Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
How to start
1. CREATE A NEW ALBUM (or if you received invitation, just click ‘Join’ on the invitation email).
2. When you create a new album (or join in), the album is opened and you can start filling it with stories.
On desktop left side there are actions on the list as as suggestions to proceed. Click them to proceed with ease.
Application opens in All albums- view that is currently empty. Create a new album from plus icon to start.
When you create a new album or click on album cover, it opens.
TellAbout albums consist of ‘stories’. A ‘story’ is a picture or series of pictures and its title and text. The story you can fill in how you want. It may be one photo per story text when you have text about each photo. But you can add up to 10 photos into one story.
Stories can be created automatically, use “Import pictures and media” to bring a lot of photos at once and placed into stories. Or you can create stories individually from “Add a story”.
Quick access to TellAbout: How to put TellAbout shortcut on mobile home screen
Place TellAbout on your phone or tablet home screen, so you do not have to anymore open the browser first but you can tap to the TellAbout web application directly.
1. See that you have TellAbout Albums-page open. Unless you already have TellAbout open in the browser, go your browser and log in to the TellAbout. The following steps are to be completed on the page where you want the shortcut to point to. In other words, on TellAbout Albums -page.
Choose the next steps depending on your device and browser.
2. Smart phones or tablets:
Android with Firefox browser: Go to browser’s Menu and select Page/Add to Homescreen Page/Add to Homescreen. See instructions with pictures
Android with Chrome browser: Go to browser’s menu and select ‘Add to Homescreen’.
iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch: Tap the Share button on the browser’s toolbar — that’s the rectangle with an arrow pointing upward. The button can be found from the bar at the top of the screen on an iPad, and on the bar at the bottom of the screen on an iPhone or iPod Touch. Tap the ‘Add to Home Screen’ icon in the Share menu.
Windows Phone with Internet Explorer: Find the browser command “Pin to start”. It is typically in the More-menu where rest of the commands are. The
Windows tablet: Swipe the app menu visible from the bottom of the screen and tap the star icon. Tap the pin icon, enter a name for the shortcut, and choose Pin to Start. The shortcut will appear as a tile on your Start screen.
What to do when I received an invitation email to a TellAbout Album?
TellAbout will ask you to login (unless already logged in) and accept the invitation. If you do not have account in TellAbout yet, you need to signup/register first and then you are automatically logged in. As a result the album will become visible in your All albums-page that is the digital bookshelf for albums.
Click to open the album. Most polite way to thank for the invitation is to contribute the album by adding a story or stories. Open Members-view to to fill in your member description for the other members and to see who are the other members. Although this step is not mandatory, it is nice to provide at least your picture.
Note that joining albums is by invitation only, but you may always start albums yourself and invite others to them.
Albums and stories
What is an Album
Where to see my Albums
Filling in albums: stories and importing photos
Create stories from ‘Add a story’ or use automation if you have lots of photos already.
Stories can be created automatically, use “Import pictures and media” to bring a lot of photos at once and grouped into stories by date. Or you can use Media library to import bunch of photos and then use them in the stories later.
So with TellAbout you can import many photos at once. Note that the album cover can present only one photo and a single story can have max. 10 media so you might not see all files you imported if you are filling in photos to these. Use ‘Import photos and media’ or use Media library to import lots of file at once.
All imported photos and media are available in the album’s media library.
We recommend that you import to albums only the selected photos that you already consider worth showing. This will fasten the collaboration also with other members and their convenience as well as yours.
Album's media library and photos
Unlike social media, TellAbout keeps your photos intact. Media library holds the original photos for the printing and download purposes. For showing photos in the album, TellAbout does its magic to make the album viewing fast on anywhere you go.
Albums are private: deciding who can see the Albums
Right after creating a new Album you are the owner and the only member of it. The Album is not visible to anyone except you until the moment you send an invitation. Once invited people have joined they become members and they will see the album in their own Albums-view and can take part in the creation of the Album.
Album content will remain private from any third party. The content of an album will not be used or shared for marketing or profiling intentions. TellAbout offers a solution to those who care about their privacy and do not want to lose the property rights of their content.
Album members – Share and collaborate
What invited album members can do in the album (access rights)? What are co-owners
Only the owner(s) can modify and delete anything they want. In order to give these same rights to selected other members, album owner can mark members to be a co-owner. Co-owners have also rights to modify everything and invite new people. Co-owners can collaborate by writing and editing the same stories (not just commenting on them). Album owners can set existing members as co-owners from album’s Management-view.
