Category Archives: Picture Sharing

Best Photo Storage and Sharing for Professional Photographers

If you’re a professional photographer, your pictures are both your lifeblood and the most expensive part of your business. Since the size of photos today can quickly fill up even large storage devices, you can easily spend thousands of dollars on external drives and other storage media. In addition to costing more money, managing all that external storage is time consuming and error prone. It’s easy to misplace an important photo just when a customer wants one in a hurry. Sharing photos with clients is also a problem, as it’s usually difficult to email more than one or two photos at a time.

As a professional, you need a backup plan for all your photos in the event of disaster, and making separate copies of everything you own and storing it in another location is costly and time consuming.

Wouldn’t you rather be spending more time with your clients rather than making backups of everything you own? And wouldn’t you rather be making more money off each photo instead of spending it on storage? Online storage and large file-sharing options such as Dropbox can help, but many of these plans lack the security required by professionals. As a professional photographer, you don’t want your photos splashed all over the Internet for everyone to see. To ensure the confidentiality of your clients, you need something more.

Let TappIn enter the picture! Tappin provides a secure and affordable alternative to Dropbox and other online solutions. With TappIn, you can upload all your photos to a secure environment that allows you to easily share large files with your customers for viewing, modification, and selection. mobile-photo-sharing.fwTappin also helps take care of your backup worries and can be part of an affordable and simple disaster recovery plan. In addition, if you need more storage, you can upgrade your plan instantly with a few mouse clicks instead of ordering new storage devices online and waiting for them to show up or wasting your time running to your local bricks and mortar store.

With all that TappIn has to offer, the best part is the price! In addition to being more efficient and effective, TappIn’s prices will be much lower than buying your own storage. The savings in both time and money will make your photography business more profitable and allow you to expand your business or upgrade your equipment. To get started on your savings or to get more information, visit Tappin.com for a FREE 30-Day TRIAL, or call us at 210 308-3267 today!

Best Software Tools for The Mobile Workforce

Many of today’s top professionals spend very little time in the office. The smartphone and the laptop have both made it easier than ever to take any job and make it mobile.  That’s what a lot of companies are doing to stay in front of their customers in a highly competitive marketplace.

When your business depends upon your mobile workforce “Road Warriors”, the information they have access to is just as important as a personal visit.  Who wants to be the Account Exec that delivers a presentation with an outdated pricing model? (Not me!)  There are lots of different ways to be sure your mobile workforce has the most up-to-date information, From phone calls to mail, great but time consuming, so we put together a list of some of the top software your business can use to keep your mobile workforce moving forward with the right information.

Here are some must-have software tools for the busy mobile pro:

1. iCloud
If you carry an apple tablet or phone, iCloud is pretty convenient as it puts everything you need right there in the cloud where you can get it whenever you need to.

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2. TappIn TappIn is really your best bet for accessing your files from anywhere in the world. It’s not really a cloud server, it’s more like a window into your home PC from anywhere you are. No sync, no upload info, just login and get what you need.

3. Cloud2Go 
Another good cloud app. Though not as powerful as iCloud or as direct as TappIn, Cloud2Go nevertheless receives positive reviews and will get the job done.

4. Google Drive
Google Drive is a tool that you can use for free with your Google account. Whether or not you like it as much as, say, TappIn, you probably have a client or partner who loves it, so learn it.

5. DropBox 
Think of DropBox like a self storage unit for your files. It’s not as easy and direct as some of the other apps listed here, but it has a good, straightforward interface.

6. SugarSync
The big upside with SugarSync is that it doesn’t put you through the annoying process of automatically syncing every single file on your cloud, which can be time consuming. You can select which files to sync and which to leave as they are. Very convenient.

Working on the road can be stressful, but these apps are sure to make any trip a little easier.

 

How to Share Photos Without Uploading Them Online

Sharing photos is becoming one of the most popular aspects of social media and the overall digital community. Within seconds after an image is posted online, it can become a viral hit that is shared with people around the world in virtually no time. However, not everyone wants to upload their photos online to share or view them. That’s where an app like TappIn comes in.

TappIn began as a private photo sharing solution. Creator Chris Hopen was looking for a way to privately, effectively, and securely share photos of his family with his in-laws. TappIn allows you to share pictures with whoever you choose without uploading those files anywhere online. With TappIn, you keep those photos on your device and grant people remote access to them.

So how do you share photos without uploading them online? It’s easy, and only takes 3 taps!

