Google Keep vs Evernote vs OneNote vs Notes vs Simplenote

Now that Google Keep is live, it wouldn't be right if we don't compare it with other popular note taking services out there. In our detailed review of Keep, we've mentioned that its features are rather basic at the moment, especially if you compare it with note taking giant Evernote. However, Evernote isn't the only impressive notes service out there, and it’s only fair to broaden our comparison. After considering just what features does it takes to make a good note taking service, we ended up with quite a list. Not all services here share the exact same feature set, but each of them has its own pros and cons and as a user, this comparison should give you a quick idea of which one of them is right for you, and whether switching to Google Keep will work for you, or should you stick with the one you're currently using. Read More

Hands-On With Google Keep: Notes & To-Do Lists For Web & Android

Google’s new note-taking web service Keep is now live, along with its Android app. Keep lets you create notes and to-do lists that sync over Google Drive. Notes may contain text, voice or images. Notes and lists can be color-coded, and are searchable. With Keep, Google aims to let you collect and consolidate all your thoughts, ideas and useful information together that will be synced and accessible across all your computers through your browser, and across all your Android devices using the Keep app. Let's take both the web service and its Android app for a spin and see what it's all about. Read More

Create & Share Password-Protected, Self-Destructing Notes With NoteDIP

There are many services out there like Burn Note or DUE.IM that let you send self-destructing notes to someone for any confidential purpose, or just to make them feel like Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible. Self-destructive notes are quite interesting and easy enough to create; all you just do is create a note, send its link to the recipient via email or any other method, and your part is done; the note gets instantly eradicated once opened and read by the recipient. If you’re looking for a similar technique and want to send sensitive information to someone without leaving any traces, give NoteDIP a try. It’s a handy web app that allows you to create self-destructing notes in a few simple steps. To go one step further, it even sends you a notification when the note is read by the recipient. Read More

How To Change Default Font Size In Mac OS X Notes App

Notes is a simple OS X app that allows you to create notes, organize them into folders, search for them, and sync them with the Notes app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch over iCloud. The app offers a reasonable number features that any ordinary note-taking app would have, and a few customization options that allow you to change the color and type of the font in a particular note. What it doesn’t have is a way for you to change the default font size for all notes. The app has no settings that you can change, but that doesn't mean you can't do anything about it at all. All it takes to change the default font size, is a little change in the app’s DefaultFonts.plist file. The file can be edited using any text editor of your choice. The change is easily reversible, and does not require running any complicated commands. Read More

Share Groups Of Docs & Photos Publicly Or Privately With Noteshares

Noteshares is a web service for sharing notes and photo albums with friends. It is somewhat of a cross between Evernote and Facebook, but unlike both of them, it concentrates on keeping things very simple. Notes can be made as public updates or private ones to be shared with specific people. You can also create Binders and upload files to them, leave comments on files, and ‘rebind’ a Binder to share it to your own profile. Files of many popular formats can be previewed in Noteshares. There does not appear to be a storage limit mentioned on the website or the service's blog. Though Noteshares is currently in Beta, and this may change in a future version. Read More

Create Natively Syncing Notes In Google Chrome With Papercuts

There are countless note-taking extensions available for many popular web browsers, but the ones that save and sync your notes across computers usually rely on a third-party service at the back end for the purpose and if you don't have an account on the service already, you end up having to sign up for it just to be able to sync your notes across different browsers and devices. Some extensions lack a sync feature altogether, and the notes are only accessible from the browser you made them in. Papercuts is a Chrome extension that relies solely on Chrome’s own sync feature to sync the notes you create between different installations of the browser. The notes themselves can be of any length, and each one has it's own title. Papercuts adds its button next to the URL bar, and lets you work on multiple notes at the same time under different tabs in the extension’s popup window. You can also copy the entire text from a note with just a single click. Read More

Add Notes To Each Edge Of Your Mac’s Screen With Moof!

