Send mes­sages that stand out from the crowd

Solihull News - - IT TALK -

WANT to send mes­sages that stand out from the crowd? The maybe it is time to check out Ul­tra­text.

This is an App for phones that turns text mes­sages into colour­ful an­i­mated GIFs in or­der to win them some at­ten­tion when they are re­ceived.

When read, the words ap­pear one at a time in large char­ac­ters set into brightly coloured blocks.

The idea is to make so­cial mes­sages a lit­tle more fun and in­ter­est­ing than bor­ing old plain text and to make com­mu­ni­ca­tions a bit harder to ig­nore.

‘ Sorry, I am not sure that I got your text’ is a well worn ex­cuse that is tougher to roll out when the in­com­ing mis­sive is not easy to over­look.

Ul­tra­text will run on An­droids and iPhones and there is also a ver­sion for use with Face­book Mes­sen­ger.

Mes­sages are sent via MMS rather than the SMS used by plain text mes­sages, though.

Un­like SMS texts, it is pos­si­ble to in­clude pho­tos and clip art into Ul­tra­text gen­er­ated dis­patches.

Th­ese and each word are all en­cap­su­lated into the same size of coloured, round- edged, quote- shaped rec­tan­gles, dis­play­ing one at a time in a rolling se­quence when the mes­sage is read.

If you are strug­gling to imag­ine this, pic­ture click­ing on an in­com­ing mes­sage and see­ing the word ‘ FANCY’ in bright blue quote box, fol­lowed by a black ‘ A’ in a bright yel­low one, then ‘ DRINK’ in a deep red, re­placed by a pic­ture of a bot­tle of Pros­ecco and fi­nally the word ‘ TONIGHT?’ in a sunny or­ange box.

To get a bet­ter idea, key ‘ Ul­tra­text Mes­sen­ger Demo’ into You Tube and then play the top search re­sult.

'Sorry, I am not sure that I got your text’ is a well worn ex­cuse that is tougher to roll out when the in­com­ing mis­sive is not easy to over­look.

BY DAVE PINWELL

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