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This is Not an App for iOS App Review

This is Not an App for iOS App Review

If you are a little bit cynical like me then the name of the inappropriately named This Is Not An App will irritate you because it is an app and it instantly makes me think of those independent movies in which the regular guy falls in love with a quirky free-spirit who cries when snowflakes melt because they are so beautiful and unique and pretentious. However the app itself is not bad so I can ignore the twee title because when you get past that it is quite fun and encourages you to be creative. While it is far from perfect, it gives you a way to happily kill a few minutes when you find yourself at a loose end. This Is Not An App IS an app and it is available now from the App Store for $4.99.

This Is Not An App is created by Keri Smith, whom you may know as the author of This Is Not a Book, which is in fact a book and inspires its reader to do or create various things they may not normally do. The app takes the same approach with the added bonus of being interactive and it actually invites you to mess with the app itself. Launch it on the iOS device of your choice, although the iPad will provide the best results, and you will receive a note telling you to enjoy the app in your own way. Of course, the note is true to its word and you can scribble over it if you so desire and there in fact various tools at your disposal that give you a fair amount of artistic freedom. Otherwise you can move on to the main app.

The interface is clear and it soon becomes apparent that you can flip between the pages of the app with a quick tap as it is in fact presented like a virtual book. Every page will present you with a new starting point for various endeavours. Some will just be plain instructions to do something in the real world, while others provide you with things to do within the app, although every time you can of course deviate from the primary task. This is, after all, not an app.

As it turns out, there are a total of 50 pages so your options are limited but this is not the kind of thing you power through all at once unless you’re really bored so you should get a fair bit of mileage out of it, especially since many of the tasks can be repeated. The functions vary and there are some interesting ones that require you to record audio but a lot of them could easily be done with a pen and paper instead. You may love the app but I found it became old very quickly and I was soon eager to get back to my own writing. Maybe in that way it worked because it got me to stop procrastinating and get back to work.

Overall this is a fun app that will amuse a lot of people, although you may soon tire of it. This is probably one that will divide people but since it apparently isn’t even an app, this will hardly matter.

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