Get mobile with those profile pictures

Teamstuff has some big plans for the next few months. Payments, files and photos, text messaging and a big UX upgrade. But in between all the huge stuff, we like to sneak in some smaller changes. Sometimes because they’re small and important, sometimes because they’re small and fun, sometimes because they’re both. This one could just fit both categories.

OK, so what’s up? Well, the mobile platform has just had a significant upgrade on your profile pictures. We’ve done a few things all at once – we’ve got way better resolution, we’ve made the process of adding your photo super easy, and super fun. And lastly ( and you might need to be sitting down for this one )…..we’ve made the profile photos……gasp…..circular. We know – “totes OMG”. 😉

So let’s go through a couple of things. One thing – cameras on the modern phones are unbelievably good. ( I’m a bit of a photo nerd so feel qualified to make that call! ) So are the screen resolutions, and in both there’s a massive change since we launched 3 years ago. So moving to a higher resolution is a no brainer – we’re just following the real world there.

We did a fair bit of soul searching on the process of adding these profile pictures, and realised that we haven’t really made this super easy to tell teamstuff here’s a new photo – nor was it easy enough to get a decent, tightly focussed shot of you, or your child. So we’ve changed both. In this release, the mobile app gives you some pretty clear clues you might want to add a photo. In fact post login on mobile – it’s at most one tap, one swipe, one tap – and you’re updating a photo for your profile.

Icon indicating easy fast path to adding a profile photo

Icon indicating easy fast path to adding a profile photo

So that’s the first part. The second part is being able to find a decent photo of you/your child – and making sure the most important part – face – is the feature of the profile picture. And we’ve completely redesigned that from the ground up.

So you can choose to take a new photo, or use a pre-existing photo from your library. You might be surprised how useful this is – even a family shot can be easily used in the next shots to get a great profile picture. Here’s the choices as you’ll see them.

Choices as you would see them on iOS. Similar for Android.

Choices as you would see them on iOS. Similar for Android.

Find the shot within your library ( or take a new one straight from the phone ) – and now we present you with some beautiful tools to make sure you use the photo properly.

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Use the in built tools to zoom and focus attention on the right person in a group shot

You can zoom in or out to resize, and move the photo around to highlight the right face in the photo. At the end of that, you should see the face your want, nice and large and easy to see within the circle . So it might look something like the following:

After zooming and moving to get right face into the frame

After zooming and moving to get right face into the frame

Hit save – you’ll find it at the top right, and you’ve updated your profile pic. It’s super easy – gives a great result.

And this is what new profile pictures look like.

And this is what new profile pictures look like.

The new profile picture is a whole lot better than ever – better resolution, far easier to see the details – sitting in a circle ( so 2015 ) – AND for the eagle eyed out there, you might notice we automagically will redo both your hairstyle and your makeup as you save the photo. *not all of this sentence is true.

Now – you might be wondering why we’ve done all this work. And it’s not just because we need more Taylor in our lives. Nope – there’s a reason. A really good one. But we’re not telling. Update your profile pictures, and make sure you get the next mobile release ( couple of weeks ). Because when you get that release, we think you’ll going to love how your team appears in the general landscape that is teamstuff. Go get snapping!