Adobe Revel team member Matt shares how he uses private shared libraries in Revel to stay connected with loved ones across the miles.
If you’re like me — the one in the family who coordinates the photos and experiments with all the new services — you know what a challenge it can be to rally the family to a new way of doing things. Let me share my experience with Revel in the hope that it can make your life a little easier.
At age 105, my grandmother was not getting any younger. She and my mother live on the east coast, but I’m out west. More importantly, GG’s only grandkids, my children, are tucked away on the west coast. We don’t get back east as much as I would like. I tried upping the contact through more regular phone calls, and sometimes it worked, but usually not. Awkward silence, aging ears and cell phones don’t make things any easier when there’s a 96-year age gap. I needed to find a way for my grandmother and mother to connect with my kids with more frequency and enjoyment.
So, along comes Revel as a way to store, manage, and share photos and videos with my family. To get everyone started, I loaded Revel on an iPad, created an icon on the main screen, and mailed it to the east coast. My aim was to make it REALLY easy. I wanted her to be able to click one button and to be able to access silly shots of the great-grandkids. An unexpected side benefit was that it gave my own mom something to talk about during her weekend visits to see her mom.
Over time, the family unit moved from passively viewing my photos into a more active mode of adding their own photos. It took nudging and cajoling, but I managed to get my mother and brother engaged. We are now starting to settle into a rhythm of sharing photos of events and trips as well as some of the silly, mundane memories from everyday life. Last week, I started getting notifications that my mom posted photos of her new dog, Gracie. In response, my brother shared his adventures with his one-eyed turtle, Jack. In return, they get to see photos of our kayaking in Sausalito with seals and videos of our blowing things up with dry ice. Along the way, the comments started rolling in.
One unexpected surprise is seeing how our timelines co-mingle through the day. In the flow of photos, I see that my brother was firing large vegetables from a pumpkin canon, while my mother was walking Gracie and I was hoping the morning fog would clear. And, of course, the sunrise photos are dropped into my "Sausalito Sunrises" library, where I try to remember to snap a photo of the sunrise every morning.
I’m having fun working on the Revel team and welcome your questions, comments, and stories on how you’re using Revel. Watch this video to see how easy it is to create a library to share privately with your family: