Note-taking app Catch has been gaining traction this week, climbing up Apple’s App Store to number four in the productivity apps column. It recently underwent a major interface overhaul on iOS, with a clever semi-circle that emphasizes fast choice of action.
Catch 5.0 makes it an excellent choice for iOS and Android users who want a rapid, light note-taking app that works for individual notes as well as collaboration.
Organize notes through hashtags, which is a fast way to sort your information instead of picking and choosing files or labels. Also, Catch is a much lighter, faster application targeted well for short notes or lists. Evernote tends to bog down as it seeks to sync up all your data upon each launch.
Those on iOS recently saw an elegant interface with five icons representing key actions: writing a note, taking a voice note, creating a checklist, adding an image or setting a reminder. While the new interface is already out with version 5.0 for iOS, it is to arrive soon on Android smartphones and tablets (I have found it works very well on a Nexus 7).
Robin Harper of Catch said, “We see Catch as primarily a mobile application which enables quick idea capture and lightweight collaboration, online and offline. Mobile is our DNA. A web interface offers the ability to streamline content organization and take longer notes, and we’ll continue to improve it.”
The web access is helpful for adding to or viewing your notes when on a laptop or desktop computer. It may not have that traditional legal pad look of the Notes app (thank goodness), yet it is an excellent way to create a short checklist that can be easily worked on from multiple devices.
Catch also is another tool for liberating one’s data from being locked in to one ecosystem: you can easily switch either way from iPhone to Android (or back and forth, like me) and get your notes without difficulty.