Total Score: 29
The Use Your Handwriting app is one of my favorites. While I am a decent typist on the tiny iPhone keyboard, using my own handwriting is a treat. I create grocery lists, lists of DVDs I want to watch, gift lists and to do lists. Whenever someone asks me why I like my iPhone, this app is one of the first that I demo. It never fails to get a “Wow.” The icon for the iPad version is identical.
Price Rating = 5 FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME. The cost is $6.99 for the “Gold” version – but well worth the money. There is also a free version offering good functionality, but is not full featured. You might want to start with the free version, but I expect you will want to upgrade quickly.
Ease of Use Rating = 5 Very easy. What can be easier than using your own handwriting? As you write, the screen moves to the right to allow you room to add your next words or letters.
Readability Rating = 5 The help and preference screens are easy to read. The titles at the bottom of the screen are somewhat small, but do not impair usage in any way.
Will You Use It Rating = 5 This is an amazingly helpful app. I use it every time I go to the grocery store – it allows me to check off items I purchased and leave ones on that I couldn’t find that particular day. I use it as a reminder system for things I need to get at specific stores. On my phone, this app is in the same folder with the major iPhone apps like phone, calendar and settings. Personally, I think it should be a standard app for iPhone – it’s that good.
Downsides Rating = 0 I honestly can’t think of any right now.
Consumer Review Rating = 4 The “Gold” version is rated higher than the free version. It has more functionality and tools. Some people on the iTunes site commented they use this app every day and that it was easy to learn. I completely agree.
Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5 You need this app because nothing is easier than your own handwriting. You don’t have to change screens to see numbers – you just write. You can print or use cursive, whatever makes you comfortable.
How does it work?
The first thing you need to know is that you use your finger as a pen. You can create themed lists. Either you can write a word or you can draw an image that reminds you of the topic of the list. I would not consider myself an artist and I created a decent (to me) depiction of what a book looks like for my reading list. I also created something that looks like a gift package for my list of gifts to buy. For my grocery list, I go the easy route and just type “grocery list.”
You can also create sub-lists within the lists. You might have a gift list. The main hierarchy could be the name of the person and the sub-list could be the ideas you have for them. It is a handy way to organize your thoughts.
With the “gold” version, it is also easy to send notes through Facebook or email. I have to admit I haven’t been using this enough. Now that I fully understand, I can see that I will be using it more.
The iPad version is essential the same. It is just a little bigger. The only perk that I can see is that I can see the list and what I am adding to the list at the same time.
There is a “cloud” version MYUYH, as an in-app purchase for a year or for life. I have not tested this feature.
Devices: This app can be used on either the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. It requires iOS 4.0 or later. This app was developed by Gee Whiz Stuff, LLC.