Creating a ‘How To Video’ with Snapguide

I found Snapguide through iTunes ‘App of the Week’ and I am fairly impressed.

It is perfect if you are looking to learn how to do something new and are frustrated with trying to find it on YouTube or prefer a more friendly interface. The app is filled with user-created how-to guides, which can teach you to do any number of things with a combination of text and photos to show you what to do and how to do it at each step of the way. As more users participate, the more content that becomes available.

I found everything from creating an Easter egg pop to assembling a bicycle! All very helpful and detailed. There are all a few funny characters out there that have uploaded videos about how to eat McDonald’s with maximum enjoyment (not sure that’s possible).

Snapguide is also social, giving users the ability to share the content on Twitter, Facebook or via email. The app also always users to learn with others by chatting with people who share your interests.

This app not only allows you to read and learn from others’ guides, but to create your own. Guides are created by typing out steps or recording audio and pairing them with photos, and they can be shared over Facebook and Twitter as well as within the app for others to learn from and use.

Snapguide Create    Snapguide Explore     Snapguide Title    Snapguide Editor     Snapguide Publish

Overall, this is a great app and has been getting great reviews on the app store. Unfortunately, after reading a few reviews there seems to be a constant prompt asking you to rate the app.

There are only a changes that I would make. First, I would include the ability to share on Pinterest, as this a place where people go to explore and post great ideas! I would also make the ‘Explore’ section, not just show popular or recent videos, but give the user the ability to navigate/narrow their search by categories. For example, if you were looking for what to have for dinner, this function would allow the user to narrow the possibilities, in order to get ideas for dinner and not specifically get directions for grilled chicken.

Just curious, has anyone else heard of this app or used it to create a ‘How To’ video?

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5 comments on “Creating a ‘How To Video’ with Snapguide

  1. Kim Sklar
    April 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    I haven’t heard of it before, but it sounds great! I’m downloading now as I type this comment 🙂 What’s most intriguing to me is that it seems like a completely new type of app (as opposed to all of the different groupon-style apps that you can subscribe too).

  2. tenillelively
    April 15, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    I haven’t heard of it either. Great find! Love the step by step photo and text how-to combo. Very useful for cooking recipes.

  3. flairlee
    April 15, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    Thank you for letting us know this new find! I really ilke it! Probably it will be my new frequently-checking app.:) Those tips and tricks for life are really adorable.

  4. Kelly McIvor
    April 16, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    Seems like this might be a service better suited for the desktop? I mean, with some exceptions like recipes, does a how-to guide really need to be fit for mobile consumption? I can see the tablet format but a phone? Thoughts?

  5. JV
    April 18, 2012 at 1:07 am #

    Wow, pretty interesting app! @Kelly, I could see it being very useful for mobile applications, such as how to change a tire on when you’re on the side of the freeway, or even how to tie a specific knot when you’re fishing in the middle of a river. Recipes are a great case for mobile, and I use my phone all the time for that purpose! Although, I’m starting to rely on my iPad more and more when I’m in the kitchen…

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