(UPDATE - July 14, 2011: Verbatim has been updated and improved. Click here to learn about the update!)
Today, I'm announcing Grey Matters' newest free web app for the iPhone and iPod Touch: Verbatim!
Wouldn't it be great to download things like monologues, poems, presentations, scripture, scripts, song lyrics, and speeches directly into your brain, so that you knew them word for word?
Until that's possible, the next best thing is Verbatim. What exactly is Verbatim?
Verbatim is a free web app that helps train you to memorize pieces of text word for word!
If you've ever wanted to memorize an inspiration poem, or been faced with the task of memorizing Lincoln's Gettysburg Address for school, then Verbatim can help!
The approach used in this program is based on one I first learned from J. J. Hayes' HubPages article, How To Memorize A Poem. Having used it effectively in the real world, I was inspired to turn this into an iPhone/iPod Touch program.
So that you can get a better idea of what Verbatim is about and what it does, here's the video overview of Verbatim:
There are more detailed video tutorials on each aspect of the program in the Video Tutorials section, and in the Verbatim Video Tutorials Playlist.
If the part about developing the XML file concerns you, I've even taken the extra step of creating an XML File Maker for Verbatim, complete with its own video tutorial.
If you'd like to check out this program's full capabilities with some ready-made pieces, you can check out Verbatim with the sample poems.xml file pre-loaded here. You'll find a good selection of long and short poems in this file that will challenge your memory.
As mentioned in the video overview, the jQTouch engine also makes it possible for this program to work on a Palm Pre, an Android device, or any WebKit-based browser with HTML5 and CSS3 capabilities, such as Safari or Google Chrome.
In the hope that Verbatim will inspire you to find the fun in memorizing pieces word for word, I've also included with Verbatim a list of speeches, monologues, poems, song lyrics, and more to help you find pieces you'll enjoy.
I sincerely hope you find this program useful, and I'd like to hear any comments, questions, suggestions or experiences you have involving Verbatim in the comments!