TouchMyApps » BRID http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:42:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.4 Awesome Note (+Todo) for iPhone in Review – Awesomeness in a box http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/01/27/awesome-note-for-iphone-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/01/27/awesome-note-for-iphone-in-review/#comments Thu, 27 Jan 2011 18:21:58 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=47207 Awesome Note was released in September 2009 by mobile app developer BRID Works (if your playing at home, BRID stands for Brilliant Ideas). They compete in the very busy category of note taking apps but they do have a good one on their hands, as evidenced by its selection into Apple’s App Store Hall of Fame. … Read more]]>

Awesome Note was released in September 2009 by mobile app developer BRID Works (if your playing at home, BRID stands for Brilliant Ideas). They compete in the very busy category of note taking apps but they do have a good one on their hands, as evidenced by its selection into Apple’s App Store Hall of Fame. Over my time as an iDevice user, I’ve used Evernote, Corkulous, PlainText NotePad Pro, Manage, and Note Recorder. But from my experience, Awesome Note definitely is the one that I use everyday.

There are 3 different versions of Awesome Note on the App Store: Awesome Note Lite, Awesome Note for iPhone/iPod Touch ($3.99) and Awesome Note for iPad ($4.99). The free lite version provides full functionality, but it only allows you to enter up to 10 notes, which is good enough for a test drive. This was the one I started with before deciding to pick up the full app. I actually only have the iPhone version, as I never pay a second time for the exact same app for the iPad. As an app developer myself, I feel that if someone buys a version of my iPhone app and I release the same app for the iPad, it really should be a free (universal) upgrade as there isn’t more functionality, just a larger screen.

There are many features available to the user on Awesome Note. At its heart, this great looking note app can perform all the basic features of note taking, such as categorization, to do lists, basic notes and calendar functions. Awesome Note also provides its users the ability to share notes via Bluetooth, backup to a desktop via wifi, link photos and map locations, provides push notification, email notes, and allow passcode locks for specific categories.

I generally use the app as a to do list, perform basic note taking, and set-up calendar reminders. The first thing that I did was set-up folders for what I needed to do most. I’ve got folders for our corporate needs, marketing, app development, app evaluation, etc.  I put my notes, to do lists, and calendar events around each of these topics. This keeps me organized and allows me to prioritize my various to do lists within a category.

For note taking, I love using the quick memo feature. When I’m at conferences or in meetings, it provides me with the ability to type in text or use the drawing feature to create super quick notes that I can revisit later. I can then save the post it as a note and then move it to a category later.

The feature that I use the most is the To Do list. I’ll set-up To Do list items within the various folders and then assign due dates on them, which effectively prioritizes my To Do list based on when items are due. I find this feature to be really useful in keeping me on track.

The last feature that is fairly new to Awesome Note and one I like is the Backup/Restore over Wifi. How it works is you select Backup from the settings menu and it will use your Wifi network to create a mini webpage. You then use the browser on your computer to type in the IP address of the backup file to download it. It is essentially the reverse for restoring the backup. While it does work (and it’s certainly nice to have as a feature), it is somewhat clunky as it’s a multi-step process.

Overall, Awesome Note is a well executed app. The interface and themes are some of the best for note taking apps for the iPhone. Note to mention that BRID continues to keep extending functionality via updates and takes user feedback into consideration for future development. While I continue to try out new productivity tools such as Priority Matrix and others, I do find myself coming back to Awesome Note time and time again for the simple fact that it’s a good product. Hopefully, the developers will continue to enhance the app with improved backup and recovery processes, automatic syncing between various installs of Awesome Note (iPhone to iPad), syncing notes and calendars with multiple users, and integration with various calendaring applications such as Outlook, iCal, and Google Calendar.

So if you’re still searching for a note app that can do so much more than just take notes, I highly recommend you give Awesome Note a go. At the very least, pick up the free lite version and see for yourself why it’s been one of the most popular in the genre for the iPhone.

