Google Keep is a syncing notepad that connects to Google Drive. It also supports photo notes, voice notes, and checklists. It is available for Chrome browsers on Windows and Macintosh, for Android devices, and for Chromebooks. It can be an excellent tool for taking notes in the field or for transcribing information found in books and old documents. It also saves audio notes meaning you can dictate any notes or old documents into the app to save and play them back later. (It doesn’t convert your spoken words to text, however.)
It also creates excellent to-do lists. Set a location-based reminder to pull up your grocery list right when you get to the store. The next time you go to the store, share your shopping list with your spouse or significant other on Keep and watch as items get checked off in real time. There is no need for text messages back and forth.
Need to finish a to-do? Set a time-based reminder to make sure you never miss a thing.
Google Keep is a simple program with a minimum of organizational capabilities. However, you can color-code the background of each note with a preselected color palette, and add labels when you need them. As an added bonus, you can set custom notifications for each note based on time or location.
When you need to retrieve a note, you can quickly filter and search for any notes by color and other attributes including lists with images, audio notes with reminders or just see shared notes.
Google Keep should not be compared to Evernote or Microsoft OneNote. It is designed for different purposes. Google Keep is a super easy-to-use and very fast app for keeping those quick “notes to oneself” although you can also share notes with others. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of either Evernote or OneNote nor does it have the complexity of those products. If you are not using a syncing note-taking app yet, you do use Android, and if Google Chrome is your default browser, Google Keep could be the productivity and organizational tool for you.
You can learn more about Google Keep at http://www.google.com/keep/.