I’ve personally seen a lot of certain kinds of apps over my time as a technology writer. There’s to-do list apps, weather apps, calendar apps, and now I’m seeing more and more of photography-based journal apps. I used OSnap! last year to document my summer vacation and came across Dayli recently, both of which basically lets you capture over weeks, months, and years the slow-and-steady progress of something by photographing it after regular intervals. In this post, we’ll be discussing TimeShutter - another iOS app from the same genre that looks quite promising.
So, why did I document my last summer vacation? My first vacation was terribly unproductive; I spent way too much time playing games, watching movies, and not enough time writing, reading, travelling or just learning in general. In other words, I was doing a lot of lazy content consumption, but not as much active content creation.
This time however, I was able to get a good feel of my overall summer vacation activities through OSnap!, and that is what TimeShutter is for as well. In the app’s own official description, its purpose is “To capture changes over time”.
You can create albums to capture the progress of separate objects. It could be yourself over years, a new-born child’s rapid growth, the construction of your new house, or just about anything else that changes slowly over time.
To aid you in capturing similarly structured photos, TimeShutter uses ‘ghosting’ to overlay part of the first photo on top of new photo captures (seen below).
Once you feel you have completed an album, you can export it with Fast, Medium or Slow playback in the form of a video or GIF. Videos are recommended for longer albums, as GIFs can really explode in size quickly.
TimeShutter itself is free, but it is limited to two albums and thirty daily photos each. You need to make a $1.99 in-app purchase to remove these restrictions.
If you’d like to capture progress of something, TimeShutter should be at the top of your list of apps to try out before you settle on something. You’re going to be using this app a lot, so it better be good!
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