Timebox Photo circus 2D

If your iOS device does not meet the minimum requirements for the Timebox Photo Circus app you will see the 2D version and not the 3D/AR version.

The 2D version of Timebox provides the same privacy and collaboration features that the 3D/AR version provides so that you and your family and groups can PRIVATELY combine, organize, explore and enjoy all the photos and stories of the things you do together.

Just in case, anyone wanted to have the 2D only mode we made it possible to turn off the 3D/AR mode by going to iOS Settings, then Timebox and switching off 3D.

Photo scenes

When you give Timebox permission to access your photos, the powerful Timebox engine automatically creates long-lasting daily photo stories from your 1000s of full-fidelity photos, videos and Live Photos in your Photo Library and presents them on addicting grid and map timelines in your Photo Library scene. Simply scroll to see all your daily stories.

Each Timebox user starts with:

  • One private scene called Photo Library that contains scrollable timelines with all your daily photo stories (as long as you gave Timebox permission to access your Photos) and an Albums Room for your Shared Albums.

  • If you are logged into iCloud you also get one shared scene, to which you can privately invite family, friends, colleagues and clients to connect and collaborate with you.

The Timebox Scene Maker Unlimited subscription enables you to make an unlimited number of shared scenes. Timebox 2D users are not eligible for 3D models since they do not have 3D capability. Available as a monthly subscription $1.49 / month or $14.99 / year. Subscribe by tapping the Timebox icon in the upper left corner or by tapping the +.

To make a new shared scene tap the 2 Scenes button on the bottom of the screen, then tap the + left corner. Five templates are included to help you get started: Basic, Family, Travel, Team and Slideshow. Type your new Gallery Name.

Timelines

Shared scenes also include timelines. Easily add photo stories from your Photo Library scene to your shared scenes timelines:

  • 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 stories directly from your Photo Library scene to any shared scene:

    • From either the grid or the map timeline in your Photo Library scene, tap Select to select the photo stories you want to add, then tap Add To and choose the scene you want them added to or Make New Scene.

HOW CAN I SEE THE PHOTO STORIES IN ANOTHER scene FROM A TIMELINE?

Tap on the 2 Scenes button on the bottom of the screen to see the timelines in your other scenes. Tap the 2 Scenes button again to go back to where you were or to a different shared scene.

MAPS

We love maps and as long as you have location services turned on in Settings they will be part of your Timebox.

Timebox automatically creates maps in your photo stories from any of the GPS (Global Positioning System) locations that are in the photos, videos and Live Photos in your stories. This is great for travel especially if you go somewhere like Iceland where locations such as Þorvaldseyrarvegur, Rangárþing eystra, South Iceland, Iceland are impossible, for some people, to type. You can also manually add locations to your stories by typing in location names that Timebox can translate to GPS coordinates. 

When viewing a map in a photo story, you can tap on it and it will zoom to fill the screen. You can then tap and drag to pan around in the map and pinch to zoom in and out.

When you are in the grid timeline you can tap the Globe button in the lower left to switch to the map timeline. Tap the Thumbnail Mode button in the lower left to go back to the grid timeline.

HOW DO I CHANGE THE LOCATION AND MAP FOR A PHOTO STORY?

Each photo story has at least one location and location name associated with it. This "story location" is automatically set from the first photo in the story with a GPS location. You can edit or replace this location and its name by tapping Edit while viewing the story and then tapping the current location name or empty location field. 

When you type a location name, Timebox will progressively lookup the letters that you've typed to find a matching location or locations that it will display in a popup. If you tap on one of the displayed names, Timebox will be able to get the GPS coordinates for that location. 

When you finish changing the location name, tap Done to save your changes and then Timebox will display a map for the location. 

WHAT ARE STORY SECTIONS AND HOW DO I CHANGE THE LOCATION AND MAP IN THEM?

Timebox automatically organizes your the photos, videos and Live Photos in your photo stories by time and divides them into sections based on GPS location. Each section that Timebox creates has a location and location name as well as a blank text area in which you enter any text that you wish. Edit the location name in any section just like the story location name, described above. 

