July 29, 2012

Vic Mahfood

Next Messaging

Developer Quote: "Next Messaging enables you to schedule your text messages."

- COST:    99 cents     - APP STORE STARS:     5
- Categories: Communications, Lifestyle, Messaging, Native, Utilities

So here's the thing...we all know that driving and texting is wrong, wrong, WRONG! So many horrible accidents, deaths and disfigurements have occurred because of this wrongful activity. Don't take unnecessary risks. If you know you might need to send texts to family or friends regarding known matters, prepare them in advance. Set them up in Next Messaging, then send them out when the app notifies you it's time.

This no-frills, convenient app is simple as can be to use. Just type in the contact (which can be grabbed from address book), add in your message, then schedule a time to send using the date wheel. You'll get a pop-up message asking you to Confirm scheduling this message with a No or Yes option, as well as verification that the text is scheduled. That's all!

Well, one disclaimer here is that Apple does not allow you to tap Send and never see the text again. What will actually happen is that you will get a push notification when your text is ready to be sent at the scheduled time. At that point, you can tap Send and it will be on its way via the native text app.

Three features I'd like to add to this handy app are: the ability to add media into the scheduled message, a larger font, and a chime of some sort when the scheduled text time arrives. Now, you can add photos if you want once your scheduled time has arrived when the native app pops up allowing the option to add pics. However, the actual Next Messaging app does not have an option to add items.

What can you use this convenient iPhone and iPad text messaging reminder app for? Loads of things limited only by your imagination! Remind others about certain items: tell the kids to walk the dog, take the garbage out, bring home an item needed for a school project. Send an "I love you, no matter what..." message to your significant other on certain days. Schedule birthday, anniversary, congratulations or other greetings to loved ones. Hey, you can schedule a text to yourself if necessary! The point is if you are at work and don't want to be caught texting important little notes to the family, or if you are driving but need to remind someone of something, have it all scheduled and ready to go ahead of time!

Another efficient feature of Next Messaging is the sorting of your messages. Just tap the three bars on top left of your display to get a list of your texts which may be sorted by Draft Date or Send Date. You may also re-use these texts by tapping them and changing your message or scheduled date as needed.

Take a peek at how Next Messaging can help you organize plus add flexibility into your life by watching the video here: https://vimeo.com/46073441

COOL CONCLUSION: Next Messaging is a convenient tool to prepare and schedule text messages to be sent at a particular time, thus relieving stress on yourself to get word out to family and friends when needed.
--Date/Version: Updated 7/25/12 - Version 1.1
--iOS/Age Rating:  This app requires iOS 5.0 or later. Rated 4+.
--Device: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.
--Developer: Jonathon Brown & Skyler Westby

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