When I first discovered MyShelf, it looked quite impressive, but then I thought it’s just another cloud service (until I saw the big noCloud logo on the developer’s website, of course) that provides synchronization between your various devices. MyShelf does provide synchronization of your personal documents that you create and add to it, but it’s not a cloud-based service. The application is geared towards people who need to keep various personal notes at their fingertips. It allows you to add pictures, text snippets, links etc., related to those notes, which are referred to as Elements. Not only does the application support Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, it also offers applications for both iOS and Android. The application is designed to let you Shelf anything you want on the go. Whether you’re at work or enjoying vacations, at a meeting or at friend’s place etc., you can instantly jot important notes down using MyShelf. Links, pictures or text snippets can be attached for any reference. For instance, you liked this baby’s photo on the internet, Shelf that photo with a text “cute” or a URL link from where you found it. The uniform interface across all the devices is easy on the eyes and feels great.
Upon first launch, the application asks you to choose a device name for the desktop client. Type in your desired name and click OK to get started. The application provides navigation controls at the top named as Browse, Add, Tags, Search and Configuration. The Browse tab is where all your Elements get stored and shown. Elements are locked by default, which means you cannot edit, delete or rearrange them until you enable Quick Edit mode from the toolbar. The developers have added a few pre-installed elements, containing information regarding app usage etc. You may also sort the elements by Modification date, order and view mode as well as set the thumbnail size.
To add a new element, select the Add tab and then type the title of your note as well as the note text itself. You can add as many elements as you want, and attach pictures or clipboard text to them. Along with that, you may create and assign tags to the elements.
As I mentioned earlier, all the elements are displayed under Browse tab, and you can open the elements anytime to view them in a separate window. Likewise, you may click Edit mode on the toolbar to make certain alterations.
Remember the Tags thing I stated earlier? From Tags tab, you can create as many new tags and meta tags as you want. Tags help you to easily search for elements in your database. You can create an infinite number of tags and assign multiple tags to one element is also possible.
Search tab helps you look for certain elements in your database. You can either use the search field, enter text to look for your elements, or you may simply use the tags to bring up all the elements related to the selected tags.
There isn’t much to tinker under the Configuration tab, other than changing the application language, date format, and toggle tool tip messages and higher resolution pictures. Configuration tab also lets you peek into the client name, and IP address and Port that you need to sync the data with other devices.
MyShelf is a wonderful application that works as it should, and is quite easy to use. It is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android and iOS.