Special thanks to Andrea Belloli, University of Maryland Dietetic Intern, for this post.
What is Snapguide?
Snapguide is a website and free smartphone app that allows users to view, create and share step-by-step “how-to” guides. The app specializes in providing users with easy to understand instructions for a wide array of topics ranging from cooking and gardening to do-it-yourself projects and repairs. Snapguide users can use their iPhones to snap videos and pictures, add captions, and share the guide with the rest of the Snapguide community. The ability to create how-to guides straight from your smartphone sets this app apart from all other apps of its kind!
Users have the option to register and create an account by connecting with an existing Facebook or Twitter account. However, if social media isn’t your thing, you can register using an email address. After registering, Snapguide will walk you through a quick tutorial on how to operate the app. Once finished with the speedy sign-up process, you will be able to start viewing existing guides and creating your own.
Creating your own Snapguides
Creating a guide is quick and easy. Once you’ve selected a title and begun the creation process, you can choose to insert photos, videos, or text instructions to each step. Steps can be edited, moved around, or deleted at any time. Users can even add a list of supplies or ingredients to the end of their guide to allow for simpler instructions throughout the guidebook. Once the guide has been completed, users can publish it with a single tap. From there, it can be shared throughout the Snapguide community. Users can also embed guides into websites and blogs to share with others beyond the Snapguide community.
A tool for Registered Dietitians and health professionals
Nutrition professionals can utilize this app as a teaching tool when working with clients and patients. Snapguide allow them to create simple and visually appealing guides for use in both clinical and community settings. In the clinical setting, for example, RDs and nurses can create a photo or video guide on how to use a glucometer to check one’s blood glucose levels. In the community setting, guides can be created to teach individuals how to read nutrition labels and how to prepare healthy and affordable recipes. Users can also create guides in multiple languages to reach even more audiences.
Snapguide provides a user-friendly platform that health professionals can use to teach others about nutrition and health-related topics in an easily comprehendible manor. Snapguide should be utilized by health professionals as a refreshing new way to share valuable information with others.