Of the many enhancements and new features introduced in OS 10.3, one that stands out is how BlackBerry Story Maker now automatically creates what it calls "automatic stories" of your media content based on date taken, location, or whether they are designated as favorite. These stories appear in the date view of the Pictures app above your picture collection.

For example, in the screenshot below, you can see how it sits atop the the thumbnails of the images that comprise it from a specific day with the story marker symbol.

You can go through various settings, as explained below, to modify how these stories are generated. For instance, adding a home address or enabling Geotagging allows for stories to be grouped by date and location.

  • Launch the Pictures App
  • Swipe down from the top and tap on Settings
  • Tap on "Add your address to improve automatic stories"
  • Scroll down to "My Places"
  • Tap on an address (home/work) to select. If blank, enter in the address

To enable Geotagging

  • Launch Camera App
  • Swipe Settings
  • Toggle the button to the on position to Geotag Pictures to enable

If you are not happy with the file created by Story Maker, you may edit and configure them as you would any regular Story Maker file. You can read through our comprehensive tutorial on how to create your own story maker file and follow the quick directions below.

  • In the Pictures app, under the Date View tape on the story maker icon of the story you wish to edit
  • Tap on the edit icon at the bottom
  • To Tweak the story tap the icon in the side menu, tap done
  • To change the media, tap on the icon at the bottom and tape Save when complete

The final option is that you can turn this feature off entirely. While it is turned on by default, you can easily turn it off and all existing stories will be removed from the Pictures application.

  • Launch the Pictures app
  • Swipe down and tap on settings
  • Tap on the Automatic Stories on/off toggle switch to disable

Automatic Stories presents a way to be more proactive with your content no matter where you are. For instance, if you are pressed for time, it takes most of the work out of the process for you by selecting the images and videos from your library based on where and when they were taken. All that is left for you to do is either send as is or make your desired changes.

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