On Sunday morning I discovered with a shock that Catch.com had shut down. So now I suddenly need a replacement for taking simple notes. A complete list is inside, but in short I want to A) create and edit plain text notes on my Android device, B) create and edit plain text notes on a web service and C) have those two stay synchronized. Some more needs are inside. Help me find a new solution! And before suggesting Evernote, see ...
Here is what I am looking for:
- Android app to handle plain text notes
- add and edit notes on mobile device
- add and edit notes on web
- sync between the two
- just need plain text, don't even need formatting
- offline use / cache on mobile device
- 4000 characters minimum per note (aka memo)
- display title (or first line of memo text) in a list of memos
- bonus: sorting by title (or first line of memo text)
- bonus: uses GMail for credentials, so I don't need to set up Yet Another Web Account
I went through this three years ago
(I still miss my old Palm OS phone) and following that effort ended up with AK Notepad, which was bought by Snaptic, which was bought by Catch.com, which has now shut down.
At the time, three years ago, Evernote was already the most popular app for this, but I rejected it for two reasons:
- No offline use / cache on mobile device; I had to have network connectivity to see my notes. That is a non-starter for reasons I should not have to explain. Is this still the case?
- Poor handling of plain text notes
. I want to enter plain text, no HTML, no images, no social integration, and definitely no autoformatting (e.g. creating bulleted lists in a note).
So, if you are going to recommend Evernote, can you comment on how they handle the desired feature list at the top, and whether they've addressed the two issues above? Assuming they have, what don't
you like about Evernote?
A DropBox-like solution is a non-starter.
Later today I will use the tags to search Ask Mefi for other discussions of this.