Tap 1: Open your TappIn mobile app.

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Tap 2: Select the My Pictures folder (or wherever you have pictures stored).

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Tap 3: Select the photo you wish to share.

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Tap 4: Once you’ve selected a photo, an email message will appear, insert the email address of the person you’d like to share the photo with and click Send. They will receive an email with a link to access your photo.

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And that’s it! Come back tomorrow and we’ll discuss how to share entire folders of data in just a few simple steps! To get started sharing photos without uploading them online, check out a 30 day FREE trial of TappIn Pro!

 

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5 Ways in Which TappIn Saves Even the Worst of Days!

Have you ever gotten to class and realized you’ve left your homework on your computer at home? Have you ever gotten home and realized that the documents you need to do work from home are trapped on your work computer? Have you ever wanted to share a video or pictures with grandparents without having that media broadcast online?

We live in a digital age now where a majority of correspondence, work, and entertainment takes place online. People use the internet to access a wide range of different digital content from work, to pictures, to music. Whether you’re a professional, a parent, or both, life gets busy, and having access to your own digital content is something you shouldn’t have to worry about.

TappIn turns your phone into a one-stop shop for all of your digital content, no matter where you have stored that content. Not sold yet? Consider these five stories in which TappIn’s remote access saved the day from being a horrible, no good, very bad one.

Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 1: Averted, thanks to photo sharing with TappIn!

Michelle was on her way to her best friend’s wedding. She had just pulled into the parking lot of the venue when she realized she’d forgotten her computer.  Her computer that had the slide show of the soon-to-be newlywed couple that was supposed to play before and after the ceremony.It had taken her a half an hour to drive to the venue; she had no time to go home and get her computer now.

On the verge of tears, and fearing she had ruined an important part of the ceremony, Michelle remembered that she had TappIn on her mobile.And unlike her computer, Michelle never left home without her phone.  Using TappIn, she was able to remotely access the photos she had saved on her home computer, because TappIn enables you to share photos no matter where you have saved them.

Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 2: Averted, thanks to Video Streaming with TappIn!

Frank had his final presentation for his video editing class in the morning. He had stayed up all night making the final edits to his short film and was trying to save it on something he could transport to class, since his PC was a desktop computer. Saving or sending the video anywhere other than his PC required purchasing expensive storage solutions. He was finally able to save it to a blank DVD, but the quality of the burned DVD was less than impressive.

That’s when Frank remembered he had TappIn. TappIn is the only video streaming solution that doesn’t require you to save, upload, or send your video anywhere other than where it is first created. And because you don’t have to upload the videos to view them, when Frank got to class all he had to do was connect his phone to the projector and as soon as he pressed Play, the video began.

Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 3: Averted, thanks to music streaming with TappIn!

Ben is a musician, and though everyone who heard him knew he was going places, he hadn’t yet made the connections he needed to quit his day job. He was dozing in and out of sleep on his daily morning bus ride home from the graveyard shift when he saw a famous local musician causing a stir outside of a Starbucks. At the next stop, he jumped off the bus and started running toward the frenzy.

Since it was early, the crowd was small and relatively calm and Ben was easily able to get the front of the group and ask the musician if he would listen to one of his songs.

“Do you have it on you?”A man standing next to him asked. Ben pulled out his phone and used TappIn to start streaming music, his own music.

The small crowd was encouraging and nodding their head to the beat, when the musician asked, “Do you have other songs?”

“Tons,” Ben replied with a smile, bringing up all of his songs on his phone.

Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 4: Averted, thanks to sending large files with TappIn!

Harry was in a rush to meet his newest clients, a large hotel chain that was interested in having him design the hotels for their two newest locations. In his excitement that morning, Harry hadn’t noticed that the email he tried to send himself, the email with all of the files he planned to present to his clients, hadn’t gone through because it had exceeded the file size limit.

He broke out in a cold sweat as he reached the clients’ offices and realized he didn’t have anything on him that he could present to them. All of his files were at home on his home computer. As he planned his apologies, he remembered he had TappIn.  Using TappIn, he could access any file of any size, making sending large files obsolete.

Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day 5: Averted, thanks to document access with TappIn!

Carlos was on his way to class after he had stayed up all night putting the final touches on his final thesis paper when he realized that he hadn’t sent himself the right document to print on campus. In his exhausted state, he had sent an older version of his final paper to himself instead of the updated one. He was about to turn around and start sprinting on tired legs back towards his house when he remembered he had TappIn.

