Sunday, March 31, 2013

Notable Note-Taking App GoodNotes Just Keeps Getting Better

Notable Note-Taking App GoodNotes Just Keeps Getting Better

The popular note-taking app GoodNotes has just been updated to version 3.8, thereby gaining a number of significant enhancements.

Released in 2011 as eNote Taker, GoodNotes is listed as a notable app in AppAdvice’s Handwriting Apps for iPad AppGuide. And with good reason.

GoodNotes has a minimal interface that makes accessing its various features quite simple. These features include, but are certainly not limited to, a close-up writing mode, palm rejection, PDF annotation, smart pen support, and syncing via Dropbox, Box, and SkyDrive.

And now, the app has gained more features through its 3.8 update.

GoodNotes 3.8 brings the following enhancements:
  • Custom color and thickness
  • Color buttons on zoom window toolbar
  • Lasso tool improvements:
    – resize
    – change handwriting and text color
    – option to select handwriting, text boxes, or images only
    – copy and paste to external apps as images
  • Image cropping: rectangle and freehand
  • Rotate images to angles other than 90 degrees
  • Export embedded images to cameral roll and cloud storages
  • Thicker zoom window toolbar
  • Option to exclude documents from one-way sync
  • Clear history
  • Minor improvements
Compatible with iPad running iOS 5.0 or later, GoodNotes 3.8 is available now in the App Store as a free update or as a new $4.99 download.

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Notify Me for Android Adds App-Specific Notification Banners to Your Lock Screen

Android: The notifications pane at the top of your Android phone's screen is a great and fast way to get to your notifications, but if you'd also like to see pop-up alerts over your lock screen for specific emails, SMS messages, or from certain apps, Notify Me gives them to you, and lets you control which notifications you see.

If the way Notify Me popup banners look is familiar, it should be: the developer behind the app took inspiration from the way Apple handles pop-up alerts on the homescreen. He wanted a similar effect, but he wanted to be able to control the apps that were allowed to notify him, and he wanted a way to quickly open or dismiss the alert from the lock screen. Notify Me does just that.

After installing, you can tell Notify Me which applications can push alerts to the lock screen as well as the notifications pane. If it's an SMS or an email, you'll see a snippet of text so you can read what the message has to say without opening the app or unlocking your phone. With SMS messages, you even get shortcut buttons to unlock and reply, mark the item as read, or unlock and call the contact immediately, right from your lock screen. Best of all, Notify Me doesn't replace the standard way you access notifications in ICS or Jelly Bean (as in, you can just drag down the notifications pane, even when the phone is locked) but since the app works for older versions of Android too, it gives everyone the flexibility to see all or just the important notifications right there on your phone when you turn it on.
Notify Me is free, ad-free, open source (code and downloads available at Google Code), and available to download from XDA Forums at the link below.

Grab the latest version on Notify Me!