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Getting Started



Before getting started, you'll need to install preFlect from the App Store. Once you have done this, you'll need to run the app and perform a few initial steps to ensure that preFlect is ready when you need it.


1) Setup a Google Account


Google Sign-in Screen

When you publish a captured photographic event, you make this information available for others who also have the original photo.

preFlect uses Google Drive to make captured information about photographs available to you, and to others who view it. It is not used to synchronize any other type of information used by preFlect. This means you'll need to have a Google account available.

IMPORTANT: For your security and privacy, we recommend that you create and use a Google account that is separate from any other existing personal Google account you might use for other tasks, such as e-mail.

Note: If you use the same Google account from preFlect on different devices, a separate folder for each device will be used to publish events.

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2) Authorize Access to Your Location


Authorize preFlect to Use Location Services

When you run preFlect for the first time, you'll be prompted to allow it to access your current location.

If you want to include the physical location of the photographer when you annotate photos, select "Allow", otherwise select "Don't Allow".

If you choose "Don't Allow", you will still be able to use preFlect to annotate photos, minus the location features.

Note: The ability to capture your GPS location in a photograph is a feature that is already included in most phones and tablets, and may be optionally enabled by the photographer themself, through their phone or tablet settings.

This feature is included in preFlect to handle cases where this setting is not enabled by the photographer.


3) Authorize Access to Your Google Drive


Authorize Flect to Use Google Drive

You'll be notified that you need to sign in to Google Drive to continue. Select Ok.

You'll then be asked whether you want to allow preFlect to access your Google Drive account, and to Sign In.

Access to the Google Drive account you created previously is needed to make captured information about photographs available to you, and to others who view it. It is not used to synchronize any other type of information used by preFlect.

Select "Continue" to allow access, then select the Google "Sign In" button.


4) Sign In to Google Drive


Sign in to Google Drive

The Google sign-in screen will appear. Enter the username and password you created previously.

Note: If you need to sign out from Google, you can do this from Preferences.


5) Wait for Setup to Complete


Wait for Setup to Complete

After you have successfully signed into Google Drive, preFlect needs to perform some automatic setup tasks, which includes creating some flect IDs, and corresponding event folders on your Google Drive for publishing information about photographic events.

This setup should only take a moment. When preFlect is ready, the main "Start" button will be enabled, and you can proceed with Flecting.


6) Ready to Start


Now that setup is complete, you are ready to start Flecting.