Every Photo, Organized

Everyone is a full-time photographer today, snapping and recording on phones, tablets, and cameras. Enlist Bevy to save, organize, and share all of your digital pics and videos, along with those of your family and friends. First, add users and their devices to your account. Then, as soon as anyone takes a picture or video, it’s stored on the pint-sized Bevy. Invite people to join your Bevy (while they’re in your home or through remote invitations if they don’t live nearby). . . Dad’s side of the family, cousins, friends, coworkers . . . and Bevy shares pics and videos with the entire group. The free app shows images in a Facebook-like feed, but can also post them on social networks or send by text or email. If you like, Bevy can even display pictures on a TV screen. Because only people on your Bevy see pictures, Bevy is more private than cloud storage. And with one terabyte of memory—about 400,000 photos or 112 hours of HD video—you’ll free up space on tablets, computers, phones, and memory sticks. Let Bevy automatically sort by user, date, device, or location. Already have digital albums on other services or drives? Move them over to Bevy with a click. To get the most from your important moments and memories, this powerful, easy-to-manage solution is a must.

Bevy by Lineage Labs

Photo Storage Technology

Every Photo, Organized

Everyone is a full-time photographer today, snapping and recording on phones, tablets, and cameras. Enlist Bevy to save, organize, and share all of your digital pics and videos, along with those of your family and friends. First, add users and their devices to your account. Then, as soon as anyone takes a picture or video, it’s stored on the pint-sized Bevy. Invite people to join your Bevy (while they’re in your home or through remote invitations if they don’t live nearby). . . Dad’s side of the family, cousins, friends, coworkers . . . and Bevy shares pics and videos with the entire group. The free app shows images in a Facebook-like feed, but can also post them on social networks or send by text or email. If you like, Bevy can even display pictures on a TV screen. Because only people on your Bevy see pictures, Bevy is more private than cloud storage. And with one terabyte of memory—about 400,000 photos or 112 hours of HD video—you’ll free up space on tablets, computers, phones, and memory sticks. Let Bevy automatically sort by user, date, device, or location. Already have digital albums on other services or drives? Move them over to Bevy with a click. To get the most from your important moments and memories, this powerful, easy-to-manage solution is a must.
Tech & Innovation

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce Bevy to The Grommet. I’m one of the founders and I’m more than happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    10/13/2015 6:06 PM

    Hi everyone! I'm sure you have a bevy of questions and so to help you out, I sat down with Firdaus and Nancy to talk more about Bevy. Listen below!

  • Michael
    Michael
    10/14/2015 9:30 AM

    @Mike It sounds like a great idea but I do not want another cloud based solution. Where are the photos stored? I would pay well for a well designed LOCAL solution.

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 9:33 AM

    @Michael Great question Michael. With Bevy, all your photos are stored on the Bevy itself in the safety and privacy of your home. And we have worked very hard to make this as easy and intuitive to use as possible, so I hope we are the well-designed LOCAL solution you are looking for.

  • David
    David
    10/14/2015 9:31 AM

    @Mike Love love love this idea! ... especially for someone like me who is in the beginning of organizing 1000s of family photos! $299 seems like a lot for this purchase! ... but, understandable.

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 9:38 AM

    @David Thanks David, our families love using the Bevy in our homes. I have three kids and we have over 62,000 photos on our Bevy! Regarding price, think about Bevy as removing the need for that "shared computer" that we used to collect all our photos on. With its built-in storage (1TB that can hold approx. 400,000 photos), USB 3.0 ports, and SD card slot, using a computer with Bevy is totally optional. And with our Windows and Mac apps you can transfer all those thousands of photos to your Bevy in a cinch!

  • Joan
    Joan
    10/14/2015 9:42 AM

    @Firdaus Is there a fee for the cloud storage? Also, am I understanding you correctly that if, for some reason, the cloud storage is no longer available - my pictures are safely stored on the actual device and can be accessed directly that way?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 9:47 AM

    @Joan Hi Joan, yes there will be a fee for the secure encrypted cloud backup when it becomes available. We expect it to be a fairly nominal fee -- $59 per year. Needless to say, using our secure cloud backup is TOTALLY optional.

    The answer to your second question is a resounding YES! In fact, that's the primary way Bevy works -- your photos are always stored on your Bevy in your home and securely accessed from anywhere without ever having to use the cloud.

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    10/14/2015 9:47 AM

    @firdaus Does the Bevy recognize duplicates and let you know ?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 9:51 AM

    @Barbara Hi Barbara, yes Bevy does recognize duplicates so if you add the exact same photo twice to your Bevy it will recognize that and not add them twice.

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    10/14/2015 9:54 AM

    @Firdaus AWESOME! That is my fear of backing up all my photos. I have duplicates on my iPad, iPhone, laptops and don't know how long it would take to cull....????

  • Pamela
    Pamela
    10/14/2015 9:55 AM

    I am so excited! I was checking my emails while transferring my pics from my SD Cards to my 2 hard drives, and read the one from Grommet. So glad I did! My business is preserving memories (scrapbooks, photo albums, media transfers). I have my photos stored on 3 separate hard drives and in the cloud. I love the Bevy in that it allows my entire family to share those memories with very little effort. No more emailing or texting photos. I especially love real time transfers. THAT is a huge plus! Bevy isn't in my budget this month, but it will be next month! I think the price point is right on. Thanks Joan and Firdaus! I will definitely spread the word. @Joan

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 10:04 AM

    @Pamela Thanks Pamela, appreciate the kind words. We often hear from our friends and family that the most precious digital content in their lives is their family photo collection, and we agree! That's why we created Bevy in the first place.

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 10:20 AM

    @Barbara Appreciate your enthusiasm Barbara, we have worked hard to make it easy to consolidate all your family photos in one place. Bevy should make it very easy for everyone to Collect, Organize, Protect, and Enjoy their photos (we call it COPE, as in coping with the photo flood!).

  • Mary
    Mary
    10/14/2015 1:49 PM

    @Firdaus Pictures are loaded in real time from any device ,as long as that device has the app installed. Am I correct? With the app do you have the ability to pick and choose which photos you want to send to Bevy?

    Mary

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    10/14/2015 2:17 PM

    Hi Mary, yes you do. As Firdaus mentions below, at the installation you have the option to automatically or manually upload photos to Bevy. This is also something you can adjust in Settings.

  • helen
    helen
    10/14/2015 9:48 AM

    As you add photos from other computers will they organize in chronological order on the bevy or just real time?

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    10/14/2015 9:51 AM

    @helen Good question. I would like an answer to that as well!

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 9:53 AM

    @Barbara Helen and Barbara, when you add photos to your Bevy from anywhere (computers, phones, USB drives, SD cards), Bevy will use the photo creation date-time metadata in the images to arrange them in chronological order automatically. This way you can always view your entire photo collection in chronological order in the Timeline screen.

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    10/14/2015 9:56 AM

    @Firdaus You are making my little heart beat faster!

  • Brian
    Brian
    10/14/2015 9:54 AM

    @helen Definitely a good question. I'm curious about the built in organization features as well... I'm guessing it organizes by the account used to upload and by file date. What other tagging or sorting is done automatically and what can be done through the application?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 10:09 AM

    @Brian Brian, your Bevy will auto-organize photos chronologically for sure and make them accessible to you in a Timeline view. Additionally, we have an Activity screen where you can see who added what photos to your Bevy in real time. That's a really fun way to see your photos -- kind of like your own private photo social network for your family! Bevy also auto-organizes by user (i.e., who uploaded a photo) so you can decide whether you want to view the entire photo collection or only those added by a child or your spouse or yourself.

    In addition to this automatic organization, Bevy enables every user to mark photos as Favorites and create Albums. And the best part is that any effort that any family member puts into marking Favorites or creating Albums benefits everyone else (as opposed to being only on their computer as we have today).

  • elizabeth
    elizabeth
    10/14/2015 12:01 PM

    @Firdaus Can you change the date on photos from the past that you scan and save, so that it's the real date and not the scan date?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 12:35 PM

    @elizabeth Sorry, you cannot do that currently directly in the Bevy app, but this is on our product roadmap and we plan on adding it to the product soon. In the meantime, you can use a number of computer photo apps to do so before you transfer the photo to Bevy using our Windows or Mac apps. I have scanned in a lot of photos too and I usually just re-date them as soon as they are scanned into my computer. Thanks!

  • Brian
    Brian
    10/14/2015 9:53 AM

    Since the Bevy has a built-in 1 TB drive, is it possible to clone it or back it up on a second local drive (perhaps another 1TB drive you connect via USB)? I just worry about putting all our eggs in one basket with no backup.

    Or can we hook it up to a computer and use an existing backup service like Mozy to back it up in the cloud?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 9:59 AM

    @Brian Brian, you are absolutely correct about not putting all your eggs in one basket. My family has over 62,000 photos on our Bevy at home so I care a lot about this too.

    You can back up your Bevy locally in your home by simply plugging a 1TB external USB drive into the back of your Bevy and turning Backup on in the Bevy app. Bevy will automatically back itself up every night for peace of mind.

    Also, the Bevy apps for Windows and Mac will always enable you to download all (or some) photos from your Bevy onto the computer of your choice at any time.

    We are also planning on offering secure, encrypted cloud backup in the future for a nominal fee ($59 per year).

    We have put a lot of thought and effort into protecting your photos because we know that for most of us the most precious digital content in our lives is our family photo collection.

  • John
    John
    10/14/2015 10:00 AM

    @Brian Good question. That's what I was wondering. Is there any option for expansion in the future. 1TB sounds like a lot of space to some people, but with the increase in image resolution, that amount of space will soon be inadequate. When I can buy an external 1TB hard drive for under $100, I'm not sure I want to limit my storage to 1TB on a Bevy. I love the idea and features though. Great product!

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    10/14/2015 10:04 AM

    @John @firdaus Another good thought, John. So, Firdaus, is the idea of storing 400K photos for high rez photos? Or do high rez photos lower the total storage capacity?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 10:14 AM

    @Barbara @John The number of photos you will be able to store on your Bevy certainly changes depending on the resolution of the photos you take. We use an average of about 2.5MB per photo which is bigger than the photos taken by new smartphones and digital cameras.