Note taking apps aren’t rare for OS X, and the default Notes app in Mountain Lion is quite good. It syncs over iCloud, so for little bits of text or information that you want to remember and view on your iOS device, it’s a good option. However, if you’re looking for something that concentrates more on being easily accessible, Moof! Notes is a free Mac app that you should try out. Moof! Notes can be brought to the front in pretty much the same way a Hot Corner is invoked. The app has four active regions on your screen and clicking one of these launches it, displaying a blank note that you can enter text into. The notes are saved in RTF format and collapse to whichever side they were created on. The notes remain open so long as the app is running, making it easy to add more text to them. Notes can also be created by dragging text over an active side of the screen. Read More

Calendar Pro: All-In-One Journal, To-Do List & Notes App For Android

If your daily routine involves handling and keeping track of a lot of events, to-do lists, tasks, notes and reminders etc. on the move, you might be in search of a comprehensive personal schedule management app for your smartphone. Cloud sync support and an intuitive interface are two important aspects to consider for such an app, and those are exactly what Calendar Pro delivers. Fresh to the Play Store, Calendar Pro aims to be the only calendar and personal journals, notes, to-do lists, reminders, events and activity management app you’ll ever need on your Android device. Sporting an uncluttered UI, the app comes with Google Calendar and Facebook integration to let you sync your events and friends' birthdays. In addition, it also comes with extensive weather details for multiple locations, horoscopes, themes, a unified view for daily activities, and plenty of other options. Read More

Create & Edit Password-Protected Text Files With NoteBook For Windows

Notepad is probably the most simple yet useful Windows utility that’s been accompanying the OS since its inception. While it works great for some quick notes-taking or opening various plain text files for basic editing, at times you need to take confidential notes for which you want an additional layer of security in form of a password. NoteBook is a text editor for Windows that delivers the password protection feature, so you may encrypt any confidential notes without worrying about your privacy. The application allows you to save the notes as PPTF (Password Protected Text Files) with a password of your choice. The application also boasts an auto-save feature that automatically saves the current note after every 5 seconds to make sure you don't lose any information in case of a crash. Read More

Note Down & Track Your Daily Tasks With ActiveNote for Windows 8

It can be quite annoying to keep forgetting tasks that you can’t afford to ignore, be it an important visit to the airport to pick up your old chap, or your spouse waiting to celebrate your wedding anniversary. If you are in the habit of forgetting important tasks like me, then try giving ActiveNote a shot. It’s a Windows 8 application that lets you create tasks and event notes so you can keep a tab on your daily agenda. The app is fully optimized for Windows RT tablets with a convenient alternate layout for portrait orientation. Read More

NOTE’d Is An Impressive iPhone Notes App With Themes & Dropbox Backup

A good notes app should be cosmetically well-designed, with users having the confidence that all their work is constantly being backed up somewhere. Other features, like support for image attachments and audio recordings are bonuses that you will rarely find in one place. NOTE’d for iPhone fulfills all these criteria, offering a perfect combination of useful features and a beautiful interface. You can divide your notes into several notebooks, each with a different theme, attach photos, audio recordings and maps to notes. You can put your important notes under password protection, and everything can be backed up (and restored) to Dropbox with a single tap. Read More

WorkFlowy For iPhone: Create & Sync Detailed To-Do Lists And Notes On The Go

It is always nice to see the release of an iOS client for a web service that has been around for quite a while. The good thing about such apps is the way they usually offer cross-platform syncing, therefore making something even as simple as a text editor way more useful than other applications of its kind. We covered WorkFlowy a few months back, highlighting its features as a note-taking and task management utility offering comprehensive bulleting. The service is pretty useful as a web app, but imagine the possibilities if you have access to such a powerful to-do list manager on the go. That’s exactly what the new iOS app for WorkFlowy intends to do. The iPhone app is quite similar to the web one, and pakcs all the simplicity and efficiency that you require from a good note-taking app. You can search through your notes using the app’s universal search feature, and sync all your notes and to-do lists with your account, making everything available across all your devices. Read More

Everyday.me Auto-Creates A Journal From Your Social Media Feeds [iPhone]

Keeping a personal diary can be fun, but most people shy away from this habit due to the effort it takes to find some time each day to write a new entry in your journal. If you own an iPhone, now there is a really easy way of starting and maintaining a journal, and that, too, without the sense of responsibility of creating a new entry each day. Everyday.me is an iOS app that writes your journal for you automatically. Of course, you can manually write in it whenever you want, but if you don’t feel like typing, just leave the work to Everyday.me and the app will extract your journal’s new entries from your social media activities. Everyday.me taps into your Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts to find relevant stories that can be put in your personal diary. You can edit any of those entries to include your own thoughts and photos, or there is the option to start a post from scratch and make it a part of your Everyday.me journal. Read More

Notes For GMail: Sticky Notes In Your Email Threads [Chrome]

