of the Gifyyy kits and accessories at our store:  www.gifyyy.com/shop

 

Gifyyy photo booth accessories business card holder front plate

We’re at WPPI

March 7, 2016

Come see us in the marquee room, on the right hand side at booth 1750. We’ll make beautiful GIFs together. Or JIFs, if you’re into that kind of thing 😉

 

Mystic Seminars, Portland, OR

January 26, 2016
     Mystic Seminars.  What a special photography conference.  I’ve been to a lot of wedding photography conferences, workshops and seminars, and there is nothing quite like Mystic.  The quality of Speakers, Sponsors, and Attendees is like nowhere else.  And the location is like nowhere else.  Although Mystic Seminars started in the small town of Mystic, Connecticut, Walter moved it to Portland, Oregan, just one year ago because he has a deep love for this Pacific Northwest city.  And after spending a few days here with the Gifyyy crew and my own family, I could tell why.  Incredible coffee, honestly nice people, the only IPA in the world that I actually like, seriously amazing doughnuts (that’s a plug for you, Voodoo!), and good food around every corner – it doesn’t get much better than this.  The environment is a bonus, too.
     This was Gifyyy’s opening to the world, and I’m so grateful for everyone who was a part of it.
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     Highlights, briefly:  Getting lost on a rampant bus ride adventure (try to picture 3 yellow school busses trying to caravan through small city blocks, add voodoo doll, a bus driver who tried to simultaneously juggle 2 mobile phones and a GPS device, and 2 bus drivers in training,) watching Gifyyy come to live on a bus ride, an incredible line-up of speakers, and insightful conversation with incredible people until 3am each night.
     Being a vendor in the photography world is wild.  It’s not much different than being a photographer.  You have to be organized, listen to your gut, take risks, and put yourself out there.  The only difference for me?  Being a vendor has given me an effective way to give back, and for that reason I’m super excited to be a part of all this.  As a wedding photographer – mostly for reasons of self-esteem – I felt like my voice got lost in the photography world because there are just so many of them.  It’s a total lie.  I really just haven’t piped up to my fullest potential.  But that’s another story all-together.
     For now I just want to say thank you.  We’re so excited to be out on the court of life, especially in an industry full of such creative, mindful, and interesting people.
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     My name is Ben Chernivsky.  I’m currently a full-time wedding photographer.  I’m introducing myself because this is our first real blog post on the Gifyyy blog.  My friend David Miller and I created Gifyyy exactly a year ago.  I flew David to Chicago from his hometown of London so we could develop something together during the slow season.  We sat in the This Is Feeling studio and plugged away at a simple idea I had in my head.  I had only started one other business in my life.  David had never programmed something on the scale that Gifyyy would be.  But we said yes to something we both felt excited about.
     Fast forward 2 months.  It’s 1am and I’m walking around MGM Grand’s casino in Las Vegas ready to end the night, and I see a familiar face in the Lobby Bar.  I had never met him, but I had heard about him and seen his random updates on Facebook.  I knew who he was because he had a reputation for starting a photography conference called Mystic Seminars.  I walked right up to Walter Van Dussen and introduced myself.  We spoke for about an hour.  He was the first person at WPPI that I mentioned Gifyyy to.  Walter is the kind of guy you could tell anything to.  He has an open heart, and everything he says comes with a tone of “spectacular, spectacular!”  Walter seemed to like whatever this Gifyyy thing was all about, and so it was the first time I felt like we could give Gifyyy to the world.  After connecting on Facebook he left me with one simple statement: “Message me when you’re done with it.”
     So I did.  My first big goal was set, and that’s how Gifyyy ended up at Mystic Seminars this year.
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We’re at Mystic Seminars in PDX!

January 12, 2016

Come say hi! We’ll be on the trade-show floor. Come play with Gifyyy and ask us about how Gifyyy fits into a profitable creative wedding studio.

And we’ll see you at the bowling on Thursday!