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Old July 15th, 2009, 11:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Which is the best app for note-taking?

So far I have installed "3 banana" and "Note Everything". Both of these are the free versions in the marketplace.

3 Banana - This is a database note app, like Evernote or MS One Note. Each note you create is added to the database, and it can be synced with your online account (free). The free version of 3 Banana (I don't know if there even is a paid ver) also allows for adding photos to your notes, but not voice. I like that I can sync it, and I like that I can add photos, but I don't like the way notes are organized. Even though you can use tags which are searchable (using a #), I like the Folder/Notebook/Binder style organization that you can truly get with Evernote or MS One Note. By default with 3 Banana you get only one "notebook" into which all your separate notes go.

Note Everything - I just installed this, so I need to play with it some more, but I like that I can create separate folders to save my individiual notes in to. The free version also appears to do voice notes, but you need the Pro version to add photos. Unless I've missed it, there does not appear to be any online syncing. The Pro version also allows you to backup/sync your notes to your SD card. It isn't quite clear where the notes are saved by default (if it's on the phone or the SD card), if someone knows, please share.

So... which note-taking app do you like best/use on a regular basis?

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I like AK Notepad.

It has sticky notes/quick desktop bookmarks basically and best of all it syncs with the sd card.

I guess a cloud sync is good too as you point out, for the same reason.
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Hi,
I have been a happy Palm user for many years, but recently received a G1 and have been toying with the idea of swithing to Android. The G1 hardware is lightyears ahead of my Treo 680, but I am having trouble on the software front.
Take Palm's Memo application, for example. It's a very simple note-taking app - or so I thought, until I tried to find the equivalent on the Android Market! This is all I need:
- Auto-sort memos alphabetically by title
- Free-text search of memos (list titles of memos which contain the search string), then open memo on tap
- Simple categorization of memos (single-level is o.k., multilevel is great, tags even better - but I should be able to choose tags from a list, NOT RETYPE THEM every time...)
- Password protection for selected memos (single password for all memos).

Any recommendations? Or am I asking for too much? Palm OS has been around for over a decade, for a good reason - I wonder if any developers have cared to look at it, or is everyone reinventing the wheel?
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GooMemo is working well for me. Easy to export to SDcard. Tags all my notes.
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AK Notepad is really good because of the sticky notes. Those come in handy a lot of times for me and its quick.
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Hi,
I have been a happy Palm user for many years, but recently received a G1 and have been toying with the idea of swithing to Android. The G1 hardware is lightyears ahead of my Treo 680, but I am having trouble on the software front.
Take Palm's Memo application, for example. It's a very simple note-taking app - or so I thought, until I tried to find the equivalent on the Android Market! This is all I need:
- Auto-sort memos alphabetically by title
- Free-text search of memos (list titles of memos which contain the search string), then open memo on tap
- Simple categorization of memos (single-level is o.k., multilevel is great, tags even better - but I should be able to choose tags from a list, NOT RETYPE THEM every time...)
- Password protection for selected memos (single password for all memos).

Any recommendations? Or am I asking for too much? Palm OS has been around for over a decade, for a good reason - I wonder if any developers have cared to look at it, or is everyone reinventing the wheel?
anyone else have any suggestions? i'd also like to sync it either to toodledoo, or at the very least, google docs.
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EverNote - is another good one that does photos, audio, and notes. Where it failed with me, though, is that you have to go into the menu (upon newly launching the app) to get to your list of notes. Since I go to my notes list (which I need sorted by most recently updated) often, this led me to look further.

3banana Notes - Trying it now, but it won't sort by modification date (Or so I thought... turns out it does). I love the tagging features. But what I don't like about Snaptic.com is that you can't see just a list of your notes' titles. So if you can't remember a keyword used (via the Find or Tagging functions), they it's hard to scan through all your notes.

AK Notepad - the first pass, I missed the fact that it also sorted by mod date. And both it and 3Banana Notes sync with Snaptic.com, so you could really use both.... hmmm. But note also my comment about Snaptic.com's listing "disability" in my 3Banana Notes comment.

