Memos - a private search engine for your photos and screenshots.
- Search for text across your entire photo library.
Take screenshots or photos of text you want to remember - Memos makes them searchable. Full-text search available from iOS search and in-app.
- Quick actions from within your photos.
Tap to copy text inside your photos. Additional actions appear for email addresses, links, locations, and phone numbers.
- Two taps to scan any photo, within any app.
Use the "Open in Memos" button inside the share sheet. Useful for photos inside messages and the browser.
- Bookmark your most important photos.
Toggle the bookmark filter to keep important things handy. For example: driver license, insurance policies, train schedules, etc.
- Fast and private, on-device processing.
Speedy processing on iOS 13, sped up by the fact that nothing leaves your device. Background processing is coming soon.
Ratings and Reviews
Does as promised
Bug: bookmarking a post prevents it from showing up in search results
Another issue is that if you have to many photos and forget to annotate it, going back to it later is difficult because there’s no tiny gallery view where you can scroll through several images at simultaneously.
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; hopefully catalyst will help make it even more useful.
There is not help or support button in the app. I hope the $8,000 they gave for the DF sponsorship was worth it.
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.
Wish I could have seen the results before paying
Wish it was an in-app purchase instead of up-front. Out of 9000+ images, it found 39 and most of the 39 were text on tshirts. It didn’t even find most of my screenshots. It didn’t find obvious things like store fronts, and it couldn’t transcribe correctly the word doughnuts on a hat because it was skewed. There’s no way to manually trigger a refresh, gotta force-quit the app. At first I was confused because after it started processing, I thought it would take awhile. I left it down for a minute, and when I came back, the screen was off. I saw 39, and thought it had just stopped processing after 39. Didn’t know how to restart.
Developer Response ,
Sorry about that! The latest update fixes the partial iCloud photos issue and improves the progress text.
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The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.
- NoMad Sky LLc
- 113.7 MB
- Photo & Video
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 12.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 12.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- © NoMad Sky LLC
Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.