Google Mail has set itself worthy as an email client for both personal and office environments. With customizations like backgrounds, themes and integrated chat facility, it has become fairly popular amongst the users. Notes for GMail is a user-friendly extension for Chrome that allows you to annotate your emails by using sticky notes within your Gmail. Although these notes are private by default, you can instantly share them on Facebook or Twitter whenever needed. It blends in with the native Gmail interface and provides the additional functionality in a useful manner, independent of your settings. Now, you can add, delete, edit and share notes from your email for better organization and management of information from within the inbox. Each one of the notes has a timestamp for easy tracking and the option to create a comment thread for the better. Read More

AddNote: Select Text Anywhere In iOS To Save It As A New Note In The Stock Notes App

Developers and tech-savvy people measure an operating system’s efficiency in terms of processing time, but a common user just cares about the number of steps it takes to perform any given task on a smartphone or computer. AddNote is an addon for the Action Menu Cydia tweak that has been designed for the convenience of all jailbreak users who often find the need to quickly create notes for, say, things they're reading on the web. The functionality offered by AddNote might not appear too significant at first glance, but when you think about it, almost everyone can make use of a tweak like this. AddNote adds a new button to the text action menu of jailbroken iDevices, tapping which allows you to save any selected snippet of text as a new note in the stock Notes app. Users are saved a lot of trouble by the tweak, and you just have to hit the AddNote button after selecting the desired text to make it magically appear as a new, standalone note in the stock Notes app. Read More

NoteBar Is An iPhone-Inspired Note Taking App For Mac OS X

NoteBar is a Mac app worth $1.99 in the Mac App Store that looks just like the stock iOS Notes app, even with the same features; you can add notes (the first line of a note becomes the title), long titles are shortened, notes can be searched and shared via email, exported as a text file, printed and copied to the clipboard. Even on the interface front, expect the buttons to be exactly where you find them on the iPhone app, with the only slight change being that the note background doesn’t look resemble a margined notebook page. Read More

Create Citation Notes & Save Them To Google Docs Spreadsheets [Chrome]

Citable is an instant web clipper that easily lets you copy titles, URLs, author's name and other important information for your research sources. With it, you can also add notes, summaries, tags and additional reference information, which is then automatically saved in a spreadsheet in your associated Google Docs account. These notes enable you to keep track of all your references and allow collaboration with others online. Citable automatically saves website details, adding each note to a separate, numbered row in the spreadsheet, ensuring easier management and retrieval of all your research sources. With it, you can create, manage and organize notes/quotes with only a click or two. Moreover, you can print the notes or export them any time you want. Read More

Inkflow: Quickly Scribble Ideas In High Quality, Rearrange Them With Ease [iOS]

Finger painting appears to be a popular app genre among iOS users these days. It’s not just “Draw Something”; there are also many other sketching apps that have managed to gather a sizable fan base. Most such apps come with a slew of colorful features, and that’s exactly what sets Inkflow apart from them. The newly released Inkflow doesn’t even have the option to change the pen color (in the free variant, at least), but it is still a good app thanks to the attention it pays to minor details like the smoothness of the ink, and extremely good responsiveness of the pen. The app can be used to write down lengthy notes quickly, or you can create monochromatic drawings using it. Inkflow comes with a pretty neat editor of its own, and you can select any portion of the page for resizing or moving to a new location in the document altogether. Read More

SwipeSelection Allows Easier, Gesture-Based Text Selection In iOS [Cydia]

There isn’t much wrong with text selection in iOS, but needless to say, it could've been much more convenient. The area where the text to be selected is located, is usually hidden under your finger as you strive to move the cursor to an appropriate point. Also, users have to rely on the little magnifying glass that appears while seeking within text, and that can get a bit disorienting at times. This problem has been countered by a certain developer from the Cydia store, whose new tweak, SwipeSelection, makes use of gestures to make text selection really convenient for jailbroken iOS users. You don’t have to play a tedious game every time you want to edit a single alphabet in a whole paragraph once you have SwipeSelection installed on your iPhone or iPad. Read More

thinkery: One Place To Take Notes, Save Webpages & URLs For Later While Browsing

With the massive amount of information online, sometimes we just can't keep track of all important and interesting content that we come across. This is where thinkery can help you out. This handy web application makes life easier by letting you focus on the important content, and access it instantly at any later time. Basically, thinkery is a bookmarklet available for all browsers (and an extension for Chrome) that allows you to quickly capture anything that comes to your mind, and save content that you come across on the web for future reference. With it, you can quickly save all important URLs to your thinkery account. Moreover, it lets you access or edit your saved content in a super-fast way, with instant search and tags. Read More