Tested version: 2.2
Latest version: 5.2.7
Requires Android: from 2.1
I’ve been using AK Notepad for what seems like forever already. Now that AK Notepad can be synched with the online service Catch, I decided to check out the official Catch app. Find out why Catch Notes is giving AK Notepad a run for its money in today’s test.
Features & Use
Catch Notes is a notepad app that offers a lot of note-taking options. Catch Notes lets you create:
- Text notes
- Camera notes
- Gallery notes
- Voice notes
- Reminder notes
As far as all the notes are concerned, you can add reminders to them and geotag the location where the specific notes was taken.
Synching with the Catch online service is the main feature of Catch Notes because it allows you to access your notes from any computer and internet device (including the iPhone and the iPad).
To help sort through your notes, you can attach a tag to any of your notes. Add tags by placing a pound # symbol before the term you wish to tag in a note. Need to create a tag for all your important notes? Then start off your notes likes this: #notes.
In Catch Notes you can have your notes displayed in a single list or according to tags. The more tags you create, the more useful they are in organizing your notes.
You can share your own notes by forwarding the content of your notes or creating a confidential link to the entire note. This means that you have the option of commenting on your own notes. To protect your privacy and security, you can restrict access to your notes by setting up a four digit pass code.
Last but not least, Catch Notes includes a widget that lets you create quick text and camera notes without having to open the app.
In the settings of Catch Notes, you can adjust the app to fit your tastes.
The settings include the following subsections:
- Catch Sync
- Location & Security
Catch Notes is more than just a regular notepad that allows you to sort and tag your notes. Catch Noews can also be used as a checklist, personal agenda, interactive photo album or a voice recorder. That’s the best thing about Catch Notes – it means something different for every user. Given the huge range of options, Catch Notes is guaranteed to fit just about anyone’s needs.
Screen & Controls
On the Catch Notes start screen, you have access to everything you’ve added to Catch Notes via the My notes and Tags buttons. Underneath these buttons you’ll find the following icons:
- Text note
- Camera note
- Gallery Note
- Voice note
- Reminder note
Using these shortcuts, you can create quick notes on-the-go. If you take a quick camera note, the picture is instantly saved as a note. You are free to edit and change your notes at any point.
Long pressing a note in your list, opens up the following options:
- Copy all text
- Set reminder
- Add attachment
- Pin to home screen
Once you are inside the note, pressing the menu button lets you:
- Set reminder
You also always have a set of options available at the top right of your screen:
On the main screen:
Open search bar
In the note list:
Add a new note
Open search bar
Inside a note:
Attach a file
In order to add notes from other applications (i.e. Twitter, Browser, Mail etc.) to Catch Notes, simply select Catch in your share menu.
Catch Notes looks stunning visually. Everything is easy to control and fairly self-explanatory. After a little getting used, Catch Notes becomes really straight-forward to use.
Speed & Stability
Catch Notes has been installed on my Nexus One for quite some time. No crashes or lags experienced and the speed is amazing!
Catch Notes can be downloaded for free from the Android Market.
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