The Narrative Community is growing fast and we’re happy to see more and more people gaining value from documenting the things important to them, be it every day use or special occasions.
When defining and designing the Narrative Service, we always aim to make the experience as easy and rewarding as possible. Today we’re excited to bring you a update that will make browsing your moments and photos more enjoyable.
We have made improvements to the Moment view where we’ve essentially removed cropping from portrait photos. The App now better utilizes screen estate in order to give you more details of your captured photos. This is something we have been testing internally and receiving feedback on for a while now.
While our image algorithms and cropping are constantly getting better and more on point, we realized that it’s not something we can fully rely on when showing photos in the App, since a lot of information was naturally being left out of portrait style photos.
The reason we initially started out with a standard 4:3 photo format was to find a cohesive format to use across the service and also to keep loading times to a minimum. That being said, we’ve also put a lot of work in to making moments and photos load faster while still bringing them to you in a bigger, more true format.
We’re also happy to say that landscape browsing now is available on both Android and iOS platforms. It gives you a more focused and detailed way of browsing through your photos.
Important to note: These changes have been made to all of your existing photos, so you can now fully enjoy all your captured photos in the correct ratio within the Narrative App.
We are working really hard on improving your experience with the Narrative Service and appreciate all your valuable feedback. While constantly improving stability and speed (uploading, moment creation and browsing) we are currently exploring ways to quickly organize and find photos that are important to you, and how you can take all the photos you’ve captured and create meaningful experiences for you and others. Stay tuned for more updates regarding that.
Get the update today
Narrative for iOS version 1.1.0 is available today for download in the App Store, and Narrative for Android version 1.1.3 is available for download on Google Play. Let us know what you think, we’d love to hear your feedback. Also check out this page if you have questions regarding updating your firmware!
Sebastian Björkelid, Product Manager
Petri Määttä, Head of Design