Whenever you look at a picture, have you ever wondered what kind of events led to that captured moment? Was the birthday boy aware that his face was going to light up when he saw his birthday cake? Or how the baby girl turned from giggling to screaming when she saw the cat behind her.
While you can capture the complete event using video, I think that taking still photos is the best way to capture the feeling of a moment. GLMPS (iTunes link) is a free iOS app which tries to bridge the video and photo world together. For every static picture you take, you’ll get a glimpse of the moment that precedes the shot – in the form of a five second video.
Just Set & Shoot
Just like almost every other app that exists today, GLMPS has added a social twist to its features. Currently it ties itself to four social services – Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Tumblr. Before using the app, you have to log in using either your Facebook or Twitter account, and give permission for GLMPS to connect to your social account.
Then you will go through several short introduction screens. After tapping on the “Get Started” button, you will arrive at a random popular image. Other than viewing the picture and video, GLMPS allows you to like, leave comment, and share the post. Tap the location pin to find out where the image was taken and if you want to view more popular entries, tap on the top right button.
Tap on the “Back” button to go back to the main interface of GLMPS.
To start taking pictures (and videos), tap the camera icon on the main interface. Every time you snap the button, you will get a picture and a short five-second video of the event before the picture is taken.
The result will be saved in your iPhone, ready to be uploaded to the GLMPS server and shared via one of the available social networks. If you want to upload the result to Foursquare and/or Tumblr, you have to do it before you tap the “Post” button.
Once the result is posted to the GLMPS server, you can still share it via Facebook, Twitter, email, and SMS, by tapping the “More” button at the bottom right of the screen (the one with three dots). To see all the images plus videos that you’ve taken, tap the “Grid View” button at the top right next to the camera button.
To access GLMPS “Options“, tap the “Settings” button on the top left of the screen. You can log in to the social services via Options. The settings screen also gives you access to your GLMPS friends.
The Good, The Bad & The Future
After playing around with GLMPS for a while, there are a few things I could say about it. The first one is about the uploading process – it’s fast. This can be both good and bad. While the good part is obvious, it might be bad for some people because ‘fast’ also means that the quality of the result must’ve been compromised for the small file size. I personally think that the quality is still acceptable.
The thing that I found annoying was the long and blatant promotion that GLMPS put in every picture that I posted to Facebook. I don’t mind telling people that the picture plus video that I posted was made using GLMPS, but I think that the developer is trying too hard in this department.
In general, I found that the idea behind GLMPS is nice and the app could be one of the favorite picture sharing applications. If you love to take and share pictures and videos, you should try the app.
Do you think attaching leading video to a picture is a good idea? Share your opinions using the comment below. Also don’t forget to check out these other mobile picture sharing applications: Instagram, Snapbucket, and Cinq.