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preFlect Help

preFlect helps you efficiently capture information about a photo as it is being taken, and embed it back into the photographers own photo as an additional "track" of information.

If you are using preFlect for the first time, please refer to our Introduction and Getting Started guide.

Lets review the features available from the main screen in preFlect. In the instructions below, we'll refer to your smartphone or tablet as a "device".

Start Button

You'll typically use preFlect when someone is about to take your photograph, and you would like to tag their photo with additional information about the event.

Perform the following steps to tag the photographer's photo. We'll refer to this process as flecting.

1) Unlock Your Device

preFlect Ready

If not already, unlock your device and run preFlect. The main screen will be displayed.

2) Press the Start Button

preFlect Camera Access

The first time you use preFlect:

3) Face Home Screen Towards the Photographer

preFlect Flecting

Face the home screen of your device away from you, holding the device steady towards the photographer.

The flect ID displayed on the screen should be within the photographers field of view, so that it is captured as part of their photograph.


4) Wait for Flecting to Complete

You will now hear a series of sounds. Each sound represents one sampling of event information that will be linked to the photographers original photo.

During this process, please follow these guidelines:

  1. Continue to face your smartphone/tablet screen directly towards the photographers camera, so the flect ID is captured as part of their photograph.

  2. Make sure that the flect ID being displayed on your smartphone/tablet is not obstructed or blocked, for example by your fingers.

  3. If there is a glare on the screen, try to reposition the device to reduce the flare, as glare can prevent the flect ID from being clearly captured. Alternatively, you can use a smartphone/tablet glare filter.

  4. Continue to hold the device steady, so the flect ID captured by the photographer will be as clear as possible.

  5. Wait until the flecting process is finished. You'll hear two beeps indicating completion.

  6. To stop flecting at any time, select the "Stop" button, or simply put the device face-down, such as on a table. This will save the captured event information on your device. As long as the flect ID is captured in the photographer's photograph, the captured event information on your device can now be published and linked into the photographers photo whenever you are ready to do so, using event management.

  7. To cancel flecting at any time, simply select the "Back" button. Though the flect ID displayed on your device might have been captured in the photographer's photograph, any captured event information will be discarded. This means the flect ID that is captured into their photograph will not be able reference any additional event information.

  8. Note: There are options in Preferences that allow you to customize the amount of time and frequency that event information is captured while flecting.

5) All Done!

You have now successfully captured information about this event. By default, the captured information is stored locally on your device.

You can make this information available to anyone who views the original photograph, simply by using the publish option, under Event Details.

IMPORTANT: To better understand how to use preFlect to tag photos and retrieve event information, we recommend that you perform a few tests by flecting some test photographs, then Analyzing the photograph to retrieve the captured event information.

Events Button

Use the events button to manage photographic events that you have captured on your device. For more information, refer to Events.

Analyze Button

Use the analyze button to analyze photographs that you have previously flected, or received from another source for event information. For more information, refer to Analyzing Photographs.

Preferences Button

Allows you to specify preferences for the app. For more information, refer to Preferences.

About Button

Displays information about product version, acknowledgements, and has useful support links in case you are having problems.

Share Button

Allows you to share information about preFlect with others.