BugMe is a great little app for for creating visual alarms via Push on your iPhone — but the catch is that you’ll need an internet connection for them to work properly. However, as you can see in the picture above, this $0.99 app is also a great little toy for creating note icons right […]
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Quick Look: BugMe, visual alarms and Springboard notes for iPhone

BugMe is a great little app for for creating visual alarms via Push on your iPhone — but the catch is that you’ll need an internet connection for them to work properly. However, as you can see in the picture above, this $0.99 app is also a great little toy for creating note icons right on your Springboard. No jailbreak required!

Full colour alarms
The app is basically a smart set of sticky notes that get right in your face whenever you tell them to. Creating a new note within BugMe will start you off with a blank square of paper, upon which you’ll draw some sort of clever reminder, or scribble out a message to your future self. The background of the paper, as well as the size and colour of the paintbrush are all changeable, allowing you to create some truly beautiful little alarms. It’s actually quite a lot of fun to use.
You’ll then want to tap on the alarm button (bottom-right) to set the time limit for the push reminder. Unlike the default Clock application, BugMe features a set of default alarms, ranging from “top of the hour”, to “next week”. Simply put, the quick alarm functions should cover most people’s needs, but there’s also a custom alarm setting so that you can set the exact minute, hour, and day that you’d like BugMe to BugYou.
You can even share your notes via e-mail or Twitter or save them to the camera roll, meaning the app can function as a very quick little MS Paint, when you need it to.

Homescreen notes
Another interesting way of displaying notes is to put them right on your homescreen as Springboard icons. This is done by uploading the note to BugMe’s web servers, viewing said note in Safari, and bookmarking the generated webpage as a homescreen icon. It sounds a bit roundabout in text, but it really only takes about 10 seconds practice. You’ll be able to name the text below the icon, and tapping on it will load your note up, full-sized, in Safari.

Push alarms
As I mentioned earlier, all of the alarms from BugMe rely on Apple’s Push Notification system, and while I’ve found it to be quite accurate (down to the minute) for the most part, BugMe does warn users that you shouldn’t use it for critical alarms. You never know when AT&T’s 3G might decide to act up, and there’s all sorts of funny business that can affect a device’s connection. However, for non-critical notes like “FEED THE CAT” or “WEAR PANTS TODAY”, BugMe should do just fine 😉
The other bit of trouble you might have with BugMe is figuring out which alarm is ringing. That’s because the push notifications don’t actually provide any details — simply an alarm pop-up complete with a customizable sound, and a few buttons to snooze or view the note in the BugMe app. If the option were given to add a text label to each BugMe note (similar to the way you can label the Safari bookmarks), then the push notifications could at least provide you with some basic text information in the event of an alarm.

Conclusion
BugMe is still just a little bit slower than I’d like, and it would be great to be able to delete multiple notes from the app, but this is its first iteration, and developer Electric Pocket has a pretty good track record with their updates (see Mailtones). The usefulnessof BugMe can really sneak up on you, and it’s great to have an alarm system that’s visual, instead of the default text-based alerts of the Clock and Calendar apps.  It’s also the only app I know of that can effectively turn your Springboard into a to-do list, and I think it’s one of the most flexible iPhone utilities you can buy for just $0.99.

BugMe is available for $0.99 in the App Store.

The app was provided by Talon PR for review on Just Another iPhone Blog. For further information regarding our site’s review policies, please see the “About” page.

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