StackNotes Review

StackNotes Review

Aug 27, 2013

A good, mobile note-taking app is essential these days, and that is what StackNotes is banking on. Its developers clearly want folks to depend on it, and the simple, clean design seems to attest to that.

In the free stack, there are a few customization options. Starting with themes, you can select from Jellybean, Classic, Safari or Princess, with a few more available to Pro users.

The truly refreshing thing about this application is the design. The filing structure stacks… virtually, that is. This “stacking” style was interestingly intuitive, and works quite well within the gestural precepts that govern the app. To create a basic note, you create a folder (or tap one that is already created) and go to town. From the main stack1interface, existing folders are presented, a swipe to the right reveals the menu, from which new folders can be created. The parent folders have a number count beside the text listing which indicates the number of notes stacked therein.

To create a note, simply tapping on the folder invokes a slide-to page from which a new note can be added. The new note can be titled, and there are buttons to toggle emoji and even simple alarms. From the in-note menu, it is possible to add in audio, handwritten (or stylus-written) text in five possible colors, or a picture from gallery. It’s nice that if one is feeling especially artistic, it is possible to invoke the device camera from within the app and work from there. Such seemingly little features add up to increase the overall functionality of the note taking app.

The elephants in the room occupied by any note-taking app residing in Android-land are probably Evernote and Google Keep; a big part of the effectiveness of those apps is arguably the cloud syncing they offer. StackNotes provides this as well; there is a web portal that provides access to notes synced to its servers. The application offers a Pro set of features, which allows for unlimited sync and an extra batch of themes, but does feel quite useful in the free iteration.

StackNotes is a fine option in a stacked field, and earns big ups from for minimalist effectiveness.

Catch Notes Review

Catch Notes Review

Sep 15, 2011

Information is constantly flowing all around us, and while many of us don’t always carry a pen and paper, most of us carry a phone everywhere. Equipped with cameras, keyboards and microphones, smart phones are the perfect devices for recording all those bits of important information. But to really take advantage of your phone’s note-taking capabilities, you need an app like Catch Notes.

To the best of my knowledge, there isn’t exactly a shortage of note-taking apps for Android — I’ve somehow managed to accumulate nearly half a dozen of them. Each one works very well, but each one does something just a little better than the others. In the case of Catch Notes, its light footprint allows it to load very quickly, eliminating much of the load time associated with other apps. From there, you can quickly record vital information while it’s still fresh, before you forget precious details. When time is of the essence, you don’t want to be messing around with organizing and categorizing your thoughts before you can get them down on the screen; Catch Notes is ready to go with a blank page in seconds.

Another great thing about Catch Notes is the use of hashtags to organize and filter notes. Just place a hashmark (#) in front of a word anywhere in your note and it becomes a tag accessible from outside the note. It’s much simpler than the system other apps use.

Like other note apps, Catch Notes features uploading to “the cloud.” The web interface at allows you to edit, organize and export notes quickly and easily. With a free account, you get 70MBs/month while a pro account at $5/month, or $45/year, gets you 1GB/month plus PDF and productivity doc support with more features on the horizon.

One problem I had with Catch Notes was when attempting to take a photo note. When you want to take a photo note, the app loads the camera, but doesn’t bring you back into Catch Notes once the photo has been shot. Furthermore, it doesn’t seem to append the photo to the note very reliably. I saw a small, black square on the note, but no photo. I had to manually attach the photo to the note to get it to work correctly. At last, it synced with Catch Notes’ servers and uploaded my picture where I could privately view it online.

The interface is very attractive and easy to navigate. Interacting with your notes, editing and organizing them is a snap. However, some buttons, such as the “Export to external storage” buttons, could have used a more descriptive icon. If you’re used to seeing such icons, you’ll immediately know what they’re for. New users might be more easily confused, however.

It’s important to remember that Catch Notes, as it is currently, isn’t meant to be where you stuff all types of web-related, multimedia content or rich-text based information. It’s just a great way of keeping on top of daily reminders without a lot of extra hassle.