photo Stories

Your photos, videos, Live Photos and stories are the foundation of Timebox and everything we do is designed to help you have more fun with them. Add them to the new Active Photo Frames as photos, videos, Live Photos, Photo Stories (photos with text and captions) and slideshows. Have your friends see them when you invite them to visit your group galleries. The information below will help you find your way around and discover even more ways to enjoy your photos and stories.

What is a timebox Photo story?

A Photo Story in Timebox is a group of one or more photos, videos and Live Photos plus text and maps, typically from a particular date or range of dates. Photo Stories make it easy to arrange your photos, videos and Live Photos and add titles, captions, locations, tags and other text.

When you give Timebox permission to access your Photos, the powerful Timebox engine will organize your 1000s of photos, videos and Live Photos into daily Photo Stories and present them on the Grid and Map Timelines and Active Photo Frames in your Photo Library Gallery. Location pins will also appear on the globe.

The Photo Library Gallery

Explore the Photo Library Gallery. Tap the door to open it. Look around once you’re in by swiping left, right, up and down. As long as you gave Timebox permission to access your Photos, your Photo Stories will be presented on the Grid and Map Timelines and Active Photo Frames. Location pins will also appear on the globe. Tap one of the Timelines to:

  • Add as many of your own words as you want to each Photo Story including captions, titles, locations, dates and tags.

  • Customize any Photo Story by changing the order of the photos, hiding them (without deleting them), or adding photos from other Photo Stories.

  • Make new Photo Stories by selecting photos, videos and Live Photos from any date or Photo Story and combining them into a single new Photo Story.

  • Instantly search for any titles, text, tags or locations.

  • Make and share via Mail, Message and social media, stitched together movies that include individual or multiple Photo Stories - no editing necessary.

  • Print on your home printer.

  • Make and share PDF ebooks.

Timebox adds GPS location names to Photo Stories, but it also divides Photo Stories into sub-sections by location to support busy travel days when you go to multiple places in one day.

Timebox also properly handles time zones so photos are put in the correct day’s Photo Story, even when you’re traveling across the globe.

How do Active Photo frames work?

Active Photo Frames are the fun new way to play your Photo Stories as slideshows anywhere in your galleries. If you are in a group gallery you will need to have added Photo Stories to the gallery from your Photo Library Gallery or a Shared Album.

Tap the wall or the floor and the + button to see the frame options. Tap Add to add the one you want to your 3D scene then, tap the frame, then tap the Paintbrush. From there you can:

  • Choose or change the frame style and size. There are numerous frames and colors to chose from including a TV.

  • Select individual or multiple Photo Stories, Most recent story or Stories by dates & search to add to the frame and the following options:

    • Include titles, dates and captions

    • Include text blocks

    • Start playing automatically

    • Repeat (slideshow mode)

    • No cropping

    • Number of seconds per photo

  • Add Stories by dates and search:

    • Choose your beginning and ending dates to include Photo Stories from a range of dates.

    • Search to include Photo Stories containing only what is included in the search a name, place, #tag, holiday, etc.

Add as many frames as you like to your galleries.

How do I add Photo Stories to a group Gallery?

Tap the + then Stories from Photo Library from anywhere inside the group gallery:

  • Tap Select, then tap the checkbox of the Photo Stories you want to add. Tap Done when you’re finished. The Photo Stories will automatically be added to your gallery.

  • Tap the Bookshelf button to add Photo Stories from a Shared Album, choose the Album, then tap the checkbox of the Photo Stories you want to add. Tap Done when you’re finished. The Photo Stories will automatically be added to your gallery.

To add Photo Stories from your Photo Library Gallery while in a group gallery Timeline, tap the +, then tap the checkbox of the Photo Stories you want to add. Tap the Bookshelf button to add Photo Stories from Shared Albums. Tap Done when you’re finished.

You can also add Photo Stories directly from your Photo Library Gallery to any group gallery:

  • From either the Grid or the Map Timeline in your Photo Library Gallery, tap Select to select the Photo Stories you want to add, then tap Add To and choose the gallery you want to add them to or Make New Gallery.

How DO I ADD PHOTOS to a photo story? 

