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Update: I will still probably pull the app sometime soon, but the latest iOS 9 beta fixed the problem that made the app completely unusable so I will leave it there for now if you have an older iOS device. If you have iOS 7 or higher, please buy my Attendance2 app.

I will be pulling the app from sale on July 24th as it appears iOS 9 completely breaks the app (which was originally written for iOS 2). When I released my new Attendance2 app originally requiring iOS 5, I promised to maintain the original Attendance app through iOS 6. It continued to mostly work (other than accessing the photo library) in iOS 7 and iOS 8 so I left it there for people with older devices. For over two years, the following paragraph has recommended people buy the new app.

Unless you are running iOS 6 or earlier I strongly recommend you buy my new Attendance2 app. It has all the features of this app (except for group texting which did not work reliably due to phone carrier restrictions) and more and runs on iOS 7.1 and higher. The changes Apple made in iOS 7 break some of the features of this original app (including getting photos from the photo library). See http;// for more information about the new app.

Attendance is a universal iPhone/Touch/iPad app (runs on iOS 4.x and 5.x) that allows you to take and keep attendance records. Its main intended use is for teachers to keep track of records for their classes, but it can also be used for meetings and group gatherings. The attendance statuses are completely customizable. You can import names a number of ways including formatted CSV files that you store in your Dropbox account or send as email attachments. You can also import names from an Address Book group or you can enter the names by hand on your device. In response to a few of the reviews, I have updated the Attendance support web page with text describing the various import options and how to use the app. Links to the relevant videos are included along with the text descriptions.

For more information, see my website:

See screenshots and videos showing how to use Attendance and import names at

Please note that Attendance cannot directly import data from websites that are password protected, but most course management systems, such as Blackboard, provide a way to export data so it can easily be imported into Attendance. There is a link on the Attendance web site to a video showing how to export your data from Blackboard (the only system I have access to).

If you have any issues please email me (see the instructions tab in the app for email address).

Take a photo via your device's camera and view the photos next to the names as you take attendance to help you learn the names (Settings preference controls if the photos are displayed).

Use Attendance to keep separate attendance records for each day for each class/group. The statuses default to Absent, Present, Late, and Excused, but can be customized (see the videos).

You can view records, email an entire group, email the students that were missing on a given day, send the records to individual students, email the full records in a CSV spreadsheet format, and many more features. Each student, course, and date you take attendance has a note field for storing additional information.

Optional Tier 2 price in-app purchase for transferring your data between multiple iPhone OS devices via WiFi so if you have an iPhone and an iPad you can copy all your data from one device to the other to keep updated records on both devices. You can also use Dropbox to backup/restore your data. See the videos for more info on these features.

Thanks to the following for code used in Attendance:
Gus Mueller of Flying Meat software for the fmdb library.
Jens Alfke for the MYNetwork library.
Matt Gemmell for the MGImageUtilities code.
Bert McDowell for the date range editor code.

What's New in Version 4.7.2

minor bug fixes


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Customer Reviews

from the developer of Attendance

To ChrissieBarnes: The first thing to try is rebooting your device. That solves a number of problems with many apps. If that doesn't help, backup your Attendance data to Dropbox, delete the app, and then reinstall the app, and restore your data from Dropbox. I don't have any other reports of frequent lockups so I suspect something is wrong on your device and one of those suggested fixes will likely take care of it.

To TribalDancer: My email address is in the help is on the Instructions tab of Attendance, and the Website/FAQ help section of Attendance2. While Attendance2 does have some of the features you request, neither app is designed for the use where each student does not regularly attend each class. The first paragraph of the description of Attendance has stated since February (6 months before Attendance2 came out) that the new app would be released in the summer of 2012.

Good, but the buttons sometimes lack sensitivity

Update: bumped it up to 5 stars, just because this developer is constantly updating his app. Constantly.

This app does exactly what it says and what I need it to do. My only complaint is that sometimes the buttons lack sensitivity. These times are the only times with my iphone, regardless of any app, I find that pressing a button gets no response. Sometimes I have to back out of a page and go back in, or move the button higher or lower in the view so that it registers my touch. It's a weird and annoying problem that I'd love for the developers to address.

Bought the wrong one!

I think I must have read a review that praised this app over the updated Attendance2? I'm not sure, but after trying it out for the first time, about 3 weeks after purchasing it, I'm realizing that some of the functions that Attendance is supposed to have would be much better! Waste of $5 unfortuntely because now I need to buy Attendance2 after only using the first version for 20 minutes.

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  • $4.99
  • Category: Productivity
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  • Version: 4.7.2
  • Size: 2.0 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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