From Photos to Memories: A User-Centric Authoring Tool for Telling Stories with Your Photos

  • Fons Kuijk
  • Rodrigo Laiola Guimarães
  • Pablo Cesar
  • Dick C. A. Bulterman
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 40)


Over the last years we have witnessed a rapid transformation on how people use digital media. Thanks to innovative interfaces, non-professional users are becoming active nodes in the content production chain by uploading, commenting, and sharing their media. As a result, people now use media for communication purposes, for sharing experiences, and for staying in touch. This paper introduces a user-centric authoring tool that enables common users to transform a static photo into a temporal presentation, or story, which can be shared with close friends and relatives. The most relevant characteristics of our approach is the use of a format-independent data model that can be easily imported and exported, the possibility of creating different storylines intended for different people, and the support of interactivity. As part of the activities carried out in the TA2 project, the system presented in this paper is a tool for end-users to nurture relationships.


Animation Content Enrichment Multimedia Document Pan and Zoom Photo Sharing SMIL Storytelling Togetherness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fons Kuijk
    • 1
  • Rodrigo Laiola Guimarães
    • 1
  • Pablo Cesar
    • 1
  • Dick C. A. Bulterman
    • 1
  1. 1.Centrum Wiskunde & InformaticaAmsterdamNetherlands

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