Learn History One Day At a Time With Today’s Documents

Total Score:  29

History can be educational, it can be inspiring and it is always relevant.   Today’s Documents allows you to take a peak into history one day at a time.  The app serves you up a document – written or photography – each day.   It’s up to you how much time you devote to studying it. 


Price Rating = 5   This app is free

Ease of Use Rating = 5   A document is delivered each day.   No action needed to bring them in.

Readability Rating = 5     The fonts are whatever they were (maybe even handwritten), but you can pinch and zoom to get a closer read. The smaller the screen the more you’ll need to zoom.

Will You Use It Rating = 5     It’s a nice break during the day.  I think you will enjoy taking a few minutes for history each day.

Downsides Rating = 0    The only downside is that each document is only one page – even if the document originally had many pages.  I didn’t take any points off for this.  The app is designed to allow you to spend a few minutes thinking about history.  If you wanted to see the full text you could likely find it on the internet.

Consumer Review Rating = 4     Right now there are less than 50 reviews and they are mostly positive.

Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5     It’s important to stay connected to history to remember the successes and learn from the failures.

How does it work?

  1. Each day you’ll get a message letting you know that today’s document is available.  You can study the document and, if you are interested, seek more information.  Each document is one page.
  2. If you want to read more about the document you can tap the at the top of the screen.  It offers you to view the document on archives.gov or read more about it.
  3. Tapping the SHARE icon at the top of the screen allows you to email a link to the document or share it on Twitter or Facebook.
  4. You can tap the STAR icon and save it as a favorite.
  5. Tapping the CALENDAR icon allows you to see yesterday’s document, today’s document, tomorrow’s document, select a date or allow the app to surprise you.
  6. You can also swipe left to right and see earlier documents or return to the current date.

This isn’t a complicated app, but it is one that can remind you historical events – perhaps ones you participated in or can bring back vivid memories of your past.  This app is based on a feature found on the archives.gov website.

Devices: This app can be used on either the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. It requires iOS 3.2 later. App developed by the National Archives.

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