Developer: Shindig Digital Constructions, Inc.
Price: $3.99
Version Reviewed: 1.3.5
Device Reviewed On: iPad

iPad Integration Rating: ★★★½☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★★

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

While us manly men don’t normally write diaries, when I saw Remembary one particular feature caught my eye: “automatically fetches your tweets, Facebook statuses, and up to 5 RSS feeds.” Immediately I was sold.

Before I get started with actually reviewing the application, I have to give a quick golf clap to the developers of Remembary for coming up with such a creative way to present in instructions on how to use the app. The first “journal entry” (I refuse to call it a diary) is actually instructions on how to use the app written completely in first person.

There may be other journaling apps available, but what needs to be focused on for Remembary is the social networking feature. The box in the top-right corner of each entry (with the four arrows) collects all of the tweets, Facebook statuses, and any of five RSS entries inputted into the app. When creating online content, even something as small as a status update, I worry that I’m just launching valuable content into the abyss and am not saving it for future. Not only does it collect information starting when the app is downloaded, but it can download a tweet history (up to 3500 tweets) and past Facebook statuses are automatically downloaded as well. My only complaint about the social networking feature is that wall posts from Facebook don’t show who posted them.

The features of the journal itself are what’s expected in an app like this. The template can be changed, though the one it starts with is my favorite. Probably the most important feature is the ability to export the journal as a text file. At the moment, I’m not a fan of the process; to get the file the user has to connect the iPad to it’s computer. But the developer’s website assures us that more functionality is on the way, “Upcoming versions of Remembary will include options for exporting only a specific day, week, month, or year, emailing your diary, or syncing it to DropBox or MobileMe.” Just give me DropBox and I’ll be happy.

While there’s nothing noticeable in terms of flaws for Remembary, there are features I’d like to see. It may be strange, but I’d like to be able to quote my own tweets and statuses in the entry itself. Certain days I may not feel like actually writing an entry but just showcasing some of my favorite content that day. Also, something as simple as adding a picture or a web clip isn’t possible. The interface is nice, but something should be done about the email-esque list of entries that turns up on the left in landscape mode; it ruins the visual appeal of the journal.

Remembary is the app to beat for new diary…journal apps.


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