Dropbox posted today on their blog about a new mobile gallery they are releasing called Carousel. The gallery will be for displaying photos and videos from your life and they are claiming it is "unlike other mobile galleries." The size of your Carousel isn't constrained by the space of your phone, so no more worrying about losing your life's memories as they will always be in one place.
Carousel left a nice first impression with me. It has a clean look and flow to it which is something I always prefer. The app looks as if it has quite a lot of potential. As someone who has only 16g on their iPhone and has to very frequently clean out the space by deleting or migrating pictures to my computer almost weekly, this app might be my new best friend. Carousel "combines the photos in your Dropbox with the photos on your phone, and automatically backs up new ones as you take them." That is not all, Carousel also will have a feature that sorts the photos by event so that you can navigate back to the images easily. "You can finally have your entire life's memories in one place."
The main complaint some of the Fstoppers staff have noticed is the navigation is a bit unusual, and selecting images to share is not particularly intuitive. It requires you tap an image, swipe up, then tap again to go back to the main navigation area and select more. There is not an easy way to start selecting from the main thumbnail screen, which is weird.
Dropbox also announced that Carousel will not just be a private gallery. There will be a feature called "private conversations" built into Carousel which will allow "a way to relive events with friends and family." According to their post, this feature will allow you to send and share HUNDREDS of photos in the same amount of time that it would take to just send one photo by text.
Carousel is live on the iOS and Android app stores and ready to go. If you give it a try, come back to our post and let us know your initial thoughts on it! I've personally already downloaded it and have not found any issues. Very clean design and the app runs very smooth. I enjoy being able to jump back to events and now I am trying to get my girlfriend to download it as well so we can give the private conversation a try on photos from our recent vacation.