In today’s digital age, we use several devices to capture and save information that we come up with or come across. We use our phone cameras to capture images, and our computers, phones and tablets to jot down notes. There are several web services available that help us keep this information in sync and available across multiple devices. However, most of the time, such services are either a part of a larger service (like Facebook) or too laden with features that many users might simply not require (think Picasa or Flickr). For the minimalists amongst us that need just one stream of all their notes and photos readily available across all their devices in a simple interface, there is Waveface.
Waveface (now called Waveface Stream) lets you upload photo albums and notes from multiple platforms and makes them accessible across all of them. Currently, the service has applications for Windows, Android and iOS, making it accessible from PCs, smartphones and tablets. It’s great for private collections of your image and notes that you needn’t let the world know about through facebook or similar services, yet would like to access from all your devices in a beautiful interface. Think of it like your private photo albums or scrapbooks that you can carry with yourself and show others at your discretion.
The main component of the service is its Windows app called Waveface Station. Once installed, it sits in your system tray and takes care of all the uploads from your PC, while providing you information like your account, local storage usage, monthly online usage etc. You are allowed to upload up to 250 images a month. This limit does not apply to web clippings, notes or comments. Speaking of comments, that’s a pretty handy feature, as you can always add more information on anything you have posted to keep your ideas organized. All uploads and comments indicate the device or platform they were uploaded from.
It’s second PC component called Waveface Desktop is basically the PC client for the service. You can simply drag and drop images on it to upload them to a new album on Waveface, browse albums by upload date using the calendar view, see album list and contents and add comments.
What really stands out is the iPad app. It’s designed with a beautiful magazine-style interface that is stunning to look at and interact with. All the images render beautifully in high definition.
The Android and iPhone apps also offer the same features in a more compact package. In addition to the standard viewing and uploading, the mobile apps also let you capture images directly from your phone’s camera for instant uploads.
Waveface also lets you grab web clips from web pages using browser extensions for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari, as well as a bookmarklet for pretty much every modern web browser.
Wavefront has its shortcomings – once a post has been made, there seems to be no way to delete or even edit it, so one must be careful not to make any typo in the album title/description and notes when uploading. Also, there is no way to organize your posts to be displayed in any sequence other than sorting by upload time. Apart from these two drawbacks, it seems to be a pretty decent way to bring your images and notes from all your devices into a single, private timeline.