    We will certainly be working with The Grommet to bring Bevys with more storage to you, and you can certainly ping the Grommet team about that too :-).

  • Jamshed
    Jamshed
    10/14/2015 9:55 AM

    Firdaus, Great product concept and very useful. Does BEVY offer both CLOUD and LOCAL storage and is that inclusive in the $299 price point? Wishing you big success.

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 10:01 AM

    @Jamshed Hi Jamshed, thank you for your kind words.

    Bevy provides a LOCAL backup option today at no extra charge. Simply plug an external USB drive into the back of your Bevy and turn Backup on in the Bevy app. Bevy will automatically back itself up every night for peace of mind.

    We are also planning on offering secure, encrypted cloud backup in the near future for a nominal fee ($59 per year).

  • Scott
    Scott
    10/14/2015 10:03 AM

    Does your software handle RAW files or would these need to be converted to .jpg? Also is this only for still images or would it work with video clips or the new motion images on the iPhone 6s?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 10:16 AM

    @Scott Bevy today does not support RAW files directly, so yes, they would have to be converted to JPG files first. There are so many different RAW formats that differ by manufacturer and even by individual camera that we have chosen to tackle RAW in the future.

    Video support is not in the Bevy today, but is being actively worked on and coming soon!

  • Susan
    Susan
    10/14/2015 10:55 AM

    @Firdaus Will the video availability be in the form of an upgrade or entirely new component?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    10/14/2015 11:03 AM

    It will be an upgrade, Susan!

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 11:06 AM

    @Susan Sorry, got busy answering questions elsewhere. Mike is right on, it will be a free software upgrade that will be automatically delivered without you having to do a thing.

  • Rebecca
    Rebecca
    10/14/2015 10:21 AM

    If photos are stored on an iPhone in self-made sub-files, will that system be replicated in Bevy or just by date and location and can that system be uploaded directly from the iPhone to Bevy?

    In making actual photobooks, can the albums created in Bevy be directly moved to Shutterfly or Flickr, and vice versa, from those to Bevy?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 10:43 AM

    @Rebecca Hi Rebecca, the Bevy app on your iPhone currently enables you to upload photos to your Bevy from your camera roll but does not carry over any album information. We can certainly work on adding that based on input like this - thank you.

    The Bevy apps on Windows and Mac computers allow you to upload and download photos to and from your Bevy at any time. So if you create an album on your Bevy you can download that album to your computer and use it with any other system you like (Shutterfly, Flickr, etc.). The reverse process can be used to send albums of photos to your Bevy from other systems.

    The Bevy iPhone app also has the ability to share photos directly to lots of different services (text, email, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc.) using the iPhone's built in sharing capability. So if the app is installed on your iPhone you should be able to send photos directly to it from your Bevy.

  • Paula
    Paula
    10/14/2015 10:25 AM

    Is it easy to move what I have stored on Snapfish or Shuterfly photo services to this Bevy?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 10:45 AM

    @Paula Hi Paula, the easiest way to do this would be to download your photos from Snapfish or Shutterfly to your laptop (preserving albums by downloading them into separate folders if you like). Then use the Bevy Windows or Mac app to quickly and easily transfer these photos and albums to your Bevy with a simple drag-and-drop. Bevy will preserve the album structure you have if you saved the albums as folders in the initial download.

  • Mary
    Mary
    10/14/2015 10:30 AM

    This sounds ideal. Does it include any sort of editing program?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 10:49 AM

    @Mary Hi Mary, no Bevy does not include any editing of photos right now. We have focused on the collection, organization, protection and enjoyment of your photos. Most people who actively edit photos have their favorite editors already. For example, for customers who like Adobe Lightroom for editing, we have created a Bevy plug-in for Lightroom that enables them to send photos to their Bevy from Lightroom.

    For casual simple editing, we are looking into leveraging the built-in editing capability of smartphones rather than re-inventing the wheel there ourselves. Hope this makes sense :-).

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    10/14/2015 10:48 AM

    This is amazing! Question on the sharing functionality: Can you flag certain pictures for sharing, or once stored do they all automatically share with the group you've given access to? Example: I want to get pics of my little one to the grandparents....if I take a picture, does everyone I've shared with automatically get what I've just taken a photo of Or can I put parameters around what gets shared? Any additional information you may be able to provide about the sharing capability would be great!

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 10:55 AM

    @Lisa Thanks Lisa. Bevy's mission is enable you to create a family photo collection to be enjoyed by family and close friends. There are a couple of ways to share photos from Bevy.

    Users who are connected to your Bevy (either with Family or Guest access) using the Bevy iOS or Android app can see the entire family collection and also contribute to it. Guests cannot make changes to your Bevy (like editing albums) and cannot access it from outside your home like Family users can.

    For people who you want to share photos with occasionally, you can use all of the built-in capabilities of sharing on your smartphone (text, email, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, etc.). Basically, if the app on your phone supports it then Bevy supports it!

    I hope this helps.

  • Jeanette
    Jeanette
    10/14/2015 11:04 AM

    So how do you view your Bevy collection? It appears from the video that you access from your phone or computer?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 11:09 AM

    @Jeanette Hi Jeanette, the primary way you can view your Bevy photo collection is via the Bevy mobile apps on either iOS or Android. This way you have your entire family photo collection wherever you are without taking up tons of storage space on your phone!

    We also have Bevy apps for Mac and Windows computers that enable you to upload photos to your Bevy (creating albums optionally when you do so) or download photos from your Bevy (either all photos or particular albums).

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 11:24 AM

    Jeanette, I forgot to mention that you can also view photos from your Bevy on your TV at home. Bevy has a built-in HDMI output to enable this connection.

    It's great fun to browse through photos together in front of your TV when you have family and friends visiting.

  • Stacie
    Stacie
    10/14/2015 11:06 AM

    My job requires constant posting of product images from my PC, which means thousands of photos in addition to my numerous family photos. Unfortunately, I live in a rural area and have spotty and slow internet speeds. This makes uploading and downloading images a lengthy and frustrating process. Is there a cable to connect the Bevy to my computer so that I may store images on the Bevy but also quickly move them to my PC (and vice versa) rather than having to use my internet connection to transfer the images?

  • Stacie
    Stacie
    10/14/2015 11:07 AM

    @Stacie Me again. Sorry, I don't think I was clear. I realize that I'll still need to upload the photos via the internet once they are on my PC. I just want to know if there's a quicker way to transfer the images between the Bevy and my PC. Thanks!

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 11:14 AM

    @Stacie Hi Stacie, the easiest way to transfer images between your Bevy and your PC is to use the Bevy Windows or Mac app on your computer. If both the Bevy and the PC are on the same local network then you won't have to use the Internet at all during the transfer. For maximum speed, I would recommend you connect both your PC and your Bevy to your local network with Ethernet cables instead of Wi-Fi.

    I hope I am understanding your question correctly. Please let me know if I have confused you because I misunderstood your question.

  • Stacie
    Stacie
    10/14/2015 12:04 PM

    @Firdaus That's perfect and exactly what I wanted to know--that I could connect it with an Ethernet cable. Thank you!

  • Ron
    Ron
    10/14/2015 11:07 AM

    Firdaus,

    Are you able seperate pics that you don't want kids to have access to or does everyone that has access to your Bevy able to view all pics ?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 11:19 AM

    @Ron Hi Ron, Bevy is currently designed to give every user on your Bevy the ability to view the entire photo collection. We did this because we are really trying to make sure Bevy is super easy to use. If we created separate viewing areas for different users we would be forced to introduce usernames and passwords, a management system, administrative user roles, etc.

    We are, of course, listening closely to customer feedback like yours and can easily add this kind of capability in the future if we see enough demand for it. This is not a technology limitation issue at all. Thanks for the input.

  • Stacie
    Stacie
    10/14/2015 12:06 PM

    @Firdaus That was another question I had, as well. The ability to lock some pictures away from certain viewers. That's a pretty important one for me.

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 12:32 PM

    @Stacie Thanks Stacie, I will add that to the product roadmap input that we are actively collecting and sorting through. Appreciate the input.

  • daniella
    daniella
    10/14/2015 11:21 AM

    (1) If I erase photos on my phone or SD card, will they erase from Bevy as well?

    (2) If I edit photos on the computer after they are already on Bevy, will the edited photos be added as new photos? If so, will the timeline date be the date the photo was taken or the date of the editing?

    (3) When you add video or other features, will this be done via updates to the current software rather than new hardware?

    (4) Where did the name Bevy come from? (I watched the video but SoundCloud interview is too long, in case the answer is already there.)

    Thank you. Sounds like a great and needed product.

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 11:31 AM

    @daniella Thank you Daniella, appreciate the kind words. Your answers are below.

    (1) No, when you erase a photo from your iPhone or SD card after uploading it to your Bevy it does NOT get deleted from your Bevy. In fact, that's why we created Bevy -- so you can have a central place to collect, organize, protect and enjoy your photo collection without worrying about using up lots of storage space on mobile devices, etc.

    (2) Yes, edited photos are different from the originals, so Bevy will store them as new photos. As long as the creation date-time metadata in the edited photo was not altered or deleted, Bevy will place the photo in the correct place in the Timeline (date photo taken, not when it was edited).

    (3) Yes, absolutely. And the software updates happen automatically without you having to do a thing, so you wake up in the morning and your Bevy is better than before!

    (4) A Bevy is a collection of beautiful things, so when we were considering a lot of different names it seemed natural to use Bevy for a product that helps families with their most precious and beautiful digital content. It also helps that it is a pretty word and easy to spell and pronounce :-).

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    10/14/2015 11:35 AM

    Just to tag onto #4, Daniella....

  • philip hone
    philip hone
    10/14/2015 11:26 AM

    How about videos. I presume they can also be stored.

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 11:34 AM

    @philip hone Hi Philip, Bevy currently does not support video but we are actively working on video support and it's coming soon.

