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E NOTES [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (82%)

E Note is a Evernote based notes application released by PetzApps.

“E Notes is an app for accessing the Evernote® account in webOS tablet, this application uses the Evernote® API for accessing notes.”

Evernote is probably one of the original web based services that allows you to add / edit notes and upload and sync to the internet.

This application is designed to allow you to add and edit existing notes and sync them with the cloud (when you have a connection available).

E Note is not an official Evernote application, so does not have all the Evernote features, but the majority are there. You will log on as normal and then have access to your Evernote account. Considering Evernote have decided not to update their webOS application this is really going to be the only way to use Evernote using an application.

You are able to add notebooks and add tags within the application. Adding a note within the application is simple, and you can read existing notes. If there are attachments then e Note will allow you to view most of these without any issues.

There are one or two features that are still only available on the web based / desktop services, such as adding audio or photos, but in the main this application is fairly fully featured now.

The user interface is very good, which nice use of the three column view.

It has to be said that Evernote has a good web interface which gives access to many of the same features so useability wise this application has only a slight advantage. It is also a shame that this application loses the advantage of being an offline app, as it needs to log in Evernote first.

On the upside:

  • Nice user interface for Evernote.
  • Easy to add plain text notes.

On the downside:

  • Official Evernote Desktop or iOS apps do a better job.
  • The Evernote API does limit some of the features.

Overall, this is a great application to use Evernote, especially as the official Evernote app is going to stay as a limited and emulated phone app. If you are an Evernote user and not keen on the web interface you will love this application. The application does have its limitations and I wish they could find a way to have some offline functionality. The bottom line is this application will do 95% of want you want, so give it a go.

Rating: 82%

Size: 3.5 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.80

Link: E Notes – PetzApps

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NOTES HD [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (86%)

Notes HD is a simple note taking tool and is released by Inglorious Apps.

The award winning Notes App for the Palm Pre is now available for the Touchpad. – Take Notes – Attach Pictures to Your Notes – Organize your Notes in Folders – Protect your Notes with a Password.”

Notes HD allows you create basic text documents on the Touchpad and it allows you to sync these to your Google Docs or SimpleNote accounts.

From a quick glance at Notes HD you will see that you can have folders to place your notes into. Simply add a note and start typing.

We have seen this before in several other applications, but Notes HD adds some more options. You can attach pictures to your note, which are even a “thumb nail” of the image in the middle column. Folders can be passworded if you want to keep any private notes secure. You can change the colours of the folders (when created), but you have to tap the colour and wait for a useful colour to appear, rather than selecting one directly.

The interface also has very useful undo and redo buttons.

When you add your document, the title will default to the first line of body text you enter, but you can click on the title at the top to rename.

The user interface is simple and clean. There are some themes, that will change the colours, but the font is not changeable.

The application allows you to email the note, but the application comes into its own with the syncing to Google Docs. For sharing your documents this can be very useful indeed.

On the upside:

  • Simple User Interface.
  • Able to organise work into folders. 
  • More than a plain text editor.

On the downside:

  • Application overwrote the first note I made when I created my second.
  • App tried to sync with a cloud when I left app, but I had not set up an account at that stage.
  • Would have liked to have seen dropbox support (or similar)

Overall, this is a very good application it is simple and does the job. It is nice to see a Touchpad app supporting Google Docs. This application has a few bugs and does not feel quite as polished as other Inglorious Apps. That said, these issues mainly came about on the first usage of the application and maybe some features had issues starting from scratch. With a tweak or two, this could be the “go to” note taking app, especially if you need more than just plain text.

Rating: 86%

Size: 5.3 MB

Price (at time of review): £3.19

Link: Notes HD – Inglorious Apps

 
 

TEXT EDITOR [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (81%)

Text Editor is a simple plain text editor and is released by Tamoggemon Ltd.

Text Editor allows you create plain text documents on the Touchpad.

The application allows you to quick open a new file and get to work.

The user interface is simple and clean, you can just focus on the writing until it is time to save the document. I would have liked a theme option or two (like a few fonts and background colours to select from), but the default font is fine.

There is even an auto save feature, but when you minimise the app you need to give it a moment to save before throwing the card off screen, also if you have not named the file you will end up with a text file with a date stamped name.

The interface also has very useful (+) shortcut that brings up shortcuts for making brackets. This is very useful, but I would also have liked the <> brackets for HTML editing.

The application allows you to email, SMS or Facebook the text. You can even export the text as a PDF.

On the upside:

  • Simple User Interface.
  • You can switch off the text assistant in the preferences.
  • Helpful bracket shortcuts which places your cursor in the middle of the brackets.

On the downside:

  • File management needs a little work – just drops the text file (by default) in the root of /media/internal, I would prefer a “texteditor” folder. When you load files shows all supported files in a long list without folders.
  • Does not appear to check for an existing file before overwriting, a warning would be nice.

Overall, this is a very good text editor. It has some nice features that make it useful for editing text files that are not just plain text. The user interface could do with a tweak or two on the file management side, but apart from that this is a solid application. I wish it had direct box.net or dropbox integration within the app, but this is not a show stopper. If you are looking for a good text editor for the Touchpad this one is well worth a look, it gives TapNote some close competition and is cheaper, but for me TapNote has the edge.

