KickStarter Spotlight: HabitRPG

KickStarter Spotlight: HabitRPG

Jan 16, 2013

I just wrote an app review about an app that really helps me keep my life organized called Catch Notes. In that post I talk about the struggles I – like millions of other people – have with remembering events and to-do items. Apps in this space are generally very similar and are just slightly different iterations of the same thing; the idea stays consistent and there is very little motivation to pay attention to them. This is most apparent when trying to work on bad habits or trying to start new good ones. This is not going to be a cheesy New Year’s post, but the best way to change for the better is to work on the small things instead of trying to make large drastic changes. Since the biggest problem with existing apps is that there is a lack of motivation to continue checking them, and the medium that has most mastered this addictive motivation are video games, it was only a matter of time before there was a hybrid love-child of the two. This chimera is one of the more creative KickStarter projects we have done here, and it is called HabitRPG.

For all those who are confused, do not worry, for it is a very strange concept at first. But after thinking about it for a while the concept is startlingly simple: give the user a RPG avatar who levels up and earns new gear based on how successful set habits or reminders are completed. My first reaction upon hearing this, however, was that it is kind of strange that people would be needing this. HabitRPG is like playing an objective based video game of real life but through an avatar.

This concept would probably lead many people to shake their heads and declare the end of the civilized world entirely, but I can really see a set of people that this project would work. In fact, HabitRPG has been a fully working website for quite some time now, but the bugs are starting to mount and demands for a mobile app are rising. To fulfill these needs, developer Tyler Renelle needs to make HabitRPG his full time job which means a steady source of income. That is why he is seeking out KickStarter like so many others to help offset the cost of making these apps. While I do not think that I need this much motivation, those who are having trouble making those small lifestyle adjustments might want to give Tyler and his very inventive app the funding it needs.

Catch Notes App Review

Catch Notes App Review

Jan 14, 2013

Seeing as I am an inherently disorganized person, finding a way to keep tabs on my life is something that I have been searching for a very long time. I have tried a myriad of solutions for both my smartphone and laptop, but I always have a hard time sticking to one; lack of features and limited connectivity between devices tend to be the problems that frequent my life most often. A big problem is that I run Apple’s OS X on my laptop and have an Android smartphone, obviously two devices that do not play well together. So my solution was to look for something that had a web-based service in addition to their standalone app that anyone could access from wherever they were, no matter the operating system. My searching brought me along a great app company called Catch who has an incredible note-taking app for Android that also syncs to an online web-app.

The app is, fittingly, called Catch Notes and connects though the traditional logins of Twitter and Facebook as well as an optional Catch.com login. After downloading this app, the first thing that I noticed was the simplicity of the styling. Out of all the note apps that I looked at, and I looked at quite a few, this one was by-far-and-away the most attractive and intuitive. The main screen has a list of “spaces” which are basically user-created, pastel colored categories for notes. At the bottom is a small, gray half circle button to add a new note which quickly toggles a wheel to add different kinds of notes. Catch Notes can handle alarms, photos, text, voice, and checklist notes which really make this app incredibly flexible and useful. The add button is persistent throughout the whole app which makes quickly adding notes a cinch and the intuitive interface is a joy to use.

The online web-app is not as tightly styled as its mobile partner, but it is still very functional nonetheless; especially when paired as a shortcut on a desktop which is a great way to quickly add and sync notifications to a computer. It is important to note that Catch does not sync with any existing note app such as Google Notes or Apple’s Reminders, but it does allow sharing of notes and spaces with other Catch.com users. Anyone looking for a great note taking app should look no more because Catch Note is the best, and most attractive, note-taking app for Android that I have ever used.