Telling stories in bite-size Capzles

Start-up uses Flash to create Web-based linear story lines from video clips, photos, and audio files.

Capzles takes the idea of telling a story with a photo album or a vacation video and puts it all into one multimedia package.

The start-up calls its product "social storytelling." Of course, this means the stories you make with its Web-based authoring tool are eminently shareable with anyone and everyone.


Using a patent-pending Flash-based technology, photos, video clips, and audio files are uploaded to Capzlesin a linear, chronological strip. Each image or file can be scrolled through horizontally and selected. Each can have a caption, links, and a blog.

It seems best suited for creating stories in an episodic fashion, rather than for sharing single photos or videos. There are a variety of premade backgrounds, themes, and fonts to choose from if you're not the supercreative type. And if you are, there's a color picker and a gradient tool for designing a Capzle from scratch.

Capzles is also a place to look for Capzles made by other people. Users can search by topic or keyword for others' stories they've created. Besides a typical listing of results, the results are also presented in a timeline fashion to find specific stories created at a certain point in time.

The site is still in private beta.

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Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur.


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