One of my favorite things about Macworld|iWorld is the opportunity to hang with all my Mac geek friends and learn about the tools they're using. While waiting in line for an event I was checking out Allison Sheridan's iPad and noticed she had her contact information neatly displayed on her lock screen image. I commented that she had it more together than I did as always meant to edit my lock screen image to add my contact info but never seemed to get around to it. That's when Allison told me about Contact Lockscreen Info which takes all the effort out of this process for you.
The universal App is free for basic functionality and will allow you to add a few lines of text to your iPad or iPhone's lock screen. Using the free version of the App you're limited to the default water image. But if you like the App, you pay a $0.99 in-app purchase and unlock the ability to use your own photos. The text and style of the info you add is customizable but it's clean and non-distracting. The image prepared by the App is properly formatted and saved to your camera roll. You then just select it in Settings as your lock screen image. Sure, I could have done this myself with some work in a photo editor application, but the point is, I never got around to do it until I installed this App. $0.99 is a small price to pay for this peace of mind.
Tools like Find my iPhone are great, but having your contact information directly on the screen make it very easy for a good samaritan who may find your lost phone to get in touch with you. Just remember - if you're using it on your iPhone, don't use your iPhone's number for contact info.
Do you like these "App Find" posts? I'm considering making it a regular on the blog. Have an App you want to recommend, drop me a line.