Storyline by Arcivr: audio slide show app

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There’s yet another app on the market, Storyline- by Arcivr. The app allows you to take up to 20 of your photos from, Instagram, Facebook, Dropbox, Twitter and your personal camera roll to make an audio slide show.

The app is simple to use, and pretty self-explanatory for the most part. First you pick a set of photos, then you can place them in the order you would like and lastly hit record and start talking.

Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 4.42.51 PMHowever, the biggest problem is that you have to keep talking. You can’t stop talking until you’ve scrolled through all of your photos. There is no way to stop recording and then start back up again from where you left off.

The app is also pretty minimal in its design. You can’t add music or effects to your photos.

I must have tried to create an audio slide show about five times and each time I either didn’t like the way it came out, or it was too boring because it didn’t have any nat sound or background music. Twice while I tried to create a story the app completely closed and I had to start from the beginning again, and by that point I just gave up.Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 4.42.59 PM

Storyline does have potential. As with any app, it is a work in progress and the company has to see what works and what doesn’t work.

Lets not forget Snapchat didn’t always have video. There’s still room for Storyline to make a name for itself in the app world.

For journalistic purposes I think it can be done for a story, but what would be a really compelling reason to use it? How would this app push the story forward and tell something other forms of media wouldn’t?

The only practical reason for a journalist to use this app would be in order to save time if they are on a tight deadline.Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 4.43.21 PM

It’s a fun app to play around with, but it has a ways to go.


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