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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Top Note-Taking Apps: Evernote, Springpad, Catch and Keep

Battle Of Top Note-Taking Apps: Evernote, Springpad, Catch and Keep

When Google launched Keep a couple of months ago, everyone started comparing it with similar apps that have been around much longer. Although Evernote was the most talked about, there is no dearth of note-taking apps on the web or any of the popular mobile platforms. From plain text solutions to feature-packed mammoths, there is a ton of competition out there.
Having tried and endlessly switched between a whole bunch of apps over the years, I decided to give Keep a shot to check how it fared against some of the others that have come close to being a staple on my Galaxy Nexus.

The Contenders
What follows is as fair a comparison of the top four note-taking apps on Android as I can put together. These are apps that provide more functionality that plain text notes and sync, so SimpleNote — ie Flick Note, their only half-decent Android client — is out, and so are any apps that do not have a workable web interface. That leaves us with the aforementioned Keep, Evernote, Springpad and the comparatively lesser-know Catch. Honorable mentions go to Mobisle Notes and ColorNote Notepad— both perfectly good apps, but just not in same the league as the top four.
As a disclaimer, I’ll state that my note-taking app of choice at the moment is Evernote, but that’s mostly because I have way too much content in it already.

Core Features

If you get down to the basics, all four apps let you take notes that can contain plain text, checklists, photos and audio. Plain text notes in Keep, Catch and Springpad are just that — plain text with no formatting support — while Evernote gives you rich text formatting support. Unfortunately, none support Markdown — by far the most popular plain-text based formatting solution out there. Springpad has by far the most note types, which include everything from recipes to movies to events and more.
Keep's plain text vs Evernote's rich text formatting
Keep’s plain text vs Evernote’s rich text formatting
We all know how quickly notes can get out of hand unless you have a way to categorize them. Keep comes in last in this department, with absolutely no way to really organize notes — everything just gets lumped together. All the remaining apps have folder support, although in Catch they are called workspaces, while Evernote and Springpad prefer the notebook metaphor. In addition, you can also tag notes in Evernote and Springpad for another level of categorization. Once you have the folders created, you can share them with others in all three, leaving Keep biting the dust when it comes to collaboration.
Catch's workspaces vs Springpads notebooks
Catch’s workspaces vs Springpads notebooks
Once you have added your notes, each platform readily syncs them to the cloud and in turn on any other device you have them installed on. Although sync worked perfectly well on all devices, I found it to be quickest on Keep (probably because it integrates directly with your Google account on Android) and slowest on Springpad, although the difference was pretty negligible.

User Interface

What use is an app with a ton of features if it is not well executed? There are three key parameters one can look at the user interface from – aesthetics, ease-of-use and performance.
As far as eye-candy goes, Catch takes the cake by a mile. The gorgeous bright interface is coupled with buttery smooth performance making it an absolute pleasure to use every time. I even weild it to show off sometimes. Evernote and Springpad also look pretty good, and so does Keep if you prefer a minimalistic yet vibrant approach.
Catch's gorgeous visuals vs Keep's elegant simplicity
Catch’s gorgeous visuals vs Keep’s elegant simplicity
As far as simplicity and ease-of-use go, Keep is as simple as it gets, partly because of its decidedly minimalistic feature-set. There are no folders and controls to fiddle with — just create your note or search for something — in and out in seconds. That is not to say that Catch is difficult to use. For its feature set, I found the app to be extremely intuitive and usable. Evernote and Springpad bring up the rear in this department respectively, with Springpad  specifically suffering from its sky-high aspirations in the features department.
The results in terms of performance are not very surprising then — Keep leading everyone else in snappiness, followed by Catch and the remaining two. Both Evernote and Springpad apps can actually get pretty sluggish, especially when syncing content with the servers, loading images and editing rich formatted text.

