04 Aug 2013

Looking at other Note Apps, now that Catch is no more!

This week I was very surprise to see the message below, when I tried to access my Catch account… Catch has made the difficult decision to take the company in a different direction. As such, we will be terminating service next month. We value our users and have greatly enjoyed providing Catch to millions of people over the last several years, but it is time for us to move on.Catch will no longer be available after 30 August 2013. Please follow these directions to download your data before this time.We thank you for your support. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at support@catch.com. We apologize if we are not able to respond to all emails.- The Catch Team I was a Springpad user before switching to Catch and for whatever reasons at the time I was not attracted to Evernote. I recently considered using Google Keep, so now that Catch is no more, I need to make a choice! The main advantage of Catch was the beautiful interface and ease to use to share notes with friends. When I was using Springpad it did everything that Catch did, but it also had a lot more stuff that simply made it too much for my needs. I just wanted to take quick notes and share them with others.When Google Keep came out, it strictly focused on only taking notes with colors and a simple interface… it simply kept everything simple. The reality is that when it comes to writing documents, I use Word as a last resort when clients send me certain documents, but I use Google Doc for creating and sharing documents. So when it comes to using a Note Apps, I am looking for something simple that complements Google Doc. After re-installing Springpad and looking at Google Keep that was still installed on my device, I chose to give Evernote another try.I love rooting for the underdog and I just felt that Evernote was getting too much press coverage. The reality is that Evernote is the leader in this category for valid reasons… it does exactly what is expected from a Note application and it does it effortlessly. One last kudos for Catch though, migrating off Catch was a breeze and within minutes I was up and running on Evernote. The only thing I am missing is having the ability to simply create a todo list type of note. Evernote recently added reminders and it does have the ability to create todo lists. It's a different approach that seems more complicated, as every task in the todo list is actually a note, but this added level of integration might actually be very useful. Lastly sharing notes is available in the free version of Evernote, but it seems clunky and not as secure/easy as with Catch. Sharing is absolutely something that Springpad does very well.Very sad about the decision from Catch. I am looking forward to finding out what they do next. In the meantime, I am starting to really like Evernote.What is your favorite Note application?

Dimitri Ponomareff

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