Welcome to Collectionaire!
(You may also want to view the Introductory Videos in the first Help category.)
Collectionaire is a new way to organize your most cherished family photos, videos and keepsake memories so that the best of these treasured items are never lost and always accessible and shareable on your phone, tablet or desktop computer. The core of your collection will be your family collection, where you'll bring together your family's best memories of vacations, holidays, photos together, etc. But you'll also create a dedicated collection for each member of your family, from cherished memories of each child to legacy tributes to grandparents and ancestors.
Not a photo storing service
Collectionaire is unique in that it does not store your documents, photos and videos. Instead, 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 Dropbox, Google Drive, YouTube, Vimeo, Amazon cloud 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.
A visual hub to your collections
At its core then, Collectionaire is a simple visual hub linking you to your memories. There are two key elements. First 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 to their life. Second is your Family Tree, where clicking on any person takes you to their Collection Page. Clicking on a circle icon linking a couple takes you to the couple’s family Collection Page.
Why is it better than what I have now?
Your photos may already be in Apple Photos, Google Photos or other site, but these are simply not designed to organize the collective family's photo and video memories over the years. And you'll probably use multiple cloud locations for storing your broad collection. With Collectionaire, photos, videos and digital albums pertaining to one person or one family are all brought to one place, regardless of location or format. You'll be able to organize everything about a child's early years through adulthood; create a legacy tribute to a deceased loved one for all to remember; or bring together the memories of all of your cherished family events and vacations in one place.
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 in photo and video management, but take these general purpose sites to a higher level as an ideal family digitial archive.