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This article was published on July 23, 2015

Pixcall for iOS lets you gather far-flung friends for a simultaneous photo shoot

Pixcall for iOS lets you gather far-flung friends for a simultaneous photo shoot
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Jackie Dove was in charge of The Next Web's Creativity channel from February 2014 through October 2015. Jackie Dove was in charge of The Next Web's Creativity channel from February 2014 through October 2015.

What if you want to touch base with a group of friends or family right now, or maybe later today — except they’re spread out all over the globe? Leave the details to Pixcall, a new iOS app.

Created as an alternative to one-on-one FaceTime chats or group Google Hangouts, Pixcall is based on still photos shot simultaneously by selected participants — a kind of hybrid photo messaging.

At times when calling everyone or initiating a group chat takes too much time, or you don’t really want a long conversation, Pixcall lets you check in without too much fuss.

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Pixcall imports all your contacts and you invite them via iMessage to a simultaneous shoot — or ‘event’ in Pixcall parlance. Once everyone has the app downloaded to their phone, they will see this event in their list.

The app then initiates a timed and synchronized photo shoot. At the selected time, the whole group’s cameras will take a picture, after which everyone can view the photos individually or as a collage that they can comment on, share or download.

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“I would call it a messaging app without words,” Csaba Jori, Pixcall founder told TNW. “Still, after the shooting event, you can have –and users usually have — a discussion in the comment section of the event collage. But basically it’s focusing on that one single moment when all participants’ cameras take a picture in a very same moment.”

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Once a shoot is set up, the app notifies you 30 minutes, 1 minute, and 10 seconds before the appointed time so you won’t miss it. Photos are deleted after 24 hours.

Pixcall is available now for free on the App Store.

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