Steepshot App Review - Photos on Steemit

in steepshot •  8 months ago


This is my first look at Steepshot for iOS, an Instagram-type app that runs on the Steem blockchain.

Every so often, I'll come across a post that consists of a photo and a short caption. There will be some reference in the footer to some app or whatever. I'll think to myself "Hmmm...someday I'll figure out what that's all about".

Well, today's the day!

And if you're reading this, today's the day for you too!

We're both having a day of enlightenment. Let us rejoice in our knowledge sharing! Let us bask in the glow of our brain muscles! Can you feel yourself getting smarter? Does your skull feel just a little bit tighter? That's your brain growing!

Let us begin.

The Steepshot app is available for both Android and iOS. However, since I have an iPhone, that's what I'll be focusing on. Wait, what's that? You have an Android? Let's pretend you have an iPhone.

The launch icon looks solid. I'm on board with the overall look and feel of the branding. Well, except for the name. Steepshot? As in "steep" + "shot". I'm assuming "STEEMshot" was went with...steep? As in, a dramatic incline or slope? The "shot" part is obviously a reference to "shooting" a picture with a camera, right? I just don't get the "steep" part.

I'm sure there's probably a good reason or story behind the name. I just don't know what it is. And I saw no obvious explanation.

Regardless, the launch screen and the interface that welcomed me upon opening the app was clean and easy to navigate.


Now, you'll notice that on the sign-in form, the app asks for your Posting Key.

Don't know what your Posting Key is? It's basically the Steemit password that only allows access to posting permissions (NOT your money!). I'm still a relative noob when it comes to Steemit, so I had to look up how to find my Posting Key.

Lucky for you, it's pretty dang easy once you know where to look!

Just click on your Wallet (from within the Steemit interface). You'll notice that your Wallet consists of three tabs: (1) Balances, (2) Permissions, and (3) Password.

If you click on "Permissions", you'll see all your secret keys. The Posting key is the first one.

See? Easy.

Once you're logged in, things look pretty straightforward. You can immediately review all the photos that people have posted. You can start liking and commenting right away!

But who cares about them? Screw 'em! The only photos that matter are MINE! Am I right? AM I RIGHT?!

Let's add something! Should I take a selfie? Should I take a picture of my feet? My dog? No, my ACTUAL dog! Get your mind out of the gutter!


I know! I'll just grab something from my gallery. I took all those pictures at WonderCon last weekend. There's probably something fun and interesting on my phone.

Okay, we're going to make my first post a photo of what I'm assuming are a team of five midgets who operate a very ambitious and intricate cosplay costume. It's VOLTRON, Defender of the Universe!

Are you excited?!


The semi-sucky part about this is there's no filters, no photo editing, no cropping, etc.

What they DO offer is a rotate function. You can rotate your photo. That's about it.

I'm pretty sure they plan on adding the photo edit stuff in a future update. Until then, you'll have to use another app for your touch-ups. For me, I ended up using Photoshop Fix. Fiddled with the brightness and contrast, cropped it into a square. Okay, done.

Now you add the Title, Description, and Tags.

I was surprised that it let me continue typing several paragraphs. I thought that maybe it would stop me after so many characters. If there's a limit, I don't know what it is yet. Either way, I was able to progress through the steps relatively quickly and easily.

Once I was done, the image appeared in my profile section. I scrolled down and "liked" it. The little heart has a nifty animation to it.


Alright, not bad. Not bad at all.

What I appreciated most of all was being able to interface with Steemit via a smooth and streamlined native app. Very cool.

My image appeared in the home "feed". Curious, I hopped over to my phone's browser to see if it had appeared as a Steemit blog post. Sure enough, it was there!

Usually the images taken with my phone end up being like 2 MB in size. Pretty chunky and definitely not web-friendly. I normally export images for web by manually adjusting them in Photoshop. I wonder how Steepshot handles this?

After checking the specs of the photo being viewed on Steemit, it appears the image details were:

  • JPG format
  • 1024 x 1024 pixels
  • 96 DPI
  • Only 213 KB

    Huh. Okay, that's cool. I could definitely see some value there.

You can check out my first Steepshot post by going HERE.


So if you're like me, you're probably scratching your head, thinking "Waitaminut, isn't there an ICO going on right NOW called APPICS that's supposed to basically do what Steepshot's already doing?"

Well, yeah. Sorta.

Steepshot hits the Steem blockchain directly, thus sending and retrieving to the same source as Steemit. On the other hand, APPICS is supposed to jump on the SMT (Smart Media Token) bandwagon that will be powered by the same blockchain--but existing in its own subdomain or separate ecosystem.

I guess the real question is whether photo-sharing is best utilized within Steemit's blogging platform or somewhere else? I think we can all agree that a Steem-based Instagram alternative is a good thing. We just gotta figure out the finer details.

In the meantime, Steepshot obviously has the advantage in this particular race. They already have a working product that people are using. I'm sure both development teams are working around the clock to apply features that will garner widespread adoption and a buzz-worthy user experience.

