Storyrobe

App review by
Liz Panarelli, Common Sense Media
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Storytelling app's glitches, privacy issues ruin neat idea.

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Ease of Play

Some parts of this app are intuitive, while others are a little clunky. There is a link to instructions on each page. You can select photos or videos (including stories shared by other Storyrobe users) to include in your story, then record narration to accompany the photos or videos. Any original sound in the video is included in the story, which becomes an mp4-format video. Adding video to your story is a bit glitchy -- if your recorded narration lasts longer than the original video, the sound will stutter at the end. The app may also close unexpectedly. When there aren't glitches, your progress in a story is automatically saved.

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When you share a new story by sending an email, the email includes a link to purchase the app.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Storyrobe is a neat storytelling app with some glitches and privacy concerns. To create a story, you choose several photos or videos. These can be taken with your camera, selected from your camera roll or photo album, or you can even use the video from another Storyrobe story. Next, you record up to three minutes of narration as you move through the pictures and videos. When you're done, the app creates a video. The end product looks a bit like a photo slideshow with your narration as the audio. You can share your story with other Storyrobe users via email or upload it to YouTube. There are instructions along the way, but working with video can make the app glitchy and sometimes crash. 

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Is it any good?

Fewer crashes and glitches working with video would earn more stars for this neat app. Narrating photos has a lot of applications, from sharing a photo album or scrapbook to creative storytelling. In practice, though, the app struggles with incorporating video clips. Also, the ability to upload stories to YouTube raises privacy concerns about what kids might overshare -- read YouTube and Your Kids for tips.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $.99
  • Release date: November 25, 2009
  • Category: Other
  • Size: 6.30 MB
  • Publisher: Storyrobe Inc.
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1 or later

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