Snapguide

25 04 2014

The developer Heavy Bits Inc., USA, about Snapguide …

Snapguide is a simple, beautiful way to share and view step-by-step how to guides. Discover new things to cook, build, wear, play and more. Create your own guides and share what you love making with your friends on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and more. Discuss your interests with other people who share your passions.

Let’s say you know how to bake a delicious cake or fix a fence and you want to share your process with others. Using Snapguide, you can use pictures, videos, and text to create a step-by-step guide that you can publish and send out to friends. You can also use Snapguide to connect with people who share your interests and explore other how-to guides that show you something new.

Visiting snapguide.com shows thousands of guides under the following topics

Arts + Crafts Lifestyle
Automotive Music
Beauty Outdoors
Desserts Pets
Drinks Photography
Food Sports + Fitness
Games + Tricks Style
Gardening Technology

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An app was first offered in early 2012 and got 22 updates as of the end of 2013. After a six month phase of bug fixes starting in July 2012 the app was continuously improved and today has a perfect UI which is self-explaing.

The app Snapguide …

Snapguide for iOS is a companion app for the same-named website. Though you can browse the site using mobile Safari, the iOS app provides a much better experience than the mobile website. You get niceties like search and categories, and you don’t have to deal with the “Download the Snapguide app” nags in the mobile web version.

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The Snapguide app is an all-in-one solution that allows you to view full Snapguide tutorials without ever leaving the app. You can browse through the guides by category or search for a specific topic. Unlike most apps that require a login at launch, you can search or browse through guides without a Snapguide account.

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Each guide is broken down into steps that include text, photos or even video. At the beginning of the guide, there is a list of the items required (i.e., the ingredients) as well as a list of the number of steps in the guide. For technical descriptions like mine the list of items (Supplies) is not necessary. You can skip to any one of these steps via a convenient grid of numbered thumbnails representing each step.

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If you like a specific guide, you can flag it as a favorite (free account signup required) or choose from several options to share a link to the guide. There are also comments, allowing you to chime in with your own advice or read others’ opinions.

Creation of a guide …

The universal app allows you to create guides using photos and videos from the camera roll and written instructions. Snapguide “guides” you through the creation process, allowing you to assemble and upload the final project up to its website using your iPad or iPhone.
It’s quite simple to create a guide so there is no need for any further description. What you should know is that textual descriptions (captions of a step) are limited to 200 characters.

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Depending on your notification settings you get an email after publishing a new guide.
You can share your guides on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, by mail, or just get the link

Troubleshooting iOS Devices

to embed it elsewhere.

Using a guide on websites …

A guide can be embedded on a website.

  • Head to the web version of the guide and click the Embed button next to Supplies.
  • Decide which dimension you would like to display by clicking Narrow or Wide.
  • Copy and paste the code onto your website.

It’s possible to embed a guide on most sites, including Blogger, Tumblr, and self-hosted WordPress sites. Unfortunately, embedding will not work on blogs hosted by wordpress.com because of security guidelines.

Summary …

An easy-to-use app with a perfect UI. All guides created by yourself are publicly accessible. It’s not possible to restrict access to people e.g. like circles on Google+. The content is owned by you but automatically licensed for the company to use it.
A significant disadvantage is that images cannot be maximized or downloaded.

You have the ultimate recipe for a pizza: Snapguide it.
If the public doesn’t like it or even gets belly aches there are drugs although available only on prescription. So don’t forget to create a guide which describes the treatments.

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