DropBox - This is kinda a hacky way to do it, but I installed DropBox on the phone, then created a folder in my dropbox called "Notes". Then I put several text files in there that were each a note. It was searchable and not too shabby, but again... wouldn't sort by mod date.

Note Everything - does not sync with the cloud, from what I could tell.


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- Notes synced with "cloud", which is accessible via web/desktop
- Notes sorted by modification date descending
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What I would really love is a basic memo pad app that could sort by date that would stay in sync with a folder on my website via FTP. Each memo would be a text file.

Then it wouldn't matter if some third party, like Google, changed their document interface.

I'm a programmer, but it will take a while to get to know the Droid code, and if it's not invented by someone, I'll tackle it myself.
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I didn't see SpringPad mentioned so I thought I'll throw it in. I quite like it.
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Springpad is really great, but since my #1 goal is web access from work, we can only use a later Explorer 7 version to access springpad and we have older Explorer at work.
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Sticky memo widget is what I use, nothing fancy, doesn't sync anywhere but it puts a little sticky note widget on the screen. It works the best for me because you don't have to launch an app and then choose what type of note and then enter the note and then save. It's just click widget, type, then close. Also shows the note on the widget so I don't have to open it up to see what notes I took. It really functions like sticky notes, which I use constantly.
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The problem with Evernote is that you can't access your notes offline, which is, quite frankly, ******ed.

I use NoteEverything (and 3Banana) and I export it regularly. You could set up SugarSync or DropBox to sync your NoteEverything notes regularly to your online account and your PC. Since they are plain text notes, you can open them and edit them on a PC.
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Question Memo/Note App

I am new to the Android phone as I've just switched from a Palm Pre. I have a fairly large collection of notes (over 600) that I do NOT want to have to input by hand ALL over again! I mainly use my memo/note app to keep info like url addresses or interesting web articles or atm/bank locations and hours. Basic stuff.

I have two questions:
  1. What is the best memo/note app? One that will allow me to cut and paste to and from it as well as email notes. One that is relatively simple and straight forward.
  2. How do I transfer my memos/notes from my Pre to my Evo?

Thanks,
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I've tried several and so far ColorNote is my favorite and it's free.

It's pretty simple but very well done in my opinion. It supports text notes and checklist notes so it works great for me considering most of my notes are To Do list, etc. It has a nice widget ability to add a quick icon/shortcut to a specific list for reading/editing.

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The problem with Evernote is that you can't access your notes offline, which is, quite frankly, ******ed.

I use NoteEverything (and 3Banana) and I export it regularly. You could set up SugarSync or DropBox to sync your NoteEverything notes regularly to your online account and your PC. Since they are plain text notes, you can open them and edit them on a PC.
You can access your notes offline with Springpad. The widget for it works really well and its quick to add any type of note... whether it be picture voice or if you wanna scan a bar code.
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I am new to the Android phone as I've just switched from a Palm Pre. I have a fairly large collection of notes (over 600) that I do NOT want to have to input by hand ALL over again! I mainly use my memo/note app to keep info like url addresses or interesting web articles or atm/bank locations and hours. Basic stuff.

I have two questions:
  1. What is the best memo/note app? One that will allow me to cut and paste to and from it as well as email notes. One that is relatively simple and straight forward.
  2. How do I transfer my memos/notes from my Pre to my Evo?

Thanks,
I'm not sure about a Palm Pre, but NoteEverything can import notes from older Palm PDAs.

As long as you can _export_ your notes from the Pre in Text format (.txt for example) you can move them to your microSD card and import them in to NoteEverything.

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Does anyone know of a note widget like the one that comes standard with the HTC Sense UI? Apparently it allows you to stack notes on the home screen and flip through them by flicking your finger up or down.

Thats what I need and would be perfect.
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3Banana is now Catch. You can use it with another app, Compass, to do location-aware notes.