How to share the album: how to invite members
Invitation dialog opens. You will need to know the email address of the person(s) you want to invite. To invite many persons, just separate the emails with comma. Finally, check and edit your invitation message to tell people how you wish them to participate and encourage them to tell about things that you are interested in. The instructions of how to access TellAbout will be added automatically.
When you do not know the emails of the people you are sharing, you can also consider sharing via Event Guest.
What happens when I invite someone to my Album?
The invited person only needs to click the Join link to sign up and join the Album. You will receive a confirmation email when the invited member joins your album. Joining and participating in your album is free for them.
If the person invited does not join to your album, it might be that he/she has not noticed the email sent by TellAbout. The mail may have been filtered as a spam. So please contact him/her by other means and ask to check his/her email folders for a message from TellAbout. It’s important to mark TellAbout as a trusted sender (not spam) and add it as a contact to receive the messages later on too.
It is also good to check if the email address was correct one. You can check the email address by opening Members-section from your album and then clicking the member profile. If email address has been erroneous, remove the member (click Trashcan) and invite him/her again. If email was correct, you can just resend the invitation.
Who are the members of the Album?
How to remove my own membership from an album?
Album ownership and management
You can see the name of the album owner from the invitation email, or from the members list, where his icon will display “OWNER”. From the members list you can also see all the members of the album.
How to change to PRIME subscription
How to delete an album?
Digital books or printed books
How do I get digital book and edit it
Select “Books” and “Create book”. It will take just few seconds to create digital book for you. Digital book opens up ready to be saved or edited. You can now browse it through, select different layouts or remove pictures/text or add/remove empty pages. Save the latest changes. After saving the buttons for downloading as PDF and ordering a printed book become active. You can always get back to editing by selecting pen icon.
I want to make another digital book with different content
How can I get my album printed?
So this is how to do it: Open the album. Select “Books” and “Create book”. Select the form factor that you want or that goes well with your pictures. It will take just few seconds to create digital book for you.
Now a digital book version opens up ready to be saved or edited. Browse it through to check or edit the contents, select different layouts or remove pictures/text or add/remove empty pages if you want. Save the latest changes. After saving, the Book button is available. Click it to see the print order details and specify some. We automatically check the resolutions, and you can go back to edit the digital book easily at any time before making the print order. Just make sure you then hit the red button on the print order page and finalize the payment so we can congratulate you on getting a new book done!
Your account and subscription
How to see my subscription status?
On desktop or tablet: in the first Albums-view you will always see your current subscription and status on the upper right corner. White thumbs up icon shows everything is fine, but if the subscription is ending it is red. Click it to view and manage the details of your subscription.
On phone: Click the first item of the upper right corner menu on Albums-view.
What happens to my BASIC albums when I'll upgrade to PRIME?
If you do not see possibility to buy PRIME when clicking BUY & UPGRADE, you already have it. TellAbout takes care of your orders and does not let you buy subscription that you cannot use. You can purchase additional services to PRIME too, like more space for albums and even more albums to your account. When you want to give PRIME for someone else, purchase TellAbout as a gift.
What happens if my PRIME subscription ends?
There exists both continuous and fixed term PRIME subscriptions. Continuous subscriptions are care-free since they renew automatically unless they are cancelled by user.
Supported devices and files
What kind of device and smartphone can TellAbout be used with?
We support all most used browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer (we recommend version 10 and newer). Internet Explorer 9 does not offer quite the same level of experience as Chrome, Firefox or Safari. For example importing many files at the time is possible on other browsers, but not on IE9. If you have problems with some browser, contact our customer support.
Using audio in TellAbout
Audio files are handled just like picture files when added to the album:
1. Record audio using audio recording software on your computer or smart phone, or take existing audio file. Convert it to MP3 if it needs to.
2. Create or open the story and add media to it. Import the audio file using “Import media” button.
3. Save after upload.
– ordering of the stories with drag and drop
– creation of digital books and storing them with .pdf format. The preview contains possibility to modify book contents.
Very old Android versions or Windows Phone 8.1 or earlier
Windows Phone version need to be 8.1 or later to allow photo uploads simply because this feature was not introduced until then. Please upgrade.
I'm only able to import one file at the time
On phones it depends on the phone widget that you use to select photos (a list appears when you start importing photos from phone). iPhone and Windows Phone (8.1 onwards) default widgets do this fine but on some Android models you need to find the application on your phone that allows selection of many pictures.