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ScrapBook for iPad (App Review)

Tony Hannides Apr 18, 2012 2
3.5 out of 5 Rating

I had a lot of fun with this app. I do consider myself quite creative but when it comes to things of visual artistic nature, I’m the one who can’t even draw a tree. Even so, I found the use of ScrapBook for iPad quite easy but effective. Although I wish it had a few more features built in, I think this could be a useful app.

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Scrapbook is an app that allows users to tell a story. Through a series of pictures, voice notes, written notes and maps, one could visually show what they did and accomplished that day. One could also have some fun using this as a digital “bucket list.”

When you get started, you can choose whether you want the scrapbook to be in landscape or portrait mode. The benefit of landscape mode is you can show 2 pages of your scrapbook at the same time. Once you’ve done that, then you move on to customizing the name of the scrapbook, its cover photo and book skin (the border). Right now, they only have 3 book skins you can choose from. I’m hoping to see more soon.

As you navigate the app, everything you add starts from the plus symbol in the upper right-hand corner. You can add a page, a to-do note, photo or whatever. And yes, you can add multiple items on one page. As you can see in the main photo of this article, I have 3 things on one page. And that is where the fun begins, arranging your items.

Once you’ve added whatever you want to the pages, you can pinch-to-zoom so you’re sharing exactly what you want to see from the main view. To move your items, you don’t press and hold like you would when you’re re-arranging your iPad’s homescreen. You just press the item you want moved and drag it to where you want to place it. No holding; no waiting. If you have multiple items on one page, you then tap on whichever item you want to bring to the front. The problem I have with the arranging of items is you can’t tilt the item. For example, I’d like to tilt the picture of the map for dramatic effect. Is that very scrapbook like? I don’t know. But since it’s MY scrapbook, I should be able to control everything. Also, zooming in on the photos is helpful, but if I wanted to add a filter, I cannot do that within this app. I’d have to exit out and open up a photo filter app.

All in all, I think the app has a lot of potential. My wife wanted to check this out since we’re about to have a baby, we need some simple tools to create keepsake memories on the go. I can honestly say I’m going to be using this to document the day of the birth. Is there room for improvement? Of course. But it’s simplicity is what makes this app so appealing. If you don’t believe me, listen to this: after only a week being on the iTunes App Store, Scrapbook is at #66 for Productivity Apps. Considering how many apps are out there, that’s a huge win; and rightly so.