Save Precious Photos with Heirloom

Total Score:  29.5
Heirloom - LogoThe Heirloom app came along at just the right time for me.  I am pruning what I store and keep and planned to scan all my photos.  Yes, I have a scanner, but after testing Heirloom, it works much faster and as some reviewers noted, improves the quality of the photo.  I am completely sold on this app!

Price Rating = 5      Free.   What can I say, no cost and tons of functionality.

Ease of Use Rating = 5     It is as simple as taking a photo of your photo.

 Readability Rating = 5     Fonts are nice and large.

Will You Use It Rating = 5     It is so easy to use, you’ll find yourself searching for photos to capture.   

  Downsides Rating = 0     I haven’t found any downsides yet.

  Consumer Review Rating = 4.5     This app was introduced on November 10, 2014, and now has over 40 ratings.

 Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5     Most everyone has old photos sitting around in albums or boxes.   Turning them in to digital photos is a great idea – and the Heirloom app makes it simple.

How does it work? 

  1. Your first step is to sign up in the app.  You’ll find the sign up/sign on tabs on the opening screen.  You add your name, email address, create a user name and a password.  And, on this screen you will also find the terms of service and privacy policy, and when all the data is entered, be prompted to agree to them.
  2. To allow for scanning, you will need to give Heirloom access to your camera.  You can choose whether this storage is just for you, or if you want to let Heirloom access your contents.  I choose, for the moment, to skip that option.
  3. Set your photo on a table, ensure that you can see all the edges of the photo, and tap the red button.  An image will show up so you will know whether to retake the photo or save it.  Once you do it a couple of times you will get a feel for what you need to do.
  4. You can add your own comments by tapping on “additional info” at the bottom of the screen.  You can add a date, location, and a description that allows you to add any note.
  5. When you viewing “Moments” you can tap on the picture you just took and the “share” symbol at the bottom right.  That allows you to share with a group of people, create a URL to share with others, or save it to your camera roll.
  6. You can create Albums by tapping on the lines at the top left and then tapping on Albums.   You will see “New” at the top right and just tap that to name your Album.  To add photos to your album you tap the plus sign and then check off any photos you want to add.
  7. I didn’t test this, but you can add contacts to share your photos.   Tapping on the lines on the top left corner brings up the “Moments, Albums, Group or Capture” screen.  At the top left is an icon of a person with a plus sign.  You can add people using that functionality.

I am including one of my personal photos to show you how they can turn out.  This photo is of my Mom and Dad, probably around 1945, at the front gates of a horse farm. The app does, at least in my experience, improve the quality of the photo.  In some cases, it was remarkable.   The app is easy to use, and will allow you to hold on your precious memories. IMG_3104

Devices:  This app can be used on either the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.  It requires iOS 7.1 or later.  The App was developed by  Heirloom.  You can check out their video to see how easy it is.

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