Version: 2.20 || Release Date: 2011-08-26 || License: Commercial with demo ($40) Developer: GroupSmarts, LLC | App Owner: euanmckay

Digital Storytelling: Adding Context to your Personal Media

The award-winning Digital Storytelling application used to discover the threads connecting peoples’ lives across time and place. Use it to annotate photos in order to specify who is in the picture, where the picture was taken, when it was taken, and most importantly, what’s going on.

Using the built-in iSight camera, record audio or video to tell your side of the story, Attach documents and URLs to add greater depth and context. Each photo thus becomes a frame in an endless storyboard which can be browsed by periods in a person’s life, where people overlap, by place, by time, or any combination. Share your libraries as self-contained MemoryMiner documents, export gorgeous web sites via automatic upload to your MobileMe (.Mac) account or any other web server. MemoryMiner lets you recreate the experience of telling stories around a photo album, even when all the people involved can’t be in the same place at the same time.

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6 Opinions

Has import (eg: gedcom) and export (xml, web gallery) features, which means that your (meta)data isn't locked in the app, which is nice. I guess there isn't a standard for such metadata xml files yet, but at least it'll be readable and future proof.

There's a Windows release candidate version, which means you can share your MemoryMiner files with Mac-less friends. :)

Link for the rich format appcast.

More permanent link for video overview here.

There's a good video overview here.
This looks like a useful and smart app, but I don't enough time to tag my photos with this level of detail... :)

Hi jailerjoe:

The photos you place into MemoryMiner don't need to be manged by iPhoto, or in your case, stored in the iPhoto library. You can drag and drop photos onto the main window from any source (e.g. the window of iViewMediaPro) or you can load photos from any folder in your file system (File --> Import Photos From Folder).

The Media Browser (Window --> Show Media Browser) lets you visually browse the contents of your iPhoto library, your Aperture Library and your Pictures folder.

Ultimately, MemoryMiner doesn't really care where the photos are stored. They must be readable at the time they are imported (so that a thumbnail can be generated if necessary) and when annotating a photo. Photos can be stored on external drives. If the drive is not connected when you go to annotate a photo, a panel will appear asking you connect the appropriate storage device.

By default, MemoryMiner creates a library document that stores the location of your photo in its database. You have the option of creating a "self-contained" library that copies the file inside the library folder. This is helpful if you're going to send the library to another MemoryMiner user.

Hope this helps.

I bought this at MacZot but unfortunately haven't been able to use it. I store all my 8000+ photos outside my iPhoto library and just link to them via iPhoto's preferences. This renders MM useless as it seems to require that your photos be stored in iPhoto's library.

It's too bad, this seemed like a very cool idea.