Narrato (US$3.99) is a handy and feature-rich journal app for the iPhone. Not only can you use Narrato to record your thoughts, feelings and photos, but it also connects to many social media tools so you can populate the resulting "lifestream" with your comings-and-goings easily. In more of a passive mood? Find your best tweets or status updates and bring them into Narrato with a tap. Here's my look at Narrato.
I'll just say it. Narrato is kind of cutesy. There's a decorative fill at the base of your stream and individual posts are topped with an abstract image that can't be customized. There are little animations, too, like hopping icons here and there. None of this detracts from the experience, of course, but some might wish for a little less eye candy.
It's also extremely legible and will look great on iOS 7. The whisper-thin font looks great both as an entry heading and as body text. Now, let's talk about use.
The main screen is Day-By-Day entry. You'll find four buttons across the bottom: one for text entry, one for photographs, an emoticon option and location. Tap the speech bubble to create a text entry. The compose field appears with a keyboard. Here's what's pretty clever. You can alter an entry's date by tapping the keyboard icon at the top of the screen. It "flips" over and replaces the keyboard with a date selector. Tap it again to switch back. I like that. When you're done, hit the checkmark in the upper right-hand corner and your entry has been created.