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Monday, 10 September 2012

Awesome Note HD - App Review


The Notes application that comes with iOS on the iPhone/iPad is fine but, quite limited.

Awesome Note HD is the ideal replacement for Notes, as it addresses many of the shortcomings of the included App. Notes can be taken in the style that you require and are based around four standard types: normal, to-do, anniversary, and diary. In practice you can do pretty well as you please, including adding photographs and drawings. Your work can then be neatly organised in folders.

The real beauty (and the included templates are very pretty and, more importantly, usable) is that Awesome Note HD integrates with Evernote, so your notes are always up to date, everywhere, including on your PC.

The latest version of Awesome Note HD (3.10) has just been released. The main 'enhancement' is that automatic syncing is now supported. Automatic syncing has the advantage, obviously, that you do not need to remember to sync your latest changes. On the other hand, there are also two substantial drawbacks. Firstly, if you inadvertently delete something (text or a file), you will also have deleted it on Evernote and, as it seems that the App constantly checks the status of your updating, the battery life of your iPad will be considerably shortened. I suggest that, if you use this facility, you do so with the utmost care... or continue to 'manually' sync, with an even prettier icon that before.


Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
It is obvious that a lot of thought and work has gone into the design of this App; it was very worthwhile. Everything is designed to make it look like a note, but neater. The fact that it also supports pictures and drawings makes it easy to annotate photographs (or anything else); brilliant.

Cost
The App is inexpensive and absolutely worth every penny.

Indispensability
I have Awesome Note HD as an App in the bottom tray of my home screen; you can't get more indispensable than that.

Dependability
Awesome Note HD has always worked. The only time there has been an issue, it was nothing to do with Awesome Note HD (not Evernote either, for that matter), just that one needs to remember that to sync with Evernote the folder needs to start with "[aNote]";  for it to sync, otherwise it will not. This is actually an advantage as you will not want everything syncing.

Security
All the information is on your device (s) so, you are in control. As far as syncing to Evernote is concerned, this is covered here.


ACIDS Test Rating:
 You've just got to have it!


To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.

You can get Awesome Note Support here and the iPad App here.

6 comments:

  1. Awesome note is ok, but it's far from being anything like it should be. When syncing it duplicates entries all the time. All the time

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  2. Hi Anonymous.
    Sorry to hear you've been having a problem with Awesome Note. I must admit that I've not come across a duplication problem before. I'll happily attempt to help you if you could give a bit more detail. What is it that is done for a note to be duplicated, and where (if anywhere) are you syncing?

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  3. Some info from the support site:

    Notes are duplicated after sync

    This issue will show up when same backup data has been restore in two different devices and make sync.
    Each iPhone and iPad create backup and restore, it will restore the same but make sync between two different devices, it will take it as a different note so creates as new sync.

    If notes are duplicaties, please follow the guide below.

    Sync between two different devices. (notes are duplicated)
    Wipe out all the notes which has been duplicated from one side of devices.
    Make sync on the devices which wiped out.
    After wiped devices sync finish, sync another device.
    Attention
    If using the sync, keep the backup file as a just a backup for incase.

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  4. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 3.50 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    - Fixed error on recurring To-dos.
    - Add Tag management feature.
    - Fixed Minor bugs.

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  5. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 3.51 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    - Fixed bugs

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  6. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 4.1.1 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Fixed bugs

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