As the end of the year draws nears, the new Memory Jar slideshow app is a great way to take all your photos from this year’s past events (big and small) and easily turn them into a nostalgic slideshow using your iPhone or iPad. This Social Networking app ( by Jebs Apps) lets you do that. The Memory Jar slideshow app makes it very easy to create “memories” by categorizing and organizing them, and then displaying these photo memories into customized photo slideshow albums. These albums can be created and viewed as individual albums, as well as compiled into a 1 year overview (of all photo albums created) to provide a cumulative photo slideshow that will be a great addition to your New Year’s Eve party. In addition to sharing these photo memories with the group of people you’re with, you can also share your created slideshow albums with friends and family on Facebook and Twitter.
The app itself is unassuming and not overly exciting to look at, but this slideshow app does have a very friendly user interface, and it’s not until you get going (and see a finished project) that you’ll see the true beauty of this “Plain Jane” app. There are 2 different jar-theme styles to choose from to keep your “memories” in, which are displayed on the Main Screen. You’ll see either a clear baby bottle holding small pieces of paper or a clear mason jar with paper in it. The mason jar theme is the default setting and comes in a brown paper with “glazed/washed” effect, along with a leather/suede album cover. The baby bottle theme comes with light green paper in the same washed effect, as well as a green textured album cover. I personally like the green theme and used it for one of the slideshows I created. When you complete your memory book slideshow project your photos will be seen in the nicely bound and titled album, complete with your pre-entered titles for all of your photos.
Thankfully, Jebs Apps provides a step-by-step tutorial with simple instructions to get you started. There are 2 ways to start, by either by selecting your photo first or by filling in your photo memory information first. You’ll be able to quickly fill in information fields like: Title (or event), Description (or important details about event), Date (for when a photo was taken, there’s a date selection wheel also), a designated Location (for you to fill in your location or name of place, or use the GPS option to fill in the specific city and state), and Tags (which are keywords to help you better organize your photo memories). Tags are important for helping you easily pull in the right photos when you’re creating future custom slideshows. Just like everything else, the better organized you are on the front end, the better it is in the long run.
This slideshow app lets you create, edit and browse your memories in the following main categories: List Memories (shown in chronological order and separated by month), Search Memories (by Text title and description, Tags or Date Range), Slideshows (lists album slideshows created), and Year in Review. When in the Slideshows category there is some customization of how the album will display, like whether or not to repeat display cycle, auto page turn or not, the length of seconds delay in between photos, Theme choice (brown or green), option to add a music background from your iTunes library, as well as add additional photo memories. When in the Year in Review category, you can only adjust the year up or down (using the plus or minus symbols). Most of the display options are the same here, but seems the photo album slideshow only shows in default brown.
Even though you enter in titles, descriptions, dates, tags, etc., you won’t see all this information during the slideshow. In the completed photo album slideshow, you’ll see your photos nicely placed on each page and your photo memory title at the bottom of the photo. If you want to find out more information about a certain photo, tap on it and the slideshow will pause, at this point when you tap on the upper left icon, it will display all tags, description, date, and other information that was hidden.
One really helpful suggestion the Memory Jar creators offer up is that you should name the people in the memory photos — this is good idea, which I did use. Once you complete your photo slideshow project, you can just enjoy viewing it by yourself or opt to share with others on your social networks (Facebook and Twitter) if you choose. The developers have preset this functionality in the “off” position so that your album slideshows aren’t automatically shared. If you have an Apple TV you can also share the year’s memories and view this slideshow on the big screen, which adds a special touch to your New Year’s party or end-of-the-year gathering by letting the slideshow continuously play in the background until the New Year is ushered in. Although this memory slideshow app may be perfect for your New Year’s Eve, honestly, it can be put to good use all year long.
There is a lot on nice functionality in this slideshow app, however, it would be great to have some photo editing functionality also (at least the option to enlarge or reduce). The first photo shown in my custom memory album didn’t fill up the whole space in the album cover, so it didn’t look as pleasing as it could have if I’d been able to enlarge it. Also, many times I just don’t remember the exact date a photo was taken, so it would be better to be able to add just a month and year to a photo without being forced to chose a date (make your best guess).
Memory Jar may be a “Plain Jane” photo slideshow app, but this practical app is a hard-working tool that will help you easily capture life’s precious moments and display them as a nice photo memory slideshow for you and others to enjoy.
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