    You will not need a new Bevy when video support is released, and all current Bevys will automatically auto-update their software to enable video support at no extra charge.

  • Jim
    Jim
    10/14/2015 11:34 AM

    Does Bevy have the ability to push pictures to digital picture frames?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 11:45 AM

    @Jim Hi Jim, Bevy does have an HDMI output that can be used to show pictures from your Bevy on a TV, enabling you to use your TV as a giant picture frame :-).

    As far as other digital picture frames go, there are so many varieties out there and no common standard for pushing photos to picture frames so we haven't supported that out of the box. You can always save photos from your Bevy to a USB drive or SD card using the Bevy Windows or Mac app if that's what your picture frame needs. Did you have a particular type of picture frame in mind?

  • MaryAnne
    MaryAnne
    10/14/2015 11:58 AM

    @Firdaus can it also push photos to a computer flat screen (without the computer)?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 12:15 PM

    @MaryAnne Yes it can, if your computer flat screen either has an HDMI input or you use an adapter to go from the HDMI output on your Bevy to whatever input your computer accepts. We do this all the time in the office here :-).

  • Doug
    Doug
    10/14/2015 11:35 AM

    Is there a way to get pamphlet that thoroughly explains this product further and how it works. I would like to get one as a Christmas gift for my wife. I am retired and therefore on a fixed income, and the price gives me second thoughts, but think this may well be worth it, and thus worth purchasing "Bevy Photo Storage Technology." I also like the idea of being able to add a storage device if necessary.

    Thanks - Doug

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 11:47 AM

    @Doug Hi Doug, happy to get something to you but need to figure out how to do that. Obviously we don't want you to put your full name and address into this public forum. Maybe you can send me an email to [email protected] and I will get something to you?

    Thanks for your interest and please let us know if you need anything else.

  • Alan
    Alan
    10/14/2015 11:39 AM

    Among the 27,000 or so photographs I have are about 700 taken by my grandfather between 1898 (Columbian Exposition in Chicago) and 1920 (Post WWI New York City).

    I use Photo on a Mac and have tried to set the dates to when the photos were taken (Not always easy as the albums are organized geographically, not chronologically. San Francisco just after the earthquake, 1912 Frontier Days in Cheyenne were easy.)

    Will the Bevy use the adjusted date?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 11:48 AM

    @Alan Absolutely yes. I too have many scanned photos that I have had to do the same with. BTW, I would LOVE to see some of the photos you are referring to. We are all photo nuts here and it sounds like you have a very special collection.

  • Guest
    Guest
    10/14/2015 11:40 AM

    I need photo storage, but I am not computer savy. I have both PC & apple and have stored pictures on both some successfully and some not. I don't know how to transfer from phone to PC and am not sure how to transfer the old photos I scanned. Is this device user friendly and accept all kinds of photos, both scanned, digital and DVD? old Movies?

    thanks in advance for your time.

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 11:51 AM

    @Guest We totally understand your situation and we have worked very hard to make Bevy super easy to use. You can use Bevy mobile apps (iOS and Android) to transfer photos to your Bevy from your phones. You can use Bevy computer apps (Windows and Mac) to transfer photos to your Bevy from your computers. It's as easy as dragging and dropping photos or folders filled with photos onto the Bevy app on your computer.

    Bevy does not support video yet, but we are actively working on it and hope to release video support soon. Video support will be delivered via an automatic free software update when it is ready -- you won't have to do a thing to get it.

  • MaryAnne
    MaryAnne
    10/14/2015 11:55 AM

    Three questions: 1) Does this work with video too? 2)Does it work with services like shutterfly that have storage in the cloud so that you can download them and consolidate all photos in one place? 3) if the duplicates are in different folders, will it still eliminate the duplicate (I'm hoping yes). Thanks!

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 12:06 PM

    @MaryAnne Hi MaryAnne, thanks for your interest in Bevy. Here are the responses to your questions:

    (1) Bevy does not support video yet, but we are actively working on it and hope to release video support soon. Video support will be delivered via an automatic free software update when it is ready -- you won't have to do a thing to get it.

    (2) Yes, you can most certainly download all the pictures from multiple services onto your computer and then use the Bevy Windows or Mac app to transfer them all to your Bevy. Collecting all your photos in one place is a major goal for Bevy :-).

    (3) Yes, Bevy will not create duplicates for two photos that are exactly the same. So if you upload a folder with one set of photos, and then another folder that contains some of the photos from the first folder, Bevy will only keep one copy of the duplicate photos. Of course, you will be able to add the same photo to multiple albums on your Bevy without creating duplicates too.

    Thanks!

  • Diana Thompson
    Diana Thompson
    10/14/2015 12:38 PM

    @Firdaus Will Bevy store and display information about the photo such as shutter speed, f-stop, date/time taken, etc?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 12:59 PM

    @Diana Thompson Hi Diana, Bevy definitely stores all the metadata you are referring to for each photo. For example, photos are arranged chronologically by date-time taken in the Timeline.

    The Bevy apps currently do not have a way to display this metadata. It would be relatively easy to add an information icon to every photo that would display the metadata for the photo when the user taps on it. Thanks for the feedback -- I will pass it along to our product team right away!

  • Anita
    Anita
    10/14/2015 12:55 PM

    Is it possible that you will come out with a smaller version, less expensive? I think its a great idea but being a person that lives on Social Security $299 Is having food and electric for the month or your wonderful product. And I could never fill up the storage in the one you have created.

    I also can see this being the one thing people would grab in case of an emergency and have to leave their home. Usually all photo's are lost and they are the most precious thing we have.

    Please consider a smaller, less expensive Bevy so we may all enjoy your product.

    Thank you

    Anita Work

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 1:04 PM

    @Anita We hear you Anita, and thank you for the kind words. We can certainly consider building smaller Bevys as we make progress on our product roadmap.

  • Anita
    Anita
    10/14/2015 1:43 PM

    @Firdaus Please let me know when available. If reasonable I will be your first customer.

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 2:04 PM

    @Anita That's nice to hear Anita, thank you!

  • Peter
    Peter
    10/14/2015 1:14 PM

    Using a 24 mega pixel camera, approximately how many photos will the Bevy hold?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 1:22 PM

    @Peter Hi Peter, the actual photo file size depends on many factors (quality, size, format, etc.). My colleague here has a 24 megapixel camera and tells me that on average his photos are between 8 and 11 MB in size. Using an average of 10 MB for each photo, this would imply that Bevy can fit approx. 90,000 to 100,000 photos at this high a resolution.

  • mary
    mary
    10/14/2015 1:22 PM

    1)Does Bevy store all my photos from my Macbook Pro "Photos" and keep them organized in the same albums that I have organized in my Photos ?

    2)How do I know when Bevy has uploaded all the photos from my laptop?

    3) after Bevy has all my photos uploaded is it safe to delete them all from my laptop so I can make more room?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 1:37 PM

    @mary Hi Mary, thanks for your interest in Bevy. Responses to your questions are below.

    (1) You can use the Bevy Mac app (available in the Mac app store) to send photos from your Macbook to your Bevy. Ironically, we have been able to make dragging and dropping albums from iPhoto work just fine, but Apple changed the underlying infrastructure in Photos and directly dragging an album from Photos will send the photos to your Bevy but Apple does not pass the album info with them. The short term workaround for this is to export an album from Photos onto your desktop using the album name as the folder name. Then drag and drop that folder into the Bevy app and Bevy will give you the option to create a new album on your Bevy with the folder name. Sorry, we are working on the Photos integration but at least there's an easy workaround for now.

    (2) The Bevy Mac app has a big spinner on it with a countdown of the number of photos being uploaded to your Bevy. When that spinner stops spinning and the countdown goes to zero you are done!

    (3) Yes, absolutely. In fact, that's the whole point of Bevy -- to give you a central place in your home where you can safely create a master copy of your family photo collection.

  • mary
    mary
    10/14/2015 5:56 PM

    @Firdaus You are correct with the changed underlying infrastructure in Photos made by Apple. Unfortunately when I export an Album to my desktop the new Photos infrastructure breaks up the album. The best I could do was reduce the break up of photos to location only. I really would like the Albums to stay intact when I transfer them to the Bevy but it doesn't appear possible when I just did a test run of exporting one album to the desktop...it was broken up into 3 files.

  • Geoff
    Geoff
    10/14/2015 1:26 PM

    I'm slightly unclear about the sharing capability.

    Can this automatically upload to facebook in real time?

    I want to take a picture and have it up on my facebook page instantly (or close).

    Also, videos will tear through terabytes quickly. Is there expansion capability to an existing unit; as in, can I put a bigger HD in it?

    Thanks

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 1:47 PM

    @Geoff Hi Geoff, Bevy will not upload every photo that you add to it to Facebook in real time. That would probably be a bit much for people who are using Bevy to create a family photo collection. For example, my family has over 62,000 photos on our Bevy at home!

    However, you can pick photos from your Bevy at any time and share them to Facebook from directly within the Bevy app.

    From your feedback, I am thinking that a good way to implement this would be to have a "special album" within your Bevy so that any photo added to that album would be automatically sent to Facebook too. That would work for most people, wouldn't it?

    There isn't expansion capability on the current 1 TB unit but we will certainly keep increasing storage over time.

  • Geoff
    Geoff
    10/14/2015 2:00 PM

    @Firdaus Yes, a folder to facebook would be awesome. Its kind of a work thing. We own a daycare and take pics and upload to a private facebook page so parents can see real time the fun and learning their children are having. Our previous method has been discontinued and I can't find a suitable replacement that allows us to share the day easily!

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 2:04 PM

    @Geoff Ah, I see. Now the use case makes perfect sense. Will feed that to the product team right away. Thanks for the input!

  • Marc
    Marc
    10/14/2015 1:27 PM

    Okay. I am an amateur photographer who is computer savvy and paranoid to boot. I'm in the process of backing up my work to 100gb Blu-Ray DVDs and have multiple hard drives with full backups. What I'm intrigued about is the access people can have which is what I'm seeing as a big boon.

