Introducing Picscribe for Android

Picscribe screens

Here is a scenario: You are on a trip and taking a bunch of pictures. Usually there is some context to those pictures that you are trying to capture (what a building is for example or what this dish or drink is that you ate that day and if you liked it or not). While taking pictures is easy with our smartphones today, capturing your thoughts at the moment is much harder and so far I hadn’t found a good way of doing that. If you use a photo service like Flickr or Google Plus/Picasa, you can annotate your albums, but that usually happens much later and is a pain in the ass. Otherwise you have hard-drives full of photos that sit in some folder based albums and often elicit the “Wait, what was this?” face.


To solve this problem, last week I released Picscribe, a photo notes app available now on the Google Play Store for Android (iOS coming soon). Picscribe is a pretty simple app: It lets you take any photo in your phone and add a comment right into the EXIF metadata of the photo itself. Any comments you write are available in the photo forever and not in some proprietary database. The app itself is designed with the latest Android design guidelines in mind and while it took quite a bit of time and effort to get the animations working the way I wanted them to, I think the final result is pretty great :).

I have a bunch of features lined up for future iterations of the app (of course), but I am pretty proud of where the app is today already. If you have an Android phone or a tablet, get the app from Google Play (its FREE!) and let me know if you have any feedback or comments.

  • tit

    This is really a great feature, however juste after having taken a picture, it is synchronized rather quickly to some cloud. The picscribe annotation process comes after such synchronisation which doubles the picture saving in the cloud. Perhaps I have missed something, but I think this is a/the good technic.

    • arpit

      Hi there,
      Hm. I am not sure which cloud service this is. I have tried Dropbox and Google+ photos and they dont seem to have the issue. The application modifies the original file and most cloud services are (or should be) smart enough to handle file changes, but this one you mention may not be.

  • sssnej

    Is the app working with RAW (NEF) files or just with jpg?

    • arpit

      Just jpeg for now