MyHeritage Reimagine App

Marc McDermott
Last updated: December 4, 2023

MyHeritage has launched a groundbreaking new mobile app, Reimagine. The Reimagine app is designed to take your family photos to the next level. With a focus on photo preservation and enhancement, Reimagine brings an array of unique and user-friendly photo tools that are sure to revolutionize your approach to family history.

This blog post will give you an extensive overview of this innovative app and its exciting features. Whether you’re looking to scan a full photo album, restore faded colors, or even animate a cherished old photo, Reimagine has it all. So let’s dive in and explore how you can reimagine your precious family photos with this remarkable app!

Photo Scanning

Reimagine’s Photo Scanning feature is one of its kind. It allows you to digitize your physical photo albums quickly and efficiently. Unlike traditional scanning methods that require you to scan one photo at a time, Reimagine allows you to scan full album pages with a single click.

Here’s how it works: Launch the app, and you’ll be greeted with a camera screen. Place your phone over an album page and tap the scan button. The app then automatically recognizes the individual photos on the page, crops them, and saves them as separate images in the app. With just a few clicks and in a matter of minutes, your entire physical album is digitized, preserved, and ready to be shared or further enhanced within the app.

What’s more, the app is intelligent enough to correct the orientation of tilted photos. If some photos in your album are not straight, the app’s AI mechanism can rotate them back to their original position.

This feature offers a seamless way to preserve your precious memories in digital form while saving you the time and effort of traditional scanning methods.

Photo Improvements

One of the most outstanding features of Reimagine is its ability to breathe new life into your old photos through advanced photo improvement tools. These tools include colorization, enhancement, repair, and restoration of faded colors.

  1. Colorization and Restoration of Colors: This AI-based tool can transform your black and white photos into vibrant, full-color images. It brings a fresh perspective to your old photos, making them appear as if they were taken in the modern era. What sets this feature apart is its ability to not only colorize black and white photos but also restore the original colors of photos that have faded over time.
  2. Photo Enhancement: Do you have old photos that look blurry or pixelated? No problem. The enhancement feature of Reimagine can turn your low-resolution photos into high-resolution images. It sharpens the details, making the subjects in the photos more visible and the overall image more appealing.
  3. Photo Repair: Physical photos can sustain damages over time, such as scratches, creases, or holes. The repair feature in the Reimagine app can automatically remove these flaws from your photos and restore them to their original glory.

Each of these features can be combined for each photo. For instance, you can scan a photo from your album, enhance it, repair it if needed, and then colorize it. This combination transforms your photos as if they were taken today, providing you with a unique and engaging way to explore and share your family history.

Animation of Photos (Deep Nostalgia)

One of the most heartfelt and emotional features of the Reimagine app is the “Animate” feature, also known as “Deep Nostalgia”. This powerful tool can bring your old family photographs to life in a highly engaging and emotionally stirring way.

With just a click of a button, the animate feature can create a lifelike animation from a still image. It can render features such as smiles, eye movements, and subtle head shifts, thereby creating a sense of life and movement. Each of these animations can bring a sense of presence and immediacy, making it feel as though your ancestors are right there with you.

This tool is especially impactful for those who have family members who are no longer with us. Seeing these loved ones “move” and “smile” again can be an emotional experience, offering a unique way to connect with your heritage.

As with the other features in Reimagine, the animation can be combined with the other photo enhancement tools. This means you can colorize, enhance, and repair a photo before animating it, providing an even more vivid and realistic animation. Whether for personal enjoyment or to share with family members, the animate feature offers a unique way to revisit and engage with your family history.

How to Use Reimagine

Using Reimagine is a simple and user-friendly process designed to make digitizing and enhancing your family photos as easy as possible.

1. Downloading and Logging In

To start with, you’ll need to download the Reimagine app from either the App Store or Google Play, depending on your device. Once installed, you can either create a new account for free or log in with your existing MyHeritage credentials.

2. Navigating the Home Screen

Upon logging in, you’ll be presented with the app’s home screen. From here, you’ll find a prominent ‘plus’ button, which is your gateway to all the photo-related tasks you can perform with the app. You can choose to scan photos or even upload photos already saved on your device.

3. Scanning Photos

The scanning feature allows you to digitize entire album pages in just a few clicks. Simply place your phone over the photo or album page, tap scan, and the app will identify, crop, and save the individual photos in your account. You can scan multiple photos or album pages in one go, making it a quick and efficient way to digitize your physical photo albums.

4. Improving and Animating Photos

By clicking on any photo you’ve scanned or uploaded, you can begin to explore the improvement features. You’ll see options to colorize, enhance, repair, and animate your photos. With the animate feature, you can bring old photos to life in a way that can stir up deep nostalgia and emotion.

5. Saving and Sharing Photos

After applying the desired changes to your photos, they are automatically saved. What’s great is that your original photo is preserved, and you now have an improved version in addition to it. These improved photos can be easily shared with your family and friends across various social media platforms, inviting them to take a walk down memory lane with you.

With a few clicks, you can transform your treasured family photos into high-quality digital images, ready to be shared and enjoyed for generations to come.

FAQ

How much does the Reimagine app cost?

A yearly subscription for the Reimagine app costs $49.99 (or the equivalent in local currency). This subscription comes with a 7-day free trial, allowing you to test out the app before committing to it. There is also a monthly subscription option available at $7.99/month. This plan does not include a free trial. Both plans offer unlimited use of all Reimagine features.

What languages does the Reimagine app support?

The Reimagine app currently supports 11 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese (Brazil), Swedish, Norwegian, Italian, and Finnish. Additional languages are planned to be added in the future.

What are the device requirements for the Reimagine app?

For iOS devices, the Reimagine app requires iOS 15.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod touch. For Android devices, it requires Android 7.0 and up.

When images are digitized using Re-imagine, who retains the copyright ownership?

The person who digitizes the images retains the copyright ownership. Re-imagine is just a service provider and does not claim any ownership over the original photos or the versions that users have colorized, enhanced, repaired, or animated.

Once the images are uploaded to MyHeritage and enhanced, is it possible to download them all to a personal computer?

Yes, it is possible to download the images to your personal computer once they are uploaded and enhanced on MyHeritage. You can do this by logging into your account on MyHeritage.com, navigating to your photo section, and choosing the option to download the images either in bulk or one by one.

Can the Reimagine app be used to scan slides?

Currently, the Reimagine app does not support scanning slides. However, they are aware of such requests and are looking into the possibility of supporting it in the future.

Is there a limit on the number of photos that can be scanned and stored in the app?

For those using the free version of the app without a subscription, there is a limit, which changes from time to time, but it’s around five scans or pages. After this, users are prompted to purchase a subscription. For those with a subscription, there is a very high limit in place for security and fraud prevention reasons. However, this limit is so high that it should not pose a problem for regular users.

Summary

In summary, MyHeritage’s new mobile app, Reimagine, offers a game-changing approach to rediscovering, preserving, and sharing your family history through photos. It provides a simple and intuitive interface to scan, enhance, repair, colorize, and even animate your family pictures.

With the forthcoming updated home screen, navigating the application will become even more user-friendly, ensuring you have all the tools you need at your fingertips. The combination of artificial intelligence and user-friendly design makes it a must-have app for anyone interested in their family history or simply wanting to give a new life to their old photos.

Whether you’re just starting your genealogy journey or you’re a seasoned family historian, Reimagine is a valuable addition to your toolbox. Download it today and start exploring the new dimensions Reimagine can add to your family photos.

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