    Here's my first question: I have almost all of my shots in Lightroom and I've key-worded and rated them up the wazoo. Will the Bevy recognize those ratings/keywords?

    My second question relates to formats- I am currently shooting in RAW & jpeg simultaneously. I see you don't support RAW, which is fine because the terabyte would disappear in no time. When I'm syncing with my computer, I assume it will simply ignore the RAW files and import the jpeg files?

    and my third question is will the Bevy accept other formats, most specifically TIFF and PSD? I do a lot of HDR work and even more Photoshop work. Additionally, all of the old Photo CD files I have are converted to PSD. When I do my post-production those are my 2 go-to formats.

    Thank you very much- it's a nifty idea!

    marc

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 1:56 PM

    @Marc Hi Marc, thanks for the thoughtful questions and kind words. Responses below.

    (1) I just spoke to our resident Lightroom expert about our Lightroom plug-in. We do support Lightroom picks, star ratings, or color labels to become Favorites within Bevy. You can even select how many stars a photo has to have to become a Bevy Favorite (e.g., 3 stars or greater). Unfortunately, we don't transfer keywords yet. We are adding tagging capability to Bevy right now and we will be able to transfer keywords to tags at that point. Currently the Lightroom plug-in supports a Lightroom Publish Service for Bevy that will create Bevy albums from collections in Lightroom.

    (2) When you use a Bevy computer app (Mac or Windows) to drag and drop photos or folders filled with photos to your Bevy, it will only accept JPG and PNG files. If you use the Lightroom plug-in then it will automatically generate and send JPGs to your Bevy regardless of the original format (but it will not just ignore them).

    (3) We are certainly going to add more photo formats to Bevy, and we will add formats to our product roadmap based on customer demand and comparison with other product priorities (the usual product trade-off stuff that every company has to do!).

    Hope this helps.

  • Randy
    Randy
    10/14/2015 1:46 PM

    David - What if there are pictures you are taking that you do not wish to have uploaded - say for example pictures of gifts that you are researching for a family member and you do not wish to have them see what you are comparison shopping?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 1:58 PM

    @Randy Hi Randy, totally understand your question. There certainly are photos on my phone that I don't want on our family Bevy (photos of parking spaces, receipts, etc.). That's why the Bevy mobile apps support both an auto-upload mode (all photos automatically get uploaded to your Bevy) and a manual upload mode (you select photos to upload whenever you like).

    The first time you connect to your Bevy you will be asked if you want auto-upload or not, and you can always change this later in Settings.

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    10/14/2015 1:47 PM

    I have years of photos uploaded on a website, Phanfare. Can I download those photos directly from the web into Bevy?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 2:03 PM

    @Lisa Hi Lisa, we don't have a direct integration with Phanfare because there are just too many photo sites out there for us to integrate with :-).

    However, it is very easy to transfer your photos from Phanfare into your Bevy. Simply download all the photos from Phanfare to your computer (be sure to preserve albums as separate folders). Then drag and drop them into the Bevy computer app (Mac or Windows) and they will end up on your Bevy. You will be given the option to have Bevy create new Bevy albums for you during the transfer process so you can preserve the albums you might have created on Phanfare. Thanks!

  • Brenda
    Brenda
    10/14/2015 2:26 PM

    I love this idea - because like most families I have 1,000 and 1,000 of photos on every device imaginable but if I have to find one of the it is impossible - I love your idea - it would be perfect for me because I make Videos from photos for special events, however, now to my question. We all take those horrible photos where you happen to have a horrific look on your face or food in your mouth and worse. I would not want those to pop right into Bevi so all my friends and family could see them immediately. No on wants horrible pictures of themselves out for everyone to laugh about. Is there any way to stop a horrible photo from uploading to Bevi before everyone sees it, or would it work just to keep mine private until I get to my PC and correct the photo or delete it before it goes viral among my family, who by the way - would love to do that - I have 3 grown boys and 9 grandkids who would think that would be hilarious!! I am in the habit of correcting anything wrong with my photos or deleting them before anyone sees them - would this be possible, if so how? Should I just keep my Bevi private all the time, just for me to use.

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 2:32 PM

    @Brenda Hi Brenda, thank you for your kind words.

    I totally understand your predicament -- there certainly are photos on my phone that I don't want on our family Bevy (photos of parking spaces, receipts, etc.). And my kids (17, 14 and 11) certainly don't want to put ALL their smartphone photos onto the family Bevy!

    That's why the Bevy mobile apps support both an auto-upload mode (all photos automatically get uploaded to your Bevy) and a manual upload mode (you select photos to upload whenever you like). The first time you connect to your Bevy you will be asked if you want auto-upload or not, and you can always change this later in Settings.

    It's also very simple to control what goes onto your Bevy from your computer. All you have to do is drag and drop only the photos you want on your Bevy onto your Bevy app and leave the rest behind!

    We certainly don't want you to have to keep your Bevy private all the time -- Bevy is so much more fun and valuable when you use it with friends and family :-).

  • Beverley
    Beverley
    10/14/2015 3:24 PM

    This sounds so well thought-out! My question: when I fill up the 1 Tb, can I attach a second Bevy to the first one, thereby making them seem like just once device?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 3:40 PM

    @Beverley Hi Beverley, thanks for your kind words. We have worked hard to make Bevy super easy and intuitive for the whole family and your words are very encouraging.

    Right now you cannot connect two Bevys together to make them appear to be one, but you can certainly use them side by side. For example, Bevy 1 is all photos from 1990-2010 and Bevy 2 is photos from 2010 onwards.

    The other option is to upgrade to a larger Bevy in the future, and we fully intend to keep introducing larger and larger Bevys as storage sizes go up and prices go down. Our local backup capability (in the product today) will make it easy to transfer your content (along with organization, like albums, etc.) to your new Bevy. Simply plug in the backup drive from your old Bevy into the front of your new Bevy and tap Restore in the Bevy app.

  • Harold
    Harold
    10/14/2015 5:09 PM

    I have thousands of slides that I'm converting to digital images which will be stored on an SD Card. If I transfer those files from the SD Card to Bevy for storage will Bevy still organize the files chronologically not from the date I made the transfer but from the date the original slides were taken?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 5:18 PM

    @Harold Hi Harold, the answer to your question is that it depends entirely on the software you use to create the digital images from your slides. If that software enables you to put the correct date-time info into the digital images it creates for you, then Bevy will certainly do the right thing and put them in the correct chronological order and not the date of the transfer. Basically, something has to put the correct date-time info into the metadata for the digital images for any system to be able to sort them correctly.

    I hope this helps.

  • RACHEL
    RACHEL
    10/14/2015 5:18 PM

    This sounds great!!

    Does the Bevy work like a back-up device? Will it store other media like videos, music & artwork? Can it take transfers from Google Drive or PDF files, I have written material that I'd like to store, or does it just store photos?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 5:29 PM

    @RACHEL Hi Rachel, we have purpose-built Bevy to be a smart photo system for families, and one of our primary goals was to make it super easy and intuitive to use. So we focused on photos (and videos in the near future), but it does not store things like PDF files, Word docs and music files like a general purpose hard drive would. We are really trying to deliver a spectacular user experience for the world of digital memories and have had to make some clear choices to get there :-).

  • mary
    mary
    10/14/2015 7:17 PM

    Do the photos appear in chronological order on the Bevy? Since Apple's Photo infrastructure won't allow me to export my Albums from within "Photo" to my desktop without separating the photos, is there a way for me to make albums within Bevy?

    I so wish Apple's photo would export an album completely intact. I really would love for Bevy to solve my photo storage/sharing but this is a deal breaker for me if I can't get my photos into albums easily. Thank you for your help!!

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 8:29 PM

    @mary Hi Mary, Bevy does both -- the Timeline screen will show you all your photos in chronological order, and you can create as many Albums as you like. In fact, when you transfer photos to your Bevy from your computer using either of the Bevy Windows or Mac apps, you will be given the option to automatically create albums on your Bevy using the folders that your photos are in, if any.

    Even after your photos are on your Bevy you will be able to create new albums at any time, add or remove photos from existing albums, create new albums from within existing albums, and download a particular Bevy album to a computer to, for example, print a photobook.

    I hope this answers your question and makes you feel better about Bevy's albums capability!

  • Carol
    Carol
    10/14/2015 8:47 PM

    My family lives all over the country and even out of the country. Would you please explain how all of them can contribute their photos? In your video, I heard something about having to be in the room where the Bevy is located to connect. Did I mishear the conversation?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 9:09 PM

    @Carol Hi Carol, for someone to have full access to your Bevy they need to first connect to your Bevy on the same local network that the Bevy is on. That typically means their mobile device has to be in your home and on your home Wi-Fi network. Once they do so, and you give them Family access, they can connect to your Bevy from anywhere outside your home.

    It's designed this way to make sure that access to your Bevy is secure without requiring every user to create a new account with new usernames and passwords.

    We understand that this won't work for family and friends who are far away and won't be coming over any time soon (I feel this too because my mum lives in Australia and my sister lives in Seattle!). That's why we are working on adding an invitation mechanism to Bevy that will enable you to invite others who cannot visit you soon.

    You can, of course, use all of the sharing capability that's in Bevy today to share photos with people anywhere.

  • Shelley
    Shelley
    10/14/2015 9:40 PM

    For $299 I can buy a whole computer with all the software I need to store, index, and access more than 1,000,000 photos. This product doesn't do anything I can't do better, faster, and cheaper with a decent tablen.

    Take your Bevy and shove it!!!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    10/14/2015 10:12 PM

    Dang, Shelley, those are some pretty harsh words. However, what those words hold in cruelty, they lack in credibility. 1 TB, the storage of a Bevy, is far more than most, if not all, standard computer hard drives. So you're not even coming close to that one million photos you suggested. Most computers don't have nearly the photographic functionality that Bevy does. And if you can show me a full-fledged computer for $299, I will show you a terrible computer someone tricked you into buying.

