Good Media Catalog App for Iphone
April 23, 2013 8:21 AM   Subscribe

When I finish a book or a movie, I like to write down my thoughts about it, and I'm looking for an iPhone app to organize my reading and watching notes. My particular picky bookworm/filmgeek requirements inside.

In particular, I'm looking for an app that:

1. Works offline. (It's fine if it needs to be online sometimes to download info, and in fact it's a bonus if my notes are kept synced between my phone and my desktop--but I do want to be able to use it in places where I don't have signal. So, it can't be purely web-based.)

2. My thoughts should be kept private, not posted on Facebook or any other website. (This rules out Goodreads, as far as I can tell.)

3. I should be able to export my notes in some widely readable format.

Ideally, I'd find a single app for both books and movies, but I'm open to having separate apps for both.

Any suggestions?

PS: I've read this thread from 2009 but I'm hoping there have been some new possibilities since then.
posted by yankeefog to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Best answer: That "this thread from 2009" link just takes me back to this page.

It's not clear from your description whether you want this tied to some existing database of books or movies (e.g. Goodreads or IMDB). If not, then Evernote fits your criteria.
posted by seemoreglass at 8:46 AM on April 23, 2013

Best answer: Try Springpad. It's been working very well for me for this purpose.
posted by reenum at 8:50 AM on April 23, 2013

Mod note: Link from 2009 fixed.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane (staff) at 12:57 PM on April 23, 2013

Best answer: Is your desktop a PC or Mac?

I'd use a personal database for this. Bento is the particular app.

Or a bunch of flat files in dropbox edited with Notesy on the iPhone.

Neither of these options will expose the information to anyone else unless you choose to do so.

Notesy can just make regular text files that you can read on your desktop from your dropbox folder. It'll work offline, too.
posted by TimeDoctor at 1:46 PM on April 23, 2013

Best answer: Day One. It's like your own private Facebook. Auto syncs betweens iPhone and Mac.
posted by roger ackroyd at 9:56 PM on April 23, 2013

Response by poster: Thanks, everybody! Those are all excellent suggestions. Having given them each a brief try, I suspect Springpad will be exactly what I was looking for but the others are all good options to have.

posted by yankeefog at 8:23 AM on April 24, 2013

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