As someone who has exclusively been using Catch Notes for Android-based note taking, I wondered if I should play about with Evernote before reviewing Catch; maybe offer some sort of feature comparison or whatever.
Clearly, though, I decided against that, and now I’m about to tell you why I likes Catch so much. It does everything I need and more. Evernote? I don’t need no stinkin’ Evernote (no offense, Evernote; I’m sure you’re great ‘n’ all).
Being an anal retentive sort of chap, I find myself taking notes more often than any sane person should. Some of the notes are too embarrassing to mention, but there’s some fairly mundane stuff in there too, like TV programs people have recommend and a shopping list.
Oh, and a few thinly veiled usernames and passwords and junk that I’d never remember otherwise. Exciting stuff, huh?
Catch Notes has a couple of sweet options that allow you to quickly find particular notes. Having created more than a dozen new notes in the past month, I can attest that both options are incredibly handy.
First up, you can ‘star’ your favourite and/or most important notes. Swiping to the left from the main screen filters out all the crap, and shows only those you’ve starred.
You can also add hash tags within notes, which effectively allows you to set up categories. When you swipe to the right of the main menu, you see all the tags you’ve entered, and tapping on one brings up all the related notes. Neat.
In fact, there’s a plain old Search option too, if you can’t be bothered with starring and tagging.
We’re well into the 21st century, so notes aren’t limited to text. You can insert images, so you could – for example – take a picture of a bottle of wine at a dinner party and a note of where you can get it. Or something. You get the idea.
You can also add voice notes, like: “Dude, you probably won’t remember tomorrow morning, but this wine is really delicious. Get some.” Similarly, geo-tagging means you won’t forget where you were the night before (assuming you’re sober enough to compose a note).
What else can you do? Well, tapping Menu on the main screen brings up more options than you can shake a stick at. Whatever that means.
Among lots of other things, you can choose how to sort your notes (created, modified, alpha), choose how many lines to see in preview, and set the text size. Indeed, you can adjust the text size for list, note and editor independently. Crazy.
I’m skipping through lots of options here, but one of the other important ones is the ability to export your notes as a text file to your SD card. Better still, you can sync your notes with the servers at Catch.com for free.
I could easily write another 500 words about Catch Notes (did I mention the embedded alarms yet?), but I believe I’ve made my point. Catch Notes is about as comprehensive a note-taking app as you could hope for, and it’s free.
- Free online backup
- Starring and tagging
- Tons of options
Summary: If you’re a serial note-taker like me, you can’t go wrong with Catch Notes. And don’t be put off by all the extra stuff; you can easily take plain old notes if that’s your style.
Requires: Android 1.6 or above
Price: Free @ Android Market