I'm eager to see what both companies will bring to the table in 2018.

Based on what I saw today, I'm giving Steepshot 3 out of 5 stars. However, once they add photo editing, more Steemit features, and figure out where they fit within the Steemit blogging community, I can easily see them becoming a polished, top-notch 5-star force to be reckoned with.


It's too early to have a Steepshot vs APPICS throwdown. After all, we don't have a working app in our hands from them yet.

Has anyone else tried Steepshot? What did you think of it? And do you think that photo-sharing has a place on Steemit? Or should that stuff be separate (like what APPICS plans on doing)?

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congratulations i make same application you faster to me😃
Meybe we work together ...

maybe we can work together I can supply you human resources there are 200 more with me

That's a nice review about Steepshot. It's still in alpha version, I am sure it will be great platform for photo-sharing in coming years.
I have been using it for a month and it's pretty decent application.


yes nice ..

thank you follow you blog and vote.


Great feedback! And you’re right. If this is what “alpha” looks like, the future is lookin’ good!

Thanks for bringing this valueable thing into our attenttion. Steep Shot is a great tool for Steemit User and believers. We need something like this for Steemit to get well known to the people. Because Steemit is for the people. Great job


Thanks! I agree. These are the type of projects that will push blockchain into the mainstream. Power to the people!

dmania taking 25% of post reward if we post on dmania
likewise steepshot taking part of reward or not ???????????


I’m pretty sure it’s 15% for Steepshot.


ok thank you
we can't use bot if they are are gonna take 15% of reward


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I just have a question.

How much time did it take to build this photo sharing app and most importantly how was the integration with steem blockchain?

That would make ma blogging easier . Thanks for letting us know . God speed 😊😇


Yay for easy blogging!

i prefer steepshot over appics any day and i'm totally supporting their efforts moving forward i know how much it was an issue to get back on the app store after they were pulled and we all got the download it only from the belarus store! -- i asked about if they will bring multiple accounts to the app and it looks like they will ;)

as for the filters and stuff you mentioned of instagram while i agree it's better to copy what existing features people are used to from other platforms it's a case of issues with size of the coding team, resources, engineering team etc -- but now the app is here i'm excited to see how much it get's developed! :) nice review man.


Good points! Way to highlight how the team overcomes challenges and doesn’t give up.

Great review! @nateaguila 🙌
I have been using Steepshot for most of picture uploads to steemit.

I would love to have a short video function 10sec-1min. without going through D-tube or Youtube.

Oh yeah i saw a video the other day that was saying that Dtube takes 25% of the uploaders profits....and that Steepshot takes about 15%.

Its not that 15% is huge, and for the simplicity of the interface i would be happy to pay it, but they should make it more transparent that they are skimming from your post rewards.


Really? Now that’s interesting. I totally agree. That should be made clear straight from the get-go. Do you have a link to that video or any related info? I think it’s only fair that the developers have an opportunity to get paid somehow. We can’t expect people to provide quality services for nothing. But tossing it in the fine print of the user agreement that nobody reads (and hoping that nobody notices) isn’t cool. That’s assuming it’s even in the user agreement. I’ll have to look into that. Thanks for the info!


Yeah I will try to find the video, it was from a pretty big account here .
Totally agree ! These guys do great work and really add a lot of value to the platform but it should be made clear


Awesome, thanks! I’ll check it out!

It would be cool to see Steepshot and APPICS take the candy away from Instagram and become the premiere go to app for photo sharing along with investors and their cheque books.


Take that candy!

well i was thinking it would be nice to have a plugin that links to pictures already uploaded to save both bandwidth and time , something like giphy, yes ? alas i'm too much of a layman in the wonderful world of code ... is there a browser extension ? that would be perfect for me (like for instance the pictures used here)

as far as i know anyone can rightclick and use the img url to use it in their posts, which means there's an awful lot of imagery ready as a resource without the need to upload everytime ... a search script (or app) could periodically scan the whole thing i suppose and collect it in one popup window (like giphy) in a browser extension.
i'll check it out, if that is what this is then its doubleplusgood :)
(follow for followback etcetera)


Very true. Although Steepshot is a good solution for personal photos, you're right. A giphy type solution would be an awesome resource to have. After all, what if you just need a public domain stock photo to help support your post?


absolutely, if i knew where the coders gather i might go there and make some suggestions as i dont feel myself capable of arranging a project like that right now but as ideas go they tend to spring in several places at once so i assume someone else will come up with it sooner or later :)

I have Steepshot and I think for photosharing on steemit blog it's quite good. It is still in baby shoes, but hoping to see improvements in the future. As you mentioned it lacks the main editing options which for any app dealing with photosharing is necessary! I'm still getting to know the steemit plarform, but think that steepshot is an awesome alternative, when you want to post mostly photos to your steemit blog.


Definitely! Thanks for sharing your experience!

Thats a very nice review!