Carlos hadn’t used TappIn that much. He’d downloaded it, played with it for a couple of days, and forgot about it. A couple of taps and seconds later Carlos was able to access the document (link to document access post that hasn’t been posted yet, but should be posted before this piece) he was looking for and send the latest version to himself so that he could print it out on campus.

Have you ever been in a scenario like one of the above? Tell us about a horrible, no good, very bad day that was saved with TappIn!

4 Online Photo Sharing Solutions For Private Picture Sharing

tappin-photo-sharingHave you ever had to wait for a large photo album to load onto your Facebook? Or have you ever tried to email a folder of pictures only to get a maximum-size-limit-reached error message? There are photo sharing websites, but with so many website security breaches lately, how safe can those be?

Photo Sharing Solutions:

1. Photobucket
With 55 million users, Photobucket is one of the most recognizable and most-used photo sharing options on the internet today. Photobucket also gives you sharing and integration options (that other photo sharing services don’t) for pushing your photos and videos onto social media channels like Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter.

Once you set up a free account, you can begin uploading your photos and videos – accounts are capable of holding thousands of pictures and videos at once (up to 1GB). A download option for a Java-based bulk uploader allows users to upload many pictures at once. However, Photobucket automatically downsizes those pictures to 800 pixels wide.

Photobucket doesn’t have the same capabilities as other online photo sharing solutions, but if you are looking for a really basic and free online photo saving and sharing option with decent privacy settings and that has been integrated with social media networks, then Photobucket is probably your best answer.

2. Flickr
Perhaps the most popular online photo sharing solution, Flickr has been around almost as long as Photobucket, but their qualities and capabilities are a bit different. If you already have a Yahoo account, you can sign into Flickr with your Yahoo I.D. and password and immediately you will be taken to your Flickr account.

Once you sign in to Flickr, you can start uploading pictures and videos to your account from your computer, phone, or other mobile device. Flickr also lets you organize your content with tags and locations as well as notes and comments. While you can share those pictures with Flickr’s online community, you absolutely can also set your account to private.

Flickr’s user friendly design allows people to navigate the site more easily, however, the size limit for a free account is 300MB per month and only 2 video uploads. Though Flickr has a smaller capacity for pictures and video, many users agree that Flickr is the better photo sharing option over Photobucket.

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3. Instagram
As we pointed out in a previous blog post, this is a really fun and easy-to-use free app. Instagram is a bit different from Photobucket and Flickr in that its primary purpose isn’t photo sharing, but photo editing. However, with a large community of users (like Photobucket and Flickr), Instagram has also become a popular photo sharing solution.

Like Photobucket and Flickr, Instagram allows you to post pictures directly onto your social media channels. However, it’s different from those services in that you can also take pictures using this app. Also, unlike other online photo sharing solutions, Instagram does not have a limit on the number of photos you can upload to it.

It’s also important to remember that Instagram started as a more social way of sharing photos, so if you want to share pictures privately, make sure you are choosing the best privacy settings when setting up your account.

4. TappIn
Unlike any of the above photo sharing options, TappIn grants access instead of providing storage space. With TappIn, all you have to do is give people access to the pictures, videos, and files you want to share with them and then they can use the mobile device of their choice for safe and secure mobile remote access to that shared data.

With TappIn, you don’t have to store any of your photos or information online. Instead, you can save that data directly onto your hard drive and give specific people access to the pictures you specifically would like to share with them.

No uploading, downloading, resizing needed. Your photos are right where you saved them, and, by letting you choose who gets access to them, you retain much more control. Also, with TappIn’s SSL encryption, users can feel at ease knowing that the information they are accessing is encrypted.

And those are our four recommendations for online photo sharing options! What do you think? Do you use any of these? Which one would you recommend?

How to TappIn to Your Dropbox Folder!

As I explained in the blog post 6 Reasons Why You Should Choose TappIn over Dropbox , Dropbox syncs content in a folder between the computer and their cloud storage facility. Since TappIn can see the file structure on your computer, we enable Dropbox users to access and share content in that folder located on the PC using virtually any mobile device.

Again, With TappIn you have one place for access and sharing without having to move your content all to one place – even if you are already a Dropbox user.

Here’s an example:

#1 I installed TappIn and Dropbox on my laptop.   I have opened a sample photo folder within Dropbox to show how the content looks.  Remember, using Dropbox I can only sync and access the content in my Dropbox folder.