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App Summary
Title: Awesome Note
Awesome Note for iPad
Developer: BRID
Reviewed Ver: 4.9.1 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $3.99/$4.99 App Size: Size: 22.0 MB
  • Easy to use
  • Nice visuals
  • Plenty of features
  • Developer listens to customer feedback
  • Doesn’t crash and is very stable
  • Clunky backup and recovery process
  • Can’t automatically sync between various installs of the apps
  • Must purchase separate iPhone and iPad versions
  • Fairly expensive in this category of applications

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Awesome Note in Review – Well on the way to awesome + 2 Promo Codes! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/08/03/awesome-note-in-review-well-on-the-way-to-awesome/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/08/03/awesome-note-in-review-well-on-the-way-to-awesome/#comments Mon, 03 Aug 2009 15:33:54 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=16588 I’m a bit of an app fiend, especially for productivity type apps. Despite already having tried some great note apps, and having settled on Momo, I couldn’t resist getting my hands on Awesome Note. The icon fairly well jumped out at me, and looking at the screenshots, I was thinking I really shouldn’t spend that … Read more]]>

awesomenotes1I’m a bit of an app fiend, especially for productivity type apps. Despite already having tried some great note apps, and having settled on Momo, I couldn’t resist getting my hands on Awesome Note. The icon fairly well jumped out at me, and looking at the screenshots, I was thinking I really shouldn’t spend that money. Nonetheless, I carefully looked over the app description – it didn’t sync to any online services, have a passcode lock, or live email, URL, and phone number links. Actually, it currently doesn’t have a lot of other features either, though the passcode lock and ability to sync online are my requirements for a note app. I sent an email off to the developers (BRID), and they promptly told me that these features are in the works and coming in the next update. I was sold, and downloaded it to see just how “awesome” this app really is.

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Firstly, the app icon is pretty much all pastel colors, not that I’m a pastel kind of guy, but the colors were well put together. A pastel tan cover with Awesome Note written on the cover, and organizing tabs in differing pastel colors. Definintely looks great on my screen.

The opening screen is a simple dark wood floor, with the folder icons, quick memos, and new note icons laid out in a user friendly interface. It all looks classy. There’s a choice of ten icons for the folder tabs that range from a purple flower, a cup of coffee, a lightbulb, a checklist paper and so forth. They all fit the app theme well. As for the folder colors, there are just four to choose from. Personally, I’d like to see even more, though it’s actually sufficient since only four folders are displayed per screen. And very much like the iDevice home screen, swiping it takes you to the next set of folders, which makes good use of the real estate while keeping the esthetics in check.

awesomenotes2Now for the notesheets/themes themselves. They are all artistically done, and all look great. They vary from awesome notesheets like: the VW bug with the Eiffel Tower, a pic of photos on walls with a couple of postage stamps on the side, a plain black wetsuit looking material, a zebra like light grey stripes on even paler grey, simple tan notes, two flowery notes (one a light blue sheet with bubbles and flowers in lighter blue to the side, and the other a pink sheet with two roses on the bottom and vines on the side). In short, a few themes I’d use, several that are artistic but somehow bland, and definitely two that were aimed at the fairer sex.

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Along the bottom, there are some function buttons on each sheet: Previous note, next note, email note, text style, cylcle through notesheet styles, send to folder, and delete note.

The next two features I had a gander at were quicknote and new note. New note, as the name implies, just makes a new note; while quicknote has four windows to make a quick note on, with three functions at the bottom: font, save as note, and clear. Now comparing the speed and ease of pulling up quicknote vs new note, I’d definitely have to say new note takes that by a narrow margin, simply because the keyboard pops up right after entering the new note screen; so the advantage of quicknote is…not at all apparent to me.

That’s pretty much everything Awesome Note does at the moment. It works, and it’s without argument the most visually pleasing note app I’ve tried yet.

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One function that would make Awesome Note even more user friendly is a screen that shows all the different themes in thumbnails, very much like the notes in thumbnails you see when you open up an individual folder. Currently, cycling through the themes one by one takes too long.

Since the features I need (password lock and online syncing) are on the way in the very next update, I’ve resorted to only storing non-sensitive notes on the app for the time being. The other planned feature that I look forward to are even more sheet styles. Otherwise, the visual variety and theme of the app I have nothing but praise for. Here’s what’s in store for the new update that is awaiting approval from the App Store:

  • Backup and Restore notes with Google Docs
  • Import and Export notes you select with Google Docs
  • Optional Password Protection feature for each folder
  • More color options for folders
  • More icons for folders

As it stands, I’d say if you simply want a note taking app with superb visuals, and you don’t need to search notes or have  linkable URLs, phone numbers and emails, you definitely won’t be disappointed with the app. With all the new features that will be implemented shortly, Awesome Note could very well become one of the best note apps around.

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App Summary
Title: Awesome Notes (v1.1) Developer: BRID
Price: $3.99 App Size: 4.6 MB
  • Visually great
  • Awesome icon (important!)
  • Some great notesheets styles
  • Foundation has been built for a very solid note taking app.
  • No online sync
  • No search
  • Limited sheet styles
  • No passcode lock
  • Cyclng through sheet styles could be faster

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