Hi Everyone Gazmaz from the UK here.
So in these economical hard times I am always on the look out for great value applications. This week I got a Twitter asking me about a notes application for the iPod Touch and iPhone. The Tweet was looking for something fairly specific, and to be honest, I only use the notes app that comes from Apple on the iPod Touch, even though it doesnâ€™t sync yet. (Come on Apple this needs to sync!)
Anyway the question got me looking through the App store for a great value notes application. At first glance it seemed that there wasnâ€™t a great deal about, but being persistent I kept changing my search criteria slightly and came across an app called Iconic Notes. Iconic Notes was Free so I downloaded the App and took a look.
The opening screen is quite clean with a help note on your desktop, which I advise you take a quick look through, but, if like me youâ€™re a stickler for a â€œclean deskâ€ approach you can delete the Help note and recreate it at a later stage.
Now across the top you have the title bar with the name of the app and an Edit button, tap this edit button and any of the icons on your screen will start to wobble and you have the option to delete any of the note or folder icons on the screen. You can also move and arrange the notes as you can with the similar action when arranging icons on your home desktops. While the icons are also in this state you can if you double click the name just below the note or folder, rename that item, you can when renaming a folder also change the icons color if you press the icon next to the renaming box at this stage, however to change the icon of the note you have to be in the note itself to change that and other aspects. You just press done when finished and your icons will stop wobbling back to a â€œnormal stateâ€.
Across the bottom of the screen you have 4 options which are Quick note, Quick folder, Actions Menu and Icon Library. So you want to create a note, easy press the first icon on the bottom left and a note appears on the screen, Iâ€™m not sure why you donâ€™t jump into the note so you can start writing away, but perhaps thatâ€™s just in case you create a note by mistake and then youâ€™d have to back out first. Anyway, press the icon that has just appeared in front of you, now you have a blank screen with the type of note icon in the top left hand corner, this you can change but weâ€™ll get to that later, on the top far right there is a settingâ€™s button.
So tap in the blank area of the screen and the keyboard appears ready for your input, itâ€™s a shame that it doesnâ€™t roll over to landscape and only stays in portrait view but I donâ€™t have a problem typing in this orientation. Now once youâ€™ve typed you note you have the option, if you press the settingâ€™s icon, to change the Font size by pressing and moving left to right on the size button. You can change the font type by flicking from left to right in the font area.
Below these you have options for different colored text and backgrounds, again here you flick the colors from left to right to see what is available. Finally at the bottom you can chose the type of icon the note will display when your back at the main screen. You have some basic options, a shopping basket info male and female or a $ icon there are a couple of others again flick left to right to view them.
Now back in the home screen, as I said early on you can also create folders to keep your notes into some sort of order. With the folders, you can change the color and of course you can have a folder within folders. While your back on the home screen there is the possibility to have another desktop so you can have lots of notes spread over a couple of screens.
But another cool option is when you have a note that youâ€™ve been adding to and you want to email it, no problem, click on edit, press and hold the note you want to email for about a second and the option pops up to copy the note add as a template to the library, cancel and of course email note. Tapping email takes you straight to mail with the subject used as the note heading and the content of the note in the body of the mail. If you have a folder with notes inside that you want to mail, do the same with the folder.
As I said at the start, I advise that you read the help document as there are still options we here not mentioned. You can find more info on www.hoofien.com itâ€™s currently only version 1.0 and in the App store. (New versions have since arrived)