September 27th, 2012 Flowers

I feel flowers and million moments make perfect match, as the flowers bloom even more beautifully when they are laid out on a page of an album. With each turn of a page, you can enjoy the change in the season.

Small flowers like violas look very vivid and beautiful both in close-ups and in long shots.

The photos of violas I used today are taken by Mimoto, a flower shop in Kochi, Japan. The flower shop is using million moments to upload photos of their flowers to their facebook page.

Flowers and million moments, a perfect match aren’t they?

Note: The screen shots of iOS version are used in this post. The images may slightly different for the Android version.

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September 24th, 2012 Ado’s back again

I was happy to see some users shared their dogs and cats with us on Twitter using million moments. I also feel like sharing with you Ado, my colleague’s French bulldog, on my blog again!

I would be delighted if you could show me your pets using million moments.

To share a page on Twitter, drag the page up and tap the upload icon on the bottom.

And then tap twitter.
If you are using Android version, tap “other apps” and select the Twitter app you normally use.

I can’t wait to see your pages on twitter!

Note: The screen shots of iOS version are used in this post. The images may slightly be different for the Android version.

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September, 20th, 2012 I loved using film camera when I was a student.

Hi, this is Gokaichi. When I was a college student, I used to take pictures using my negative film cameras. I'd like to share with you today some pictures I took back then. These days, adding toy-camera effect to pictures is popular, but back in my college days, the actual toy cameras, not an effect, were popular. And I enjoyed taking photos using my old second-hand cameras.

But I also love using toy-camera effects now days. It's so easy and fun. Oh by the way, speaking of picture effects, we also make available our Android app called photo editor with many effects including toy-camera. Oops, did I sound like I made a pitch of our app? Well, I guess I just love our apps. See you!

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September 18th, 2012 Let’s show your appreciation to your (grand)parents

Yesterday, September 17th, was a Japanese holiday called “Respect-for-Senior-Citizens Day”. People in Japan show their respect and appreciation to their parents or grandparents by sending gifts or by visiting them if you don’t live with them.

Even if you are not in Japan, I’d like to propose to take this opportunity to take an action. Let’s show your appreciation to your parents or grandparents using million moments, like this:

To share a page, drag a page up to show the menu on the bottom, and tap the “share” icon on the bottom right.
For more details please refer to this post.

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September, 13th, 2012 Let's try changing the "time span" of a book

Hi, this is Gokaichi. I'd like to look back how my young son quickly grows by changing the "time span" of my book. The setting allows you to see either a day's photo on a page or a week's photo on a page, by thinning out the photos displayed on a page.

1. Long-press the book you wish to change the setting

2. Tap "Book time span"

3. Select the time span

4. Go back to the previous page, and save the settings

Let's see how it looks now.

I've created two books for my two children. This time, I set the time span to a week, and looked back how my younger son changed each week.

I did realize he gradually got heavier, but did not really notice the change in his expression. (He has gotten fatter too...) A baby grows up so fast and become a child. I wish not to miss out these precious moments I am spending with him now.

Note: The images and the menu displayed may slightly be different for the Android version.

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September 10th, 2012 Add effects to your pics

Hi everyone. It’s Aki again. How are you all doing? I would be happy if you could share with me what you’re up to on twitter.

By the way, your album looks more professional when there is a unified taste to the pictures inside. On my other post I shared with you my book based on my favorite color. That’s one way, and another way is to apply effects before importing your pictures.

Below are the pictures without effects. The page looks fun, but maybe there are too many colors.

Below are the pictures imported after effects are added.

I used our “photo editor” app to add effects to the pictures used in the lower image. If you have Android handset, please give it a try.

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September, 6th, 2012 I don't like how my daddy gives me a bath

Hi this is Gokaichi. Raise your hand if you are a father in charge of giving your baby a bath. My hand is high up. Giving bath to my baby is mainly my role, and I enjoy singing and playing with my baby in bath every day. My older son is especially fond of me dropping water like waterfall from a bowl raised high. When the young newborn son was too small to bath together with me, I gave him a bath in a small baby tub. I did this every day, but he cried whenever I did that. On the other hand, he never cried when his mother gave him a bath...

Oh well, but he got a bit bigger, and he no longer uses the small baby tub. He doesn't cry when he's together with his father in a big tub. It will probably take other seven to eight months until he will be able to play with his big brother in the bath tub. Until then, I should hold back from doing that water fall play. See you!

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September 3rd, 2012 [report] A photo-taking lesson event for families

Hi there everyone. It’s Aki’s turn this time. I’d like to make a report on an event held on August 26th, at Apple Store Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.

The title of the event was:
A Photo-taking Summer Class for Parents and Children
supported by million moments
Take your pictures and store those memories with iPhone

At the beginning of the class, parents took pictures of their children.

Then, they picked their favorite shots, using labels of million moments.

Then, they picked their favorite shots, using labels of million moments.

The instructor asked the participants which pictures they thought are important. Then he shared his thoughts on which pictures to pick. Choosing the photos to discard and not to discard is really difficult because the ones you pick now may not look so good after three years. In turn, ones you thought failure may look rare and precious years later. His thoughts and suggestions were really new and interesting to me, and I nodded many times to his words.

Then came the most exciting time of this class, the children were allowed to take away their parents’ iPhone and take pics freely on their own!

The instructor explained how to understand the children’s likes and interests from the photos they took. Hmm, it was interesting again, and I got my inspiration on my new way of using the labels.

I enjoyed the event so much, and I thought it would be so nice if I could do similar events in other countries. And of course, I also wished to do such events not only with iPhone, but also with Android.

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