    Frankly, you should take a Bevy and love it, because "tablens" are not a thing.

  • Donna
    Donna
    10/14/2015 10:22 PM

    @Mike Can we put the pictures up on the big screen TV we have chrome cast and like looking at our pics on the big screen can Bevy do this?

    Hubby likes it but this is the determining factor for him....

    Thanks!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    10/14/2015 10:42 PM

    Hi Donna, you can surely throw pictures on the big screen! Though you will need an HDMI cable not a chrome cast. You probably have one connected to your cable box, or one from your computer you can use!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Bevy by Lineage Labs

Photo Storage Technology

Every Photo, Organized

Everyone is a full-time photographer today, snapping and recording on phones, tablets, and cameras. Enlist Bevy to save, organize, and share all of your digital pics and videos, along with those of your family and friends.

First, add users and their devices to your account. Then, as soon as anyone takes a picture or video, it’s
stored on the pint-sized Bevy. Invite people to join your Bevy (while they’re in your home or through remote invitations if they don’t live nearby). . . Dad’s side of the family, cousins, friends, coworkers . . . and Bevy shares pics and videos with the entire group.

The free app shows images in a Facebook-like feed, but can also post them on social networks or send by text or email. If you like, Bevy can even display pictures on a TV screen. Because only people on your Bevy see pictures, Bevy is more private than cloud storage. And with one terabyte of memory—about 400,000 photos or 112 hours of HD video—you’ll free up space on tablets, computers, phones, and memory sticks.

Let Bevy automatically sort by user, date, device, or location. Already have digital albums on other services or drives? Move them over to Bevy with a click.

To get the most from your important moments and memories, this powerful, easy-to-manage solution is a must.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce Bevy to The Grommet. I’m one of the founders and I’m more than happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    10/13/2015 6:06 PM

    Hi everyone! I'm sure you have a bevy of questions and so to help you out, I sat down with Firdaus and Nancy to talk more about Bevy. Listen below!

  • Michael
    Michael
    10/14/2015 9:30 AM

    @Mike It sounds like a great idea but I do not want another cloud based solution. Where are the photos stored? I would pay well for a well designed LOCAL solution.

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 9:33 AM

    @Michael Great question Michael. With Bevy, all your photos are stored on the Bevy itself in the safety and privacy of your home. And we have worked very hard to make this as easy and intuitive to use as possible, so I hope we are the well-designed LOCAL solution you are looking for.

  • David
    David
    10/14/2015 9:31 AM

    @Mike Love love love this idea! ... especially for someone like me who is in the beginning of organizing 1000s of family photos! $299 seems like a lot for this purchase! ... but, understandable.

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 9:38 AM

    @David Thanks David, our families love using the Bevy in our homes. I have three kids and we have over 62,000 photos on our Bevy! Regarding price, think about Bevy as removing the need for that "shared computer" that we used to collect all our photos on. With its built-in storage (1TB that can hold approx. 400,000 photos), USB 3.0 ports, and SD card slot, using a computer with Bevy is totally optional. And with our Windows and Mac apps you can transfer all those thousands of photos to your Bevy in a cinch!

  • Joan
    Joan
    10/14/2015 9:42 AM

    @Firdaus Is there a fee for the cloud storage? Also, am I understanding you correctly that if, for some reason, the cloud storage is no longer available - my pictures are safely stored on the actual device and can be accessed directly that way?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 9:47 AM

    @Joan Hi Joan, yes there will be a fee for the secure encrypted cloud backup when it becomes available. We expect it to be a fairly nominal fee -- $59 per year. Needless to say, using our secure cloud backup is TOTALLY optional.

    The answer to your second question is a resounding YES! In fact, that's the primary way Bevy works -- your photos are always stored on your Bevy in your home and securely accessed from anywhere without ever having to use the cloud.

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    10/14/2015 9:47 AM

    @firdaus Does the Bevy recognize duplicates and let you know ?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 9:51 AM

    @Barbara Hi Barbara, yes Bevy does recognize duplicates so if you add the exact same photo twice to your Bevy it will recognize that and not add them twice.

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    10/14/2015 9:54 AM

    @Firdaus AWESOME! That is my fear of backing up all my photos. I have duplicates on my iPad, iPhone, laptops and don't know how long it would take to cull....????

  • Pamela
    Pamela
    10/14/2015 9:55 AM

    I am so excited! I was checking my emails while transferring my pics from my SD Cards to my 2 hard drives, and read the one from Grommet. So glad I did! My business is preserving memories (scrapbooks, photo albums, media transfers). I have my photos stored on 3 separate hard drives and in the cloud. I love the Bevy in that it allows my entire family to share those memories with very little effort. No more emailing or texting photos. I especially love real time transfers. THAT is a huge plus! Bevy isn't in my budget this month, but it will be next month! I think the price point is right on. Thanks Joan and Firdaus! I will definitely spread the word. @Joan

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 10:04 AM

    @Pamela Thanks Pamela, appreciate the kind words. We often hear from our friends and family that the most precious digital content in their lives is their family photo collection, and we agree! That's why we created Bevy in the first place.

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 10:20 AM

    @Barbara Appreciate your enthusiasm Barbara, we have worked hard to make it easy to consolidate all your family photos in one place. Bevy should make it very easy for everyone to Collect, Organize, Protect, and Enjoy their photos (we call it COPE, as in coping with the photo flood!).

  • Mary
    Mary
    10/14/2015 1:49 PM

    @Firdaus Pictures are loaded in real time from any device ,as long as that device has the app installed. Am I correct? With the app do you have the ability to pick and choose which photos you want to send to Bevy?

    Mary

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    10/14/2015 2:17 PM

    Hi Mary, yes you do. As Firdaus mentions below, at the installation you have the option to automatically or manually upload photos to Bevy. This is also something you can adjust in Settings.

  • helen
    helen
    10/14/2015 9:48 AM

    As you add photos from other computers will they organize in chronological order on the bevy or just real time?

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    10/14/2015 9:51 AM

    @helen Good question. I would like an answer to that as well!

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 9:53 AM

    @Barbara Helen and Barbara, when you add photos to your Bevy from anywhere (computers, phones, USB drives, SD cards), Bevy will use the photo creation date-time metadata in the images to arrange them in chronological order automatically. This way you can always view your entire photo collection in chronological order in the Timeline screen.

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    10/14/2015 9:56 AM

    @Firdaus You are making my little heart beat faster!

  • Brian
    Brian
    10/14/2015 9:54 AM

    @helen Definitely a good question. I'm curious about the built in organization features as well... I'm guessing it organizes by the account used to upload and by file date. What other tagging or sorting is done automatically and what can be done through the application?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 10:09 AM

    @Brian Brian, your Bevy will auto-organize photos chronologically for sure and make them accessible to you in a Timeline view. Additionally, we have an Activity screen where you can see who added what photos to your Bevy in real time. That's a really fun way to see your photos -- kind of like your own private photo social network for your family! Bevy also auto-organizes by user (i.e., who uploaded a photo) so you can decide whether you want to view the entire photo collection or only those added by a child or your spouse or yourself.

    In addition to this automatic organization, Bevy enables every user to mark photos as Favorites and create Albums. And the best part is that any effort that any family member puts into marking Favorites or creating Albums benefits everyone else (as opposed to being only on their computer as we have today).

  • elizabeth
    elizabeth
    10/14/2015 12:01 PM

    @Firdaus Can you change the date on photos from the past that you scan and save, so that it's the real date and not the scan date?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 12:35 PM

    @elizabeth Sorry, you cannot do that currently directly in the Bevy app, but this is on our product roadmap and we plan on adding it to the product soon. In the meantime, you can use a number of computer photo apps to do so before you transfer the photo to Bevy using our Windows or Mac apps. I have scanned in a lot of photos too and I usually just re-date them as soon as they are scanned into my computer. Thanks!

  • Brian
    Brian
    10/14/2015 9:53 AM

    Since the Bevy has a built-in 1 TB drive, is it possible to clone it or back it up on a second local drive (perhaps another 1TB drive you connect via USB)? I just worry about putting all our eggs in one basket with no backup.

    Or can we hook it up to a computer and use an existing backup service like Mozy to back it up in the cloud?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 9:59 AM

    @Brian Brian, you are absolutely correct about not putting all your eggs in one basket. My family has over 62,000 photos on our Bevy at home so I care a lot about this too.

    You can back up your Bevy locally in your home by simply plugging a 1TB external USB drive into the back of your Bevy and turning Backup on in the Bevy app. Bevy will automatically back itself up every night for peace of mind.

    Also, the Bevy apps for Windows and Mac will always enable you to download all (or some) photos from your Bevy onto the computer of your choice at any time.

    We are also planning on offering secure, encrypted cloud backup in the future for a nominal fee ($59 per year).

    We have put a lot of thought and effort into protecting your photos because we know that for most of us the most precious digital content in our lives is our family photo collection.

  • John
    John
    10/14/2015 10:00 AM

    @Brian Good question. That's what I was wondering. Is there any option for expansion in the future. 1TB sounds like a lot of space to some people, but with the increase in image resolution, that amount of space will soon be inadequate. When I can buy an external 1TB hard drive for under $100, I'm not sure I want to limit my storage to 1TB on a Bevy. I love the idea and features though. Great product!

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    10/14/2015 10:04 AM

    @John @firdaus Another good thought, John. So, Firdaus, is the idea of storing 400K photos for high rez photos? Or do high rez photos lower the total storage capacity?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 10:14 AM

    @Barbara @John The number of photos you will be able to store on your Bevy certainly changes depending on the resolution of the photos you take. We use an average of about 2.5MB per photo which is bigger than the photos taken by new smartphones and digital cameras.

    We will certainly be working with The Grommet to bring Bevys with more storage to you, and you can certainly ping the Grommet team about that too :-).

  • Jamshed
    Jamshed
    10/14/2015 9:55 AM

    Firdaus, Great product concept and very useful. Does BEVY offer both CLOUD and LOCAL storage and is that inclusive in the $299 price point? Wishing you big success.

