lino - Sticky and Photo Sharing

App review by
Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media
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Colorful virtual bulletin board is busy but nearly seamless.

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Educational Value

Teens can learn some presentation skills like how to communicate concisely, illustrate with images and videos, and target messages -- a lot of the same skills they learn on Facebook. They can also practice social skills by being involved with family projects and happenings. Lino would benefit from interface improvements, especially for the Android version of the app, but otherwise it's a sophisticated and engaging tool that can help families keep in touch.

 

Ease of Play

Despite complicated sharing and synchronization among channels and platforms, lino is quite easy to use, though the web interface on Android devices is a bit frustrating.

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Banner ads run across the bottom in free versions of the app.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know lino - Sticky and Photo Sharing is a virtual bulletin board sharing app with a website/desktop dashboard. Users must use an email address to create an account and groups, and to share with others. The service's terms of use state that you must be at least 13. However, the app does not collect age data or block registrations; it simply asks those registering to agree to their terms of service by clicking a box next to the link. lino - Sticky and Photo Sharing is optimized for Android and iOS phones, but it's compatible with tablets as well.

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Adult Written byamandap2 October 5, 2014

Lino Website Review

Lino in my opinion is a very user-friendly tool. It is easy to access, join, and use and I think that is a great aspect to have as far as websites go. Lino has... Continue reading

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What's it about?

After installing LINO - STICKY AND PHOTO SHARING and signing up, teens find themselves at their main page already full of stickies with links to web-based help explaining how it works. In the My Canvases section, users on iOS devices can create a new canvas. On Android devices they'll need to connect to the website, which functions like a dashboard for most of the Android app's functionality, then return to the app, where users are restricted to creating new stickies and viewing tasks. Tap on a sticky to edit, pin, or delete.

Is it any good?

As a virtual yet private message center, lino - Sticky and Photo Sharing works like a charm with an old-fashioned bulletin board feel and some nifty modern bells and whistles. Canvases can have cork or various fabric-looking backgrounds, and stickies can be one of 10 pastel colors with tags, icons, colored fonts in varying sizes, and a "due date" (which adds it to the tasks list). Users can embed in each sticky an image, a file for download, or a link to videos hosted at YouTube, Vimeo, or Ustream; and canvases can be embedded or linked to from other web sites. Synchronization is pretty quick between device and desktop. The  iOS version of the app is superior to the Android version in some ways; for example, you can easily create and save a new canvas within the iOS version of the app, but you'll need to leave to app and open a browser to do this in the Android version.

While it does lend itself to sharing and collaborating, the app seems more like an appealing way for parents to stay in touch with kids (e.g., "Remember to walk the dog.") than something teens would use on their own. A great deal of the functionality -- like the ability to create canvases and move stickies around (for the Android app), and to manage groups (for both the Android and iOS apps) -- is available only through a link to the website, but this out-of-app interface can be difficult to navigate on the small screen. Plus, lino - Sticky and Photo Sharing is just a tad too busy and crowded overall. A scenario could involve a parent on a desktop or tablet posting and managing, while the teen on a mobile device would be mostly reading and posting simple stickies.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the best ways to communicate about family events. Put as many options on the table as possible, for example, phone, texting, online calendar, and apps.

  • Consider using at least two methods that complement each other.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: presenting to others
  • Skills: Creativity: combining knowledge
    Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression, presenting
    Collaboration: group projects
    Tech Skills: social media, using and applying technology
    Self-Direction: goal-setting, time management
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free
  • Subscription price: Premium is $1.99 per month or $29.99 per year
  • Release date: November 19, 2012
  • Category: Productivity
  • Size: 4.30 MB
  • Publisher: Infoteria
  • Version: Android 1.0.138; iOS 1.5.0
  • Minimum software requirements: Android 2.1 and up; iOS 5.0 or later

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