WHAT DO THE PINS IN A MAP REPRESENT?

The maps that Timebox displays in photo stories also include pins showing the specific places of your photos, videos and Live Photos. The maps for each additional section in a story include pins for all the preceding locations so you can see all the locations that you visited as you scroll your story. This lets you see where you’ve been on a trip or in a day.

HOW ARE MAPS SHOWN IN PRINTED STORIES?

When you Print your photo stories on your on own AirPrint printer or make a PDF, Timebox includes a map as the last page. The map includes a pin for each of the stories and any sections that contain locations with GPS coordinates.

HOW CAN I DISABLE ALL MAPS IN TIMEBOX?

If you would prefer that Timebox not automatically include maps anywhere in the interface or in things that you print, launch the iOS Settings app, scroll down and tap the Timebox section and tap on Hide Maps

Collaboration and sharing

With Timebox Photo Circus you can share and collaborate with friends, family, colleagues and clients. You decide what and how you want to share. You can:

  • Share just one photo, a photo story or a selection of stories, as a movie or PDF, via email, text and social media.

  • Make a shared scene. Add your photo stories from a trip and invite your fellow travelers to visit your scene and collaborate with you by adding their stories to yours. All your memories in one place.

  • Make PDF books and add them to Apple Books.

  • Invite people to visit your shared scene by tapping the People button (people silhouettes) in the upper right.

  • The people you invite will need to download the Timebox Photo Circus app. Then they will be able to join your shared scene, add their photo stories to yours and edit stories added by other people creating a long-lasting, private, collaborative gallery about something or someone you have in common.

  • The default is that the people you invite can make changes but you can change them to view only on a person-by-person basis.

  • Timebox is iOS only. People without iOS devices can view your scenes but not collaborate using thetimebox.coweb app.

  • Timebox always respects your privacy: Unlike many apps, none of the data in the Timebox app is ever retained by or visible to our company, Pepper Networks, LLC.

HOW DO I INVITE OTHER PEOPLE TO MY shared scene?

When you're in a shared scene, tap the People button (people silhouettes) in the upper left corner. Choose how you'd like to send your invitation: Message, Mail, etc. Then enter the names or addresses of the people that you'd like to invite. 

HOW DO I INVITE PEOPLE TO COLLABORATE WITH ME?

Shared scenes let you not only share but also collaborate on your stories with other people. When you invite people, the default sharing access is that they Can make changes. With that sharing access, the invited people can add their own stories and edit stories added by other people. They cannot delete your photo stories (or stories created by other people).

HOW DO I INVITE PEOPLE TO JUST VIEW MY shared scene?

By default, people you invite will be able to make changes (collaborate) with you on your shared scene. If you'd prefer that they have view-only access, before you send your invitation, tap the Share Options button and tap View only.

You can change the access of any invited person at any time by tapping on the People button and switching their access.

CAN I INVITE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT USE AN IPHONE OR IPAD?

Yes, the timebox.co web app enables people without an iOS device (e.g., Android, Windows) to view your shared scenes. However, the people you invite need to have an Apple ID, though anyone with a web browser can create an Apple ID here.

Just invite the non-iOS users via mail or text message as you would an iOS user. When a non-iOS user taps or clicks on the Timebox link in the mail or message, they will automatically open the timebox.co web page for your shared scene.

To see what your shared scene looks like in the timebox.co web app, switch to your scene in Timebox and then tap the Web button (globe symbol) in the upper right of the screen. This will launch Safari where you may have to login with your own Apple ID to view your shared scene.

Note: the timebox.co web app currently only supports viewing, not collaborating or adding to shared scenes - only the Timebox iOS app provides those features.

HOW DO I DELETE OR REMOVE A shared scene?

Tap on the 2 Scenes button and swipe the shared scene you want to remove and tap Delete. You must be the owner (creator) of the scene to remove it.

If you are the owner (creator) of the shared scene, this will permanently delete the scene and all of the photo stories that are in it. This will free the storage space on your own iPhone or iPad and in your iCloud account. The shared scene will also be removed from the Timebox of all invited people.

