Chapterz: iPhone App Written Review
If you’re like us, you go through life tweeting at every step, making individual notations for each awesome meal, date, or jog. Or maybe you’re more of a Facebooker, and habitually add these things to your friends’ news stream. Either way, all of these microblog updates add up, and if you aren’t careful, they’re lost immediately into the Internet’s vast, cavernous maw. So how’s a conscientious Internaut to guard their personal Tweet stashes? Using Chapterz, by developer Kwegg Technologies, of course! The app makes it easy to track, scrap, and retain your daily Web life, and the price is spot-on to match.
Concept and Functionality
As stated, Chapterz serves as a sort of glorified vault for all those various things you tweet, post, or update your social networking feeds with. The app attaches itself to both Twitter and Facebook, allowing you to add new content to both locations easily and quickly. Users simply boot up Chapterz, link their information to both sites, and then post normally, as if using each service’s native application. There’s full support for all kinds of updates, including text and photographs. Images can be either created fresh from the iPhone’s camera, and then loaded directly to Chapterz, or they can be pooled from the Photo Gallery application.
Either way, each and every one of your updates are automatically saved to so called “Life Chapters,” or blocks of updates that can be edited to reflect a particular period in your life. It’s a neat idea, as we all move through undocumented changes, particularly in our social networking habits. Why not create a new chapter for that romantic vacation, and perhaps another for that nasty breakup? And as Chapterz allows you to view your bookkeeping at any time, a trip down memory lane is only a short click away.
Design and Layout
In terms of design and layout, Chapterz is a bit of a mixed-bag. We absolutely loved the chat bubbles that followed our status updates, making us feel as if we were using an extension of iChat. We also dug the simplicity of the tabbed navigational controls that kept all the interesting features only a few clicks away. However, we would have liked to see a little more fluidity in the overall process of using Chapterz. Not to say that the app is poorly designed, but we never quite felt secure using the app to post our updates.
At the end of the day, Chapterz is easily worth the two dollars it costs, even if just to track your Internet doings over an extended period of time. The app presents a unique functionality that we appreciated immensely. If you’re looking for a convenient way to not only update all of your favorite social networking sites, but save that content for use later, Chapterz is your new best mate, and every bit worth its weight in app-money gold.
Chapterz requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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