PastBook, a startup out of Amsterdam, is bringing its web-to-print photobook service to iOS. Because of some nifty AI integrations, it appears to be like and feels quite a bit like one thing Google would make. And that’s an excellent factor.
We’re closing in on a era who’ve grown in up in a world the place pictures is sort of solely a digital medium. However there’s no substitute for suave prints, household photograph albums, and the aesthetics of a bodily memoir of your private journey as both a shutterbug, topic, or each.
PastBook supplies dead-simple photobook options, which is cool, however what’s most attention-grabbing (to us right here at Neural) is the way in which the corporate makes use of AI.
Among the finest issues about proudly owning a contemporary iPhone is that they arrive with good cameras, AI, and software program. And this typically means individuals take photos of every thing. A few of us have tens of 1000’s of pictures on our gadgets – many we would by no means see once more if it weren’t for recollections apps and posting them to social media.
The PastBook app asks you for a date or location and it types by way of your pictures to search out what it considers one of the best. This includes figuring out duplicates and utilizing pc imaginative and prescient to find out which pictures you’re more likely to discover pleasing.
The large concept is to show sifting by way of a whole lot or 1000’s of photographs into an endeavor that takes lower than a minute however nonetheless ends in a photobook that appears prefer it was hand-curated.
In apply, this really works out fairly effectively. The app tends to pick high quality pictures and it creates compelling collages. And, when it doesn’t work out completely, it means that you can edit the photographs and alter collage layouts.
PastBook doesn’t have essentially the most strong interface. It’s pretty sparse on choices. That’s not a lot a criticism as it’s a head’s up. This service is designed so that virtually anybody who can use an iPhone can use it, so don’t count on photo-editing or something extra complicated than a couple of interface questions you’ll be able to reply with a thumbs up/down emoji.
And, on the finish of the day, this ‘free’ app is admittedly simply the UI for a photobook printing service. Meaning there’s nearly no purpose to put in the app in case you’re not considering ordering considered one of PastBook’s print merchandise.
On this case, we have been extra considering taking part in with the curation AI. Nevertheless it bears mentioning we didn’t evaluate any of the particular print merchandise.
The corporate presents a satisfaction assure and it seems to have overwhelmingly constructive evaluations on every platform its been on, so every thing seems on the up and up. However with any customized product comes the danger of dissatisfaction.