Macworld Masterclass: Share your life with Flava

Record and share events, places, books, music – just about anything

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  • Flava Main Intro
  • Flava1 Step 1: Content types
  • Flava2 Step 2: Adding a text entry
  • Flava3 Step 3: Sharing entries
  • Flava4 Step 4: Adding a photo
  • Flava5 Step 5: Add a favourite book
  • Flava6 Step 6: Month View
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Intro

Social media sites like Facebook have popularised the idea of creating and maintaining a running commentary of our lives, chronicling the ups and downs, likes and dislikes, discoveries new and old as well as photos, video clips, web links and so on. But although many people enjoy the social interaction that sites like Facebook provide, there are genuine concerns about letting it all hang out like so that – unless you master Facebook’s labyrinthine security controls - the whole world can see it. That’s the attraction of something like Flava for the iPhone and iPad. It’s a free app that focuses on collecting information on what you’re doing, where you’ve been, your photos, music you’re listening to, books you’ve read and so on, and then allows you to keep them privately on the device like a journal or share them selectively via text and e-mail. Here’s how it works. 

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Social media sites like Facebook have popularised the idea of creating and maintaining a running commentary of our lives, chronicling the ups and downs, likes and dislikes, discoveries new and old as well as photos, video clips, web links and so on. But although many people enjoy the social interaction that sites like Facebook provide, there are genuine concerns about letting it all hang out like so that – unless you master Facebook’s labyrinthine security controls - the whole world can see it. That’s the attraction of something like Flava for the iPhone and iPad. It’s a free app that focuses on collecting information on what you’re doing, where you’ve been, your photos, music you’re listening to, books you’ve read and so on, and then allows you to keep them privately on the device like a journal or share them selectively via text and e-mail. Here’s how it works. 

 

Step 2 of 7: Step 1: Content types

Download and install Flava (FREE) from the iTunes Store and then tap it to load. First the front cover appears and then you’ll see a blank page that says ‘No Entry’. Tap the ‘+’ button at the top right and this menu appears showing the different kind of content Flava supports. 

 

Step 3 of 7: Step 2: Adding a text entry

Tap the Text Only icon and then, at the next screen, tap the text bubble to open the on-screen keyboard. Type in an entry and when you’re done tap Close (note it’s also possible to set the date in the past to record an old event). Change the colour of the text using the palette along the bottom and then tap Save. 

 

Step 4 of 7: Step 3: Sharing entries

Although Flava can be used as a private journal, new entries can also be shared on-the-fly. Tap the RSS icon and if Twitter is already installed on the device, it’s ready to use – alternatively tap Add Service to add Facebook, Tumblr, and more. Alternatively, tap the Share button to export the entry to email or SMS. 

 

Step 5 of 7: Step 4: Adding a photo

Tap Back to return to the journal view, tap the ‘+’ button and choose Photo. Select one from your Photo Album, move and scale it and then tap Choose. Flava includes various novelty stickers you can apply or just tap the speech bubble and add a caption. Click Close and then Save. Then tap Back to show the journal. 

 

Step 6 of 7: Step 5: Add a favourite book

Tap the ‘+’ button and choose Books. Type the name of the book into the empty box and then tap Search. When the results list is displayed, tap the book title and then annotate the provided caption and tap Close. Tap Save to add it to the journal and then – because we really like it - tap the heart icon to tag it.

 

Step 7 of 7: Step 6: Month View

As you add more entries you’ll be able to drag the timeline up and down to view different dates. Alternatively, tap the calendar icon at the bottom of the screen to display the month view. Dates with entries are indicated with a small dot – just tap the day on the calendar to see entries for that date displayed at the bottom. 

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