Memory Jar Review
When it comes to using the pictures I take, I’m the worst. I have grand intentions of putting everything together for easy access that everyone can enjoy. The unfortunate reality is photo storage boxes in the closet or unprinted images stored on the computer in a jumble labeled “My Photos”. I hate to admit that I do in fact take less pictures because of it. But I’ve found something to help me with my problem, Memory Jar!
I got Memory Jar just before Christmas and I was very excited to give it a try. I started Christmas morning, but with all its usual chaos I didn’t add a ton of pictures. Then the first part of January we got a snow day, the first in three years, and the real fun began. I snapped pictures while the family took on the hill in our backyard. It was simple to create a “New Memory” from the home page. Tap on “Create Memory”, take your picture and then the description menu pops up. Simply add your information and Memory Jar stores it away for easy access. I love that it included the date and location so I wouldn’t have to remember that later. You can also enable posting to your Facebook account for instant sharing.
One thing I found when taking pictures that snowy day was that it took a while to chronicle each memory. My fingers were cold (needed some Agloves or Isotoner smarTouch) and I missed some shots. Then I discovered that I can access all the photos on my camera roll and that solved my problem. I took my initial picture and put in the complete description. Then I just used my camera app and took all the photos I wanted. Later, in my warm kitchen over cocoa and sticky buns I imported my images to Memory Jar. You use the same process as you did to create a New Memory but choose existing photos. I added tags to the description that grouped everything together in one event. Accessing my camera roll, I was able to organize my memories for not just the Snow Day but also Dance Recitals, Birthdays, and many others. Now when I want to find a specific image, I simply open Memory Jar, search the tags or date and voilà there they all are. No more scrolling through the 2000+ images in a lump file, Happy Day! You can also create slideshows of individual events or look at the whole year in review, even including a sound track you can import from your playlist.
Memory Jar is something I can use anytime. When I find myself with a few minutes I can continue organizing my photos which will come in so handy when I actually do get down to the legitimate printed scrapbook. Thank you Memory Jar!
Price when Reviewed: $2.99
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 6.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.