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Memoirs are made of this August 2005

Lifethemes computer software  






Memoirs are made of this.

Some people write a book to record their lives. Since we know that you have access to a computer, we are introducing you to a way to make your memoir with the aid of modern technology.


Why should we want to leave a legacy of our lives? According to Professor Tim May, a social relations expert from the University of Salford, we seek ways to promote our sense of belonging by showing others who and what we are.

Professor May, author of successful books on social relations, says, “We …look for ways of belonging – and belonging comes from memories and recognition that others afford you. We seek ways to represent ourselves, to show how we feel about ourselves and to transmit messages about ourselves to others”.

This is the inspiration behind LifeThemes. This new computer software allows you to save photographs or video clips, record audio pieces or write text about people, places, family, pets, special events or treasured memories. Thanks to the programme’s powerful ability to link data, these elements can be easily combined into rich multimedia panoramas of your life that can span decades and be passed on from generation to generation.

Published in the UK by LifeStyle Software, LifeThemes also features a unique system of individual diaries that help you run your daily life.

“Modern life is highly stressful and lived on the run, so recording what is happening is a way of slowing things down, to keep a sense of reality and gain an appreciation of our experiences,” says founder of LifeStyle Software, John Willis. “The Life Logging trend is underlined by Microsoft’s recent announcement of plans for SenseCam, a wearable camera that records a video diary for download to a computer and by the Nokia LifeBlog, but we predicted the trend some time ago when we started developing LifeThemes.”

LifeStyle Software is the first company to have released a tool
of this kind that is both easy to use and unique in the breadth of features it offers to anyone who wants to record or organise their lives.

LifeThemes is available for 14 days free trial
and can be bought for ?49.99 from  or through the sales hotline on 0845 226 3341.

  • LifeThemes is the result of two years’ development and it provides a unique and easy to use way to record for posterity.

  • LifeThemes also features a unique system of individual diaries that help organise daily life. They can be viewed simultaneously or password protected for privacy. Automatic task reminders mean that you’ll never forget a grandchild’s birthday or a doctors’ appointment, and the linking of diary entries help you organise special events and anniversaries



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