Kennedy: Capture the Now 4+

A unique one-tap journal

Brendan Dawes

Designed for iPhone

    • 4.2 • 10 Ratings
    • $2.99

iPhone Screenshots


Capture the now with Kennedy – a new way to mark moments in time complete with surrounding context of the things happening around you.

"There's no shortage of apps that want to help you document your life, but there are none quite like Kennedy." — The Verge

With one-tap Kennedy will capture layers of a moment including location, date and time, current weather conditions, latest world news headlines (which you can choose to hide)) together with what music you're listening to at the time. Add a note or a photo and then save it to the archive of captured moments.

Use the archive to relive past moments. Remember where you were when that big news event happened, or show all those moments when it was raining or when you were listening to that much loved song. Secure your archive using the Touch ID option.

"Kennedy (like Dawes' other projects) is an experiment that challenges the way we interact with and interpret data." — Cool Hunting

Use the Data Explorers to explore your captures; see them grouped by locations on a map, geek out with stats and relive moments with postcards from the past.

Share any of your captures to Twitter, Facebook or via email and SMS.

Edit your photos, make adjustments and add effects using the built-in photo editor.

Choose from different headlines that were happening at the time and view the actual news article. Specify your own news source using RSS feeds - local, global, politics, technology, it's up to you!

Sync Kennedy across all your devices through iCloud and backup and restore your data using Dropbox.

View a map of where you were stood when you captured the now; add a venue via a list provided by Foursquare and open the venue details in the Foursquare app.

Export your data to a standard JSON or CSV file so you can create your own data visualisations or import them into online data viz tools.

Filter the archive to find locations, weather conditions and more.


"Storytelling App Creates Layered Narratives From Passive Data" — PSFK

"There’s something compelling about Kennedy’s utter simplicity." — Wired

"Reliving your most memorable moments just became an immersion experience. — " Gizmodo (App choice of the week)

"Kennedy's an intelligent and thoughtful aide-mémoire with lots of potential." — CreativeBloq

"Kennedy is a Beautiful, Data-Rich iOS Diary App" — Netted

"Kennedy takes journaling to another level" — The Future of Storytelling

"This is undoubtedly one of the best journaling apps on the App Store." — App Picker

"This is one of those data/journaling exercises that offer some interesting
insights." — Macgasm

"There is a plethora of journal apps that let you document your life but there
aren't many as unique as this one." — FeedMyApp

"Kennedy is an interesting take on contextual journaling and has potential for
the future." — MacStories

"There was an interaction between the technology and me that is notable for its simplicity and solitude." — Michael Humphrey, Forbes

What’s New

Version 1.5.6

Various bug fixes.

Colour palette tweaks.

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

131mon ,

Cool app but needs some improvements

I enjoy using this app to log moments. I love the geotagging and data explorer features especially. There are a few minor things I think need to be improved though: 1, this app had major issues working overseas. It would constantly freeze when trying to load news headlines and as a result, I couldn't log moments at that time although I had cellular and wifi connections. 2, some keyboards don't jive so well with the app. You'll be typing something but can't view what you type because the keyboard is covering it
Overall, I love the purpose and function of the app. There are just a few minor bugs that need to be worked out.

Arielledross ,

Interesting app. But no password

This app is great because it's no pressure. When I journal, I always feel like I need to write long entries but with Kennedy, I don't even feel the need to write complete sentences and I can just jot down what happened at a specific moment in time. I really wish you could add a password though. Not having that added protection makes me want to share less.

So.unretro ,

I can't use it.

It's a nice app. But I can't use it. Can you update and make this app useable without knowing my location. I like to just use it as a journal. I really don't want people to know where I am. But it's a great app though.

App Privacy

The developer, Brendan Dawes, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

No Details Provided

The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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