If you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, add the free Blurb Mobile app and you’ve got a quick and easy way to capture and share any special moment as a delightful multimedia storybook. Grab some photos and a video clip or two using your device’s camera, then pop them into the Blurb mobile app, add some captions and even audio clips recorded using the app. You can rearrange, resize and style your story in a matter of minutes then publish it (requires Internet connection) to your profile at Blurb. Your stories can also be shared on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or by email.
Don’t think you’re confined to just photos, videos and audio clips. In my Sketches story I took several digital sketches I’d created on my iPad, used the Photogene app to add titles to one of them, and created a simple art gallery to show them off. Just about anything you can get into your photo library can be included in a Blurb Mobile story.
Once published, your story can be viewed online at Blurb. You have the option of making it a public or private story. People viewing your story can comment on it and share it with others.
You can also show off your stories right on your device. Here you see the catalog of stories created on my iPad. Note that your stories are not synched across devices and your online catalog. A story can be viewed on the device but not published online.
On my iPad, there are two viewing options. Tap the finger icon at the top right side of the screen to manually move through the story. Tap the tv icon to view it as a movie. While the iPhone/iTouch devices are much easier for capturing photos and videos, it’s hard to beat the iPad to view your stories.
Blurb Mobile is a great way to quickly share the fun of a live event – wedding, graduation, baby’s first words or steps – with those who can’t be there. Using the iPhone or a 3G iPad, you can upload them or email them right on the spot. It can also be used creatively to tell stories of your ancestors using scanned images and documents.
Although the app is free, a 99¢ in-app purchase extends the limits on photos, videos and audio that can be included in any story and provides additional themes. Give it a test drive and see if there’s a place for Blurb Mobile in your storytelling toolbox.