NoteLife HD keeps all your scraps intact

Spoiler alert! Of all the digital note and scrapbooks I’ve tinkered with over the years, Chronos Software developed the one suite I continue to rely on. The iPad version, NoteLife HD, lives up to the billing of the previous versions on other devices. If you need to keep track of notes, photos, passwords and even web pages in one location across platforms, the Chronos suite is the pricey but complete solution.

Note and scrapbook programs must be covered in basic OS10 and iOS manuals because there are so damn many of them. I’ve looked at dozens from the Apple site and iPhone and iPad App stores. Most of them are yawners, a few are decent, and only one or two stand out.Note and scrap programs differ from note pads by allowing you to collect just about anything digital into a single location and (theoretically) find it quickly. On the Mac, the program I’ve used it Chronos Software’s Soho Notes. It runs in the background, so I can launch it quickly, and it allows me to keep everything from passwords to entire web sites intact. The search features have never been incredibly strong, but the app makes up for it by allowing me to organize the data in any way I can imagine.Chronos released the iPhone version several years ago, and that’s what I’ve been using on my iPad as well. The interface is perfect for the iPhone, but for the iPad it really sucked, with low resolution and limited features. The one thing that was useful was the ability to customize which notes and folders synched between devices and which didn’t.Finally, Chronos released NoteLife HD for the iPad, and they seem to have made the wait worth while. The interface parallels the Mac version so well, you really don’t notice the difference between platforms. The feature set is slightly more limited but the features I rely on most made the transition.The heart of NoteLife HD is the note formats. Chronos developed special page types for plain text, formatted text, text with images, passwords and serial numbers, voice and movie files and even web archives. Each note type has it’s own special icon, making it easy to spot a note’s type and contents in the main viewer window.

NoteLife HD formats data types differently, making it much easier to spot a password or a web archive

Archiving web pages poses no challenge. You don’t have to copy and paste, simply type the URL into the browser field and NoteLife HD loads the page for you. It will even extract the page title, or allow you to name the archive yourself. NoteLife HD creates a note preview for easy browsing, as well as custom folder icons to make navigating easier. If you want to search your notes in cover flow mode (like your music library), you can switch to viewing mode. You can also move notes back and forth into different folders. Notes also have a number of viewing options, including a complete metadata window.

Among the viewing options you can open a metadata window, giving you complete information about every note.

The search engine finds text even in the notes, but you can create custom search tags for faster finds. You can insert each note’s geo data location and even insert date and time stamps. The rich text files allow you to store fully formatted pages from your word processor. Most importantly, you can synch your notes wirelessly between your Mac and iPhone and iPad to keep every thing current. When you set up the synch, you can even limit the transfer to selected notes and folders. The first time set-up can be complicated, however, and if you aren’t careful you could end up with three copies of the same files and folders on every device. When you do have the synch features configured correctly, transfer is relatively easy. You can synch from any device and even schedule the app to synch automatically. The only drawback is that you can’t synch NoteLife HD with NoteLife on the iPhone directly. You have to switch between computers.The app seems stable and the interface is clean, elegant and obvious. I was able to add notes and transfer files without using a manual or help tips.The only real drawback is price. I would recommend NoteLife HD even if you only intend to use it on the iPad. The $10 price may seem steep, but it delivers far more value than other apps I’ve downloaded in a similar price range. Running the program on all devices is more expensive. The price for Soho Notes Mac is $40 and NoteLife for the iPhone is another $1o. Considering the price of more expensive database programs like FileMaker Pro, I think it’s a bargain.

Jenny Manytoes rates NoteLife HD

Jenny Manytoes would make biscuits all over NoteLife HD. It may be pricey, but it delivers so many features and is so useful, you won’t regret the investment.

The Jenny Manytoes Rating System

Jenny Manytoes, our polydactyl cat
  • When Jenny makes biscuits on a product she thinks she’s in heaven.
  • When Jenny purrs over a product she’s very happy.
  • When Jenny naps next to a product it’s okay with her.
  • When Jenny bunches her tail she can live with a product, but she has higher expectations.
  • When Jenny leaves it in the litter box….I don’t think I need to explain this one.

About Phillip T Stephens

Phillip T. Stephens disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle twenty years before he was born, creating a time travel paradox so confusing it remains unspoken between physicists and sci-fi writers to this day. Follow @stephens_pt
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