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FaceCards app for iPhone

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  See the app preview video in the App Store.


What is that person's name? Have you ever seen someone and recognized the person but can’t remember his or her name. This happens to everyone. Now you can improve your name recall ability by using FaceCards. All you need is a picture of that person. With this app you take their picture, enter their name, and then you will be challenged – or quizzed – periodically. This will help make it easier to remember people’s names. Try it out!

Challenges are spaced out at intervals according to how well you remember the person’s name. The challenge screen will present you with a picture and ask you to recall that person’s name. The better you remember the name, the less frequently you will be quizzed on him or her. If you indicate to the app that you are having trouble remembering the name, the challenge notification for that person will appear more frequently. For people you are having trouble remembering, the interval will be from five minutes to one hour. If you are good at recalling the name, the interval will increase quickly to one day and then many days the better you get at remembering that person’s name.

You should be able to remember many, many names using this technique!

FaceCards’ features:

  • ability to store the person’s phone number and free-form notes along with their name and photo
  • import people from your address book
  • take or add multiple pictures of the person to vary the challenges – add photos from your phone’s Photo Album
  • all pictures taken in the app are saved to your Photo Album and are tagged with GPS coordinates
  • sort people by name, due date, or your recall ability
  • the interval between challenges and your recall ability are calculated automatically; you can also adjust them yourself
  • a do not disturb setting so challenges will not get scheduled during that time period
  • save the person to your address book with the share button

On the Edit screen for a person, tap the Share button to save to your address book, or to send the person to someone else via a text message or an email. The name, ‘featured’ photo, phone number, and notes will be shared.

The Demo mode supports up to 10 people. An in-app purchase allows Unlimited People.

Version History

Updates for version 1.0.1, May 15, 2017:

  • Fixes and enhancements.

Version 1.0.0, April 5, 2017:

  • Initial release.


Suggestions, requests, bug reports can be sent using the Contact the Developers page.


Compiler, Database & Graphics

This app was initially written in Swift 3.1 using Xcode 8.3 on MacOS 12.4.


  • Objective-CDeveloper Reference  by Jiva DeVoe
  • Beginning iOS 5 DevelopmentExploring the iOS SDK  by Dave Mark  |  Jack Nutting  |  Jeff LaMarche
  • iOS 7 App Development Essentials  by Neil Smyth, published by and latest version on eBookFrenzy.com
  • Core Animation  by Marcus Zarra & Matt Long
  • Core Data for iOS  by Tim Isted & Tom Harrington
  • Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X — Fourth Edition  by Aaron Hillegass & Adam Preble


I highly recommend this series of class lectures by Brad Larson. He is a fantastic teacher and I can virtually guarantee that if you are a beginner or an intermediate iOS programmer you will learn a lot from this class (even though it is a few years old). You will also see him contributing in the online community, such as stackoverflow.com.

Online Resources

  • w3schools.com — Superb site for web developers with references and free tutorials on HTML, CSS, JavaScript and more.
  • Tutorials on RayWenderlich.com — Outstanding free tutorials.
  • stackoverflow.com — Essential site with answers to all kinds of questions and issues that developers face.
  • Unicode Charts — A nice way to browse through all the Unicode characters and glyphs.
  • W3C Markup Validation Service — Check the markup, syntax and structure of Web documents (HTML, XHTML, …).







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