Top apps for graduates

Your high schooler has put in years of hard work. Help her celebrate with these 7 grad-handy apps that are just right for creating moments and capturing memories.

By Sonali Morris

Pocketbooth HD

Pocketbooth HD
$1.99

It’s hard to resist a photo booth — especially when it’s loaded onto an iPad. Your Hipstamatic-hooked senior will love capturing candids of friends on photo strips. Sequential shots with a three-second countdown between frames ensures hysterical poses that are sure to be remembered.

Bottom line: A fun photo finish for future actors who like to mug for the camera.

 

 

Notes Plus

Notes Plus
$7.99

Note-taking apps abound, but this one has the staying power of indelible ink. At graduation parties, seniors can share a stylus to pen heartfelt sentiments, yearbook-style. For college, the app transforms into a classroom powerhouse enabling users to take notes, record lectures, and draw pictures.

Bottom line: A little app that puts the "fun" into functionality, big time.
 

iCard

iCard
$.99

Tired of nagging grads to pen timely thank you notes? Let them tap out their gratitude. In a few simple steps, kids can create stunning eCards and share them with gift-givers. An added bonus: Teens can snap pictures and send postcards — a great way to keep in touch with Mom and Dad while traveling.

Bottom line: If there’s much hand-wringing over handwritten notes, this is a terrific high-tech alternative.

 

Momento

Momento
$2.99

For seniors short on time but long on activities, Momento is a powerful way to capture memories quickly. It’s a daily diary that aggregates social media activity, so years from now kids can look back and see everything they did on a specific date.

Bottom line: Indispensable for when your child pens her memoirs.


 

Super 8

Super 8
Free for a limited time.

How cool would it be to give your senior an app from a soon-to-be released blockbuster? With Super 8, the smart folks at Paramount have transformed iPhones into vintage film-making machines. Kids can record new memories but give them an old, Super 8 mm feel. Is this how famous Hollywood directors are now born?

Bottom line: Let’s hope your "Best Picture" winner remembers to thank you in her Oscars acceptance speech.
 

Slacker Radio

Slacker Radio
App is Free
$47.99 for 12-month subscription

Make sure your child’s graduation party rocks by downloading this app. Sure, it's almost $50 a year (A great graduation gift!), but Slacker Radio provides instant access to millions of songs from thousands of artists. Slacker streams on-demand content, builds personalized playlists, and caches music for easy listening without a network connection. 

Bottom line: It won’t rock your child into being the next Amadeus, but it’s a noteworthy attempt.
 

Magic Hour

Magic Hour
$1.99

There are oodles of great photo apps out there, but here’s a new one that turns mediocre photos into filtered works of art. Snap a pic, select an effect, share the result — it’s that easy. Graduates will love customizing memories and sending images to friends.

Bottom line: A great tool for snap-happy graduates, and just may inspire a future photographer.