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 10:01 AM

    @Jamshed Hi Jamshed, thank you for your kind words.

    Bevy provides a LOCAL backup option today at no extra charge. Simply plug an external USB drive into the back of your Bevy and turn Backup on in the Bevy app. Bevy will automatically back itself up every night for peace of mind.

    We are also planning on offering secure, encrypted cloud backup in the near future for a nominal fee ($59 per year).

  • Scott
    Scott
    10/14/2015 10:03 AM

    Does your software handle RAW files or would these need to be converted to .jpg? Also is this only for still images or would it work with video clips or the new motion images on the iPhone 6s?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 10:16 AM

    @Scott Bevy today does not support RAW files directly, so yes, they would have to be converted to JPG files first. There are so many different RAW formats that differ by manufacturer and even by individual camera that we have chosen to tackle RAW in the future.

    Video support is not in the Bevy today, but is being actively worked on and coming soon!

  • Susan
    Susan
    10/14/2015 10:55 AM

    @Firdaus Will the video availability be in the form of an upgrade or entirely new component?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    10/14/2015 11:03 AM

    It will be an upgrade, Susan!

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 11:06 AM

    @Susan Sorry, got busy answering questions elsewhere. Mike is right on, it will be a free software upgrade that will be automatically delivered without you having to do a thing.

  • Rebecca
    Rebecca
    10/14/2015 10:21 AM

    If photos are stored on an iPhone in self-made sub-files, will that system be replicated in Bevy or just by date and location and can that system be uploaded directly from the iPhone to Bevy?

    In making actual photobooks, can the albums created in Bevy be directly moved to Shutterfly or Flickr, and vice versa, from those to Bevy?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 10:43 AM

    @Rebecca Hi Rebecca, the Bevy app on your iPhone currently enables you to upload photos to your Bevy from your camera roll but does not carry over any album information. We can certainly work on adding that based on input like this - thank you.

    The Bevy apps on Windows and Mac computers allow you to upload and download photos to and from your Bevy at any time. So if you create an album on your Bevy you can download that album to your computer and use it with any other system you like (Shutterfly, Flickr, etc.). The reverse process can be used to send albums of photos to your Bevy from other systems.

    The Bevy iPhone app also has the ability to share photos directly to lots of different services (text, email, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc.) using the iPhone's built in sharing capability. So if the app is installed on your iPhone you should be able to send photos directly to it from your Bevy.

  • Paula
    Paula
    10/14/2015 10:25 AM

    Is it easy to move what I have stored on Snapfish or Shuterfly photo services to this Bevy?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 10:45 AM

    @Paula Hi Paula, the easiest way to do this would be to download your photos from Snapfish or Shutterfly to your laptop (preserving albums by downloading them into separate folders if you like). Then use the Bevy Windows or Mac app to quickly and easily transfer these photos and albums to your Bevy with a simple drag-and-drop. Bevy will preserve the album structure you have if you saved the albums as folders in the initial download.

  • Mary
    Mary
    10/14/2015 10:30 AM

    This sounds ideal. Does it include any sort of editing program?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 10:49 AM

    @Mary Hi Mary, no Bevy does not include any editing of photos right now. We have focused on the collection, organization, protection and enjoyment of your photos. Most people who actively edit photos have their favorite editors already. For example, for customers who like Adobe Lightroom for editing, we have created a Bevy plug-in for Lightroom that enables them to send photos to their Bevy from Lightroom.

    For casual simple editing, we are looking into leveraging the built-in editing capability of smartphones rather than re-inventing the wheel there ourselves. Hope this makes sense :-).

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    10/14/2015 10:48 AM

    This is amazing! Question on the sharing functionality: Can you flag certain pictures for sharing, or once stored do they all automatically share with the group you've given access to? Example: I want to get pics of my little one to the grandparents....if I take a picture, does everyone I've shared with automatically get what I've just taken a photo of Or can I put parameters around what gets shared? Any additional information you may be able to provide about the sharing capability would be great!

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 10:55 AM

    @Lisa Thanks Lisa. Bevy's mission is enable you to create a family photo collection to be enjoyed by family and close friends. There are a couple of ways to share photos from Bevy.

    Users who are connected to your Bevy (either with Family or Guest access) using the Bevy iOS or Android app can see the entire family collection and also contribute to it. Guests cannot make changes to your Bevy (like editing albums) and cannot access it from outside your home like Family users can.

    For people who you want to share photos with occasionally, you can use all of the built-in capabilities of sharing on your smartphone (text, email, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, etc.). Basically, if the app on your phone supports it then Bevy supports it!

    I hope this helps.

  • Jeanette
    Jeanette
    10/14/2015 11:04 AM

    So how do you view your Bevy collection? It appears from the video that you access from your phone or computer?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 11:09 AM

    @Jeanette Hi Jeanette, the primary way you can view your Bevy photo collection is via the Bevy mobile apps on either iOS or Android. This way you have your entire family photo collection wherever you are without taking up tons of storage space on your phone!

    We also have Bevy apps for Mac and Windows computers that enable you to upload photos to your Bevy (creating albums optionally when you do so) or download photos from your Bevy (either all photos or particular albums).

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 11:24 AM

    Jeanette, I forgot to mention that you can also view photos from your Bevy on your TV at home. Bevy has a built-in HDMI output to enable this connection.

    It's great fun to browse through photos together in front of your TV when you have family and friends visiting.

  • Stacie
    Stacie
    10/14/2015 11:06 AM

    My job requires constant posting of product images from my PC, which means thousands of photos in addition to my numerous family photos. Unfortunately, I live in a rural area and have spotty and slow internet speeds. This makes uploading and downloading images a lengthy and frustrating process. Is there a cable to connect the Bevy to my computer so that I may store images on the Bevy but also quickly move them to my PC (and vice versa) rather than having to use my internet connection to transfer the images?

  • Stacie
    Stacie
    10/14/2015 11:07 AM

    @Stacie Me again. Sorry, I don't think I was clear. I realize that I'll still need to upload the photos via the internet once they are on my PC. I just want to know if there's a quicker way to transfer the images between the Bevy and my PC. Thanks!

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 11:14 AM

    @Stacie Hi Stacie, the easiest way to transfer images between your Bevy and your PC is to use the Bevy Windows or Mac app on your computer. If both the Bevy and the PC are on the same local network then you won't have to use the Internet at all during the transfer. For maximum speed, I would recommend you connect both your PC and your Bevy to your local network with Ethernet cables instead of Wi-Fi.

    I hope I am understanding your question correctly. Please let me know if I have confused you because I misunderstood your question.

  • Stacie
    Stacie
    10/14/2015 12:04 PM

    @Firdaus That's perfect and exactly what I wanted to know--that I could connect it with an Ethernet cable. Thank you!

  • Ron
    Ron
    10/14/2015 11:07 AM

    Firdaus,

    Are you able seperate pics that you don't want kids to have access to or does everyone that has access to your Bevy able to view all pics ?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 11:19 AM

    @Ron Hi Ron, Bevy is currently designed to give every user on your Bevy the ability to view the entire photo collection. We did this because we are really trying to make sure Bevy is super easy to use. If we created separate viewing areas for different users we would be forced to introduce usernames and passwords, a management system, administrative user roles, etc.

    We are, of course, listening closely to customer feedback like yours and can easily add this kind of capability in the future if we see enough demand for it. This is not a technology limitation issue at all. Thanks for the input.

  • Stacie
    Stacie
    10/14/2015 12:06 PM

    @Firdaus That was another question I had, as well. The ability to lock some pictures away from certain viewers. That's a pretty important one for me.

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 12:32 PM

    @Stacie Thanks Stacie, I will add that to the product roadmap input that we are actively collecting and sorting through. Appreciate the input.

  • daniella
    daniella
    10/14/2015 11:21 AM

    (1) If I erase photos on my phone or SD card, will they erase from Bevy as well?

    (2) If I edit photos on the computer after they are already on Bevy, will the edited photos be added as new photos? If so, will the timeline date be the date the photo was taken or the date of the editing?

    (3) When you add video or other features, will this be done via updates to the current software rather than new hardware?

    (4) Where did the name Bevy come from? (I watched the video but SoundCloud interview is too long, in case the answer is already there.)

    Thank you. Sounds like a great and needed product.

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 11:31 AM

    @daniella Thank you Daniella, appreciate the kind words. Your answers are below.

    (1) No, when you erase a photo from your iPhone or SD card after uploading it to your Bevy it does NOT get deleted from your Bevy. In fact, that's why we created Bevy -- so you can have a central place to collect, organize, protect and enjoy your photo collection without worrying about using up lots of storage space on mobile devices, etc.

    (2) Yes, edited photos are different from the originals, so Bevy will store them as new photos. As long as the creation date-time metadata in the edited photo was not altered or deleted, Bevy will place the photo in the correct place in the Timeline (date photo taken, not when it was edited).

    (3) Yes, absolutely. And the software updates happen automatically without you having to do a thing, so you wake up in the morning and your Bevy is better than before!

    (4) A Bevy is a collection of beautiful things, so when we were considering a lot of different names it seemed natural to use Bevy for a product that helps families with their most precious and beautiful digital content. It also helps that it is a pretty word and easy to spell and pronounce :-).

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    10/14/2015 11:35 AM

    Just to tag onto #4, Daniella....

  • philip hone
    philip hone
    10/14/2015 11:26 AM

    How about videos. I presume they can also be stored.

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 11:34 AM

    @philip hone Hi Philip, Bevy currently does not support video but we are actively working on video support and it's coming soon.

    You will not need a new Bevy when video support is released, and all current Bevys will automatically auto-update their software to enable video support at no extra charge.

  • Jim
    Jim
    10/14/2015 11:34 AM

    Does Bevy have the ability to push pictures to digital picture frames?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 11:45 AM

    @Jim Hi Jim, Bevy does have an HDMI output that can be used to show pictures from your Bevy on a TV, enabling you to use your TV as a giant picture frame :-).

