September 3, 2012

Snapguide – Accomplish Anything With Step-by-Step Directions

What are you interested in today? If you’re interested in learning how to bake the perfect apple pie, keep bananas from turning brown, or improving the quality of your cell phone snapshots, then Snapguide is the place to be.

Snapguide is a web-application that’s all about teaching and learning. To take advantage of the custom guides other users have posted, you can browse through Snapguide’s homepage or search for a specific topic by keyword. Each guide includes step-by-step directions—with large, clear photos—making it virtually impossible to get confused or lost at any step along the way. Each guide also includes a detailed supply list, which includes every ingredient or product you should need to complete the project at hand. Once you’ve gone through the images and completed the guide, you can view related guides, leave a comment on any steps you found especially difficult or especially helpful, or “like” the guide to voice your approval.

When you’re done soaking up other people’s information, it’s time to share a bit of your own. To create a guide with Snapguide, open up Snapguide’s iPhone application and begin snapping pictures or shooting video. The web-application will take you through the process of turning your individual photos into a useful guide with step-by-step directions. Not only can you publish your guide on the Snapguide website, but you can also view it with a mobile phone and share it with friends on social networking sites.

Practical Uses:

  • Give your family directions for how to make your special soufflé
  • Post step-by-step instructions for building the perfect tree fort
  • Learn how to keep bananas from turning brown
  • Get detailed recipes for making your favorite foods

Insider Tips:

  • Snapguide offers a mobile app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch
  • Guides are formatted for desktops, tablets, and mobile phones
  • Users own the content they post on Snapguide
  • People can delete the guides they’ve created at any time

What we liked:

  • People can share their DIY expertise with friends online
  • Visual learners will appreciate Snapguide’s detailed photos
  • Users can quickly share their guides on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest
  • Guides can be sorted by topic, upload date, or popularity

What we didn’t like:

  • People can’t make their guides private, although Snapguide may support this idea in the future
  • Snapguide doesn’t currently offer a mobile app for Android or Windows Phone users


Company Info:

  • Launched: March 2012
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, California
  • Founded by: Daniel Raffel and Steve Krulewitz
  • Web site:


  • Free

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