From the Photo Story, tap Edit, then tap the Camera at the bottom of the screen and choose your photo source, tap the photos you want to add and then tap Done. You can also copy/paste photos, videos and Live Photos from another Photo Story.

How do I move a photo or a bunch of photos from one photo story to another?

Tap Edit, tap Select, select the photos, then tap Move To and choose the new date. This will remove the photos from the original Photo Story and move them to the new date.

You can also tap Select, select the photos you want to copy, tap the Activity button in the lower right corner and then tap Copy to copy them to the iOS pasteboard. You can Paste them into an existing Photo Story by going to the Photo Story and tapping Paste. You can also create a new Photo Story by tapping the Compose button and then tapping Paste.

You can also tap and hold on a photo and choose Copy or Paste.

How do I copy, paste or share just 1 photo?

Tap and hold the photo, then choose Copy, Paste or Share

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HIDING AND REMOVING A PHOTO? 

When the photos are automatically added you can Hide them. Hidden photos will be at the end of your Photo Story and you can unhide them anytime. When you manually add photos you can Remove them. Timebox never deletes any photos from your Photo Library.

What is the number in the right hand corner of Some photo Stories on the Timeline?

The number is the total number of (unhidden) photos in the Photo Story.

How do I share the Photos in a photo story? 

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To share all the photos in a Photo Story, view the Photo Story, tap the Action button (up arrow in a box symbol) in the lower right, then choose your share method: Message, Mail, Save, Copy, Save to Files, etc. 

Make a sharable movie with individual Photo Stories or by selecting multiple Photo Stories. Tap the Action button, tap Make a Movie and then tap the Action button to share it.

To share specific photos in a story, while viewing a Photo Story, tap Select, then tap the checkbox of the desired photos or videos to select them, then tap the Action button.

In order to share via Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Flickr, Vimeo, etc. you will need to download the corresponding app from the App Store, launch the app and log in. Once you do that, the app icon will appear when you tap the Action button.

Note: due to a limitation in Dropbox, to save photos to Dropbox, you'll have to select one photo at a time.


DOES TIMEBOX Make a CopY of MY PHOTOS? 

Timebox does not make additional copies or use additional storage space on your device or iCloud for the Photo Stories in your Photo Library Gallery. Timebox only maintains links to the photo or video files in your Photo Library. The only exceptions are: (1) when you paste a photo from an app other than Photos (e.g., Safari, Mail) Timebox will save a copy, and (2) Timebox version 2 previously made copies of your photos and those copies are retained by current Timebox versions.

For the Photo Stories in group galleries Timebox does make a copy. This is required by iOS and iCloud in order to make the private photos, videos and Live Photos in your Photo Library visible to other people. This is also helpful because it ensures that the images that you share are the ones that will be visible to other people, unaffected by whether you subsequently edit or delete the photos from your Photo Library.

WHY ARE SOME PHOTOS BLURRY AND WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT? 

Photos can be temporarily blurry (actually the low resolution thumbnail) before they are downloaded from iCloud.

What are Live Photos and how do they work? 

Live Photos are really fun and Timebox movies are the perfect way to share them.

  • A Live Photo is a combination of up to a three-second video and a still photo that is taken automatically when you press the shutter button in the Camera app (iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X or XR) if Live Photos are turned on. It grabs up to 1.5 seconds of 960x720 video before and 1.5 seconds of video after you tap the shutter button.

  • Tap and hold anywhere on the photo and you will see the 2-3 second Live Photo with the moments just before and after it was taken.

  • When you Make a Movie in Timebox it will include Live Photos, still photos and videos. If you do not want a particular photo or video included you can hide it by editing the Photo Story and tapping the Hide button.

What are icloud Shared albums? 

iCloud Shared Albums are a feature of the iOS Photos app and you can view automatically created Photo Stories for the photos in any of your Shared Albums by going to the Albums Room in your Photo Library Gallery.

Note: While you can view and edit the Timebox Photo Stories created for iCloud Shared Albums, the Photo Stories are not visible to other people. To share the Photo Stories with other people tap the Photo Story or Photo Stories you want to share, tap Add To, then create a new group gallery or Add To an existing group gallery.

You can also tap the Activity button and share via Message, Mail or Social Media just like you would in your Photo Library Gallery.

