Archive for July, 2010
Notekeeper is the latest app from High Order Bit, and it just launched on the iPhone App Store. It’s a simple notepad for iPhone that supports photo and location attachments. It matches the iPhone’s built-in note-taking app in simplicity, but it makes noting your current location a snap. It also allows you to express your note in photos in addition to text. Because location attachment is automatic, and snapping a photo is a quick, low-concentration event, Notekeeper helps you take notes without even breaking stride.
And, after all, why shouldn’t you be able to use the full power of your phone for keeping reminders?
Here are some screenshots:
When might Notekeeper come in handy? We’ve been using it for a while now, and we come up with new uses all the time. Here are a few of my favorites:
I live in Chicago, a town known for it’s many great restaurants — so many great restaurants, in fact, it’s hard to keep track of them all. Every time I’m out, I find another restaurant I’d like to try.
Notekeeper is great in this situation. As a reminder, create a new note with your location, take a quick photo of the sign and jot down which night they have specials. Later, when you’re back in the neighborhood looking for dinner, pull out Notekeeper and view your notes on a map.
And it works well for other types of places, too: parks, stores, a nice spot on the beach… The possibilities are endless.
Notekeeper works great as a light and easy travel journal. Track the day’s events with locations and photos, and come back to attach your notes when you’re taking a coffee break. Later, your notes can help you flesh out a more polished journal that you can share with friends — or help you write photo captions.
There are all kinds of other ways we use Notekeeper from remembering parking spots, to marking waypoints on hikes. Notekeeper’s simplicity makes it extremely versatile.
Today we’re excited to announce our latest iPhone app, GPS Tracks. Here’s the elevator pitch: it turns your iPhone into a full featured GPS tracking device. It records your location in real-time, taking advantage of multitasking in iOS 4 to continue recording even when you’re making a call or using other apps. Record as many track logs as you’d like, add waypoints as you travel, and export your data as universal GPX files when you’re done.
Here are some screenshots, or you can check out the website.
As with all of the software we’ve released so far, we made GPS Tracks because we wanted to use it ourselves. For example, I love geotagging my photos and seeing them overlaid on a map later, especially on the iPad. Unfortunately, just about the entire process of geotagging photos is incredibly clumsy. From carrying around a handheld GPS tracking device to the cumbersome task of post processing on the computer, it leaves a lot to be desired.
GPS Tracks helps make that process suck less. It completely replaces the need for a dedicated handheld GPS device, which is one less thing to carry around and keep track of. If you’ve got your phone in your pocket, you’re good to go. Better yet, GPS Tracks exports your data via email as GPX files, so it completely eliminates the cumbersome step of plugging the GPS device into the computer with a USB cable and sucking down the track information with a tool like GPSBabel.
This is my primary use for GPS Tracks, but yours might be completely different. For example, it can be used to track runs or bike rides. I live in Colorado and do a lot of hiking, and it’s great for recording my trip. I’ve used it to track the length of my morning runs, and to track my bike ride downtown. This winter I’ll be using it to track my days on the ski slopes. Since it’s a general purpose app that provides the same functionality as a handheld GPS device, it can replace one in just about every situation.
Add waypoints along the way, track elevation gain as well as distance, configure the accuracy of your GPS recording so you can find the right balance between accuracy and battery life, and lots more.
Read the full feature list and download it on the App Store now!