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Saving Kids Artworks Using An App. Four Reviews.


So you have kept every painting, drawing, collage, ultrasound, certificate and birthday card (right from birth), put them in a box and it is now over flowing. Or maybe you can't decide which artworks to keep and which ones to throw? In my previous post I mentioned plan B - using an artwork storage app. I have reviewed four artwork storage apps available on Google Play and Apple Store for you to try.


Artkive

"The number one app to chronologically store, share & print your child's artwork or schoolwork." Artkive app.


Artkive has two offerings. Artkive box is where you send your child(s) collected artworks in a pre addressed box which Artkive have previously sent you. The artworks are then professionally photographed, edited and created into a hardback book for you to preview and receive. The Artkive app is downloaded onto your phone, you create profiles for each of your children and upload photos of artworks taken on your phone. You can order a book when you are ready.


What we love.

It's a free app which is easy to download. It works really well on an iPhone. You can create a page for many children according to grade or age. The app button appears bright and cheerful amongst other apps on my phone.


What we don't love.

My phone is a Samsung (Android) and I found the user interface layout counter intuitive. There were no hints and tips along the user journey to help you create a profile for your child or how to upload photos. It is a trial and error process to use and if you hit the back button it takes you out of the app, and you have to log in again. Previous reviews claim the photo quality is grainy, and when transferring the app from iPhone to android artworks are lost.


While it works beautifully on an iPhone, it won't work on an iPad.


Is it for me?

Great for one off artwork hauls which you may want to publish for a special occasion, but not if you are keen to save artwork regularly. If you use an iPhone and live in the US, then this is the app for you.


Available Platforms:

iPhone and Android.


Keepy

" Save your kid's artwork, schoolwork, momentos and photos in a digital scrapbook." Keepy.


This is a subscription based service where, after the 7 day free trial, you can pay monthly or upfront for 12 months. You create a profile for all your children and include birthdates so the app can date stages in their lives. You can also add an audio or sound recording to your individual upload too.


What we love.

Available for android or iOS Keepy is easy to install. It's simple step by step set up process is intuitive and gives you encouragement on the way. It also gives you an option to add grandparents or other people who may want to see the artworks too, via email.


The menu allows you to share with specific people, jump to a specific date, access notifications and head to the keepy store where you can print magnets, calendars, cards and stationery and framed prints. It ships to a complete list of countries. You can also edit the artworks you upload.


What we don't love.

The Price. At over $70 AUS per year, plus printouts/keepsakes you really have to prioritise what you are keeping the artworks for. The more children you have, the more it adds up, as the longer you will want to use it.


Is it for me?

If artwork is an important part of your life and you have loved ones overseas who you want to regularly update with children's progress, then this is a great solution.


Available Platforms:

iPhone and Android.


Canvasly - Save and Print Kids Artwork

"Capture, Organize, Share and Print your Kids Artwork". Save and Print Kids Artwork.


Canvasly have really done their homework. A simply quaint app which meets parents needs of storing, saving and sharing artworks.


What we love.

This app is very simple to use, with icons at the bottom of profile pages labelled with functions including a camera, and a big plus sign in the corner to add more children. You can take a photo of the artwork using the app, edit it, and print the artwork from the profile page. The user interface may look colourfully chunky and large but this makes it great for grandparents to navigate. The grid layout of all artworks makes great viewing, and you can share snaps on social media.


You can easily print cards, stationery, calendars and metal ornaments to name a few.


It's free from Google Play, or (US) $2.99 from the App Store. It appears to be more reliable on an iPhone.


What we don't love.

With so many printing options, you can't print a photo book. You can print posters or cards but books aren't an option.


You have to allow Canvasly access to your phone camera and gallery. So if you have a huge gallery of other pics, this can add time to the process. Also if you don't allow access - it won't work.


When giving family or friends access to your child's profile there's a 'Look Up Phone Book' option. Unfortunately this kept on crashing. It may be different on an iPhone.


If you search 'Canvasly' in the Google store it won't appear. You have to search 'Save and print kids artwork'.


Is it for me?

If you are budget conscious, want simple technology and fastidious with keeping art, dive in!


Available Platforms:

iPhone and Android.


Artbox - Save All The Artwork

"A convenient and refreshing way to keep a digital record of your children's art projects". Artbox.


This app is fresh off the press. Less than 6 months old and created by a parent for busy parents and caregivers. It has alot of potential. For $1.99 it is a small investment for a simple and effective artwork storage and sharing tool. It has the versatility to use either your camera phone or the camera in the app to create projects.


What we love.

Easy steps to navigate, create profiles and upload content. Artbox allows you to edit entry descriptions if you create a typo after you have saved it. A very refreshing interface too.


A nifty feature is the ability to search for an artwork based on the description or title. You can also share an entry to social media, or allow family and friends access to view the profile.


It is a one off payment, without in app purchases.


What we don't love.

Unfortunately it's not available for android yet and can only be used on iPhones not iPads. So this can be frustrating if you wanted to use the devices inter changeably.


All photos are saved on the phone. So if you lose your phone all the content goes too. iCloud back up is in the works.


As yet there is no printing functionality.


Is it for me?

If you are addicted to your iPhone and take all your photos, memories and keepsakes using it, and don't intend to print them - yes! If you are thinking about upgrading to android in the near future, then no.


Watch this space though. In 12 months time with further development for all platforms, this will be the one to consider.


Available Platforms:

iPhone.


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