    As far as other digital picture frames go, there are so many varieties out there and no common standard for pushing photos to picture frames so we haven't supported that out of the box. You can always save photos from your Bevy to a USB drive or SD card using the Bevy Windows or Mac app if that's what your picture frame needs. Did you have a particular type of picture frame in mind?

  • MaryAnne
    MaryAnne
    10/14/2015 11:58 AM

    @Firdaus can it also push photos to a computer flat screen (without the computer)?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 12:15 PM

    @MaryAnne Yes it can, if your computer flat screen either has an HDMI input or you use an adapter to go from the HDMI output on your Bevy to whatever input your computer accepts. We do this all the time in the office here :-).

  • Doug
    Doug
    10/14/2015 11:35 AM

    Is there a way to get pamphlet that thoroughly explains this product further and how it works. I would like to get one as a Christmas gift for my wife. I am retired and therefore on a fixed income, and the price gives me second thoughts, but think this may well be worth it, and thus worth purchasing "Bevy Photo Storage Technology." I also like the idea of being able to add a storage device if necessary.

    Thanks - Doug

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 11:47 AM

    @Doug Hi Doug, happy to get something to you but need to figure out how to do that. Obviously we don't want you to put your full name and address into this public forum. Maybe you can send me an email to [email protected] and I will get something to you?

    Thanks for your interest and please let us know if you need anything else.

  • Alan
    Alan
    10/14/2015 11:39 AM

    Among the 27,000 or so photographs I have are about 700 taken by my grandfather between 1898 (Columbian Exposition in Chicago) and 1920 (Post WWI New York City).

    I use Photo on a Mac and have tried to set the dates to when the photos were taken (Not always easy as the albums are organized geographically, not chronologically. San Francisco just after the earthquake, 1912 Frontier Days in Cheyenne were easy.)

    Will the Bevy use the adjusted date?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 11:48 AM

    @Alan Absolutely yes. I too have many scanned photos that I have had to do the same with. BTW, I would LOVE to see some of the photos you are referring to. We are all photo nuts here and it sounds like you have a very special collection.

  • Guest
    Guest
    10/14/2015 11:40 AM

    I need photo storage, but I am not computer savy. I have both PC & apple and have stored pictures on both some successfully and some not. I don't know how to transfer from phone to PC and am not sure how to transfer the old photos I scanned. Is this device user friendly and accept all kinds of photos, both scanned, digital and DVD? old Movies?

    thanks in advance for your time.

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 11:51 AM

    @Guest We totally understand your situation and we have worked very hard to make Bevy super easy to use. You can use Bevy mobile apps (iOS and Android) to transfer photos to your Bevy from your phones. You can use Bevy computer apps (Windows and Mac) to transfer photos to your Bevy from your computers. It's as easy as dragging and dropping photos or folders filled with photos onto the Bevy app on your computer.

    Bevy does not support video yet, but we are actively working on it and hope to release video support soon. Video support will be delivered via an automatic free software update when it is ready -- you won't have to do a thing to get it.

  • MaryAnne
    MaryAnne
    10/14/2015 11:55 AM

    Three questions: 1) Does this work with video too? 2)Does it work with services like shutterfly that have storage in the cloud so that you can download them and consolidate all photos in one place? 3) if the duplicates are in different folders, will it still eliminate the duplicate (I'm hoping yes). Thanks!

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 12:06 PM

    @MaryAnne Hi MaryAnne, thanks for your interest in Bevy. Here are the responses to your questions:

    (1) Bevy does not support video yet, but we are actively working on it and hope to release video support soon. Video support will be delivered via an automatic free software update when it is ready -- you won't have to do a thing to get it.

    (2) Yes, you can most certainly download all the pictures from multiple services onto your computer and then use the Bevy Windows or Mac app to transfer them all to your Bevy. Collecting all your photos in one place is a major goal for Bevy :-).

    (3) Yes, Bevy will not create duplicates for two photos that are exactly the same. So if you upload a folder with one set of photos, and then another folder that contains some of the photos from the first folder, Bevy will only keep one copy of the duplicate photos. Of course, you will be able to add the same photo to multiple albums on your Bevy without creating duplicates too.

    Thanks!

  • Diana Thompson
    Diana Thompson
    10/14/2015 12:38 PM

    @Firdaus Will Bevy store and display information about the photo such as shutter speed, f-stop, date/time taken, etc?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 12:59 PM

    @Diana Thompson Hi Diana, Bevy definitely stores all the metadata you are referring to for each photo. For example, photos are arranged chronologically by date-time taken in the Timeline.

    The Bevy apps currently do not have a way to display this metadata. It would be relatively easy to add an information icon to every photo that would display the metadata for the photo when the user taps on it. Thanks for the feedback -- I will pass it along to our product team right away!

  • Anita
    Anita
    10/14/2015 12:55 PM

    Is it possible that you will come out with a smaller version, less expensive? I think its a great idea but being a person that lives on Social Security $299 Is having food and electric for the month or your wonderful product. And I could never fill up the storage in the one you have created.

    I also can see this being the one thing people would grab in case of an emergency and have to leave their home. Usually all photo's are lost and they are the most precious thing we have.

    Please consider a smaller, less expensive Bevy so we may all enjoy your product.

    Thank you

    Anita Work

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 1:04 PM

    @Anita We hear you Anita, and thank you for the kind words. We can certainly consider building smaller Bevys as we make progress on our product roadmap.

  • Anita
    Anita
    10/14/2015 1:43 PM

    @Firdaus Please let me know when available. If reasonable I will be your first customer.

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 2:04 PM

    @Anita That's nice to hear Anita, thank you!

  • Peter
    Peter
    10/14/2015 1:14 PM

    Using a 24 mega pixel camera, approximately how many photos will the Bevy hold?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 1:22 PM

    @Peter Hi Peter, the actual photo file size depends on many factors (quality, size, format, etc.). My colleague here has a 24 megapixel camera and tells me that on average his photos are between 8 and 11 MB in size. Using an average of 10 MB for each photo, this would imply that Bevy can fit approx. 90,000 to 100,000 photos at this high a resolution.

  • mary
    mary
    10/14/2015 1:22 PM

    1)Does Bevy store all my photos from my Macbook Pro "Photos" and keep them organized in the same albums that I have organized in my Photos ?

    2)How do I know when Bevy has uploaded all the photos from my laptop?

    3) after Bevy has all my photos uploaded is it safe to delete them all from my laptop so I can make more room?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 1:37 PM

    @mary Hi Mary, thanks for your interest in Bevy. Responses to your questions are below.

    (1) You can use the Bevy Mac app (available in the Mac app store) to send photos from your Macbook to your Bevy. Ironically, we have been able to make dragging and dropping albums from iPhoto work just fine, but Apple changed the underlying infrastructure in Photos and directly dragging an album from Photos will send the photos to your Bevy but Apple does not pass the album info with them. The short term workaround for this is to export an album from Photos onto your desktop using the album name as the folder name. Then drag and drop that folder into the Bevy app and Bevy will give you the option to create a new album on your Bevy with the folder name. Sorry, we are working on the Photos integration but at least there's an easy workaround for now.

    (2) The Bevy Mac app has a big spinner on it with a countdown of the number of photos being uploaded to your Bevy. When that spinner stops spinning and the countdown goes to zero you are done!

    (3) Yes, absolutely. In fact, that's the whole point of Bevy -- to give you a central place in your home where you can safely create a master copy of your family photo collection.

  • mary
    mary
    10/14/2015 5:56 PM

    @Firdaus You are correct with the changed underlying infrastructure in Photos made by Apple. Unfortunately when I export an Album to my desktop the new Photos infrastructure breaks up the album. The best I could do was reduce the break up of photos to location only. I really would like the Albums to stay intact when I transfer them to the Bevy but it doesn't appear possible when I just did a test run of exporting one album to the desktop...it was broken up into 3 files.

  • Geoff
    Geoff
    10/14/2015 1:26 PM

    I'm slightly unclear about the sharing capability.

    Can this automatically upload to facebook in real time?

    I want to take a picture and have it up on my facebook page instantly (or close).

    Also, videos will tear through terabytes quickly. Is there expansion capability to an existing unit; as in, can I put a bigger HD in it?

    Thanks

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 1:47 PM

    @Geoff Hi Geoff, Bevy will not upload every photo that you add to it to Facebook in real time. That would probably be a bit much for people who are using Bevy to create a family photo collection. For example, my family has over 62,000 photos on our Bevy at home!

    However, you can pick photos from your Bevy at any time and share them to Facebook from directly within the Bevy app.

    From your feedback, I am thinking that a good way to implement this would be to have a "special album" within your Bevy so that any photo added to that album would be automatically sent to Facebook too. That would work for most people, wouldn't it?

    There isn't expansion capability on the current 1 TB unit but we will certainly keep increasing storage over time.

  • Geoff
    Geoff
    10/14/2015 2:00 PM

    @Firdaus Yes, a folder to facebook would be awesome. Its kind of a work thing. We own a daycare and take pics and upload to a private facebook page so parents can see real time the fun and learning their children are having. Our previous method has been discontinued and I can't find a suitable replacement that allows us to share the day easily!

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 2:04 PM

    @Geoff Ah, I see. Now the use case makes perfect sense. Will feed that to the product team right away. Thanks for the input!

  • Marc
    Marc
    10/14/2015 1:27 PM

    Okay. I am an amateur photographer who is computer savvy and paranoid to boot. I'm in the process of backing up my work to 100gb Blu-Ray DVDs and have multiple hard drives with full backups. What I'm intrigued about is the access people can have which is what I'm seeing as a big boon.

    Here's my first question: I have almost all of my shots in Lightroom and I've key-worded and rated them up the wazoo. Will the Bevy recognize those ratings/keywords?

    My second question relates to formats- I am currently shooting in RAW & jpeg simultaneously. I see you don't support RAW, which is fine because the terabyte would disappear in no time. When I'm syncing with my computer, I assume it will simply ignore the RAW files and import the jpeg files?

    and my third question is will the Bevy accept other formats, most specifically TIFF and PSD? I do a lot of HDR work and even more Photoshop work. Additionally, all of the old Photo CD files I have are converted to PSD. When I do my post-production those are my 2 go-to formats.

