The following article was first published in the Today tab on the App Store.

Once upon a time, (a time that you may, or may not remember) photos were captured on something called ‘film negatives’ – thin fragile strips that had to be ‘developed’ by ‘other people’ in a ‘darkroom’ that wasn’t anywhere near your house. Truly it was a different time.

These days, negatives mostly just take up attic space, since there hasn’t been a great way to easily develop them. FilmBox changes all that.

The latest app from photo-digitising company Photomyne, FilmBox is a remarkable mobile darkroom that scans your old negatives and instantly turns them into proper pictures.

All you need is a white backlight. If you don’t have one, go to to turn your iPhone, iPad or Mac screen into one. Place the negative in front of this, then snap an image of it using FilmBox.

Really, it’s that easy.

Sample FilmBox with a free trial. A subscription unlocks full access – and the chance to rediscover your old memories.