A couple of months ago I received an email from a reader who had just received a smart phone as a gift. She wanted to know what apps I recommended for scrapbookers. In this post, I’ll share some of my favorite choices for mobile memory keepers (with a bias towards the iPhone).
My Top 3
Camera – I have several fancy and fun apps for creative photography (CameraBag, Hipstamatic, Pocketbooth, Pro HDR, Plastic Bullet, PictureShow, ShakeItPhoto), but what I use 95% of the time is the regular camera. I can create fun effects later on my laptop, if I want to do that. Some of these apps don’t save you a clean copy and I like to keep my options open.
HootSuite – I use this Twitter app more than any other app on my phone, perhaps even more than the native Mail client. Twitter can be distracting during the work day, so I hop on often during moments of downtime to connect with other scrapbookers.
MobileRSS – It took me a while to convince myself it was OK to let another app talk to my beloved Google Reader. Reader is browser-based whereas MobileRSS brings you the same blog-browsing experience in app form. Keep up with your favorite scrapbook blogs in one place!
More Good Picks
I don’t use these nearly as often as the others, but they are definitely solid selections.
Bazzill – Paper scrapbookers will love this app’s ability to color match photos and supplies from other lines with over 500 colors of cardstock.
PayPal – Digital scrapbookers will especially appreciate the ability to keep an eye on your PayPal balance from anyone, so you can plan for that next shopping spree.
Facebook – I mostly use HootSuite to post to Facebook, but when I’m looking for a close-to-native experience on my mobile device, I will pop into the Facebook app.
EverNote – No other app helps you collect mundane pieces of information of life in such a simple and organized way. Yes, there are better apps for journaling (curious which ones you like), but EverNote is the standard for putting your brain into the cloud.
One thing to notice, I did not select any of the several apps designed for actual scrapbooking on your smart phone. (I’m a bit of a minimalist afterall.) To me, these devices are great ways to document stories, snap photos and keep in touch with the community, but they are not meant for true scrapbooking. Do you agree? How do you use your smart phone for scrapbooking?