Storehouse.co is both an iOS app and a web publishing platform for creating visual stories. I have used the app only for a short time and published a whopping four stories but I used it as a way to create my narrative before publishing my stories on this blog. Storehouse.co is to Instagram as Medium is to Tumblr. Every user gets a profile and my stories can remain private or I can publish them to my Storehouse.co profile page. Not only can I create photo journal type narratives but I could lose hours reading the wonderful photo adventures of the many users of the platform.
Tell stories with photos and videos. Whether you’re on the iPhone or iPad, creating stories has never been easier or more fun. Seamlessly combine photos, videos, and text into a beautiful story.
The app is the only way to upload video and images to a story. Once an account is created you create a story by uploading and laying out images, video and entering some descriptive text.
The app has a social media aspect to it. I linked Storehouse to my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts. Storehouse will then check if any of my followers of people I follow are using Storehouse. I can select whom I want to follow from that list or browse through the public feeds for interesting stories to read or people to follow.
Tapping the white circle brings up a story editor. I can import images and video from iOS photo library, Instagram, Flickr or Dropbox or shoot straight from the app. This is easier done on the iPhone. It’s difficult to keep the iPad steady while taking a photo.
Once images are imported I can add text or layout and re-size the images to my liking. The image editing interface is simple tap and drag. A blue outline around a selected images allows the user to crop or re-position the image. Storehouse supports up to 50 photos and videos per story but videos must be 30 seconds or less. I can pinch to zoom in and out or drag to pan the photo. The images are edited non-destructively. I can undo all my changes. Font are limited to Normal, Header, and Quote. The Quote font is the largest and is best used to make a piece of text standout. Once you have your story just the way you want it you can tap the publish button to push it out to the world.
Tapping the little house button brings you to the main feed. From here you can tap to read a story. It’s easy to show appreciation to your fellow Storehouse authors by posting a comment. Once you get to the end of a story, you can tap the call out icon to post a comment. There is button for reporting either the story or a rude comment. I’ve never used the re-blogging feature.
Although both apps contain the full feature set, the stories and photos are stunning on the larger screen of the iPad Air.