I got an iPad a few weeks ago, and I was a bit disappointed to find out that the notes application there doesn’t automatically synchronize over an IMAP mail box. Notes in Mail can be synchronized that way.
Some sort of “Cloud” is a must for me when it comes to most files, and especially to notes. I have a stationary computer at work and at home, a laptop when I’m traveling, and now an iPad that I plan to use when at meetings and such. If I have to manually synchronize these machines, it is a show stopper.
So, since it seems I cannot add iPad to the machines where I can just use Mail, I looked around after alternatives.
First, I tried SimpleNote. There’s a website interface, apps for both iPad and iPhone, and several options for desktop applications (JustNotes, shown below, is the one I liked the most).
It’s a pretty simple service. Just text notes with some labels and such for categorizing notes. As far as I can see there aren’t any ways of formatting notes or adding files and such to them, but on the other hand, simple is sometimes just the right thing. Fewer things can go wrong, and there is really no learning curve.
I’m also trying out Evernote, though. Again, there are apps for iPad and iPhone and a desktop application for the Macs. I’m not sure about a web interface, but I don’t really need that if I have useful apps on every platform I’m on.
Evernote is in the complete opposite end of the feature scale. It looks like you can put just about anything in there as a note. There is rich formatting of notes and different ways of organizing them.
I doubt that I will ever use all the features of Evernote, but if I use enough of them to compensate for the more complex interface — and it doesn’t get much simpler than SimpleNote’s — then I am probably still going for that.
Haven’t quite decided yet, though.
Are there other note taking tools I should consider?