I've been waffling between Catch and EverNote. Evernote is nice, but its frustrating that I can't make a new notebook on the phone. I have to go to the PC and create the notebook, then go to my device and sync it. It doesn't create multiple tags quite the way I want, either (then again, I may be doing the tags wrong).

On the plus side, Evernote syncs with a lot of other applications, such as Olive Tree Bible reader, and CamScanner, so the functionality keeps expanding. So far, I'm living with the notebook gaffe. If anyone has a suggestion, let me know.
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NoteEverything does sync with Google Docs, although it is not automatic. In some ways that might be for the better--I don't want all my notes on Google Docs on my Droid.

Evernote is better if the main goal is syncing with the cloud, but NoteEverything is far better as a stand alone note taker which gives the option of syncing with Google Docs. It was also quite handy for me that NoteEverything imported my memos from my Palm.
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Can Note Everything import Palm Memos from the Mac platform...i.e. Palm Desktop for Mac?

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Here is the web site for the Note Everything dev: SoftXPerience | Note Everything

Here are the directions for importing from Palm: SoftXPerience | Import Palm

Not sure how differently it would work on a Mac since i don't like them. ;-)
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This is a great thread, thanks to those who shared their experiences in detail. I am looking for a note taking app which has functions like Evernote (note, voice note, picture note) but stores all notes locally (on the SD card) and not online. Is there such an app?
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My favourite ... text typing, handwriting and drawing on every background ...
It' like PowerPoint but for much less money
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Interesting discussion.

I've been looking for a replacement for PhatNotes since they're not being forthcoming with a release date. I like the functionality of EverNote, but I'm not spending $45 per year, especially when I already have a SugarSync account. I resent paying to get access to my own data that can easily be stored on my SD card.

If the guys at EverNote had a pay-one-price product (like Documents To Go), I'd do it in a heartbeat, but their business model is a deal breaker for me.
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I use Genial Writing for quick hand written notes. Much better than relying only on keyboard.
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mjschmidt, thanks for the link to the instructions for Palm import on the Note Everything website. I have just imported all my old Palm memos from my TX. Not many but useful just the same and can confirm that the procedure worked perfectly.
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Ill Throw in my two cents.
Have tried a most of the apps mentioned so far but have settled on note everything pro. I have One Note on the computer and would rather use that on my GalTab. I have tried mobilenoter with their sync program and it works nicely for viewing editing my onenote notes. The deal-breaker is that i cant CREATE new notes on the mobile in mobilenoter. that totally ruins the app imho.

so note everything pro is what im using now. it lets u make all kinds of notes with a nice UI. the google docs sync is nice but it only syncs the text. whats the point of syncing a photo note with only the text?? CATCH will sync pics to the catch website but, then they are "stuck" on the catch website. I think this is where all the note apps fall short.
I need to be able to export my notes (all different kinds) to a format that is independent of the app. Pdf for example. If I'm at work and take a bunch of picture notes. I need to be able to export these to our server so that everyone can access them.

anyone have a solution?
app-developers are you reading this?;-)
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Thanks to mjschmidt for starting this discussion. It was very useful to me.

I have had my Android device (cell phone) for less than two weeks so I am, obviously, very new to this.

I have, for now, decided to use Catch. So far, it is working well for me.

I like that it is free. And that I can logon to www.catch.com and edit my notes from there (with any computer that has Internet access). Or I can edit the notes on my cell phone. And I can sync the two databases.

Also, I like the "tags" (a simple way to put any note into one, or more "folders"). And I really appreciate the ability to password protect the Catch app on my phone so that no one (except me) can view my Catch notes without the password.

So far I have only used "Text notes". I will explore the other types of notes as needed - - Camera, Gallery, Voice, and Reminder.

Thanks again ! ! !
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The problem with Evernote is that you can't access your notes offline, which is, quite frankly, ******ed.

