Collectionaire helps you organize your most cherished family photos, videos and keepsake memories so that these treasured items are never lost and always accessible in one place from your phone, tablet or desktop computer.
Its key benefits are: a) all your memories are brought to one hub rather than multiple sites; b) it is easy to share your collection with family and friends; and c) it is easy for guest viewers to find your great memories, even when viewing for the first time, using your family tree and clear collection pages.
Collectionaire is a cloud site, but unlike others does not store your photos and videos. Instead, it is an “overlay” or “hub” that organizes all your media from other photo and video cloud sites into one collection.
The core of your collection will be your family collection, where you'll bring together your best family memories of vacations, holidays, photos together, etc. But you can also create dedicated collections for each member of your family or the history of a family line or surname.
Use most any photo or video cloud service
Your media will reside in one or more photo or video-sharing cloud services, such as Google Photos, iCloud Photos, Flickr, SmugMug, Forever, etc. for photos; and Vimeo, Google Drive, YouTube or other site for videos. You can use almost any, or several, different cloud services for your media. Collectionaire then works as a clean visual overlay linking you to your media in other sites. Again, it's important to understand that your photos and videos are not transferred to Collectionaire but always remain, and will be viewed, in the photo-sharing cloud site where they reside. At its core then, Collectionaire is a simple visual hub linking you to your memories.
The key visual element
The key element is the Collection Page, created for each person and each family, where you’ll assemble their best memories, stories and mementos… somewhat like a Table of Contents of their life. You'll reach each Collection Page through your Family Tree, where clicking on any person takes you to their page. Clicking on a circle icon linking a couple takes you to the couple’s family Collection Page.
Use the best of the best
Our "Best Practices" suggest that your photo library be stored in one cloud site and videos perhaps in another. But beyond these, there are dozens of exciting new photo, audio, and video-sharing apps being created each year that you can tap into. And Google, Apple, Amazon and others continue to bring new features to their apps trying to out-do the other in photo and video management. For example, linking from Collectionaire to a video in Google Drive, Vimeo or YouTube allows you to start a video at any specific point.
With Collectionaire as your central hub you'll be able to use the best of the best photo and video cloud sites, while taking these general purpose sites to a higher level as an ideal digital family archive.