Disclosure: I received a free copy of the SignMYi app for the purpose of this review. I did not receive any other compensation from the manufacturer of this app, and all opinions are my own.
The SignMYi app was designed with the purpose of providing the opportunity to collect character signatures and pictures via iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. With this app, I was able to upload photos and sign them (no, that’s not really Donald Duck’s signature). I was also able to take pictures and sign them, too.
When I first opened the app, I found a blank screen. Pressing the upper left button brought up the instructions, but it is a pretty intuitive and easy app to use. I was able to add character names by pressing the “+”. The difference in the two characters above is that I took a picture of the Vinylmation, but I uploaded the picture of Duffy.
When I uploaded the Duffy photo, I was asked to adjust the photo how I wanted.
Then, I signed Duffy’s name on the picture. No, it’s not an authentic Duffy signature.
About signing… There are options to change the color and width of the line used to sign; however, this does need to before the character signs.
Now, what did I think about this app? If a character wears gloves or has furred hands/paws, the character will need to use a stylus. I used a stylus with a rubber tip, and I found it difficult to make the normal curves that some characters make. I tried this app on an iPhone and an iPad. I found it almost impossible to sign the iPhone. I’m sure that some can, but I just found that the screen was awfully small and difficult to fit the signature on without covering up the character.
When I took a picture of a Vinylmation and emailed it to myself, I found that I was sent two pictures. One of these pictures was the original picture with no signature.
The other picture included the “autograph”, which is really just me writing on the picture. So, this brings me to one of my major complaints about this app. I couldn’t find a way to remove the watermark. I thought there should be a way to remove it, but I don’t see one. The watermark would likely keep me from using this app instead of an autograph book.
Since the iPhone and iPod Touch really have screens that are too small, the only other option is to use an iPad (2 or higher). I don’t normally carry an iPad with me into the parks unless there is some work that I need to do, which over my last 9 day trip was 2 days. Also, characters really need to hold whatever they are signing in order to be able to see it correctly. Some of these characters have a hard enough time holding an autograph book. I think it would be difficult for quite a few characters to hold the iPad, and what would happen if the character dropped the iPad?
I think this app might work well for those who normally do take their iPad into the parks or maybe those who go frequently but don’t take an autograph book. I don’t see it as something the normal person who scrapbooks would use unless they could remove the watermark. It would also work well to send quick photos to friends or family who are not on the trip.
The SignMYi app is currently only available for Apple products on iTunes. It is 99 cents. Please verify that you have an iPhone, iPod Touch, and/or iPad that meet the requirements listed on the iTunes page for this app. It looks like there may be an Android version coming.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of the SignMYi app for the purpose of this review. I did not received any other compensation from the manufacturer of this app, and all opinions are my own.
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