    
Why is my photo missing the location info?

Not all photos have location info. For example, the GPS on your iPhone or iPad may not have been able to determine your location when you were taking the photo. Or maybe you may have Location Services turned off in your iOS Settings app, or the Photos app may have Location Services disabled (Never) in the Settings app.

You can add location information to a Photo Story anytime. Tap Edit, then add the location to the Location Name text block.

Why are some photos missing from my Timebox?

Usually this is because the photos were hidden or not part of your Photo Library. If you are using iCloud Photo Library or an iCloud Shared Photo Album, photos need to download to your iPhone or iPad before Timebox can access them. You may have to run the Photos app before you run Timebox, since the iCloud downloader gets started by the Photos app.

If I delete a photo in the Photos app will it also be deleted in Timebox? 

The photo will be deleted from any Photo Stories in your Photo Library Gallery. However, when you share a Photo Story to a group gallery, Timebox makes a copy of it, so it will not be deleted from any Photo Stories in your group galleries.

Why do I see gray or black squares? 

Because the photo has not been downloaded. If this persists Contact Us. 

How do I import photos from Facebook, Dropbox etc? 

Timebox does not import photos but accesses all your photos in your Photo Library (or Camera Roll).

Can I take photos or edit THem with apps besides the iOS Camera app?

Yes, any app like Camera+, ProCamera, VSCO or Snapseed that allows you to save your photos and videos to the Photo Library or Camera Roll will work with Timebox.


EDITING Photo stories

You can edit a Timebox Photo Story by tapping the Edit button in the upper right corner of a Photo Story while you're viewing it. When you are done editing the story, tap Done to save your changes or tap Cancel to not save your changes. (If you are viewing a Photo Story in a group gallery to which you only have view-only access, the Edit button will not be available.)

HOW DO I CHANGE THE DATE OF A STORY? 

Tap Edit, then tap the date, choose the new date, then tap Done.

HOW DO I MAKE A DATE RANGE FOR A Photo STORY?

Tap Edit, then tap Ends, choose the end date, then tap Done.

HOW DO I ADD A CAPTION TO A PHOTO OR VIDEO? 

Tap Edit, then tap to enter a caption in the space labeled Add caption in any photo.

HOW DO I ROTATE A PHOTO? 

Tap Edit, then tap the Rotate button (circular arrow symbol) in the upper left corner of the photo.

HOW DO I CHANGE THE ORDER OF PHOTOS IN A photo STORY? 

Tap the Thumbnail Mode button in the lower left. Hold the photo you want to move and drag it to it’s new position. Tap the Story Mode button in the lower left to go back to the Photo Story. Tap Done when you’re finished.

HOW DO I ADD TAGS TO A photo STORY? 

Tap Edit, then tap the Tag button on the bottom of the screen. You can enter a new tag or select ones you've used for other Photo Stories. You can then search for the tags.

HOW DO I ADD A NEW photo STORY? 

Tap the Compose button (paper & pencil symbol) in the lower right corner of the Timeline views.

HOW DO I DELETE A Photo sTORY? 

Tap Edit, the tap the Delete button (trash can symbol). This will delete your Photo Story but will not delete any photos from your Photo Library.

HOW DO I CHANGE A TITLE OR ADD TEXT TO A photo STORY? 

Tap Edit, then tap the field you want to change, then type your text.

HOW DO I ADD A NEW BLOCK OF TEXT TO A photo STORY?

Tap Edit, then tap and hold on a photo, then tap Add Text Block to add a new block of text after the photo.

HOW DO I USE BOLD, ITALIC OR UNDERLINE IN MY photo STORY TEXT?

Tap Edit, tap and hold to select the text in the text block, then tap the BIU from the menu. On the iPad, you can also tap the B, I or U on the upper right of the iPad's onscreen keyboard.

Note: you can only use bold, italic and underline in a text block in a Photo Story, not in the story title or photo captions.

HOW DO I SPLIT ONE photo STORY INTO TWO photo STORIES ON THE SAME DATE? 

Tap Edit, tap Select to select the photos you want to move to another Photo Story, tap Move To, do not change the date, tap Move, then tap Done.