Nokia Photos 1.0 – new generation of Lifeblog

Nokia Photos Today the new generation Lifeblog – Nokia Photos 1.0 application was released by Nokia.

To quote Nseries web site: “Nokia Photos is a PC application designed to let you do more with your images. Just download the application to your compatible PC and you’re ready to edit, back-up, organize, print, convert, and share all the pictures and videos from your compatible PC to your device, as well as your favorite online photofeeds. And you can stop worrying about formats, codecs, resizing, or the other headaches of photo and video management. It’s easy to use, works with all Nokia Nseries devices, and is completely free to download – both as an individual application and as part of the Nokia Nseries PC Suite 2.0.”

After all I wrote about Lifeblog I really wanted to try the new release, so I dug out a computer with WinXP to install Nokia Photos 1.0.232.0.

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Lifeblog 2.5 PC released

Lifeblog team has quietly released a new version of Lifeblog PC
application – 2.5. Lifeblog 2.5 PC is compatible with all Nseries multimedia computers and is now a default download option on Nokia’s web site.

I wish Lifeblog had a notification about new version in the application itself, like PC Suite has, so that those using older versions will know that there’s an update.

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N93i and Vox

Nokia has just announced new cool multimedia computer N93i – a better version of N93. I’ve been using it for a while now, and should say I really love that phone. Slick design, black mirror cover, LED that has different colors for indication of new messages, missed calls and charging, metal keypad, better joysticks and zoom control – it all adds up to a much better user experience than on N93.

N93i also has integrated newer Lifeblog version than original N93 (although N93 software update 11.0.034 has the same Lifeblog as N93i).

It was also announced that N93i is the first Nseries device to support VOX blogging service. Other compatible devices require users to download special settings file. While this is all true for posting to VOX from Gallery, it was not mentioned that Lifeblog on all Nseries devices supports posting to VOX, Typepad, Flickr and MovableType.

Lifeblog enthusiast posted detailed instructions in his blog "Lifeblog – How to…" how to  set up blog accounts with all these services. So users have an alternative way to post to VOX from N93i and other Nseries multimedia computers 🙂

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Time to move on…

These have been a wonderful two years with Nokia Lifeblog team.

I’ve seen Lifeblog transformation from a venture fighting for its place under the sun to an application that is now an integral part of all Nokia Nseries multimedia computers. And I am proud that I have been a part of this transformation.

It’s been a year since Lifeblog project was transferred to Nokia Multimedia, and now it has firmly established its place in the complex machine of the business unit. I’m sure that Lifeblog has a great future and most importantly it has a great team to drive it forward.

But for me it is time to move on – my skills are needed in another part of organisation.

I would like to say big thanks to all the people that I had a chance to work with on Lifeblog project! It was a great pleasure to work with you!

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Lifeblog removed the fear of filing – Martin Geddes

Martin Geddes writes in Skype Journal about Nokia N70 in "Full marks, at least on paper"  and about a future desktop clients ideas in

"From little seeds do great ideas grow" and makes a couple of remarks about Lifeblog that correlate with my own thoughts on the subject:

[…]
Digital imaging takes away the “click anxiety”, and Lifeblog’s removed the fear of filing.

[…]
Having played with Nokia Lifeblog 2.0 for a while, I think this is kind
of a transformative moment for how we interact with the last category.
It’s still at the Mosaic-like stage of development (go read your
browser wars history), but it’s useable. I look forward to the Windows
Explorer paradigm going the way of MS-DOS.

Thank you, Martin!

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Lifeblog is not a blogging application!

When Lifeblog 2.0 has been launched most of the moblie-related web sites and blogs spread the news and a few discussions sparkled on various forums. Unfortunately focus of the most of the posts was on moblogging with Lifeblog rather than on the main functionality of the application.

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New “transformer” with Lifeblog

Today Nokia announced three new Nseries phones and N93 amongst them. This is a new transformer and a first one that has Lifeblog 2.0 application in ROM, which means that user content with valuable context information will be collected right from the first start of the phone.

It was one of Christian Lindholm’s predictions (or may be wishes?) in mobile trends for 2006 that more transformers are coming.

I’ve taken a lot of pictures last summer during our Scandinavian trip with the first Nseries transformer – N90 and blogged them using Lifeblog from the road. Now I’ve been using N93 for quite a while and I should say that with S60 3.0, Carl Zeiss lens, 3x optical zoom, DVD quality video recording – this is my phone until the next transformer comes out.

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Search in Lifeblog 2.0

It is really good to see that more and
more people are starting to use Lifeblog.
With the new version 2.0 available for download from the beginning of
April all Nseries phone owners can enjoy new functionality of the
application. However, it looks like some important features that make
Lifeblog to be so much more that just blogging or album application
are yet undiscovered by the majority of users.

Those who have
used Lifeblog prior to version 2.0 already know that country name is
automatically attached to all pictures taken with the phone’s camera.
In the new version this functionality might look the same, but in
fact there’s much more to it.

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