I’ve spent the last few hours with the Ultratext app on my iPhone. In that time my productivity has completely cratered. This isn’t hyperbole either; I’ve spent the majority of my time figuring out the most clever uses for the GIF-to-text app. Well, I made taco salad, too. I stumbled onto the app thanks to a writeup by Techcrunch and enough free time to be dangerous. After perusing the app store, I found the app with zero reviews. It won’t be that way for long, and I fear the consequences.
Novels will go unfinished. Concertos will end on the wrong note. Paintings will lay incomplete.
Once your custom-made GIF is ready to go, sharing options are displayed: iMessage, Instagram, and e-mail. If you’re like me, you’re going to use your new skill to text your friends incessantly. On a strategic note, although Ultratext GIFs won’t be active in iPhone notifications, recipients will see the first frame of your GIF. You’re welcome. By the end of today I expect I’ll have few friends left.
One caveat, when choosing to text, your message will automatically be accompanied by some jargon about the GIF being made by the Ultratext app. It can be deleted, but it’s still an annoyance. According to the Techcrunch article, Ultratext’s founder is planning on offering a version of the app for a dollar the eliminates the automatic text, so there’s that.
One other thing now that I mention it, as someone who rarely uses GIFs in text conversations, the presence of a handful can be quite jarring. Or confusing, if you happen to be my girlfriend’s mother or even my brother..
If you can’t get on board with that, then I don’t know what to tell you.