Spread the Word With iQuotation

Whether you like quotes, use a lot of quotes, or just find (or maybe even say) so many witty and inspiring phrases that they need to be shared with your friends, family, followers, neighbors and the world, this app is the answer.

iQuotation is a database of famous quotations, and quotations by famous people, placing a bucketload of pithy wisdom right at your fingertips. Not only is it already categorized for convenience for its users, but it’s also customizable, depending on which quotes you like best. Users also have the ability to add their own favorite quotes and of course, spread the word via social media. Click “more” to take a closer look.

Your Daily Quote

It’s 9 a.m. — have you had your Quote yet? Each time you open iQuotation, it greets you with the Day’s Quote, a random quotation displayed in a book-inspired theme, complete with bookmark ribbons and oversized quotation marks. And actually, if you start browsing the other quotations in the app’s database, each time you return to Day’s Quote, it will provide a new one, making things a little more fun.

Add quotes to your Favorites by tapping the green ribbon with a star on it.

Add quotes to your Favorites by tapping the green ribbon with a star on it.

If the quote happens to strike your fancy, you can tap the green ribbon with a star on it. Doing so will add the quote to your list of Favorites. All quotes are displayed with the green ribbon in the bottom lefthand of the screen, so you can add any quote to your list of Favorites at any time.

While viewing the Day’s Quote, you’ll notice three colored tabs on the righthand side, which are marked Random, Insert and Update. Is the app missing a quote that you think shouldn’t have been overlooked? Tap Insert to add it to iQuotation’s database. (All user-submitted quotes are subject to moderation before posting.) Or, keep tapping Random to have iQuotation display randomized selections. And finally, tap Update to reload the database — just so you don’t miss anything!

Exploring Quotations

You can explore the database of quotations either according to category or according to the author. The Category and Author tabs at the bottom of the screen both call up alphabetized lists.

Quotations are categorized alphabetically according to subject and author.

Quotations are categorized alphabetically according to subject and author.

From the alphabetized lists, you can then select any category or author to see all the quotes on that topic or by that person. And if you tap any of the quotes to view it, you’ll notice white arrow tabs on the righthand side, which provide the ability to scroll through all the quotes in that category or by that particular author — way more convenient than going back to the category or author list each and every time in order to browse.

In a subcategory you can view all quotes on a particular subject or by a particular author.

In a subcategory you can view all quotes on a particular subject or by a particular author.

It’s also worth pointing out that if you leave the Categories or Authors tabs and go to your Favorites or the Day’s Quote and then later return to one of those tabs, it will remember which subcategory you had navigated in. Same for if you close the app and then later open it — iQuotation will remember where you were in the app. This could be particularly useful for someone who heavily uses one particular category — for example, a motivational speaker who uses a lot of quotations on the subject of hope wouldn’t have to waste extra seconds navigating to the Hope page each time.

So far the database only contains English and Italian quotations (by the way, the More tab is there so users can set the app’s language as English or Italian — and that’s the only option so far included under the More tab). No word on whether or not you can add quotations in other languages, but I’d love to see that in future rollouts.

Sharing Quotations

For some users, the app’s sharing component will be the major draw. On each quote’s display page, you’ll see three ribbons at the top, for Facebook, Twitter and email. While the email option will automatically use the primary account on your iPhone, the first time you try to use Twitter or Facebook you’ll need to link those accounts first. After that, any time you want to share quotes with your friends or followers, simply select one of the social media ribbons and then get to sharing.

iQuotation can be integrated with your Facebook, Twitter and email accounts.

iQuotation can be integrated with your Facebook, Twitter and email accounts.

And remember, if there’s a particular quote you’d like to share with the world that isn’t already in the iQuotation database, you can add it!

Final Thoughts

This is a pretty fun little app, with its book-inspired theme and the quotes displayed on a background textured to look kind of like paper. There aren’t many bells and whistles, but then again, you don’t need there to be — the quotations are the real stars anyway.

Things I’d like to see in future versions include quotations in more languages, in addition to English and Italian, as well as more sharing options, since I think that’s the major feature. The ability to post quotations directly to Tumblr, for example, would be a great option to add next.

What do you think about an app for keeping track of and sharing quotations? Fun and helpful? Or unnecessary?


Summary

Browse quotes by famous people and authors, then share them via social networking and email.

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