Pearltrees, a web-based mind mapping and social content curation application, continues to spread to new platforms – starting with the iPad earlier this year and now the iPhone.
Pearltrees for iPhone enables you to capture and arrange web pages, photos and notes in ways that make sense to you, and to access your Pearltree collections stored online on this popular mobile device.
The developer has done an excellent job “shrinking” the Pearltrees feature set to fit on the smaller screen of the iPhone – while seemingly avoiding any obvious compromises. With the “pearl view,” you can get an overview of any topic. Tapping on a pearl opens it; you can navigate from one pearl to the next simple by swiping your finger to the right or left – much more convenient than having to close the pearl and then tap on the next one.
You can also upload photos to your Pearltree maps, either from your iPhone’s image gallery or by shooting a photo and uploading it to your Pearltree. This makes it a convenient, visual way to store and share your images online.
Notes enable you to annotate content to make it more meaningful to you and others.
Pearltrees for iPhone even has an offline mode, so you can continue to browse, edit and add to your Pearltrees while not connected to the Internet.
Of course, you can share pearls and pearltrees with others, as on the web-based version of Pearltrees and its iPad app. A large part of its social appeal is that you can browse others’ pearltrees and add interesting elements to your own. It’s a great way to explore areas of shared interest with others. Chances are, they have assembled some resources and information that you haven’t found, and vice versa.
As I played around with Pearltrees for iPhone, I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to use. All operations are completed quickly with smooth animations – no annoying glitches or delays caused by data downloading via my iPhone’s wireless connection. This app is fast, which is a tribute to its development team!
Pearltrees for iPhone is a free download from the Apple AppStore. If you’re looking for a way to explore and curate interested content from the web, I highly recommend this app!