We're kind of flipping out today!! Our new app, Party Party, is in the iOS App Store! We've been sharing sneak peeks on Instagram for the past few days, but it's finally approved and available. So excited!
We've been working on this for almost a year now, which is crazy to think about. We came up with the idea of creating a photo booth app while having lunch on a patio one day last summer. The idea quickly grew when we thought it would be fun to layer the photo booth images, creating stop-motion videos and .gifs! That quickly became our favorite part of the app. We've spent the last few months testing the app. Our phones are filled with dozens of (mostly really silly) stop-motion videos. 50+ test rounds later, the app is ready to launch!
So what exactly does it do?
You pick how many photos you want to take (1, 4, 9, or 16), and the app will take the photos automatically, spacing them 1 second apart by default. But you can go into settings to give yourself more time if you need. Or you can switch it to manual mode and take the pictures at whatever pace you like! We definitely recommend you turn your sound on, so you can hear the countdown. Oh and you HAVE to at least listen to the other sound options. Our niece Penny recorded a countdown, and it's AMAZING!
Once you've taken your photos, you now have all these options to play with:
STOP MOTION ANIMATION
• Adjust the speed of the animation to your liking
• Save as looping video, perfect for Instagram
• OR save as a .gif file for your blog, Tumblr or website
PHOTO SQUARE COLLAGE OR STRIP
• Lay out as square collage for Instagram
• OR lay out as classic photo booth strip for printing17 FILTERS (created by our very own Sarah Rhodes!)
• Customize your creation with 17 filters inspired by a bright, modern feel as well as vintage film
• Adjust brightness and contrast to your liking
Will it be released on Android?
So this is tough, because we know so many of our readers have Android phones and would love to support us and try out this app. Like we've talked about in the past, developing for Android sadly isn't as simple as copying and pasting code to the Google Play store. It's a completely different platform, so you're pretty much starting from scratch. In other words, it's a huge investment. And our A Beautiful Mess Android launch wasn't able to recoup our investment. To put it in perspective, it sold 1/20 the amount iOS did. So right now, Android is too risky for us, but we're definitely open to it in the future. We're keeping an eye on Google Play for sure.
Any questions? We tried to make it as easy to use as possible, but let us know any questions you may have in the comments. And we'll post a follow-up on the blog with FAQs and tips in a week or so. One quick tip on saving gifs: Your iOS camera roll doesn't preview the animation of gif files. To see it animate you can do any of the following:
• Email it
• Text it
• Save it to your computer
• Upload it to compatible social media
I can't tell you how excited we are to see all the creations you come up with! Be sure to tag it #partypartyapp, so we can follow along!
At the moment the app is still populating, which means it may not be searchable in your area yet. To find it now go to the A Beautiful Mess app in the App Store and click "related." Or you can search "Red Velvet Art LLC," and it's the second result.