Bells & Whistles

So we’ve already established that as far as note-taking goes, all four apps do a pretty good job. The real differentiators then, are the extra features they bring to the table.
As far as Keep goes, the only real stand-out feature it offers is automatic transcription of audio notes. Now I’ve not been able to get this to work thanks to my Indian accent, but the overall feedback on Google’s transcription capabilities has been good so far, so this might work for you if you come from the US or some parts of Europe.
Keep transcribes audio notes while Evernote lets you apply a passcode to open the app
Keep transcribes audio notes while Evernote lets you apply a passcode to open the app
Springpad differentiates itself with its huge list of smart note types which are built to work with the web, giving it an upper hand if you capture a lot of stuff while browsing rather than just manually taking notes. The app will figure out whether you are on a recipe website or a movie database and create notes of the appropriate type with the necessary data fields.
Catch is the one with the least number of bells and whistles, and focuses on its core features with top-notch visuals and performance. One feature Catch shares only with Springpad that is the ability to add comments to notes, which makes a lot of sense when you are sharing notebooks.
Both Springpad & Catch let you add comments to notes
Both Springpad & Catch let you add comments to notes
Evernote, as you have probably guessed, is king in this category. Being the only contender with native desktop apps for Windows and OSX, I find it to be the most accessible of them all, especially when I’m on the move and do not have internet access. On top of that you get the ability to add documents to notes, seamless integration with other apps like SkitchFood and Hello, the ability to secure your notes with a passcode lock when opening the app and more.
But the one feature that takes the cake by a mile is its ability to index text inside images. Took a photo of a business card or a screenshot of a website? Evernote will include the text from these images in its search results. For me, this is one of the top reasons I’ve not been able to move away from the service.

Conclusion

I’m not going to get all anti-climactic and say it’s a four-way tie because all apps work well on their own and you need to try them all to decide what works for you. Here are my recommendations in as much objectivity as I can garner:
  • If you crave simplicity and are just looking for a quick way to capture notes, go for Keep.
  • If categorization is important, but you still want simplicity and a beautiful, smooth interface, Catch is for you.
  • If you do a lot of capturing of information from the web and need a personal smart information archive, try Springpad.
  • If you need the most powerful and versatile information management system out there, and you can’t live without offline desktop access, Evernote will not disappoint you.
I’m confident a number of you will disagree with my views here. Note-taking is such a personal matter, and everyone has their own methods, tricks and peeves. Feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments below. I would love to see if I’ve missed an obvious feature in these apps and maybe also try out solutions that I haven’t discovered yet.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Home Loan Calculator and Banking Options


This online website helps to calculate the amount of car loan you can have and your monthly payment. Just a few clicks away from your dream home.

HOME LOAN CALCULATOR

Car Loan Calculator and Banking Options



This online website helps to calculate the amount of car loan you can have and your monthly payment. Just a few clicks away from your dream car.

CAR LOAN CALCULATOR

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Live Streaming Pilihanraya Umum ke -13 (PRU 13)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Daftar Untuk Rebat RM200 Smartphone



Kerajaan Malaysia telah menawarkan bantuan rebat RM200 untuk individu yang berpendapatan dibawah RM3,000 dan berumur lebih 21 tahun.

Melalui Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia (SKMM) pemberian rebat RM200 itu dilaksanakan di bawah Pakej Komunikasi Belia (PKB) selaras dengan ucapan Belanjawan 2013 yang diumumkan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak pada September lepas.

Menurut kenyataan itu, pelaksanaan skim tersebut ialah atas prinsip 'siapa cepat dia dapat'.

Tujuh syarikat telekomunikasi yang melaksanakan skim PKB di bawah koordinasi SKMM adalah Celcom, Clixster, DiGi, Maxis, Tune Talk, U Mobile dan YTL Communications.
Syarat kelayakan permohonan pakej Komunikasi Belia ( Rebate RM 200 )
  1. Warganegara Malaysia yang berumur di antara 21-30 tahun pada tarikh memohon; 
  2. Pendapatan bulanan adalah RM3,000 dan ke bawah; 
  3. Model telefon pintar 3G yang ditawarkan (Terkini: Harga maksima Tiada Had); 
  4. Untuk langganan baru dan sedia ada pakej jalurlebar; dan 
  5. Satu telefon hanya untuk satu belia;
Pendaftaran untuk smartphone rebate RM 200

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Malaysia Cinemas

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View by circuit: GSC | TGV | Cathay | MBO | LFS | Star

Klang Valley
Kuala Lumpur
GSC Mid Valley
GSC Signature Gardens
GSC Cheras Leisure
GSC Pavilion
GSC Times Square
TGV KLCC
TGV CapSquare
TGV Mines
TGV Kepong
TGV Cheras Selatan
TGV 1 Shamelin
TGV Wangsa Walk
MBO Brem Mall
MBO Spark Cineplex
Kuala Lumpur
MBO Galaxy Ampang
MBO Kepong Village Mall
MBO Viva Home Mall
MBO KL Festival City
LFS Capitol Selayang
LFS Sentul Cinema
LFS Coliseum
Pawagam Sun Rawang
Pawagam Odeon KL
Pandan Capital

