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Looking for *syncing* notes apps to try


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  1. Cybergooch

    Cybergooch Member This Topic's Starter

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    So I just got my Droid recently, and one of the first things I'm looking for is a good syncing notes app. I've been reading other threads on that topic here, so I've tried a few out, but was wondering if anybody had any other suggestions for me.

    Here's what I'm looking for:


    1. Syncing is a must. When I create a note on the phone, I want it to be available at the associated web site, and vice versa.
    2. I want to be able to create long notes, not just brief one or two liners.
    3. I'd like it to have a fair amount of text formatting, including font color, bold/italic etc.
    4. Support for bulleted lists would be nice, as would simple table support. (I know I can't create tables on the Droid, but I'd like to be able to view them if they're in a note I've created from desktop.)
    5. Notes should allow embedded links, so I can click on a link and be taken to the browser.

    In addition, I'm looking for something that is directory/structure based as opposed to just tags. I'm not really a tags person, unless they're presented in such a way that it works like a directory structure.

    So far I've looked at:

    Evernote
    I've worked with Evernote on the desktop side, and there are some things I liked about it. But I'm not thrilled with the Android implementation. First off, although the desktop version supports "notebooks", it looks like I can't use them or even see them on the phone. All I see is a long list of random notes, and I have to start doing text searches to find anything. A shame, because Evernote has some of the best text formatting. Also, you can't really edit notes on the phone that you created on the desktop client, you can only "append text". And I've heard that you can't see your notes at all unless you're online. So pass for now.

    3Banana
    Looks pretty good. I'm still kind of annoyed that the opening page shows a bunch of random notes. However, I can at least go to the menu and bring up the Labels page, which shows categories based on labels. 3Banana works on #tags, so you've got to tag every note, or it will only appear in the generic All Notes. It's fast and easy to get in to the snaptic web site though, and the syncing is quick.

    Uvise
    This may be my favorite so far. Along with notebooks, it's also got shopping lists and other "modules" like debts and credits, quote of the day, word of the day, etc. Best part for me is that it is category based. Open a category to get to its notes. Only issue I have is that html links in the notes don't seem to work. (can't click on them). It would be nice if there was one more depth layer to the structure.

    I know there are a few note apps that sync with gdocs, but I haven't much cared for the implementation.

    Before I got the Droid I had a powerPC and had a great notes app called PhatNotes. I wrote to the developer to see if they were thinking of making an android version, and they are, but don't have a release date.

    Anyway, just wondered if there were any other recommendations, thanks!:)
     

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  2. cranky_dan

    cranky_dan Well-Known Member

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    Gdocs. Free at Android Market. Syncs with your google docs account.

    Oh, ah, silly me. I just re-read your post. Nevermind...

    Good luck.
    Dan
     
  3. Cybergooch

    Cybergooch Member This Topic's Starter

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    Actually, I was checking out Gdocs earlier this morning. It might still be a possibility if I could get it to display the way I want. Here's my issue:

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    See how those 3 folders at the bottom all look like they're at the same level? Test Folder 2 and 3 are actually subfolders of Folder 1. So I would expect that 2 and 3 wouldn't be visible until I first opened Test Folder 1.

    Also, I don't want to see all those other things above the folders in the display, like the Starred, or the PDF's. I'm picky, I know. :mad:
     
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    cranky_dan Well-Known Member

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    Truly, I too am picky. There are quite a few things I would change if I could.

    Good luck on your hunt.

    Dan
     
  5. boatman

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    springnote, a new competitor to evernotes.
     
  6. Cybergooch

    Cybergooch Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thanks Boatman, I'll take a look..

    <looks>

    Hmmm, didn't see anything on their page about an Android version.
     
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    rcyphermd Well-Known Member

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    Note everything is great and their support has been excellent. (former palm user)
     
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    Cybergooch Member This Topic's Starter

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    I like the way Note Everything is directory based, but I didn't see a way to sync with an online service. (?)
     
  9. boatman

    boatman Well-Known Member

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    cyber: re springnote. You are right. It is a local company to me (NE), and was an article in paper about them and spoke about smartphones. I guess they meant 'upcoming' version for smartphone;)

    Guess I am still looking. keep hearing good things about 3 banana, and also like the local storage. cloud only solution is not good for me.
     
  10. mjschmidt

    mjschmidt Well-Known Member

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    No, NoteEverything does not sync online, however it will export to SD card. You could use it in tandem with SugarSync to have the exported notes sync to your SugarSync account, and then to a computer, however this would not be automatic, you would have to export every time.

    As for EverNote, I love it on the PC, but on android is sucks because you can't access your notes offline, they don't reside on your phone, only on your account online, so if you are ever without data or Wifi you are SOL.

    I use NoteEverything and 3banana at the moment.
     
  11. Cybergooch

    Cybergooch Member This Topic's Starter

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    Looks like Sugarsync has a $50.00 annual charge for their least expensive plan. A bit more than I'd want to pay unless I started using it a lot for business and such. You say that you'd have to export every time, but doesn't NoteEverything save its notes to the SD card automatically?


    Yeah, so far I'm using 3Banana...it comes the closest to what I'm after.

    On the desktop I use Microsoft OneNote, and I've heard that they'll be releasing an online version this year. Once that happens, I'm hoping that some 3rd party will come out with an Android app that would sync to that. I guess we'll see.
     
  12. mjschmidt

    mjschmidt Well-Known Member

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    Here ya go... 2GB Free plan: https://www.sugarsync.com/signup?startsub=2

    For the record, i haven't used it myself yet, I'm holding out to see how the DropBox app compares.

    AFAIK no it saves them on the internal memory. Someone correct me if I'm wrong?


    I also use OneNote and LOVE it. I'm not holding my breath for an app though, I mean, seriously, does anyone think MS would allow that? Especially when the new Windows Phone 7 phones will be coming soon.
     

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