There are apps to preserve family memories, apps that enable you to read your kids a book when you’re not around, and apps for just about everything. And now there’s one for digitally storing and sharing handprints and footprints of your lovely offspring.
Handpressions for iPad lets you create individual profiles for everyone in the family, tracking the growth of their hands and feet as they progress from babies through to, well, whenever they start complaining about your obsessive growth-tracking. Unfortunately, it remains a US-only service for now though.
How it works
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Once you’ve created an account, you’ll see three sections on the main screen – profiles, capture and create.
The first port of call should be to start creating profiles for everyone you wish to track.
Now, you can start capturing hands and feet for posterity, following the guidelines laid out by Handpressions.
Though this is designed to take photos of physical hands and feet, there’s nothing stopping you from capturing existing paint-based prints you’ve already made. Let’s be honest, if you’re a parent, you probably have something like this on your wall already, right?
You can crop, rotate, erase and brush-up to make it print-worthy…
…and even start messing around with blurring and lines.
To ensure the correct size is captured, you’ll need to measure the original hand/foot to ensure this is stored and displayed with the correct dimensions. The last thing you want is to give your 1-month-old a pair of Sideshow Bob-esque clodhoppers.
From your stored or freshly-captured images, you can then go into the e-shop to request prints of your handiwork – which could be a good gift idea.
There are north of 400 designer templates available at launch, each of which can be customized and delivered directly to anyone’s door.
Though this is being pitched as a hand/foot-specific app, it really could be used for capturing anything, including animal paw-prints and even faces. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t.
Handpressions is the brainchild of Carla Valdes, a former General Partner at Fortify Ventures where she managed its accelerator program and events. And you can download it now for free from the App Store – but it’s iPad-only, and restricted to the US.
Meanwhile, check out the official promo skit below.