The big thing that most professionals are looking for these days is better ways to stay in touch and keep up with all that is going on. With the advent of mobile devices, there are a plethora of ways one can do this. I have tried quite a few different apps and service and there are some I like and some that need work.
Today I am looking a new one called Simplanum. This is a free app that is currently available for iOS devices but will be coming to Android and Windows devices hopefully soon. The basic plan is free but there are paid services available for those that need more entries and storage space. All prices are paid monthly and start at $0.99 USD.
For me to use and even pay for an organizational tool, it needs to have a lot of functionality and be cross platform. Simplanum is that so it passed my initial test. 🙂
I tested the app on my iPad and I was impressed. The overall look and feel of the app is very nice. It is easy to navigate and use, you can use it in portrait or landscape modes, and is very straight forward.
So what does the app/service provide? Simplanum gives you:
- notepad for text and checklists
- calendar with various layout options
- weather forecasts for your area
- cloud storage
- import from other online services
- cross platform
When you open the app, you will see your note section and calendar. All of your notes can be organized by color to help sort them better. For the calendar you can see the monthly, weekly, or daily layouts depending on where you are in the app. No matter where you are you can easily add a note, photo, checklist, audio, and an event.
Within the settings, you will need to create an account to save your info to the cloud or use the paid services. You can set a security code, your work and lunch times, setup notifications, turn on/off quick navigation.
Simplanum is simple and very well done. It essentially combines a number of other online services into one app. I would think most general users could get away with the free version but for only $1/mo you can get 5 GB of space. If you have an iOS device and looking for a way to better keep track of things, Simplanum is worth a look. Do not worry Android users, it will be coming to you soon.