If you are not the owner of the scene, deleting it will just remove it from your own Timebox App. This will free the storage space used by the scene on your own iPhone and/or iPad and in your iCloud account.

Note: Deleting or removing a shared scene will only delete the copies of the photo stories in the scene - it will not delete or affect the original versions that are in your in your Photo Library scene.

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. 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 timelines in your Photo Library scene.

THE PHOTO LIBRARY GALLERY

Explore the Photo Library scene. As long as you gave Timebox permission to access your Photos, your stories will be presented on the grid and map timelines. Tap one of the timelines to:

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

  • Customize any story by changing the order of the photos, hiding them (without deleting them), or adding photos from other photo stories.

  • Make new stories by selecting photos, videos and Live Photos from any date or photo story and combining them into a single new story.

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

  • Make and share via Mail, Message and social media, stitched together slideshow videos that include individual or multiple stories - no editing necessary.

  • Print on your home printer.

  • Make and share PDFs.

Timebox adds GPS location names to photo stories, but it also divides 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 story, even when you’re traveling across the globe.

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 Action 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 story and tapping Paste. You can also create a new 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 story.

HOW DO I SHARE THE PHOTOS IN A PHOTO STORY? 

To share all the photos in a photo story, view the 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 slideshow video with individual photo stories or by selecting multiple stories. Tap the Action button, tap Make a Slideshow Video and then tap the Action button to share it.

To share specific photos in a story, while viewing a 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 scene. 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 shared scenes 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 slideshow videos 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 Slideshow Video 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 tapping the 2 Scenes button in your Photo Library scene.

Note: While you can view and edit the photo stories created for iCloud Shared Albums, the stories are not visible to other people. To share the photo stories with other people tap the story or Stories you want to share, tap Add To, then create a new shared scene or Add To an existing scene.

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

    
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 scene. However, when you share a story to a shared scene, Timebox makes a copy of it, so it will not be deleted from any stories in your shared scenes.

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 photo story by tapping the Edit button in the upper right corner of a 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 shared scene 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 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 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 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 story, tap Move To, do not change the date, tap Move, then tap Done.

SEARCH 

To search the photo stories in your scenes, tap the the Search button (magnifying glass symbol) in the upper right corner and search for tags, captions or any text in your scene. You'll also notice the convenient built-in searches "On This Day", "During This Week" and "New Unread". The built-in searches make it easy to find old and new stories.

If you’re doing a search in a scene, the search only searches in that scene.

Slideshow videos

WHAT IS A TIMEBOX slideshow video?

A Timebox slideshow video is made by stitching together one or more photo stories. If the videos or Live Photos that you include have sound, then the slideshow video will also have sound. 

HOW DO I MAKE A slideshow video?

Make a slideshow video with one photo story or select multiple stories by tapping Select and then tapping the checkbox of the stories you want to include. If you are viewing a single story, only that one story will be included. While viewing a single photo story you can also tap Select and then tap on specific photos and videos to include just selected ones in the slideshow video. Once you have decided what to include in your slideshow video tap the Action button and scroll until you see Make a Slideshow Video.

Make your slideshow video full screen by tapping the Full Screen button in the upper left. Change the number of seconds per photo with the seconds per photo slider. Share your slideshow video by tapping the Action button.

HOW DO I MAKE A slideshow video WITH MORE THAN ONE STORY?

Tap Select, then tap the checkbox of the photo stories you want to include, tap the Action button, then tap Make a Slideshow video.

HOW DO I SHARE OR SAVE A slideshow video?

When Timebox has finished making the slideshow video and you've previewed it, tap the Action button in the upper right corner of the screen and choose how you'd like to share the movie.

ARE THERE ANY SIZE LIMITS?

  • Instagram - 60 seconds.

  • iMessage - seems to handle fairly large videos.

  • WhatsApp - 16MB

CAN slideshow videos BE VIEWED ON ANDROID AND WINDOWS?

There are many versions of Android and Windows, Timebox slideshow videos are in H.264 format and should play on virtually all of them. Please let us know if you have a problem.

   
I SHARED A slideshow video VIA IMESSAGE AND SAW GREEN TEXT IS THIS A PROBLEM?

