Filmstrip Viewer

An application for vintage filmstrips streaming

Project goals

Our task was to build an app that would stream slide films online but store some data locally on mobile devices and therefore use less internet traffic.

Analysis

We researched and estimated an average size of a slide, average number of slides per film, number of films in each category and etc. On the basis of the gathered information, we chose the most suitable framework for simultaneous image loading.

It was vital for us to achieve high loading speed and make such interface that would remain responsive while downloading films.

Solution

Each slide film is downloaded in a separate stream so that improves overall speed. In order to synchronize and manage these streams we used reactive programming approach, therefore, we created a flexible and responsive architecture for the app.

The interface is user-friendly and requires only intuitive familiar gestures such a swiping, tapping, pressing and holding.
Audio tracks are downloaded automatically in the background for the slides that require them and cached so that the user could listen to them without downloading them for the second time.

Slide films that were watched or marked as favorites are stored in a special cache storage and once there is not enough space films that were added there the earliest are removed.

The Result

In the end we accomplished all of the requirements specified by the client and designed one of the best apps for slide film viewing that received positive feedback and has a good rating in the App Store. Users got a chance to watch slide films from 50 years ago on the go and save them for later.