Wonderful in depth review. I too have downloaded steepshot and I recon it’s a wonderful platform. Well constructed and vibrant. I totally agree with the editing being a welcome addition in the future. Would love to see some filters and image adjustments a bit like Instagram have. But still not a major issue as most others have editing software on there phones anyway.
Steepshot is great if you just want to share a moment and you don’t need to write a full story to go along with your post. Anything that generates content for Steemit how ever big or small can only be a good thing for the community. Great review 965BA3B2-A061-486F-A017-C4D892D9CBA8.jpeg


Very true. Keep the content machine going!

Oo this is nice...would love to try erm


Nice review! I've also tried Zappl and I chose to stick with Steepshot since Zappl is not compatible with my phone. I also like being able to add more than five tags. This is a winner app!

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Very nice, detailed and informative video about steepshot.. Thanks a ton


nice this post

cool post upvoted please can you do the same for me thanks

Nice post. Voted u.


Perfect, Useful postings ..

Thank you for the review. I am going to give this app a shot and see how it works out.


See what you did there? You’ll give it a...”shot”. Get it? Shot? Hahaha! As in SteepSHOT. Ahem. Yeah, okay.


You like that eh?

Nice post


oyeee, me encanto este post.. muy educativo! recientemente tambien estoy explorando y dandole uso a esta aplicacion! me enamoro la conexion de la app con steemit y creo que pronto nos sorprendera!! @nateguilla con tu post como tutorial verifique que efectivamente se cumple en la aplicacion lo que comentas... gracias por compartirnos ! un abrazo!

Thank you for the review. Upvoted.


And thanks for making a nifty app with a bright future! Looks like most of us are looking forward to using it. Do you guys have any sort of development road map you could share? It would be cool to see when we could expect certain features. Regardless, thanks for the upvote!


A road map is a good thing for ICO, and a bad one is in the space of competitors. Do not worry, we are working very hard on the product. And most of the features that everyone expects are in our plans.


Good to hear! Can't wait to see what comes next!

Something very interesting ..
Thanks @nateaguila for sharing..

nice post @nateaguila

Didn't know this. But thanks to @nateaguila am now aware about such a great app. Thanks for sharing.


Glad to be of service!

Very very nice

Steepshot, is an awesome application, I use it almost two weeks and most of posts are posted with steepshot. I am fully satisfied!!!


That’s great to see you get such good use of the app!

nice post,appreciate that.Looking forward to get used by this.

Thank you very much for providing this info about the app. Will definitely test it, being aware that it is still Alpha.

Thanks for sharing valuable post.
I continue follow your post.
I appreciate your contest


Thanks! I appreciate your contest too.

I like this app. I love photography . Very recomended for me
Regard @humairah


Awesome! Keep taking those pictures!

Cool friends

I will feel smarter when steem raises again. Thank you for an inspiring post though. It was enjoyable reading it.

Hey @nateaguila,
Thanks for writing this post. I had no idea about it and was actually looking for an app put out by steemit. I got so excited about this I had to stop reading to go download it. I finished after though :)
I will give you some updates about it after I start using it!


That’s great! Let me know what you think!

Great review, could you possibly do one on bsteem ? I just released it this past weekend :)


Oh yeah? I’ll check it out.


Awesome, thanks :)

thanks for review and very informative...

Seems like something draining your Bandwidth?
I guess texz goes into the bockchain and picturs to the ipfs.

Hello , I would really appreciate it if Majority of you would check my blogs and please upvote. Trying to get a hang of steemit, I am new.

wow.that was good..

very interesting post you friend, I got new information and new science.


Be careful with new science. Sometimes it results in the enslavement of mankind by evil robots.

Just downloaded steepshot because of this post - I had heard of APPICS, and am quite excited about expanding outside of just blog posts on this platform.

I do wonder if keeping it all within one ecosystem or separating it is the best call. I think when you look at Facebook/Instagram things have been kept separate for a reason, but Steem is really unlike any other platform and defies a lot of the traditional strategies for social media marketing.

I'll be following this closely, but thanks for the good post!

great post! thanks for this sharing. i am still a newbie around here and there's so many things to learn from steemit and its derivations that sometimes i feel lost. it would be amazing to learn more about those derivations, to read one post where they come all listed and explained.

Congratulations @nateaguila!
Your post was mentioned in the Steemit Hit Parade in the following category:

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Just to give another voice: while the application looks pretty nice, I decided not to use it just because a few issues: Steepshot hides all Steem posts which are not made with Steepshot itself. Also, the application does a lot of spam inserting his tags and links in every Steem post. Not to mention that I preffer to use free software. I would like to see all posts from the Steem network with Steepshot, because it's very friendly and good looking app, may be in future versions they start to fix this issues.

That was really nice...


Why, thank you, kind sir.

How to get the award from steepshot.kami need imformasi maybe you have a little imformation please share with us.

Execellent! I want to use it.

Nice. Thank you

Pls share with me some quality steepshot accounts! My feed sucks hard, boring.

Guessing we will have a steembook soon 🤔.. ok great!