Memos is a private search engine for your entire photo library.
Easily search for bills, business cards, flyers, instruction manuals, insurance info, letters, posters, prescriptions, receipts, recipes, screenshots, serial numbers … and whatever else is buried within your photo library.
- Search for text across your photos - you can search from Spotlight too!
- Copy text inside your photos using the green boxes.
- Annotate each photo with notes and a title - these are also searchable.
All processing is performed privately on your device - no images or associated metadata are transmitted.
- Scroll performance improvements
- UI enhancements
Ratings and Reviews
Does as promised
You can annotate any photo in your library and either use spotlight or search within the app. Tags would be nice, but that’s not what the app promised, so 5 stars.
Bug: placing the green rectangle over the cancel button prevents the cancel button from working. The rectangle must be shrunken in order to reuse the cancel button. It would be nice if that app would simply allow you to exit the photo at any time and just remember the area of the green rectangle instead of forcing the user to remove it to exit viewing the picture. Perhaps in a future update.
This app could be big, an hopefully catalyst will help make it even more useful.
Indexing is slow ...
I’m hoping this will benefit from recently announced iOS 13 background tasks...
When I start the app it shows the number of photos it’s “scanned” but the countdown for total photos resets.
With 205,000+ photos it’s hard to tell if this will ever finish. More than a week later I’ve gotten close to 25% ...
[update after 1.5.1]
Now when I open app the progress shows what looks like an accurate count of total images scanned. But the the blue highlight below that is gone.
A few later and the count of items with text went from 944 to 949 ... but the total number scanned hasn’t changed ...
An app like this would greatly benefit from a stats screen... a chart so 3 metrics over time:
Images with text
Images total (at that point in time)
Also, a preference to set whether new images get scanned before the ‘backlog’ ...
And information/ preference for whether scanning backlog is chronological order or not.
[update after 1.5.2]
... stuck?? The progress doesn’t change, the total count hasn’t changed but the number of images with has gone up. No indication of what percentage of images have been checked or how many more remain. So no results could mean text exists but weeks later the image with text might still be in the queue.
Very good, but I have questions
There is an initial period where the app has to scan all the photos and find text. On my XS this took about 6-7 hours for a 51k database of photos. There are some false positives, but that’s to be expected in all text recognition.
I then fired up the app on my iPad Pro 12.9 since it was there. I wondered how fast it would be to search the same database, but it was actually slower. However, on the XS, it found about 1600 photos out of the 51k with text. On the iPad Pro, it found 4600 photos with text.
This morning after updating the app, it seems to be hunting for still more on both platforms. Curious.
One other quirk. The status bar showing progress scanning the photos shows it to be scanning 102K photos, double the number in my Photos database.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.