Store your holiday keepsakes

Store your holiday keepsakes

PHYSICAL ARCHIVE

When it comes to saving boarding passes, museum tickets and special keepsakes, it is hard to beat the old-fashioned scrapbook. But scrapbooks have fallen by the wayside.

American company Artifact Uprising hopes to change this by turning digital archives into physical heirlooms.

The printing company has online templates for products such as coffeetable books, wall calendars, thank-you notes and postcards.

Users select a product and upload photos from their phone, digital camera and even their Instagram account, which are then laid out according to their desired design. When crafting a coffeetable book, for example, users choose the framing, layout and order of each photo. They can add captions and titles, and even choose the fabric of the cover.

The process is straightforward, and the sleek product will be delivered to you within three weeks.

Production takes from two to eight business days, plus five to eight business days for shipping with Fedex.

Prices range from US$22 (S$29) for a set of prints to US$139 (S$187) for a 150-page hardcover coffeetable book, excluding shipping. For more information, go to www.artifactuprising.com.

DIGITAL JOURNALS

It is no secret that data companies and apps can track a person's location via his mobile device as he moves around the world.

Some apps such as Journi, Traveler and the Google+ photos programme use this to the traveller's advantage.

Journi is an iPhone app which helps users create daily journals of their trips. When embarking on a holiday, simply enter the destination into the app's digital passport. Once the app registers the phone's global positioning system in the destination, it starts logging the trip.

Vacationers take photos, make notes and add captions to their journal as they go about their day, tagging their posts with labels such as "activity", "nightlife" and "worth seeing", so they and others can easily search the entries.

The posts are geotagged and displayed on a map beside the entries, so travellers can find their way back to their favourite spots. The app works offline so this saves on data bills. All posts are uploaded once you are in a WiFi zone. However, this app is not available for Android phones.

Like Journi, Traveler lets you post photos and notes, and place geotags at spots you want to remember.

The Android-friendly app also allows one to add audio notes and, for Samsung Galaxy Note devices, it includes a digital sketchbook component for use with the S pen. Both apps are great for logging trips on the go, rather than at the end of an exhausting day.

But for a really hands-off approach to digital memory-keeping, try Google+ stories, an extension of Google+ photos programme.

First, you have to select to have the photos on your mobile device or computer automatically backed up to Google Drive.

Using algorithms, Google+ photos will select your best photos and videos and arrange them in a timeline to show the highlights of a trip or special event.

The programme will also auto- enhance pictures and, when there is a burst of photos of one subject, turn them into a photo animation, all of which will be displayed on the timeline, which is organised chronologically by day and by location.

The stories are created automatically when Google+ notices heightened activity or that you have travelled overseas. Users are notified of new stories via e-mail and they can then edit the stories by adding titles and captions, while photos can be added or deleted, before sharing the story publicly or emailing it to contact lists.

The programme works for Android, iOS and computers, but has trouble creating stories for photos without a geotag.

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