One problem I have is capturing thoughts and "to do" items when needed. For years, I carried a pen and a small pad of paper in my pocket at all times to record my thoughts and tasks. That worked well, although I occasionally lost the paper or forgot to take it with me. Now a high-tech version of that pad of paper is available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Best of all, it stores text notes, photos, or even voice recordings.
I find SmartNotes has many applications. For genealogists, it is useful when you get that sudden inspiration to "check the Smith family of Bellview, Ohio in the 1860 census for a child named Charles" or similar thoughts. Of course, it is also good for adding to shopping lists, appointments to pick up the children after dance class, and other things that need to be recorded. I especially like the idea of adding voice notes as they allow me to safely record notes to myself while driving. There's no more "texting" on the cell phone or writing on a pad of paper while driving.
SmartNotes allows you to:
- quickly enter free form text into a note.
- drag group common notes onto another to create folders
- move notes around with your finger to indicate priority
- assign notes to up to 12 different projects
- attach photos to notes
- attach voice-recordings to notes
- create to-do notes and checklists
- email your notes
- connect notes with contacts from your address book
- insert contact info from your address-book
- insert address info into your note
- call from your note with attached contact
- map your note with google maps
In the very near future, SmartNotes users will also be able to share data with a web version that you can use anywhere, on any computer.
SmartNotes costs $4.99 at the iPhone and iPad App Store.
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