Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Kindle Fire Free App of the Day: Notebook Pro and bonus app

Today's Free App of the Day is Notebooks Pro
Originally $0.99

If this app looks familiar, it is because it's a variation of Diary Pro, which was the Free App of the Day about a week ago. My issues are the same with this app as with the prior app. This one lets you create multiple notebooks as opposed to a single diary.

But the same problems as in the earlier app still exist. You can create a password, but in creating it, the password is hidden, so if you're not watching as you actually type, you can't tell if you mis-entered, and there is not a confirmation field where you enter it again. So, once you set it, test it right away before actually entering any data. To test it, make sure you go back to the main page of the app before exiting; if you are on a page of a notebook and exit, you are able to go back to that page without entering a password. So, so much for the password.

You can have different fonts in different notebooks, but not within the notebook itself.

 You can export to Dropbox. The export is only usable to import back to Notebook Pro. You can also convert a notebook or a page within a notebook to PDF.

 There isn't much in the way of instruction, but touching the icons reveals what they do pretty quickly. To quote what I said in the prior review: I'd give this three stars.  It's very basic, but you can add drawings and photographs to it, and export entries as a PDF.  However, the images don't show inline, they are attachments.

It's not obvious, but I discovered you can create additional entries within a notebook by swiping right to left within the notebook.

You can also search entries.  Settings consist of a limited number of color themes, backup and restore settings and fonts.  It is very easy to use, and if all you need is a very basic diary and hinky ability to password isn't a problem, this isn't bad.  I've tested worse journals.

55 of 76 reviews are four stars and above.

So we have a bonus pick: Diaro - personal diary.

As I said on the 27th: "The Free App of the Day was okay, but then I decided "okay" wasn't good enough for the membership!" This is still my favorite journal of any I've tried. Diaro is much more attractive upon opening than the other app.

It's got a passcode--four digit number--that reliably worked for me.

You can't add drawings but you can add pictures and they are visible in the journal page." While this doesn't have the separate notebooks that Notebooks Pro has, you can create individual folders which act like notebooks.

You can search your entries, you can tag them, you can set up folders.   You can't create PDFs or save to Dropbox unless you upgrade to the paid version, but this is really one of the nicest journals I've tried. I'd seriously consider paying for the pro version ($3.99) if I used a journal more. Maybe it will be a Free App of the Day some time!

These apps are compatible with the original Fire and with my Fire HD 8.9" 4G. To tell if an app works for your Fire HD or other Android device registered to your Amazon account, click on the above link and look on the right side of the web page.  Amazon will tell you if it will work with your registered device.

Have fun!

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