I use NoteEverything (and 3Banana) and I export it regularly. You could set up SugarSync or DropBox to sync your NoteEverything notes regularly to your online account and your PC. Since they are plain text notes, you can open them and edit them on a PC.
yes you can access evernote notes while offline - check out their desktop app
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I read through the thread and didn't see anyone say this, but I'd have to say the pre-loaded stock "Write and go" app on my Samsung Galaxy S is good enough for me lol. Obviously not too fancy, but it does pretty much everything I need from a note taking app: save, send as text, send as email, load to facebook etc.

Just throwing that out haha. I'm more of a calendar and check list task kind of guy anyways.
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Classic notes... iPhone looks with tons of features
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.flufflydelusions.app.enotesclassicl ite&feature=search_result
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I'd also like to say thanks for starting this thread. I've also been looking for the perfect note app and will give a couple of the ones mentioned above a try. I've been a Palm addict since the first Palm Pilot Professional, and I guess I took note capability for granted.
Evernote was perfect for me until I tried to open a doc at my son's football camp - big thumbs down for no offline docs until you buy a monthly subscription. I'm using a rooted Nook color, so offline availability is key.

Well, off to try a few options...
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If you're looking for something "simple" (not what OP wants), I just tried this list maker: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.softlightsolutions.SoftlightCheckLi st&feature=order_history

I was a little leery, it being new and no reviews, but I like it better than Color Notes or Melon (or any of the simple notepads out there).
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If you're looking for something "simple" (not what OP wants), I just tried this list maker: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.softlightsolutions.SoftlightCheckLi st&feature=order_history

I was a little leery, it being new and no reviews, but I like it better than Color Notes or Melon (or any of the simple notepads out there).

I had a look at this app ... and I have say: It looks like Noodles
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.makeramen.todolist&feature=search_r esult&hl=en

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Old July 10th, 2011, 02:41 PM   #35 (permalink)
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It's amazing how similar some of these apps are... one guy sees something he likes, tweaks the UI a little, and calls it his own... I guess there's no patents on apps.


edit: OK, just tried this one: http://www.appbrain.com/app/check-and-done/org.haggy.android.checkanddone and it's the one I'm sticking with. Still small and simple (but should be apps2SD), yet very custom.
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For me, I like using Droid notepad, because I only want a simple note taking app and can have some drawing features, interface is also good.
Anyone interested can give it a try
https://market.android.com/details?id=com.williamkingdom.droidnotepad
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I'm trying to find the best note taking app for a specific purpose. I am a home inspector and usually use a clipboard and paper (old school) but want to get into android. I just got a xoom and want to find an app that can make parts of what I want blank (meaning like a PDF, where you can fill in spots with info) on an already pre-made form (that i'd make myself). Not sure where to go, help?
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@roadblock - you mean something like a checklist where you could also add some notes for remarks?
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The only thing that I could suggest is a combination of OneNote and MobileNoter. OneNote is a Microsoft product that is on all 2010 Office variations and 2007 Home & Student and a couple above that. Within that program you'd make the template that you want.

With MobileNoter, you'd be able to access your OneNote files and edit (fill in) your templates and save. There are two versions of MobileNoter for Android. Unfortunately, (for now) I have MobileNoter SE and I can access my files through Dropbox. The unfortunate with SE is that we have yet to be able to edit our files.

The non-SE version allows you to edit, but you can't access them through Dropbox. You do it through either their cloud system or WiFi. The update for SE has been promised for some time in August, but that's also been a promise that seems to get pushed back regularly.

You need what you need now, so from the outside looking in, I'd tell you to make your template (OneNote) and then duplicate the amount of pages you'd need for each day, send it over to your tablet through WiFi (I'm assuming that you wouldn't want your work on their servers.) and then throughout the day, fill in your forms. Rinse and repeat.
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Database programs such as Handbase might handle this better than a notetaking application.
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I was looking for a GTD/checklist app and I bumped into an actual home inspection app
Home Inspection Checklist

Some of its features are:
Features :
-Create unlimited checklist.
-Take pictures and comment on any condition of the house or apartment.
-Send pictures and your comments to anyone through e-mail or texting.
-Save and send a CSV Excel data report to be viewed or imported.
-Customize your own inspection list.

