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A guide to using Our Story and frequently asked questions

How do I create a completely new story?
How do I change an existing story?

How do I save my story?
What happens when I rename my story? 

How do I save my story on other devices? 
How do I add sound?
How do I add text?
Why is this app called Our Story 2?
What are headings?
How do I print my story?
How do I create a printed booklet with my story?
Will my printed story be exactly like my digital story?
How do I change the font size and text alignment in the PDF file and pictures?
How do I send a story to friends and family who have iPads and tablets?
Can I save my story on a PC?
I cannot see any of my photos.
My device does not seem to recognize my camera.
How much text can I write with each picture?
How many stories can I save?
How long can my recorded audio with each picture be?

How do I turn off automatic spell-checker and dictation?


Creating new story

How do I create a completely new story?

If you want to make a completely new story then on the opening page tap on the Create button. On the next page, drag one of the pictures from your gallery onto the storyboard at the bottom of the screen. If it is difficult to drag a picture, then rest your finger on it until the picture expands slightly and then drag it to the storyboard. 

When the picture is in the storyboard if you tap on a picture then you can add sound or text to the picture. In this way you can build up a story using the pictures on your device. 

If you want to delete a picture from the storyboard then simply drag it off the storyboard.

In the storyboard there are icons beneath each picture to let you know whether the picture has text, sound or is a heading. If you are using an android device then it may be possible to dictate the words you want to add to the picture by tapping on the microphone above the keypad.

How do I change an existing story?

On the opening page tap on the ‘Use Existing story’ button. Select the story you want to change and then tap on the edit icon (a crayon). You can then change a story in exactly the same way as described above. 

How do I save my story?

On the Create page tap on the orange ‘save’ icon at the top at any time to save your story in your iPad. There also are prompts to ask you to save your story at critical points. If you save a story then the previous version of this story will not be available. If you want to keep a story safe then it is a good idea to send and store the story on another device (see Sharing). 

What happens when I rename my story? 

When you rename a story then the story you are editing is given a new name and the previous version is not saved. 

How do I save my story on other devices? 

You can use the share option to send the complete story (with sounds) to another person or another device. The complete story can only be read on a device (apple or android) which has the Our Story app. It is also possible to send PDF files which have all the pictures and text, but no sounds, to be read on most digital devices and computers. If you want to save the complete story, then at the Format page select  ‘Play and Edit’ and then send the story by Dropbox, Mail or iTunes. Storing important l stories on another device is a useful way to make sure you have a back up. 

How do I add sound?

Open a picture in the storyboard at the bottom by tapping on it. Then tap on the microphone icon. Tap the red button to start the recording and you will see the duration of the recording displayed. Tap the square red button to stop the recording. To hear your recoding tap the green arrow. If you do not like the recording tap the grey dustbin to delete it.

How do I add text?

Open a picture from the storyboard by tapping on it. Then tap on the bottom rectangle to add the text. When finished tap ‘Done’ or close the keyboard. On Android devices it may be possible to dictate the words you want to add by tapping on the microphone icon above the keypad

Why is this app called Our Story 2?

A previous iPad version of Our Story has been in use over a number of years and we needed to update the code. The version with the new code is called Our Story 2 and this is available for iPads and Android tablets. It is possible to have both the previous version of Our Story and Our Story 2 on an iPad. However, each version will only be able to use the stories created by the relevant app, so you will not be able to use older versions of stories with the newer app. If you have both versions on your iPad make sure you choose the appropriate version when you open a story sent by someone else (both versions should appear as options in the window).

What are headings?

Sometimes it is useful to be able to put a heading in a story, for example, ‘Day 1’ as a heading for photos about the first day of your holiday. Teachers can use headings as a way of suggesting what their students might write or do. Dragging a heading into the storyboard will allow you to use one of the colours as a heading page in your story. You can also use one of your photos by selecting ‘make this a heading’ when you open the photo in the storyboard. The text for a heading will appear in the middle of a page rather than at the bottom. 

 

Printing

How do I print my story?

If you wireless printing (e.g. Apple Airprint).

Tap on the blue print icon and then on the next page select the print option again. You will be given the choice of different booklet sizes, choose the page size that you would like. You will then need to give details about your printing choices.  

If you cannot use wireless printing then print from another computer.

To print from computer or another device you will need first to create a PDF file of your story while using Our Story; tap the print icon and then tap ‘Send PDF’.

You will need to send a PDF version of the story to your computer by email or drop box (see Sharing below). Then print the PDF file in the usual way on your computer or other device.

How do I create a printed booklet with my story?

You can create different sized booklets (full page pictures, half page pictures or quarter page pictures which some children really like). For a full sized booklet, you can print it in one-sided or double-sided and bind on the left hand-side.

For smaller booklets, you need to print them on one side of the page and cut along the horizontal dotted line.

Then fold the paper so the pictures are on the outside.

Put all the folded paper together and staple or bind the booklet on the left hand side.

Will my printed story be exactly like my digital story?

You can print it in various formats and adjust the font and text orientation via settings (see below).

How do I change the font size and text alignment in the PDF file and pictures?

Some settings can be altered by tapping on the settings icon (top right on opening page of the app). This allows you to stop video recordings and the use of headings. You can also alter the text size and alignment in the PDF files. 

 

Sharing options

How do I send a story to friends and family who have iPads and tablets?

You can send your story with sound recordings via email or Dropbox. Depending on your Internet connection and the size of your story (which is determined by the number of pictures and the amount of sound), the transfer may take a while. The revolving circle lets you know the computer is sending (or saving) your story.

If the receiver of your story has the app installed on their device, they will be able to open the story immediately after they receive it.

Sharing by email. If you have an mail account then this is the least complicated option. Simply tap on the green sharing icon (box with arrow), then on the next page tap on the appropriate email connection. Next, fill in the mail address of the person you are sending your story to.

Sharing by Dropbox. If you or the receiver doesn’t have a Dropbox account, this will need to be set this up before sending your story via Dropbox. The story is sent to your Dropbox folder and then you can share via Dropbox or another means such as email.

Can I save my story on a PC?

Yes, you can do this via email or Dropbox (see sharing above). Remember, you cannot play the audio associated with your story on a PC/Mac; this is only possible on a device that has Our Story installed on it. However, friends and family without an iPad or tablet are likely to enjoy seeing the pictures and text as a PDF file.

 

Other questions

I cannot see any of my photos.

Check that you have allowed the device to access your photographs and camera roll.

My device does not seem to recognize my camera.

You may need to set the location Services to ‘on’.

How much text can I write with each picture?

You can write as much text as you like, there is no restriction.

How many stories can I save?

You can save up to 50 stories within the app, but remember these can be very big files.

How long can my recorded audio with each picture be?

Your audio can be as long as you like. However, remember that a long audio may take up a lot of memory on your device.

How do I turn off automatic spell-checker and dictation?

Exit the app, go to settings and switch off the support you do not need.