Every once in a while we come across an app that gives something of real value to the user, and Handwrytten for iOS is one of those apps. In this digital age, it's all too easy to feel disconnected from other people, and communication can seem insincere and impersonal, which is why Handwrytten provides a service that reintroduces the personal touch to cards and notes you send to others.
Unlike the robotic digital messages we send via e-cards and the like, a message sent from this app puts robots to good use, writing out your message in pen and ink and posting a physical card to your recipient with a real stamp on it.
A number of typefaces are available, producing messages in everything from casual handwriting to fancy script, on a growing selection of stationary; including simple notes, birthday cards, thank-you cards and more.
Of course, the physical nature of your messages comes with a cost, but at $5 per card (including postage) it's still cheaper than buying a traditional card and posting it yourself - and the app itself is free to download.
The UI is good looking, with easy navigation, providing an at-a-glance preview of your message in your chosen style before you send. A spell-check is included, which means the only clue that your card wasn't personally handwritten could be your impeccable spelling.
Vent for iOS (coming soon to Android) is both an app and a social network that should be of particular interest to the outwardly temperamental; people who, once in a while need to express how they're really feeling with their circle of friends.
Rather than try to jump on the bandwagon of established social networks like Twitter and Facebook, which seem to encourage putting on your best face and pretending everything is great all the time - Vent is all about the basic human need for impulsive emotions like anger, irritation and the daily frustrations of life.
It's a great idea that should immediately resonate with anyone who's been put on hold by a call-center, been stuck in traffic or paid too much for a shoddy service.
The simple and intuitive UI makes navigation quick and easy - dragging a slider allows you to express anything from being calm to furious, followed by a short (240 character) description similar to a tweet, which is then vented to other Vent users.
Visually, the Vent app is slick, engaging and looks great on the small screen - and because Vent is free to use, you won't be venting about the price.
They say misery loves company, and as the user-base grows - you'll be in good company with like-minded 'venters' who share your frustration; so instead of throwing your iPhone across the room, get it off your chest with Vent - it's like pocket therapy!