When you choose to share a slideshow video via iMessage, you can share very large movies (we don't know the limit)  with people who also use iMessage. However, if you want to share a slideshow video with a person who does not use iMessage (e.g., Android user), the name or phone number of the user will be displayed in green text instead of blue text and the size of the movie may be very limited.

WHY IS MY MOVIE BLACK?

When Timebox is unable to obtain a full-resolution photo from iCloud or your Photo Library, the video frames may be black or you will receive an error. Sometimes you can try again when you have a better Internet connection. If that still doesn't work and you're willing to eliminate the problem photo, you can hide or remove it from the photo story.

HOW DO I CHANGE THE PLAY TIME OF A slideshow video? 

Press and move the seconds per photo slider to your preferred time per image. Note that you cannot change the time for any videos (or Live Photos), since those are always included at their full length.

WHY WAS MY slideshow video NOT RECEIVED BY THE EMAIL RECIPIENT? 

Sometimes a slideshow video is not delivered by email because it is too large. Check the Sent box in your Mail app for the status. As an alternative you can try enabling MailDrop when sending or sharing via iMessage or Vimeo.

HOW LARGE (MB) CAN A MOVIE BE FOR SHARING? 

Slideshow videos should be under 25 MB to be handled by most email providers. MailDrop, iMessage or Vimeo are other choices for sharing large slideshow videos.

PRINTING

You can create a PDF from your Timebox stories and print it on your home printer, share it or have the PDF printed as a book by your choice of photo book printers. We’ve done some testing with Blurb.com and they appear to be a reasonable choice for hardcover (or softcover) book printing with Timebox.

HOW DO I PRINT PHOTO STORIES ON MY HOME PRINTER? 

  1. If you’re in a photo story and want to print it tap the Action button the lower right of the screen, then tap Print.

  2. To print multiple stories, tap Select, tap the photo stories to select them, tap the Action button, then tap Print.

MAKE A PDF

If you’d like to print a book, here are the steps to first make and save a PDF in Timebox:

  1. Launch the Timebox app and on the timeline view of your stories, tap Select and then tap the stories you’d like to include the in the book. Blurb requires a minimum of 22 pages in a book, so select multiple stories or stories with numerous photos.

  2. Tap the Action button in the lower right corner of the screen and then choose Make a PDF. That will give you a preview of the PDF as well as tell you how many pages it will contain. If it doesn’t look quite right, you can tap Cancel and edit the stories or choose other ones.

  3. When you’re satisfied with the PDF preview, tap the Action button in the upper right corner of the screen and choose Save to Files (or Save to Dropbox, etc.), and save the PDF file to one of your folders.

HOW DO I SHARE A PDF?

To share the PDF tap the Action button in the upper right corner of the Preview. Tap one of the Message, Mail, Copy to Books, etc. buttons to send the PDF to your friends or family or keep it for yourself.

UPLOAD TO BLURB

Here are the steps to upload your PDF to Blurb for book printing (if you saved your PDF above to iCloud Drive or Dropbox, you may want to do this part on a Mac or PC, since the Blurb web site is easier to use on a bigger screen):

  1. Tap this link, https://www.blurb.com/pdf-to-book#uploadpdf, then tap Upload PDF to start the upload procedure.

  2. You will be asked to log in or sign up for an account if you don’t already have one (when you first sign up, you get a 35% discount as of 7/10/19).

  3. On the PDF Upload page we recommend that you tap Cover & Pages in a Single File, which will automatically create covers using the first and last pages of the PDF. Then tap the Cover and Pages PDF button, then Browse to choose the PDF file you saved above.

  4. Choose the type of book you’d like: Magazine, Standard Portrait or Trade Book, the cover type, paper type, title, etc., then tap UPLOAD TO BLURB.

  5. You may get a warning about the PDF page size not exactly matching the Blurb page size specifications, but choose Attempt to Correct because Blurb will just fix the size automatically.

  6. Once your PDF is uploaded to your account on Blurb, you can choose to Preview then Order and/or Sell it (or Share, etc.).