Rating: 81%

Size: 3.5 MB

Price (at time of review): £2.98

Link: Text Editor – Tamoggermon Ltd

 
 

READONTOUCH PRO [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (82%)

ReadOnTouch Pro is a ReaditLater client released by Sven Ziegler.

NB: You need to a ReadItLater.com account in order to use this application.

When you open the app you will be asked for a ReadItLater account (which is free) in order to import your stored articles.

Once this has been entered the application will start to sync with ReadItLater and within a few seconds (depending on the number of articles you have stored) will be pulled down the articles and you will be read to browse them.

ReadOnTouch had a two column layout with the left hand side offering the article names, and the right showing the articles selected. You can expand the right column to full screen, but often this is not needed due to the text only format.

There is a bottom toolbar that has icons for switching between the article and the web version, themes, export options and marking the article as read (a tick).

The application can be used offline and online, as it does not try and Sync if WiFi is off, so if you downloaded some articles before going on a journey, then you can have several articles to read on the move.

The one issue I found with the application was I had the touchpad slow down as I clicked tick on one article, and I ended up clicking two articles as read. When I went to return the article as un-read I could not, and when the app synced again the article disappeared from the reading lists (this bug will be fixed in v1.0.2).

Preferences can be used to modify themes and font sizes.

Articles can be added by entering the URL direct into the application, using the export option in the Advanced Browser application or you can modify your standard Touchpad browser with a patch in PreWare.

The user interface is excellent. The application is easy to use and generally displays of the articles is clean and well formatted manner.

On the upside:

  • Excellent User Interface.
  • Can you be used Offline to read already downloaded articles.
  • Several theme options for font and colours to read in.
  • No ongoing subscription fees to use the ReadItLater API (unlike Instapaper at $1 a month).

On the downside:

  • No way changing an article back to unread, if you click the tick by mistake.
  • A bit more limited than Instapaper apps, due to the ReadItLater APIs.
  • Somethings lock with the downloading article pop up when downloading when adding from Advanced Browser, forcing you to quit the application. When you reopen the article is there.

Overall, this is a great application, especially if you are already a ReadItLater user. If you have the “Advanced Browser” application this is a great companion product to have. If you do not own Advance Browser (or patched your Browse via PreWare) then the application can be a bit less useful as getting links into the applications takes a little longer, however, as a reader itself does a good job.

Rating: 82%

Size: 3.6 MB

Price (at time of review): £2.38

Link: ReadOnTouch PRO – Sven Ziegler

 
 

PICSEL SMARTOFFICE [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (82%)

Picsel Smart Office is an Office Suite released by Picsel UK Ltd.

SmartOffice is still a few days for release, and at present looks like it will be version 1.8. This is by not means the finished product, but a stepping stone to the final version. Version 1.9 has some additional options that will make the product even better. However, I can only review what I have been provided, so this is how the 1.8.3 build currently stands.

This application allows you to edit and create Microsoft Office files be it Word, Excel or Powerpoint.

SmartOffice does a good job at opening existing documents from office, and unusual does so which ruining the format like QuickOffice can do. This means that it is good for editing documents on the move.

The word processor side is OK, but lacks a lot of the standard features of a word processor. Things like spell checker, word count, tables etc are all missing.

The spreadsheet side is the best of the supported files. It is both easy to use and I have been able to set up a fairly complex spreadsheet without the need of a computer. Do not expect charts etc, but all the basics are covered here.

Presentation – the power point support is solid, but not great, allowing you to create slides with text only, change the orders around and fix spelling mistakes etc.

When it comes to editing your document, SmartOffice uses contextual controls, which basically means that the controls will not appear until you highlight something and then will offer things like formating and colours on the highlighted sections.

I am a fan of contextual controls as they give a lot more screen to work in, and stay out of the way as you get the documents written, and you then focus at the end in formating things. However, if you are one of those people who don’t, then SmartOffice really is not for you.

As well as supporting local copies SmartOffice also allows you to link to Dropbox and Google Docs.

There is an excellent help file that tells you how to use the tools and format your documents.

Files can be saved locally, although I wish the application had created its own SmartOffice folder to save it in. 

The application user interface is very good in most areas.

On the upside:

  • Nice User interface
  • Solid and easy to use Spreadsheet.
  • Very good at editing existing files.
  • Links to Dropbox and Google Docs.

On the downside:

  • No autocorrect.
  • Not great for creating documents with anything more than text (until v1.9)
  • Strange and near useless 3D option.

Overall, this is an excellent application for using office documents on the move. I found it easier to use that QuickOffice, especially on the Spreadsheets. The application is very good for editing existing documents, but for new documents you will be looking at creating text only Documents and Presentations. It is a great alternative to QuickOffice especially if you like a “clean area” to work in. When version 1.9 is released and addition of images is added this should become the must have “office” application on the Touchpad.

Version: 1.8.3

Rating: 82%

Size: 10 MB

Price (at time of review): $10 (Around £7-8 TBC)

Link: Smart Office – Picsel UK Ltd