I think the last one is of importance to @roadblock
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i'm looking for a note taking app too, but for a specific purpose - i use CRM software, and i'd like to be able to just make a voice note right after a phone call and have it be transcribed and sent to my CRM stuff or my google contacts. anybody else want this or know if it exists already?
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Found this list: Android Note Taking Apps | note-taking.net

I still haven't found that one perfect note app, and it is frustrating.

It _could_ have been Evernote, except that Evernote makes you pay a yearly fee to get access to your notes on your device while offline. That is annoying.

What I want:
1. Create notes on device.
2. Have notes saved as .txt files on SD Card as opposed to in a database.
3. Automatic/scheduled backup of notes.
4. Auto-sync of notes to the cloud and then to PC.
5. Native desktop application to read and create notes on PC, and which will sync back to the device.
6. Share notes/notebooks with other users, and allow them to contribute to/alter the shared notes.

Like I said, Evernote would be perfect, except that you have to pay for offline access to your notes on your device.

Springpad is close (I prefer notebooks over hast tags used by Catch) but there is no native desktop app, so all my notes reside on Springpad's servers, and not on my PC. That's a big no no. They're my notes.

Catch is close, but again, no native desktop app, and I don't like organizing with tags.

I'm using Note Everything, which is a great all-around note app, but it doesn't sync to desktop, (although you can sync to Google Docs with the pro version), and there is not native desktop app. Also, the files are in a database. You can export to the SD card as text files, but this is a manual step, and it doesn't maintain your notebooks, just dumps all the .txt files in to one folder.

Documents To Go is an option, it saves the docs in Word format, and you can theoretically set it up to sync to Dropbox. DocsToGo also has a standalone sync app that you install on your PC to sync with the device when connected via USB. Of course, this app costs $14.99. It's not perfect, and meant for more hard-core work that note-taking. (It also syncs with Google Docs).

On my PC I use OneNote and I love it. One Note is one of the best Microsoft programs. Sadly there is no official OneNote app for Android, and there probably won't be. Yes, there is a 3rd party app but it doesn't let you create notes/edit notes on the device.

So... Anyone else have any ideas/suggestions that would satisfy the requirements above?
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yes you can access evernote notes while offline - check out their desktop app
You cannot access your notes offline on your device. So if you are ever without an internet connection (plane, subway, anywhere without WiFi if you don't have data) you are screwed.
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I'm liking any.do these days. Lists with ability to add notes to each item. Syncs to Google Tasks. Easy to read.
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I want a note app that syncs to gmail notes (auto-push/sync) and has a widget. I had this with the default notes on my iphone (just converted 2days ago). I dont need any other fancyness... just sync to gmail notes. I guess I could convert to google tasks if that gives more versatility, but prefer the notes.
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I still can not find perfect notes app for Android while there are two of perfect ones for iPhone - NoteMaster and Awesome Note!!!
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How do yo add notes to gmail? I use Tasks now and seems to do what I want, since I found "Google Tasks Organizer" which sync well, and organizes better than Tasks does. It has its own "notes" sub-entry, but nothing tied to gmail. I could see how that could be useful.

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"Perfect" is the eye of the beholder.... so many note apps. The one that looks most like Awesome Note is: Easy Note + 2do - Android app on AppBrain but does get real good reviews. Keep trying until you find "the right" one!

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"the eye of beholder"? I am not a beholder! I really seriously buying and testing Note/Memo apps for both of Android Phone and iPhone. Since I had first got Android Phone starting with Motorolla XT720 in July 2009, I have been using Samsung Galaxy S from Jan 2010, and now Galaxy S2 from this November. Also I have been using iPhone4 and iPad. Yes, there are so many note/memo apps in android world, but it is very hard to find really good one like NoteMaster or Awesome Note in iPhone/iPad. it is true, I think! I bought also Easy Note, but it is just imitation of Awesome Note. It does not have sync feature to GDocs like Awesome Note.
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