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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 photographer's 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:

  • You'll be prompted to allow preFlect to access your camera. The camera is used to take photographs of the original photographer while flecting. Select Ok.

  • You'll be prompted to face your device towards the photographer.

3) Face Home Screen Towards the Photographer

preFlect Flecting

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

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

If you are using a privacy filter, or screen protector, this may prevent the flect ID from being properly captured by the photographer. For more information about how to tweak preFlect in this scenario, refer to the Support FAQ.

IMPORTANT: Any messages or notifications that appear on your phone or tablet while flecting might also be captured by the photographer.

If this might be a problem, you can enable "Airplane mode" under your device "Settings", while flecting.

You can also modify how notifications appear on your screen using "Notifications" under your device "Settings".

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 photographer's original photo.

During this process, please follow these guidelines:

  1. Continue to face your smartphone/tablet screen directly towards the photographer's 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 photographer's photo whenever you are ready to do so, using Manage Events.

  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 event 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, using the Manage Events feature to publish the event, then using the Analyze Photo feature to analyze the flected photograph and retrieve the published event information.

Manage Events Button

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

Analyze Photo Button

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

Toolbar Functions (below)

Help Button

Allows you to access this preFlect help.

Share Button

Allows you to share information about preFlect with others.

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.