#2 OK, now I am going to use TappIn from my iPad.  And show you how I can access the whole computer AND my Dropbox folder.

#3 After selecting the Dropbox folder, you can see that the identical file structure (including “Photos” with Boston City Flow, Costa Rican Frog and Pensive Parakeet) are accessible.

#4 Now that we can access this content, we can share it with someone.  Simply select the photo you want to share. The icons along the bottom (in order) allow you to share to a contact, text, directly to your Facebook account, email, print or open in another application.  For the purposes of this demonstration – we’ll email.

That’s the beauty of TappIn.  No matter where your content is located you only have to go to one place to access or share it.  So, get TappIn and get started!

TappIn vs. Instagram – Picture Sharing

Today, I downloaded the Instagram application on to my iPhone and iPad to test it against the capabilities of TappIn.   Here is what I found:

First off, let me say that these are really very different apps.

Instagram can best be described as a mini-Facebook picture sharing app.  Essentially, you can take pictures, do some interesting editing, create slide shows and share them with anyone that you are ‘following’ or that is ‘following you’ as well as anyone on the ‘public network’.  Like Facebook, you can comment, “like” or share the photos with others in your network.

TappIn is a much different concept.  We are not building a social network. We have created a platform for access and sharing of digital content between a broad range of computing and mobile devices.  The TappIn service manages a much broader range of content and wider range of technologies.

Pricing

Instagram is a free app that was designed to build subscribers not revenue.  Instagram instead makes revenue from advertisements they run in their app.

The Instagram app was designed as a social networking app not a digital content access service.  Instagram makes sense in the context of Facebook as it connects individuals based on their pictures and gives cool tools to make the sharing more interesting (editing, slideshows, etc.).

Managed Content

For photos and videos, Instagram has some cool photo editing tools.  Instagram also gives its users the ability to comment on friends’ content, ‘like’ their friends’ content etc.  Instagram is much more of a social networking app than a broad digital content sharing app.

TappIn supports a much broader range of content than just pictures.  TappIn streams music, gives access to documents and virtually any digital content available on any mobile device.

TappIn will also drive many more connections as we add connectors for cloud storage, users through NAS and disk storage providers as well as other SaaS applications that have digital content valuable to access and share.

Keeping You Updated

Another valuable setting is ‘Push Notifications’.  Instagram will notify you when someone you are following posts a new photo.

The TappIn version of this would be auto-notification when someone updated a folder or added/removed content.  Again, this is a feature we have on our list as a future update.

Platform Support

Instagram is essentially an Apple based app.  It’s implemented for Mac and iOS platforms (Android came out April 2nd).

The TappIn app is far more broad supporting Windows, MAC, and Linux as desktop/laptop platforms and iOS, Android and Windows 7.5+ for mobile platforms.

I have also put some screen shots together of the aesthetic and user-interface differences between TappIn and Instagram:

The Homepage

The homepage for Instagram displays pictures that are from people in your network.  These photos are displayed in chronological order.  And with this running display, users can ‘comment’, ‘like’ etc., on their friends and other people in their networks’ photos.

Unlike TappIn, there is no concept for grouping these into folders, grouping by type, thumbnails for high resolution, or authenticated sharing … the focus of this app is both taking/editing photos as well as unrestricted sharing of photos to a network of personal connections or the network at large.

Creating Your Profile

 

Instagram has its users create profiles.  The profile serves much like a dashboard for the app, allowing the user to control their content in that app from one place.

In the middle of this screen, you will see ‘Photos’.  This is more of a dashboard for who? What? And how many? (Obviously, I did not take a lot of time to upload photos or connect with more than one contact).

TappIn does not quite have this ‘dashboard-like feature’, but it’s a part of our future designs.

Growing Your Network by Finding People to Share With

In order to ‘find friends’ to put in your network, Instagram will search your Twitter, Facebook or let you search their network for a specific user name. To ‘invite friends’ it will bring up your contact list on your mobile device and allow you to select people to invite.

TappIn inherits contacts from your contact list and email, but we do not have a smooth integration with social networks.

Because Instagram is more of a social media app, the profile also allows users to build a web presence for those users who are using the app to expand their online network.  Here is a screen shot of Instagram’s “Popular” page in which the most viewed photos on the Instagram public network are placed in a continuously running display:

While we have discussed the concept, we did not go in the direction of creating an ‘alternate network’.  Hmmmm…$1B for this company…maybe next time.

 

– Doug Wheeler