PhotoAtlas organizes your photos and videos onto map pages, gathered into books - atlases - where you can relive your vacations.
The "library" is the main view and presents your atlases on a continuous loop. Scroll left/right (landscape) or up/down (portrait) to see each atlas. The background of the library changes each time you open photo atlas; these are canned photos and not taken from your own Photo Library (selecting your own photos will be added in a future release).
You can only open the atlas that is centered on the screen; tapping any other visible atlas scrolls it to the center.
You can change the name and description of an atlas by tapping the Info (i) button in the lower right corner of the atlas card (see Atlas Details below).
The Action menu (upper left on the screen) lets you perform the following tasks:
Delete all of the atlases (with confirmation, of course)
Use the PhotoLibrary scanner to add more atlases
Show the Passports view which is simply a list of the states and countries you've visited.
An "atlas" is a series of pages which are maps. The page represents a collection of photos for a specific day (shown at the bottom of the map). On the map are numbered pins.
A "pin" contains one or more photos/videos taken at that spot on that day. The number in the pin tells you how many photos/videos there are. When you tap on a pin the callout that appears shows the name of the place.
If you tap on the callout, a strip appears showing the photos for that pin location. If you are using an iPad, the strip will slide in from the left or from the right depending on how close the pin is to an edge. If you using an iPhone, the strip appears on another view.
You can tap on the area above the photos to give more details about the location (eg, "Zoo") and that will appear in the caption for the pin.
You can tap below a photo/video and give more details about the photo (eg, "A great place to have lunch"). If you tap on a photo or video, it will enlarge (videos will automatically play).
At the bottom of the map is the Timeline. Drag the large button to change the date of the page being shown. The previous day's pins will be replaced with new ones and the map location may also change a bit.
If you pan and zoom on a map page and loose track of the pins, the "Wrangle" button in the upper right corner will re-center the map and show all of the pins for that day.
When PhotoAtlas is launched for the first time, you are presented with two choices: Scan Photo Library and Select Images.
Scan Photo Library
This choice brings up a control panel that lets you help PhotoAtlas analyze your entire PhotoLibrary or a section of it. If you just pick the big Scan button in the middle, PhotoAtlas looks at all of your photos and groups them together based on their date and location. Photos that are far apart are considered to be in different atlases unless they happen within 24 hours of each other.
As the Photo Library is scanned, those photos without location data are discarded (you can use the Photos app to give a location to those photos and import them later) and ones with locations are used to build the atlases. Whenenver the location of one photo is close to another but the days are different, PhotoAtlas creates a new page in the atlas. Once there is sufficient distance beween photos, a new atlas is created the process continues.
When the process completes, PhotoAtlas reports the number of photos used and the number of atlases created; you will also be told the number of photos discarded due to lack of location information.
You can use the controls above the Scan button to help PhotoAtlas make better decisions. For example, if you've taken a lengthy road trip and only took a few pictures each day, the distances between the photos might be beyond the distance threshold. In this case you can just turn off the distance slider.
You can also use the start and end date selection to narrow down your Photo Library. For instance, you might only want to build atlases for last year, so you set the start date to Jan 1 and the end date to Dec 31 of last year.
When you are happy with the number of atlases created, pick the Keep button at the bottom of the Scan control dialog and PhotoAtlas will make the atlases and open the Library view.
Selecting Photos and Videos
If you decide to select specific photos and videos for an atlas, you will be presented with your Photo Library folders. Open a folder and pick the photos in it that you want to use. Photos and videos that have a red X indicate that these items do not have location information and cannot be used; you can use the Photos app to add location data to them and import them later. Then pick the Next button in the heading.
The final dialog is the Import Confirm dialog. Here you can give the atlas a name and add a description. Pick the Import button in the heading to create the atlas.
You can get to an atlas's details by picking the Info (i) button on the atlas's card in the Library. This opens a view showing the atlas's name and description. On the iPad, a day-by-day view of the photos and videos is displayed to the right of the title and description; on the iPhone, tap on the "Photos" button in the toolbar at the bottom.
Change an atlas's name or description by tapping on it and then change the text in the editor that appears. Pick Save the keep the information.
You can also delete an atlas from this view by tapping the trash can and confirming that you want to delete the atlas. This WILL NOT delete the photos from your Photo Library. This will only delete the atlas from PhotoAtlas along with the captions stored in the atlas.