Kajang
LFS Kajang
Puchong
GSC IOI Mall
TGV SetiaWalk

Klang
TGV Bukit Raja
TGV Bukit Tinggi
MBO Harbour Place
LFS Sri Intan
LFS Shaw Centrepoint

Putrajaya
GSC Alamanda
Petaling Jaya
GSC Paradigm Mall
GSC 1Utama
GSC Summit USJ
GSC Tropicana City Mall
TGV 1Utama
TGV Sunway Pyramid
Cathay Damansara
MBO Subang Parade
MBO Citta Mall
LFS State Cineplex

Shah Alam
GSC Setia City Mall
MBO Space U8 Mall


Nationwide
Selangor
TGV Rawang
One Cinemas
LFS Kuala Selangor

Penang Island
GSC Queensbay
GSC Gurney
TGV 1st Avenue
LFS Bkt Jambul
LFS Prangin Mall
Odeon Georgetown

Seberang Prai
GSC Sunway Carnival
TGV Seberang Prai
LFS B'worth
Mega C Prai 

Kedah
GSC Amanjaya Mall
LFS Alor Setar
MBO Alor Star
MBO Kulim
Grand Cineplex
Mega C Langkawi
Jitra Mall Cineplex

Taiping
MBO Taiping Sentral
Ipoh
GSC Ipoh Parade
TGV Kinta
TGV Station 18
LFS Seri Kinta
MBO Sitiawan


Teluk Intan
MBO Teluk Intan
My Cinema


Malacca
GSC AEON Bandaraya
GSC Dataran Pahlawan
MBO Melaka Mall
LFS Mahkota Parade
Suara Screens

Seremban
GSC Terminal 1
TGV Seremban 2
MBO Terminal 2
LFS Perdana KMP
LFS Bahau

Johor
MBO Heritage Mall
LFS 1 Segamat
Kluang
MBO Kluang
MBO Kluang Mall
Pawagam New Lido


Batu Pahat
MBO Square One
MBO Batu Pahat

Johor Bahru
GSC Pelangi
TGV Tebrau City
TGV Bukit Indah
Cathay City Square
MBO U Mall
MBO KSL City
LFS Broadway
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LFS IOI Mall Kulai
Superstar Ulu Tiram

Pahang
GSC Mentakab Star Mall
Kuantan
GSC East Coast Mall
GSC Berjaya Megamall
MBO Teruntum

Terengganu
TGV Mesra Mall Kerteh

Sarawak
MBO Spring Mall
LFS Riverside
Star C'plex Sibu
Star C'plex Kuching
Star C'plex Bintulu
Star C'plex Miri

Sabah
GSC Suria Sabah
GSC 1Borneo
Eastern C'plex Tawau
Star C'plex Sandakan
Growball Cinemax
Megalong Cineplex

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Friday, October 19, 2012

HELP REMOVE ANTI-ISLAM PAGE..!

This page currently becoming a mastermind spreading wrong information about Islam. Worst than that, it gathers more and more anti-Islam groups and pages in Facebook.

HELP REMOVE THIS PAGE
Follow this step-by-step pictures

STEP 1

 STEP 2
Click "Setting"

STEP 3
Click "Report Page"

STEP 4
Choose "Hate Speech"

STEP 5
Tick "Message the admin.."  and "Report To Facebook"

DONE..!

Thanks a lot.
You help stopped a misleading page about Islam.
Feel curious about Islam?
Wanting to know more about Islam?

Read the Holy Quran and learn about Islam the correct way before you make your decision to believe it or not.
Don't simply join such group that don't really understand Islam inside out.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Aerofex : Hovercraft Motorbike

Cute Mini Room

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Levitation and Swift

Monday, June 11, 2012

Levitation propeller check

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Levitation time

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Aircraft levitation

Friday, June 08, 2012

Fashion Levitation

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Levitation with face!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Levitation while SMS

Monday, May 14, 2012

Late for the flight

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Levitation at Hilal's wedding

Friday, May 11, 2012

Levitation at the garden

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Levitation photography

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