    Thank you very much- it's a nifty idea!

    marc

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 1:56 PM

    @Marc Hi Marc, thanks for the thoughtful questions and kind words. Responses below.

    (1) I just spoke to our resident Lightroom expert about our Lightroom plug-in. We do support Lightroom picks, star ratings, or color labels to become Favorites within Bevy. You can even select how many stars a photo has to have to become a Bevy Favorite (e.g., 3 stars or greater). Unfortunately, we don't transfer keywords yet. We are adding tagging capability to Bevy right now and we will be able to transfer keywords to tags at that point. Currently the Lightroom plug-in supports a Lightroom Publish Service for Bevy that will create Bevy albums from collections in Lightroom.

    (2) When you use a Bevy computer app (Mac or Windows) to drag and drop photos or folders filled with photos to your Bevy, it will only accept JPG and PNG files. If you use the Lightroom plug-in then it will automatically generate and send JPGs to your Bevy regardless of the original format (but it will not just ignore them).

    (3) We are certainly going to add more photo formats to Bevy, and we will add formats to our product roadmap based on customer demand and comparison with other product priorities (the usual product trade-off stuff that every company has to do!).

    Hope this helps.

  • Randy
    Randy
    10/14/2015 1:46 PM

    David - What if there are pictures you are taking that you do not wish to have uploaded - say for example pictures of gifts that you are researching for a family member and you do not wish to have them see what you are comparison shopping?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 1:58 PM

    @Randy Hi Randy, totally understand your question. There certainly are photos on my phone that I don't want on our family Bevy (photos of parking spaces, receipts, etc.). That's why the Bevy mobile apps support both an auto-upload mode (all photos automatically get uploaded to your Bevy) and a manual upload mode (you select photos to upload whenever you like).

    The first time you connect to your Bevy you will be asked if you want auto-upload or not, and you can always change this later in Settings.

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    10/14/2015 1:47 PM

    I have years of photos uploaded on a website, Phanfare. Can I download those photos directly from the web into Bevy?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 2:03 PM

    @Lisa Hi Lisa, we don't have a direct integration with Phanfare because there are just too many photo sites out there for us to integrate with :-).

    However, it is very easy to transfer your photos from Phanfare into your Bevy. Simply download all the photos from Phanfare to your computer (be sure to preserve albums as separate folders). Then drag and drop them into the Bevy computer app (Mac or Windows) and they will end up on your Bevy. You will be given the option to have Bevy create new Bevy albums for you during the transfer process so you can preserve the albums you might have created on Phanfare. Thanks!

  • Brenda
    Brenda
    10/14/2015 2:26 PM

    I love this idea - because like most families I have 1,000 and 1,000 of photos on every device imaginable but if I have to find one of the it is impossible - I love your idea - it would be perfect for me because I make Videos from photos for special events, however, now to my question. We all take those horrible photos where you happen to have a horrific look on your face or food in your mouth and worse. I would not want those to pop right into Bevi so all my friends and family could see them immediately. No on wants horrible pictures of themselves out for everyone to laugh about. Is there any way to stop a horrible photo from uploading to Bevi before everyone sees it, or would it work just to keep mine private until I get to my PC and correct the photo or delete it before it goes viral among my family, who by the way - would love to do that - I have 3 grown boys and 9 grandkids who would think that would be hilarious!! I am in the habit of correcting anything wrong with my photos or deleting them before anyone sees them - would this be possible, if so how? Should I just keep my Bevi private all the time, just for me to use.

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 2:32 PM

    @Brenda Hi Brenda, thank you for your kind words.

    I totally understand your predicament -- there certainly are photos on my phone that I don't want on our family Bevy (photos of parking spaces, receipts, etc.). And my kids (17, 14 and 11) certainly don't want to put ALL their smartphone photos onto the family Bevy!

    That's why the Bevy mobile apps support both an auto-upload mode (all photos automatically get uploaded to your Bevy) and a manual upload mode (you select photos to upload whenever you like). The first time you connect to your Bevy you will be asked if you want auto-upload or not, and you can always change this later in Settings.

    It's also very simple to control what goes onto your Bevy from your computer. All you have to do is drag and drop only the photos you want on your Bevy onto your Bevy app and leave the rest behind!

    We certainly don't want you to have to keep your Bevy private all the time -- Bevy is so much more fun and valuable when you use it with friends and family :-).

  • Beverley
    Beverley
    10/14/2015 3:24 PM

    This sounds so well thought-out! My question: when I fill up the 1 Tb, can I attach a second Bevy to the first one, thereby making them seem like just once device?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 3:40 PM

    @Beverley Hi Beverley, thanks for your kind words. We have worked hard to make Bevy super easy and intuitive for the whole family and your words are very encouraging.

    Right now you cannot connect two Bevys together to make them appear to be one, but you can certainly use them side by side. For example, Bevy 1 is all photos from 1990-2010 and Bevy 2 is photos from 2010 onwards.

    The other option is to upgrade to a larger Bevy in the future, and we fully intend to keep introducing larger and larger Bevys as storage sizes go up and prices go down. Our local backup capability (in the product today) will make it easy to transfer your content (along with organization, like albums, etc.) to your new Bevy. Simply plug in the backup drive from your old Bevy into the front of your new Bevy and tap Restore in the Bevy app.

  • Harold
    Harold
    10/14/2015 5:09 PM

    I have thousands of slides that I'm converting to digital images which will be stored on an SD Card. If I transfer those files from the SD Card to Bevy for storage will Bevy still organize the files chronologically not from the date I made the transfer but from the date the original slides were taken?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 5:18 PM

    @Harold Hi Harold, the answer to your question is that it depends entirely on the software you use to create the digital images from your slides. If that software enables you to put the correct date-time info into the digital images it creates for you, then Bevy will certainly do the right thing and put them in the correct chronological order and not the date of the transfer. Basically, something has to put the correct date-time info into the metadata for the digital images for any system to be able to sort them correctly.

    I hope this helps.

  • RACHEL
    RACHEL
    10/14/2015 5:18 PM

    This sounds great!!

    Does the Bevy work like a back-up device? Will it store other media like videos, music & artwork? Can it take transfers from Google Drive or PDF files, I have written material that I'd like to store, or does it just store photos?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 5:29 PM

    @RACHEL Hi Rachel, we have purpose-built Bevy to be a smart photo system for families, and one of our primary goals was to make it super easy and intuitive to use. So we focused on photos (and videos in the near future), but it does not store things like PDF files, Word docs and music files like a general purpose hard drive would. We are really trying to deliver a spectacular user experience for the world of digital memories and have had to make some clear choices to get there :-).

  • mary
    mary
    10/14/2015 7:17 PM

    Do the photos appear in chronological order on the Bevy? Since Apple's Photo infrastructure won't allow me to export my Albums from within "Photo" to my desktop without separating the photos, is there a way for me to make albums within Bevy?

    I so wish Apple's photo would export an album completely intact. I really would love for Bevy to solve my photo storage/sharing but this is a deal breaker for me if I can't get my photos into albums easily. Thank you for your help!!

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 8:29 PM

    @mary Hi Mary, Bevy does both -- the Timeline screen will show you all your photos in chronological order, and you can create as many Albums as you like. In fact, when you transfer photos to your Bevy from your computer using either of the Bevy Windows or Mac apps, you will be given the option to automatically create albums on your Bevy using the folders that your photos are in, if any.

    Even after your photos are on your Bevy you will be able to create new albums at any time, add or remove photos from existing albums, create new albums from within existing albums, and download a particular Bevy album to a computer to, for example, print a photobook.

    I hope this answers your question and makes you feel better about Bevy's albums capability!

  • Carol
    Carol
    10/14/2015 8:47 PM

    My family lives all over the country and even out of the country. Would you please explain how all of them can contribute their photos? In your video, I heard something about having to be in the room where the Bevy is located to connect. Did I mishear the conversation?

  • Firdaus
    Firdaus – Special Guest
    10/14/2015 9:09 PM

    @Carol Hi Carol, for someone to have full access to your Bevy they need to first connect to your Bevy on the same local network that the Bevy is on. That typically means their mobile device has to be in your home and on your home Wi-Fi network. Once they do so, and you give them Family access, they can connect to your Bevy from anywhere outside your home.

    It's designed this way to make sure that access to your Bevy is secure without requiring every user to create a new account with new usernames and passwords.

    We understand that this won't work for family and friends who are far away and won't be coming over any time soon (I feel this too because my mum lives in Australia and my sister lives in Seattle!). That's why we are working on adding an invitation mechanism to Bevy that will enable you to invite others who cannot visit you soon.

    You can, of course, use all of the sharing capability that's in Bevy today to share photos with people anywhere.

  • Shelley
    Shelley
    10/14/2015 9:40 PM

    For $299 I can buy a whole computer with all the software I need to store, index, and access more than 1,000,000 photos. This product doesn't do anything I can't do better, faster, and cheaper with a decent tablen.

    Take your Bevy and shove it!!!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    10/14/2015 10:12 PM

    Dang, Shelley, those are some pretty harsh words. However, what those words hold in cruelty, they lack in credibility. 1 TB, the storage of a Bevy, is far more than most, if not all, standard computer hard drives. So you're not even coming close to that one million photos you suggested. Most computers don't have nearly the photographic functionality that Bevy does. And if you can show me a full-fledged computer for $299, I will show you a terrible computer someone tricked you into buying.

    Frankly, you should take a Bevy and love it, because "tablens" are not a thing.

  • Donna
    Donna
    10/14/2015 10:22 PM

    @Mike Can we put the pictures up on the big screen TV we have chrome cast and like looking at our pics on the big screen can Bevy do this?

    Hubby likes it but this is the determining factor for him....

    Thanks!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    10/14/2015 10:42 PM

    Hi Donna, you can surely throw pictures on the big screen! Though you will need an HDMI cable not a chrome cast. You probably have one connected to your cable box, or one from your computer you can use!

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