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 email@example.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.
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”
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.
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.
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]
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’re rolling out a few little web platform updates tonight:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 😉
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!